Once And For All, The Most Flattering Hair Part For Every Face Shape

February 10, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

The quickest, most affordable way to bring out your cheekbones, eyes and other beautiful facial features is to simply change your hair part. But before you grab a comb and try a sleek center part on for size, remember that your face shape dictates the hair part that will look best on you. Whether you have a heart-, round-, square- or oval-shaped face, hairstylist Kayla McNeill, who is the founder of Head Kandy hair products and tools, offers definitive advice on the hair part that will truly flatter your face.

A. Square-Shaped Face

Square-shaped faces are defined by an angular jawline and a square forehead. “Some of the angles of your face may appear harsh, so you should try a part that will soften your forehead and jaw,” McNeill says. “A deep side part can help with softening these areas. The ideal place to start your deep part is directly above the arch in your eyebrows. Square faces also look great with a fringe bangs to add extra softness. Try a soft, side bang that curves around to draw attention more to your eyes rather than your jawline.”

B. Round Face

If you have a round face, your cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. “This shape tends to be widest at the cheeks,” McNeill says. “Use a deep side part to showcase your strongest side and elongate your face. First, start by picking your good side and go for a deep side part on the opposite side. If you don’t know which side is best, take a piece of paper and stand in front of the mirror. Use the paper to block half of your face and see which side you like best. Your face is not symmetrical and many people find that they have a favorite side. Picking your best side and parting it to show it off will help create the illusion that your face is a tad wider than it actually is while accentuating your best side. Play around and see how deep you need to make your part. This way you can find which area best slims and lengthens your face. ”

C. Heart-Shaped Face

Heart-shaped faces tend to be most wide at the cheeks and slimmer towards the chin, McNeill explains. “Parting your hair down the middle is the best option for you if you have long hair–this will hide the widest part of your face, which is often the cheeks, and downplay a prominent chin,” she says. “The best thing you can do with a heart-shaped face is avoid any cut that brings attention to your cheeks. Therefore if you have short hair with a lot of layers, parting down the middle can actually have the reverse effect. A side part works great for short hair. This will allow hair to cover the larger forehead and cheek area and make the face appear thinner. A side part can also really soften your cheekbones.”

D. Oval-Shaped Face

“Lucky you! Pretty much any part looks great on this face shape,” McNeill says. “With a face that gracefully tapers toward the chin, the forehead is wider, with prominent cheekbones it really makes for an ideal face shape. Feel free to play around and experiment and have some fun. You can even change your part often. You can create new looks daily by just changing the part to the center, side or even a fun zip zag part. This face shape is the easiest to highlight, so enjoy it.”

For more beauty tips and advice, check out how much hair loss is normal and  the right hair brush for your hair type.



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Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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