The Perfect Haircut For Your Face Shape? As IF!

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If our beauty team stands for anything, it's that we don't believe in rules. Your look should never be dictated by someone else's dos and don'ts — especially when it comes to your hair. Whether it means getting extensions down to your booty or shaving your head, you do you. The days when a long face could work only with this haircut, or a heart-shaped one could never get away with that, are done.

Still, we always welcome a little guidance before getting a chop. So, with the help of a couple of top industry experts, we call bullshit on some seriously dated dictations. Ahead, 10 face-shape rules that should be thrown out the window, as well as tips to help you (gorgeously) prove them wrong on their way down.
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For some reason, people have been of the mindset that these two rights make a wrong. Those angular faces and the straight hair some people pay good money for somehow don’t work together — too many hard lines or something. But Mirza Batanovic, Eufora global educator and stylist at Ammon Carver Studio, says that’s a bunch of you-know-what. "It's never that you can't have something," he says. "It's about finding balance for it on your particular face."
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"Jennifer Aniston has a very square face, but she wears her hair straight most of the time," points out Batanovic. "Why does it work? Because of the framing layers directly around her face. Soft, wispy layers can soften sharp angles and square faces. So can long sideswept fringe or layers that start at the cheekbone and taper down."
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"Not true! Short haircuts are great for heart-shaped faces," says Batanovic. A certain Dawnson's Creek alum and face of Louis Vuitton may come to mind….

Famed hairstylist and R+Co co-founder Garren echoes this sentiment, saying there are plenty of hairstyles that complement the lovehead. He says, "[They can go] shaggy in the back, or a close gamine, or asymmetrical cut."
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"A flipped-out bob like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama can work because the ends of the hair are flipped out, thus directing attention away from a small chin," says Batanovic. "In the same regard, a pixie cut à la Michelle Williams a few years back can draw attention [up] to the eyes."
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Fringe is one of the hardest looks to pull off — no matter your face shape — simply because of the dedication needed to keep it from looking like a stringy and/or frizzy mess. But if you're willing to put in the work, or just go with your hair's natural flow, anyone can bang. "Asymmetrical or 'pixie-ish' textured bangs work great [for heart-shaped faces]," says Garren.
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If you're apprehensive, just check out Reese Witherspoon, again, when she rocks sideswept bangs just below the eyebrow level. "This essentially balances the face by diagonally sweeping across one side, thus reducing the visual intensity of the heart shape," says Batanovic.
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Another group of people who are often told to steer clear of fringe are those with wide or round faces. But we stand by our word (and so do our pros): If you want bangs, go for it. (And we're sure this won't be the only time you take the plunge.)
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Both Garren and Batanovic advise cutting bangs that are longer on the sides and shorter in the middle. "Having longer sides of the bangs, also, a shaggy haircut, will break up the wideness of the face," Garren explains.

If you're set on having the straight-across kind of bangs, Batanovic suggests taking inspiration from another iconic beauty: Baby bangs à la Bettie Page (or Beyoncé circa 2014) will work for you, too.

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Blunt, straight-across haircuts are super-chic. (Hello, Gwyneth Paltrow.) But women with longer faces are often deterred from going for the sleek look — to that we say screw it!
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If you have straight hair, and you're worried about accentuating your long face, and are adverse to layers (see rule #1), go for a cut that falls at your collarbone or above.

"A long bob that's blunt, or a bob at chin level, will create width to balance the face," says Batanovic. "Long bangs also pair with blunt haircuts really well," adds Garren.
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No matter what you may have heard, those with long or square faces should totally get in on the '70s moment we’ve been living for the past few seasons. So the next time you slip into that suede A-line skirt you just bought, slide a comb down the middle of your hair, and up the Farrah Fawcett volume. "Add fullness to the style, so it doesn't hang flat to the head," says Garren. "Layers near the eyes will help to create some movement, too."
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"Simply adding face-framing chunky-ish layers will soften a long/square face by creating wider points of interest," says Batanovic. "The layers can start at chin level, or just below, to create some width."
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You may remember reports on this rule making the rounds in your Facebook feed a while back. Well, Garren has some words for whoever came up with this nonsense: "If your stylist tells you this, you need to find another stylist," he says. "Women can pull off a variety of hairstyles, as long as they own their personal style. There are so many more styles out there than 'short versus long.'"
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"Everyone can have short hair if it is balanced for their face — essentially leaving longer versus shorter pieces where needed," says Batanovic. When getting a major chop, your confidence is so much more of a factor than your face shape. Lots of women use long hair as a security blanket, but if you want to go short, it's all about finding a great hairstylist and owning your lewk.
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The-bigger-the-better hair is making a major comeback (along with its '80s makeup counterpart, blue eyeshadow). But should those with round faces bypass the trend? “So false — this one is a hard false,” says Batanovic. “People with round faces should have volume to draw attention upward, which will balance the width of the face. Flat hair only amplifies its roundness."
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When creating volume with your styling tools or products (like mousse), or even by teasing, Garren suggests looking to Adele for inspiration. "Think '60s volume," he says. "Height, not width."
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This is another "hard false," says Batanovic. “A side part completely helps a round face due to drawing the eye diagonally upward and softening the face,” he adds. “By sweeping the hair over to one side, [you’re] essentially hiding one cheekbone and exposing the other. Makes for a great balance!”
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Garren agrees that it is truly all about balance — such is life. "You can pull off a side part as long as it’s not flat to the head," he says. "Also, having a textured part that falls across your face, and not totally solid, can help."
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"Not true," says Garren. "[Just be sure] the haircut directs attention to your eye area if you have a triangular face. Try flirty bangs and a sexy cut, potentially partnered with two-tone hair."
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In the end, it’s all about making the haircut you’re most drawn to work for you — and no matter what it is, there is a way to do it.

"Everyone is unique, so no haircut works exactly the same on every person,” says Batanovic. "It's like this: Whatever your most prominent feature, we find a haircut that would balance it. A great hairdresser will know what to do. We spend years perfecting this."

So ask for recommendations from friends with hair you love, read reviews, check out Instagram, and find someone your trust — no matter the haircut you're going for, no matter your face shape.
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