New year, new ‘do. Start 2016 off right and find a fresh new haircut that flatters your face shape.
Newsstand staple First for Women names the most flattering and best haircuts by face shape as spotted on our favorite celebrities. In the new year, when winter weather makes us feel blah, we like to perk up our mood with a fresh new look. So we LOVED seeing this salon-ready guide for our new 2016 haircut. Hint: For styles that need extra volume and length, FFW recommends Viviscal Extra Strength. Two tiny pills of our supplement promote thicker, healthier looking hair growth in as little as 3 months.
Best Haircuts by Face Shape: Ovals
For a short cut, try a razored crop that hits at the nape of the neck with long, choppy layers and diagonal bangs. “An assymetrical crop that skims the cheekbones directs attention up for a youthful lift,” explains Giannandrea, creative director of Macadamia Professional, who works with Reese Witherspoon. This “cheeky chop” can be seen on Bridesmaids‘s Kristen Wiig.
For a medium-length cut, try a sleek bob, as sported by American Horror Story‘s Angela Bassett. This is a good look for medium lengths because the spherical silhouette of a bob that curls right below the jawline creates the illusion of a fuller face, advises hairstylist Nick Penna, owner of SalonCapri in Boston. So ask for a blunt bob that hits below the jaw with face-framing layers and a middle part.
For long hair, go for a beachy wave as on CSI: Miami‘s Eva LaRue. This is long layers that fall more heavily at the shoulders. Celeb stylist Lea Journo recommends this cut for oval-shaped ladies because the “cascading layers position volume at the sides of the face to help round out any narrowness.”
Best Haircuts for Heart-Shaped Faces
For short styles, try the modern taper as seen on beauty Dame Helen Mirren. Her full, eye-skimming bangs visually lengthen the wider face or forehead of a classic heart-shaped face, and pull attention away from a prominent chin. Ask for short blended layers and cropped sides that lengthen slightly to the nape of the neck.
For medium styles, try the flirty flip with a neck-length cut with graduating, razored layers that begin at the cheekbones and side bangs. The style, spotted on Kellie Martin, flatters with textured layers with ends that point out to help widen the look of a smaller chin.
For long hair, ask your stylist for long, face-framing layers with razored ends, a look that’s rocked by Jennifer Aniston. When finding the best haircuts by face shape, this one is ideal because the center part makes the forehead seem smaller. The soft waves help fill in an angular chin.
Best Haircuts for Square Faces
For short hair with a square-shaped face, try the soft sweep haircut. The rounded style with side-swept layers helps soften the sharpness of a square face. So ask for a short bob with long layers that falls slightly below the nape of the neck à la Sigourney Weaver.
For medium length hair, try a modern shag as seen on Rene Russo. Ask for a shoulder-sweeping cut with shorter layers in the front. The bouncy waves will help soften a strong jaw.
For long hair, go for the feathered fringe of Jennifer Garner. Heavy, tiered bangs that blend into longer wavy layers create an oval-like frame around the face to help soften the harsh angles of a square jawline. So ask for long, blended layers and full bangs that graduate into cheekbone-length on each side.
For more of the best haircuts by face shape and more red carpet hairstyles on celebs, read the article on FirstforWomen.com.