How to choose the right short cut for your face shape

/ 02.03.2014
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  • A sleek bob works with all kinds of face shapes, just go for one that is longer than your jawline if you have a long or square-shaped face.
  • A wavy bob is great for pretty much any face shape

Having your hair cut short is the perfect way to get a fresh new look, especially if you decide to go for a radical short crop. From bobs to pixies and beyond, the one thing you need to remember is to pick a style that suits your face shape. This is something that becomes even more important the shorter hair gets and the margin for error (and re-trims) becomes a whole lot smaller!

It's also important to consider how flexible you want your new cut to be in terms of styling possibilities. For example, if you want to wear tousled waves, you'll need enough length to create them with.

Pixie and gamine cuts

If you have been inspired by the likes of Ginnifer Goodwin and Anne Hathaway, you should know that super short, gamine haircuts work best on round, heart and oval-shaped faces. The shortness helps to make round faces appear longer while emphasizing facial features, eyes in particular. Just take a rain-check if you have curly hair. This style should also be avoided by anyone with square-shaped or long faces as it will only highlight any harsh lines.

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Bobs and angled cuts

Sharper, geometric styles like A-symmetrical bobs or a cut that is carefully angled to line up with the jawline work well on round, oval and heart-shaped faces. The sharp lines help to offset roundness and/or prominent jawlines. However, you should avoid styles like these if you have a long or square-shaped face as you run the risk of making it seem disproportionately squarer and longer, a bit like a melted lego character.

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"Girly" haircuts

If you have a square or oblong-shaped face, the best kind of style out there for you has to be a textured, side-swept style with a few curls or tousled waves. With a side-part and some artfully positioned bangs, this kind of style will help to soften any harsh lines - such as a prominent jaw or wide forehead - to create a balanced, pretty style. Saying that, this kind of style works well for just about any face shape imaginable, making it a perfect go-to short look; think wavy bob.

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A second opinion

Before you make a concrete decision about which short cut might be the one for you, talk to your stylist to help you figure out exactly how each option would work best in reality. Sure, your hair will grow back, but it might be a long couple of months while you wait, if you happen to choose a look that isn't right for your face.

Saying that, it can be really great to go for a look that is totally outside of your comfort zone, as long as it'll suit you. So, be brave if you do decide to go short!

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