How Do I Find the Best Hair Style for Me?

Here's how to find the hair styles that work for you -- styles that accentuate your best facial features while minimizing your less-than-best features.

To find your face shape:
1. Pull hair back and secure so hair is totally off the face.
2. Stand 12" from a mirror.3. Match your face shape to one of the shapes shown. Though your face may not be an exact duplicate of any single shape, it will more closely resemble one shape over all other shapes shown.

Round Face
This shape is wide, with full cheeks and a circular form. The goal: to slim your face. Hair below the chin line should be worn with a face-lengthening center part; for hair above chin line, wear an off-center part to minimize roundness. Height at the crown and a bare forehead lengthen and slim the face. In short-angled styles, you are best seen with hair brushed away from the face, building extra crown height to narrow the roundness of your features. Though bangs shorten the face, you can wear curly, tousled side bangs. Always avoid straight-falling bangs. Wear longer styles closer to the face to give length.
Heart Face
This shape has a wide brow, full and/or prominent cheekbones and a narrow chin. The goal: diminish forehead width and create a wider, fuller jaw effect. Wear a side part with soft three-quarter bangs swept over one side to balance your forehead width. A medium length to mid-neck is your best look. Fullness at the bottom, with hair directed forward onto the cheeks gives you the appearance of a wide chin. Curls or loose waves, shaped from the ears down, add width and fullness to your chin.
Oval Face
The perfect face shape, it also is the most versatile. Nearly every style looks sensational on this model face with perfect symmetry. In long styles, a great classic look is a center or side part with hair touching shoulders. The short-layered looks with curls and a close extended nape focus on this oval.
Oblong Face
This shape is long and thin, often with a chin that tends to look pointed. This shape benefits from a low side part, with a sweep of hair brushed across the forehead and secured with a comb. The look of volume with an asymmetric flow of hair to one side widens your face and reduces length. Straight-falling bangs or bangs blended with the sides of your hair shorten the overall face length. Your best hair length reaches to the middle of the neck. Favor volume with curly or wavy styles that are very becoming, giving you the illusion of balanced width.
Square Face
This face is characterized by an angular jaw and square brow, with jaw and brow being nearly the same width. The goal: soften the sharp angle of jawline and minimize squared-off brow. Wear your best styles with hair swinging forward onto the face to reduce the angles. Hair length is best about 1-1/2" below the chin, or extending to shoulder length to reduce and soften the squareness of your jaw. Hair worn on the forehead is always perfect for you, as long as it is wispy of fringed. Never wear straight bangs. Hair turned under at the bottom also will narrow the width of the jaw. Styles in loose curls and waves add extra dimension to the square face.
Triangular Face
This shape has a wide chin and a narrow forehead. The goal: narrow the chin and widen the forehead. Be sure to select those styles with full volume at the sides to balance your face shape. Wear your hair wide and full at the temples, brushed away from the face and up toward the ear to widen forehead; from the ear, angle hair forward toward the chin to soften and narrow a strong jaw. Your best hair length: chin length or longer.