Ladies: Before purchasing your new wig, you must first identify your face shape, since a style that complements a woman with a round would simply not measure up for a square face. So go find a flexible tape measure and follow the guidelines below, and we promise you'll find the wig for you in a snap.
First, take the following measurements (in inches or centimeters):
1. Forehead: Pull the tape measure from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch. Record that number.
2. Cheekbones: Measure across your upper cheeks, starting and ending at the sharp bump below the outer corner of each eye.
3. Jawline: Measure from the tip of your chin to the point below your ear where your jaw angles upward. Multiply that number by two.
4. Face length: Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.
Write down these four measurements. Note which is the largest, and use the information below to determine your face shape.
|Oval Shaped Face||
Face length is larger than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is larger than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded.
Short: An angular bob with short, chin-hugging layers helps to emphasize your face shape.
Medium: A sleek look that hits at the shoulder length keeps the hair from lying flat against your head, which has an elongating effect.
Long: Lengthy strands paired with side-swept bangs like can shorten long faces effectively.
|Round Shaped Face||
Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft.
Short: A gamine with spiky layers sliced all around the crown works because unlike a jaw-hugging bob, a petite pixie cut downplays roundness in a big way. The choppy pieces up top add height, lengthen your face and emphasize your eyes.
Medium: A long, collarbone-skimming bob with wispy pieces around the neck works because hair that hits the shoulders or collarbone has a face-slimming effect.
Long: Long, barely there layers that hit at the jawline because a scattering of light layers on the bottom keeps volume away from the sides and focuses it near the ends.
|Heart/Diamond Shaped Face||
Face length is largest. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.
Short: A coy pixie that’s clipped evenly on the sides and nape with short layers on top. This cut works because it’s dynamic enough to cancel out a pronounced jawline, while the choppy layers break up a wide forehead.
Medium: A collarbone-length crop with sweeping bangs and uniform layers. This works because shoulder-skimming layers draw your eyes away from the chin area and add balance.
Long: Lengthy layers with curly sections and full bangs. This cut works because heavy fringe helps to offset a prominent jawline, while gently tapered layers prevent strands from falling flat.
|Square Shaped Face||
Face Characteristics -
All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp.
Short: A short layered bob with subtle bangs brings the focus higher and puts the emphasis on your cheekbones, rather than your jaw.
Medium: Shoulder-length layers all around with sweeping bangs help to camouflage a strong chin.
Long: Collarbone-skimming strands with bangs that hit at the cheekbone get rid of angles and soften the entire face.
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