How to choose a hairstyle for your face shape

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A new haircut can completely transform an appearance, but if your face shape isn’t taken into consideration when plotting a changed ‘do, it can be completely ruined.

We asked some of hair experts for their best tips on how to choose a new style to suit your facial features.

Round like Samkelo Ndlovu

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Long layers is a style that flatters round faces, starting just below the chin will help to open up the face and give the illusion of a longer face. A slightly long fringe just below the eyebrows complements a round face and makes the eyes stand out and adding height at the roots will make the face appear longer. Avoid a centre parting, as this will only accentuate how round the face is, and “creates a wider looking forehead,”.

Square like DJ Zinhle 

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If you have a square face shape, textured hairstyles are perfect for you as they can soften the look of a strong, angular jaw line. Long hair is particularly great on square faces, whether it be straight and sleek, curls or some messy waves, these long styles will draw the attention away from the edges of the jaw and will bring the attention up to some of the other facial features. If you want to opt for a fringe, go for a side-swept one with some length and avoid blunt bangs that will make your face appear wider. If you’re looking to get a bob and have a square face, it’s important to avoid anything that looks too “boxy”. Square face shapes should also try to avoid hairstyles where the hair is pulled back, like a slicked back ponytail. This look highlights angular features and makes them appear harsher.

Heart like Nomuzi Mabena

Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 14.04.34Longer, soft fringes suit heart shaped faces perfectly as they draw the focus away from your chin. Having your fringe cut in vertically rather than straight across will allow you to sweep your fringe to the side, and you will be able to keep it a bit longer without it falling into your eyes. Sleek crops also suit heart-shaped faces, though this style is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Avoid blunt bob hairstyles, heavy blunt fringes or fringes that are cut too high on the forehead “as this can cause the bottom half of your face to appear smaller.

Diamond like Thando Thabethe

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For diamond face shapes, they should try to go for hairstyles that balance out the narrow chin and shorten the length of the face. Chin-length bobs are great for softening the edges of the face and can take away the 'boxy' look that diamond faces can have. Deep side partings are another great idea for those with diamond face shapes as they put a focus on one side of the face, rather than the width of the whole face. When it comes to what to avoid for this face shape. Middle partings or hairstyles with lots of height at the top of the head should be avoided on diamond face shapes, as these will only add length to the face.

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