If you have an oval face shape, you're very lucky indeed! While most of us with round, long or square face shapes get haircuts that make our faces look oval, you're naturally blessed with the best face shape and can wear just about any hairstyle you want!
Before we get to finding out the best hairstyles for oval faces, let's take a look at a few general rules that you must bear in mind while getting a new haircut or trying out a new hairdo to match the shape of your face.
An oval face allows you to experiment with a variety of haircuts. But, no matter how short you cut your hair, you'll look best in layered hairstyles that hit your cheekbones, lips or chin, and help to draw attention to these features.
Most importantly, it is always a good idea to go for a hairstyle that suits and enhances your personality. If you are edgy and like to stay on-trend, go for cool hairstyles for oval faces. If you're an easy going person, a layered bob will look great on you. If you are a busy mom, choose a hairstyle that will flatter your oval face but won't take more than five minutes to fix every morning!
Now that we've set some ground rules, let's find out the most flattering hairstyles for oval faces.
1. Super Short Pixie (We mean 'really' short!)
The pixie is becoming more and more popular, thanks to celebrities who are setting trends by chopping off their tresses and going for this short and androgynous hairstyle. If you have short hair or are planning to get a really short haircut, go for the pixie.
The pixie is a perfect short hairstyle for oval faces. You can make it look edgy or sophisticated or leave your bangs slightly longer to give yourself a stylish, asymmetrical hairstyle. Need some inspiration? Check out Charlize Theron's pixie haircut in Mad Max: Fury Road!
2. Awesome Long Bobs
Long bobs help to frame oval faces beautifully, without diverting attention from your eyes, cheekbones or chin. Go for a classy long bob with straight hair or try an edgy look with lots of layers and volume.
3. Long, Flowing Waves
You have an oval face and long hair? Boy, are we jealous!
Nothing flatters an oval face like long hair and if you're blessed with beautiful, flowing tresses, create soft waves to give your hairstyle an instant glam upgrade.
Beachy waves look quite natural and lend a fresh, romantic appeal to your look. Although this hairstyle works best with long, straight hair, you can create your own version with medium-length tresses too! Looking for inspiration? Check out Brooklyn Decker's long wavy hairstyle to get an idea of how to style your lovely long locks.
4. Classy Chin-Length Bob
The sleek bob will never go out of style! If you have an oval face with a strong and attractive jawline, go for a chin-length bob that is shorter at the back and slightly angled at the front. This style will help you show-off your gorgeous chin.
You can also style your chin-length bob in a variety of ways. If your hair is cut in layers, scrunch it up gently to create a sexy, tousled look. If you have straight hair, you can wear it with a deep side sweep and flaunt your cheekbones. You can even try out a striking hair color such as ombre or bronde to make heads turn wherever you go!
5. Edgy Mohawk (with/without an undercut)
Feeling experimental? Want to try a hairstyle that is different and uber cool? Why not sport a Mohawk?
If you already have a pixie with longer top hair, you can easily style it into an edgy Mohawk. Rub a small amount of hair deconstruction gum in your palms and apply it on your hair, pulling the pieces upwards as you go. Do not spike your hair, because it will make your oval face look longer. Turn to British supermodel Agyness Deyn or the original Umbrella girl Rihanna for some really cool ideas on how to style your Mohawk.
Want to go the extra mile with your hairstyle? Try out a Mohawk with an undercut, just like Pink!
The undercut, which used to be a dapper hairstyle for men in the '40s, has not only made a comeback – women are sporting it these days too! It comprises very short (almost shaved) hair on the sides and longer hair on the top. If you love androgynous hairstyles and want to try something trendy, go for it!
6. Bold Bangs
Bangs are a great option for those who want to change their hairstyle without shortening the overall length of their hair. Women with oval faces can pull off all styles of bangs – eyebrow-grazing bangs, asymmetrical bangs, blunt bangs or heavy bangs. The key to making your hairstyle work is to avoid trimming your fringe too short, so that it does not look outdated.
While Zooey Deschanel remains our all-time favorite when it comes to serious 'bangspiration', we also like Taylor Swift's eyebrow-skimming bangs that are slightly longer on the sides and frame her classic oval face beautifully!
7. Wind-Swept Shag
Shag hairstyles take us back to the '80s; they remind us of rock-chic hair and disco 'dos. Modern shag hairstyles go easy on the layers and movement and instead focus on choppy ends and mussed-up look.
Wind-swept shag hairstyles look great on women with oval faces. They are easy to style, low maintenance and can be sported just about anywhere! Look up Julianne Hough's side swept shag hairstyle for ideas.
You can create a wind-swept shag with short to medium-length, straight or wavy hair. Simply create a deep side part with a tail comb, apply a tiny amount of hair styling gel on our wet hair and scrunch it with your fingers to create a perfectly unkempt hairstyle!
8. Trendy Top Knot
A top knot looks adorable on an oval face! The only prerequisites you need to meet to sport a top knot are a good hairline and no widow's peaks (a V-shaped hair growth along the hairline, at the center of the forehead).
If you have a widow's peak, go for a ballerina bun instead of a top knot for a more delicate look. That said, have fun with your hairstyle by wearing a neat top knot to work or a messier version for a day out!
9. Curls ... Au Naturel
If you have an oval face and naturally curly hair, just like Salma Hayek, the best way to style your tresses is to leave them au naturel!
Wearing one's curly hair loose is on-trend this season. So, ditch your flat iron and allow your lovely locks to blow in the wind!
To make your curly hair work for your oval face shape, you can let your tresses stay long or trim them to shoulder or even chin-length. However, if you wish to draw attention to your beautiful facial features rather than your voluminous locks, don't cut your curly hair too short.
10. Sophisticated Middle Part
If you have an oval face and long-ish hair, you can try out a variety of interesting hairstyles with a straight middle part.
If you are looking for some elegant hairstyles with a middle part to wear to work or a party, check out Heidi Klum's signature style for inspiration. This German-American model turned television producer has a classic oval face and usually wears her long, blonde hair with loose waves and a middle part.
Hope these hairstyles will give you all the inspiration and ideas you need to find the perfect hairstyle for your oval face. If you're planning to change your look this fall, why not try out one of these on-trend hairstyles!