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The best haircuts for heart- and square-shaped faces

14 November 2019 | By Leigh van den Berg

Whether you’ve got a heart- or square-shaped face; there’s a hairstyle for you, and a celebrity who rocks it. We look to the stars for some hair inspo.


Here in the real world, unflattering hairstyles don’t grow out overnight (and money still doesn’t grow on trees, we checked!). So before you make a spontaneous appointment with your stylist for a life-changing hair transformation, consider whether the life change is likely to be a positive one.

Queen of hearts

Heart-shaped faces are wider at the top and end in a narrow chin, so the goal is to find a cut that helps balance this out.

Famous faces 

Rihanna, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Ashanti, Christina Ricci

Styles that work 

•    Most jaw-length or longer hairstyles that frame the face will suit you, particularly those that flick out a bit around the chin. 
•    A long, side-swept fringe looks fantastic on heart faces as it draws attention away from the forehead, and down towards the eyes. 
•    Pixie styles are also a winner, but your hair needs to be straight to pull it off. If yours isn’t, consider going for a straightening treatment or using a relaxer, such as Dr. Miracle’s No Lye Relaxer Kit. Ask your stylist for a modified pixie that’s a little longer in the front and on the sides, and keep it well defined with mouldable putty.

Styles that don’t

Styles without a fringe that are pulled back sharply into buns, ponytails, etc, are anything but flattering for heart-shaped faces. Face framing is the goal for this face shape. 

Square sistas

A square-angled jaw line is the hallmark of a square face. This shape looks best with a haircut that softens the face’s angles.

Famous faces 

Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Hudson, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

Styles that work

•    Just about any length will flatter, provided you add a few layers to frame your face and soften your jaw line. 
•    Soft curls or waves suit this shape as they help to balance the facial angles. For a sexy tousled style, give your hair a good misting. Then blow dry and style your hair in a side parting. Next, wrap a few sections around a wide barrel curling iron to create soft-looking waves. When you’re done, brush them out so they look casual and loose. Spritz a little Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray through your locks. This will act as a mild fixative while adding a bit more texture.
•    As far as fringes go, anything that’s slightly long and worn a bit to the side should flatter your face.

Styles that don’t

Avoid sharp or harsh cuts, like angled bobs or a blunt-cut fringe, which will emphasise an already-broad forehead and chin.


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