How to choose the right updo for your face shape

/ 03.03.2014
Make sure your chosen updo flatters your face shape
Make sure your chosen updo flatters your face shape

Just like you would when choosing a new haircut, it's important to think about what kind of hairstyle will flatter your face shape when deciding on an updo to wear. A lot of the same rules apply but really, it all depends on how much length you have, the natural texture of your hair, and how tight you decide to pin it.

Of course, one of the easiest ways to figure out what works best for you is to just experiment with loads of different hairstyles. Eventually, you're guaranteed to stumble across one or two that you really like and then work them into your regular hairstyle repertoire. It's a lot like building a capsule wardrobe when you think about it, only without the overheated fitting rooms...

To help guide you on your quest for eternal hairstyle satisfaction, we have a few tips to help you find the right updo for your face shape. Just be aware that everyone is completely different, and you'll still need to try out a few different looks to see which ones appear most flattering on you!

Oval faces

As is the case with actual haircuts, oval-shaped faces can get away with just about anything. Your head is your oyster and you should take advantage of it by trying out all the different updos you can think of (or find on this website). Updos that pull the hair completely off the face can be super flattering on oval faces so dare to bare!

Top tip: Smooth a little Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand-Smoother Serum Spray down the lengths of your hair before styling to protect against and tame flyaways.

Round faces

Tapered hairstyles with loose tendrils and/or bangs to create a frame look great on round face shapes. Unkempt or tousled updos are perfect, as are braided styles. For those of you who love a retro look, a bouffant with extra height on the crown of the head will add extra length to your face.

Top tip: Gently tease the roots at the crown and on top of your head using Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray. This will add a ton of volume and give a vintage-style matte finish.

Square faces

Similarly, softer looks are especially well-suited to square faces. A wispy set of bangs or loose tendrils can help to diminish a wide forehead, and avoid accentuating an angular jawline. Side braids, loose updos and classic chignons are perfect updos for square face shapes, provided they're pinned low. A slight side part is also a must as it helps to break up the angles and draw more attention to the eyes.

Top tip: Fix the style with a generous mist of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray for long-lasting hold.

Heart-shaped faces

If you have a heart-shaped face, an updo which throws emphasis on your eyes and cheekbones is essential to prevent a wide forehead from stealing the show! For this, an off-center or side part is a great idea and a wavy, tousled texture will add a romantic element, too. Avoid updos which pull the hair too tight as this will only emphasize your forehead and chin.

Top tip: Get some relaxed movement before styling an updo with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray. Scrunch it through hair, twist a section and blow-dry. Repeat on all your hair, and then finger-comb to reveal a whole lot of loose waves.

Oblong faces

Fresh, slick hairstyles are particularly well-suited to oblong faces while volumized bouffants and the like should be avoided. Keep it simple and go for a sleek pony, bun or French twist.

Top tip: Blow-dry with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream to give you a smooth, sleek texture to work with before you pin your hair up.

Happy styling!

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