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LSA Barbershop: Crash-course on how to pick a hairstyle for your face shape

Two of the most self-asked questions before a man’s barber visit – “How to pick a hairstyle?”, followed by “What hairstyle would suit me?”

Trust us when we say that strategically choosing a hairstyle based on your face shape can make the world of a difference. The great thing about determining your face shape and finding its appropriate hairstyle is that it enhances your facial structure by balancing out volume and depth. It’d say that women have the upper hand in this affair, simply for having longer hair and more room for experimentation and suitability. For men, the canvas for art is a little bit more limited, making it more challenging. Factors like hair-type, texture, density, color and thickness become harder to play with, with shorter hair. More so, facial structures simply shuffle the deck further, making it harder to pick the right card and hairstyle for oneself.

We decided to get a few experts on board and create a one-stop guide on how to pick a hairstyle based on one’s facial shape.

How to pick a hairstyle for your face shape: LSA Barbershop

how to pick a hairstyle

Amir Khan, Style Director of Jean-Claude Biguine, India highlighted a key detail to pay attention to before taking a crash-course on how to pick a hairstyle – Understanding and measuring our facial details. This comprises of your forehead, cheekbones, jawline and facial length, which will then allow us to determine our face shape and the hairstyles that suit that silhouette.

Square

Sareena Acharya, Artistic Head – Hair at Enrich Salons explains “Don’t feel too boxy, there’s a hairstyle that’d still look great on you. With this silhouette, you probably get the most options to choose from. The trick for square faces is to highlight the jawline using your hair. The undercut, quiff and side-parts are your best friends in this affair. If you’re feeling less experimental, a buzzcut would do just fine too.”

Rounded

Amir Khan, Style Director of Jean-Claude Biguine India stated – “Well, even if you’re on the chubbier side with a round chin or no prominent face cuts, there’s still a haircut that can suit you. You need to crest the illusion of structure using your hair. Try aiming for tighter sides with more height or volume to the top. The Pompadour or Flat Top would be great fits for someone with a rounded face.”

how to pick a hairstyle

Oval

“If the length of your face is nearly one and a half times longer than the width, you have an oval-shaped face. Well, oval silhouettes may not be the most alpha face shape for men, we can all agree. The trick here is to wear your hair off your forehead to crest volume and angles to the top. This will perhaps make you look more masculine too. Try a cool quiff or a Pompadour” – Well put by Amir Khan, Style Director of Jean-Claude Biguine India.

Diamond

TrueFitt & Hill’s Master Barber, Mr. Jay Pawar stated on this type of silhouette – “This is when your cheeks are the widest point of your face. The goal for you is to find a style that adds width to the forehead and chin area. Try longer styles that can be tucked behind your ears, this is great to highlight your diamond shaped facial structure. Given the width of your cheekbones, don’t go too short on the sides as it’ll make your ears pop out. I’d recommend softer lines and layers for this face shape where you don’t stay from natural angles. Finally, try a side sweep or deep side-parting along with a stubble, incase if you want to add some more body to that narrow chin.”

how to pick a hairstyle

Triangular

“This is meant for men who have a pointy chin and jaw, which is wider than your forehead. Due to this narrow silhouette, it’s best to aim for high-volume hairstyles. Try ones that are longer, nose-length and with fuller sides, this will simply add more depth. Also, since you have a strong jawline, go for a super light stubble or best, completely clean-shaven” – Expertly quoted by TrueFitt & Hill’s Master Barber, Mr. Jay Pawar.

Heart

“In the case of hearts, I believe in balancing out the narrow chin with a side part or a textured quaff. Which means, you need to brush upwards and backwards from your forehead. Try avoiding cuts that are tight on the sides. It’s certainly uncommon, but it’s a great silhouette to work with.” – Said Sareena Acharya, Artistic Head – Hair at Enrich Salons.

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Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.