These are the most flattering haircuts for your face shape

Isabella Sullivan
·4-min read
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Many of us have been happily reunited with our hairdressers as salons across the UK reopened last month.

However, if you haven't managed to get a much-desired haircut booked yet, you may still be dealing with unruly locks or, perhaps, the aftermath of a dodgy DIY haircut.

Indeed, chances are, your 'do needs a serious refresh but what style should you go for?

Celebrity hair dresser and creator of the Diamond Dry Cut, Michael Van Clarke, says short hair is officially in. Speaking to Prima, he revealed that because many of us have experienced longer and shaggier hair than ever before due to lockdown, most of his customers are opting for a shorter, fresher 'do, as recently debuted by Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid.

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"I think the lockdowns have triggered change at both ends of the spectrum. Many clients who’ve experienced longer hair than ever, have decided to go with it" Michael said. "And many of those with long hair overgrown have felt prompted to start afresh with much shorter cuts. The last twenty-five years has seen mostly long hairstyles, but more people are now wanting shorter fresher looks."

Celebrity hair stylist Sophie Sugarman, who has worked with TV presenter Laura Whitmore and singer Jessie Ware, has told us that fringes are also making a comeback and will be the big trend of summer 2021.

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Photo credit: Handout - Getty Images

"Fringes are essential this summer!" Sophie said. "The 70s bangs are back and I am loving it! Sweepy curtain bangs that are lightweight, wispy and face-framing, whilst blunt bangs are bold and fierce. Micro fringes are super cute and sassy, and I am loving the natural curly fringes. "

Other styles to look out for include "the modern shag, short sexy textured bobs, long-lasting layers and cute pixie cuts", although when it comes to most popular shapes, Sophie says it's "important to take in your facial features and how to embrace them."

"For someone with a rounder face, I would recommend trying a shaggy look," she continued. "With any hairstyle, treating your hair is key so make sure you use a product that is best suited to its texture as this will benefit the end look."

Below, we've done the research and asked the experts to find out what styles to go for whether you have a round, square, heart, diamond or rectangle face:

Best hair style for your face shape


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Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

Women with rectangular faces should opt for layered cuts, rounded fringes or soft and wavy curls, as the goal is to soften the appearance of a sharp jaw. For longer hair, try some soft feathering, but don't have your hair too long as it can elongate your face.


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Photo credit: Paul Archuleta - Getty Images

Shorter styles work particularly well on women with square faces, especially short layered bobs with side-sweeping fridges. Feeling daring? Try a bold pixie cut, which will lengthen your face and draw attention to your eyes. For long hair, try lots of layers as they will soften your bone structure.


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Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Oval faces are perhaps one of the most forgiving when it comes to hair cuts, and anything from a blunt bob to shoulder-length curls or a layered long 'do will suit you.


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Photo credit: David Crotty - Getty Images

Heart shaped faces are as they sound, a larger forehead leading down to a defined chin and cheekbones. Look for styles that increase the width of the bottom half of your face, such as waves or curls starting below the ear or a pixie cut with a side parting.


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Photo credit: Michael Kovac - Getty Images

People with diamond-shaped faces have high cheekbones and pointed chins, which are best suited to mid- or long-layered cuts, styled in loose waves. A chin-length bob is also a good option to explore

Why age shouldn't influence your hairstyle

When it comes to finding a style, don't let your age stop you from making a bold decision, and don't feel like you have to chop it all off because you've turned another year older.

"It really is all about the condition, and when beautifully kept, the hair can be an enhancing accessory to your look way past the old thinking of cutting it short when you turn 40," advises Michael.

But before you get a drastic new cut, make sure you're feeling confident and have done your research. As Michael says, "Collect images of looks that you like and take them into your stylist for discussion."

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