How to Find a New Hairstyle to Suit My Face Shape & Age

Written by gerri blanc
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Hair styles can either make or break a look, depending on whether or not the style fits your face shape. Age also can change which types of looks you can sport, as your hair may be thinning or balding, becoming more difficult to manage. But no matter your age or face shape, you can always find a new look that complements your personality and enhances your face.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mirror
  • Lipstick

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    For Women

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    Figure out your face shape by pulling back the hair from your forehead and putting it in a ponytail. "MarieClaire" magazine suggests looking at yourself in the mirror and tracing the shape of your face with lipstick on the mirror. Determine which shape fits your face: oval, round or square.

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    Decide which styles go best with your face shape. If your face is square, "MarieClaire" recommends a layered look, whether short or long, that softens and frames your face. With an oval face, you can go with virtually any look, but if your face is especially long, you may want to add fringe to make the distance from your forehead to your chin appear smaller. Lastly, if your face is round, avoid very short cuts with curly hair, sticking to layered looks that fall past your chin.

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    Research hair styles that will work for a person your age, in terms of what you do for a living and the thickness of your hair. If you have thinner hair, you may want to go with a shorter hair style that suits your lifestyle. If you do not want to deal with a high-maintenance style, ask your hairstylist to create a look that works with how much time you are willing to invest in keeping the style looking good. Generally, most hair styles work with every age; it just depends on your attitude, and your hair and face type.

    For Men

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    Figure out your face shape by moving your hair away from your forehead and studying the lines of your face. Most men, according to celebrity stylist Robert Hallowell, have a variation of the classic square face with round heads; that shape may incorporate a rectangular or an oval variation. Decide which shape fits your face best.

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    Understand which styles work best with your shape. If you have a square shape, with a pronounced jaw line, accentuate the square shape by styling your hair in a messy flat top style. If you have a fuller face shape, curls stopping at eye level will work well to slenderise your face. To offset a weak jaw or pointy chin, try growing some facial hair.

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    Find some styles that fit your desired look, as well as your hair type. Try getting shaggy layers or a crew cut if your hair begins to thin, as suggests. If you have a bald spot, you may want to style your hair very close to the head. Research looks that work well with your face shape as well as your age.

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