Depending on whether you have a round, oval, square, or other face shape, certain hair cuts will look better or worse on you.
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A lot of guys like to embrace a versatile haircut—but not everyone out there can rock every hairstyle out there well. Certain looks will work better for some guys than others and vice versa. Turns out, your face shape has a lot to do with whether a cut looks awesome on you—or just plain silly. So, we reached out to a few of the industry leaders at the top of the game to help you understand which hairstyles are best for the six major face shapes. You'll see that they completely agree in certain instances, but have varying opinions in others. So, read through each expert's take on the cuts that are right for your face shape—then make an educated decision on what your next hairstyle should be from there.
Our expert panel: Theri DeJoode Global Technical Director, American Crew Co-owner + Director, Groom For Men, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Nick Arrojo Owner, ARROJO, New York, NY
Martial Vivot Owner, Martial Vivot, Salon Pour Hommes, New York, NY Celebrity Hair Stylist
Now when you go in to get a fresh cut for the fall, you can impress your barber by knowing exactly what you are looking for, instead of saying “just take a little off the sides." You're welcome.
Arrojo says: "A square face is angular and masculine. Classic tight haircuts including close fades, short layers and business-like side parts, should be your go to. Make sure the hairline isn’t perfectly cut out because it will then highlight any receding hair.”
Vivot says: “Square faces are perfect faces and can carry pretty much any kind of haircut. Think Brad Pitt. When we think square we usually refer to the jawline. Including a pointy beard also softens the jaw line up."
Theri DeJoode says: “Ask for a cut that includes broken texture on the top; lots of height at the center top; a short textured area where the side meets the top."
Vivot says: “The best way to flatter a round face is to create a square, which means having it very tight on the sides and then adding height on top. Flat tops and pompadours are good options.”
Arrojo says: “Since a round face shape has no prominent angles you can give the illusion of it with your hair. Angular cuts like front fringes, faux hawks, and pompadours worn softly will be a good compliment to your face and add some structure.”
Dejoode says: “A square shaped cut with weight in the corners looks great. Off-set an extremely round face with asymmetry in the haircut.”
DeJoode says: “Pretty much anything goes with this balanced face shape.”
Arrojo says: “Haircuts that have a 'swept' or windblown look (whether that is swept up or across the face) will look best because they are a balance of volume and length. Avoid too much heavy hair on the forehead as it will soften features and make the face look rounder."
Vivot says: “The best way to balance out an oval face is to have a round shaped haircut, which makes the oval shape more pleasant. A ‘Caesar’ is a perfect cut for an oval face.”
DeJoode says: “Leave some length at the back hairline and over the ears. Allow for texture to show in the interior.”
Vivot says: “A side part with bangs is a good way to go because it softens.”
Arrojo says: “Soft mid-length looks swept up are going to be your best bet. You can use a blow-dryer to get this look. Steer clear of cuts cut too tight as they will accentuate the width of the forehead and the narrowness of the chin.“
Arrojo says: “With a [rectangular, or] 'long' face the key here is balance of the overall haircut mixed with balance in styling. Remember high on the top will make your face appear longer and too tight on the sides will make the face appear narrower.“
DeJoode says: “Let the top fall heavy and to gravity. Let length fall to the sides of the head. Leave subtle length over the hairline.”
Vivot says: “The focus with the hair should be on the side, and stay away from having too much volume or height on the top – you want it to be as flat as possible. Having hair over the forehead also helps.”