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Not considering face shape is like putting a round peg in a square hole

Back in eighth grade art class we learned about complimentary shapes and how to never wear a dress with vertical stripes unless we were skinny as a rail.

But often women forget those lessons when it comes to choosing a new hairstyle. You’ll see women with a high forehead wear a pony tail which only exaggerates the high forehead. Then I see women with a round face shape go out and get a tight curly perm and of course they end up looking like a blimp. Knowing the geometry of face shapes and hair is a simple process that will make sure you are getting a hairstyle that compliments your natural tendencies.

Your hairdresser sees it everyday. A heart face shaped client comes in with a picture of out of a magazine of a great hairstyle on some celebrity with an oval face shape and says “I want the same hairstyle as this picture”. Then the client gets upset when the hairdresser tries to talk her out of it. It’s like putting a square peg in a round hole.

This weekend I spotted a woman who had a round face shape, she was wearing a chin length triangular hairstyle, wider at the base. That hairstyle made her look like a blimp.

Any way, listen to your hairdresser when it comes to choosing the most flattering hairstyles by face shape. Thanks to the StarTribune who interviewed hairstyling experts about the subject and gave us this wonderful article.

How to find a haircut that suits your face shape
By ALLIE SHAH
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Thinking of getting a sleek new Sienna Miller haircut this summer? If your face is oblong like Sarah Jessica Parker’s, you might want to reconsider.What’s becoming on a heart shaped face may not flatter a woman with an oblong or square shaped face shape. A perfect oval face shape may be able to pull off many different hair lengths and hairstyles, but a soft-featured, round face shape looks most pleasing in longer hair.

Knowing the contours of your face shape and what complements it is the key to choosing a haircut that’s not only in style but also looks right on you. “It’s one of the first things we look at,” said Shane, a hairdresser and owner of Mask Hair Designs and Day Spa in Minnetonka and Plymouth, Minn.

So important is face shape in determining how to cut hair, she says, that many cosmetology schools devote two days to the study of face shapes.

Lyndon Barsten, an educator at Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, wrote a chapter on face shapes for a textbook that’s used to train students. In the book, called “Introduction to Styling Hair,” he identifies seven face shapes and advises which hairstyles best suit each one.

The different shapes, the heart shaped face, diamond, round, pear, oval, square and oblong are meant to serve as guidelines, he says, as some people have a combination of face shapes. For example, a person may have an oval forehead and central area where the cheekbones are located, but a square jaw line.

A good way to determine your face shape is to pull all your hair back away from your face, look in the mirror and trace your face with a soap bar or lipstick.

Many consider the oval face shape ideal because almost any hairstyle and length is flattering. Heart shapes are marked by wider foreheads and a pointed chin. Their most flattering hairstyles include medium to short lengths and wispy bangs.

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