Monday, August 25, 2008

hair therapy: great hairstyles for oval and round faces

oval face shapes

the oval face, as most of you savvy readers know, is the most versatile face shape. you can pull off almost any look-- short or long, straight or wavy. but for the most flattering look on you, consider your best feature and highlight it with your haircut.

if you have gorgeous bone structure, consider an angular bob that shows off your chin. great eyes? blunt or side-swept bangs are a great bet.

most stylish and flattering hairstyles: chin-skimming bobs, blunt bangs, long, beachy waves (think california surfer girl).

avoid: (grrr) short layers that add height on top of your head. aside from being dated, short layers can make your face appear long. if your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut. you'll look like a pyramid. if you have curly hair, short hair is generally a no-no. try shoulder-length or longer to weigh down curls.

celebs with oval faces: Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Jada Pinkett Smith

round face shapes

if you have a round face, your goal is to create less volume around it. you also want to minimize the appearance of roundness.

most stylish and flattering hairstyles: try a cut that falls just below the chin. soft, graduated layers are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. consider wispy and tapered ends. these de-emphasize the roundness of your face. bangs are flattering, but keep them long or sideswept.

avoid: one-length, blunt cuts if you have short hair. curly, short hair is also a no-no. these only emphasize your roundness.

celebs who share your face shape: Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Catherine Zeta-Jones

keep these suggestions in mind for the next time you go to your stylist, and stay tuned for more great styles featuring your face shape!



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