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How to Part Your Hair to Complement Your Face Shape

Last updated Jul 19, 2024

If you're thinking about how your hair should be parted to look its best, don't leave! You'll look like a godsend after reading this article.


Why do people argue about hairstyles? For most people, the way you part your hair comes naturally, without ever actively designing it, and you've probably been wearing your hair the same way for years. But if you've ever tried a new hairstyle that looked a little strange, then you may have chosen a style that doesn't suit your face shape.

Learning how to part your hair to match your face shape can make your cheekbones stand out more, soften sharp angles, and flatter your face shape. Our hair can be parted in different ways depending on texture and length to complement our face shape, but the way it is parted also plays a key role in your face shape.

How Do You Determine Your Face Shape?

How do you determine your face shape?

Choosing the right haircut for your face shape can produce a shade-like effect. If you're not sure what your face shape is, follow the method below, grab a tape measure, and write down your measurements.

Forehead width:  From the hairline to the widest part of the hairline, across the forehead.

Cheekbone width:  Starting at the hairline above the cheekbone, measure the distance across the face to the same location on the other side.

Jawline width: Starting at the root of the jaw just below the ear, measure the distance along the edge of the jaw to the middle of the chin, you can either continue across or take the first number and multiply it by 2.

Face length:  Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.

face shape

If your cheekbones and face length measurements are about the same, and they are larger than your forehead and jawline, you have a round face.

If all your measurements are fairly similar, you have a square face.

If your face length is the largest and all other measurements are similar in size, you have a long face shape.

If your face length is the largest, followed by your cheekbones and forehead, and the smallest is your jawline, then you have a diamond face shape.

Based on this data, determine your face shape and combine it with your facial features, such as the shape of your chin and cheekbones. Sometimes you will find yourself in between two face shapes, which is completely normal.

How Do You Part Your Hair According to Your Face Shape?

Round Face: Center or Deep Side Parting

Round face: center or deep side parting

For round face shapes, both center and side partings work well. A center parting helps create a lengthened and symmetrical look around your face. If you prefer bangs, curtain bangs are great for highlighting the middle part of your face by putting emphasis on the middle of your face. For more tips on how to style curtain bangs, we've got you covered.

If you want to choose a deep side parting, a side parting can complement the shape of a round face. With a side parting, hair can still be styled however you want, whether it's a powerful ponytail or a retro lush wave.

Oblong Face: Center Parting With Layers or Bangs

Long face: center parting with layers or bangs

For long faces, a center parting with bangs works very well as a cut. Layers or fringe also help to flatter and shorten the face. This hairstyle for long faces creates a more rounded look and shortens the forehead and chin features. Bangs (regardless of the style) allow you to part your hair however you like.

If you don't like bangs, a center parting can still be done with layers, or with a pompadour to help round and soften the angles. If you like that super layered style, try a side swept or angled parting, which is softer and can also visually add volume to your hair. If you have short hair, long bangs styled on the side look great.

Square Face: Soft Side Parting

Square face: soft side parting

The hairstyle for square faces is similar to the hairstyle for long faces in that you want to weaken your angles and create a soft frame around your face. A soft side parting is very effective for square faces and can round out the face.

Fringes and lots of layers are also great for square faces. Avoid blunt edges, such as sharp bangs, or sharp straight layers. You should also avoid the middle section if you don't want to accentuate your jawline or angles.

Diamond Face: Side Parting

Diamond Face: Side Parting

Diamond face shapes usually have high, pronounced cheekbones and a more pronounced bone structure. With a defined bone structure, textures, waves, and curls can help refine the face and soften the angles. Similar to square face shapes, a side-swept hairstyle is a complement to this type of face shape. It is also important to remember that shorter hairstyles or medium-length hair look best with a diamond-shaped face, as very long hair may hide your face.

Oval: Any hairstyle

Oval: Any hairstyle

If you have an oval face, you've basically won the face shape lottery and it will look great on your head no matter how you part your hair. If you have an oval face shape but you've been wearing your hair the same way, don't be afraid to change it. Trust us, you'll look great.

If you are not happy with the length of your hair, using hair extensions helps create natural volume and will help frame your face nicely no matter how you decide to distribute your hair. With an oval face, you can also do a variety of hairstyles that take advantage of this and play with length and texture.

Heart-Shaped Face: Side Parting

Heart-shaped face: side parting

For heart-shaped faces, a side parting serves to soften the cheekbones and chin. With a heart-shaped face, the chin and cheekbones will be more pronounced. A harsh center parting may accentuate the pointed chin and bring attention to the center of the face.

However, a soft center parting with bangs or added volume can help accentuate your features. Soft bangs and a center parting can also work for a heart-shaped face. Hair extensions can provide natural volume and length, which you can easily combine with your side parting to accentuate your heart-shaped face.

Summing up

No matter what face shape or hair type, the way you part your hair should make you feel comfortable. The way we commonly part our hair will certainly provide comfort and familiarity. Your hair may also naturally part in a certain way, and you may have to put some thought into changing the direction. That's normal. Changing the way you part your hair can give you a whole new look, don't let your usual hairstyle limit the possibilities of your hairstyle.

If you're wondering how to design the best hairstyle for your face shape, the above guide is a good reference, but ultimately, exactly how you choose a hairstyle comes down to personal preference. What is your go-to hairstyle? Are you open to trying something new?

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