7 of the most flattering hairstyles for oval faces
Find a look that best accentuates your features
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / November 07 2018
We all know that no matter how much we like a hair trend or want to copy a celebrity’s look, the best haircut for us is one that suits our face shape. Those with rounder faces were made for long layers, square jawlines and angled cuts are a match made in heaven, and when it comes to the best hairstyles for oval faces, you’re actually spoilt for choice. “The majority of styles and cuts will suit this shape due to its flattering dimensions, which means you can be quite adventurous with both your cuts and colours,” explains Scott Sloan from Sloans of Lane Cove and Sloans of North Sydney.
Not sure what face shape you have? Here’s how to find out…
According to Sloan, “it’s best to stand in front of the mirror and pull your hair back tightly off the face so you can examine your face dimensions. Round faces have much softer angles and full and wide cheeks; square faces have an equal width and height, but with a more angular jawline; heart faces have a more pointed chin, which gives the effect of a wider forehead; and oval faces have a forehead that is slightly wider than the chin. The jawline is also rounded and is a little longer than it is wide, making it balanced overall.”
After determining your face shape, Sloan then recommends “looking at pictures of celebrities with the same face shape to determine what will look best. You can then take these as a reference to your hairdresser so you can discuss how the look will work with your hair type.”
For those on the hunt for the best oval face shape hairstyles, we’ve rounded up a list of the most flattering haircuts for oval faces. Take your pick!
#7 / Side fringe or part
A great way to soften the appearance of a slimmer or thin face shape is with asymmetry. By opting for a side fringe (or deep side part similar to Blake Lively’s for those who don’t want to commit to a cut), you’re effectively able to make your overall look appear softer and less linear.
#6 / Textured bob
Because an oval face shape tends to be thinner around the jawline, it’s important to create volume around the chin to fill out the space. To do so, you can either ask your hairdresser to cut choppy layers around your jawline or simply spritz a dry texturising spray onto your mid-lengths to add body and movement. Try Kevin.Murphy Bedroom.Hair.
#5 / High ponytail
“While the height of a topknot tends to elongate the face, the ponytail option is a nice way to keep your updo in proportion, with the length of the ponytail providing balance,” says Sloan. This sleek version on Jessica Alba is a great one to try as we head into the warmer summer months.
#4 / Long layers
Long hair that falls straight and at one length has a tendency to make your face look narrow. To avoid this, ask your hairdresser to cut in a few long layers to break up the look of blunt ends.
#3 / Pixie cuts
“Jennifer Lawrence’s short pixie crop is the perfect example of why oval faces can be brave and opt for super short hairstyles,” says Sloan. He adds that because the face is balanced enough already, “the shorter hair doesn’t over-accentuate features and the length of the face ensures the crop doesn’t emphasise roundness”.
#2 / Tousled waves
While tousled waves are universally flattering, “they look particularly good on oval faces and can be parted in the centre without dragging the face down too much,” explains Sloan. If you have a slightly longer oval face shape, he suggests trying a side part to soften the look even further.
#1 / Blunt fringe
This look can be one of the trickiest cuts for other face shapes to pull off because it shortens the overall length of the face, but oval shapes balance the bluntness perfectly, says Sloan. While any length of hair will suit this style, Sloan notes “the addition of some length in Jessica Biel’s look really flatters the face”.
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Do you have an oval face shape? What haircut and hairstyle do you find suits you best? Let us know in the comments below.
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