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A hairstyle that's just you

The oval face is the perfect shape.

The oval face is the perfect shape.  

THE STYLE gallery for the hair is varied but one that suits your face shape - round, oval, square or long, helps maximise your looks. To find out the shape of your face, "stand in front of a mirror and hold your hair off the face using a hair band or scarf. Using a lipstick, trace the outline of your face on the reflection in the mirror. When you stand back, you should be able to see the category in which your face shape falls," says Laila Kakade, a beautician.

Square face: The square face is angular with a broad forehead, straight hairline and a square jaw line. A hairstyle with long layers, soft waves or curls helps detract from the hard lines. "The style you choose should lift off the forehead, coming forward around the cheeks and jaw to make your face look narrower and softer. Side parting with fringes combed away from the face are perfect compliments to this face," says Laila.

Avoid styles where hair is scraped off the face and parted at the centre, and geometric cuts as well — they will only emphasise squareness.

A short fringe suits the round face.

A short fringe suits the round face.  

Round face: The distance between the forehead and chin is equal to the distance between the cheeks. "Cheeks appear as the widest part of the face and you need a style that makes your face appear longer. Short layers on the top to give height and short sides that leave the ears exposed work well. A short blunt cut where the ends turn inwards is one good style for the round face," says Laila. Opt for a short cut to make the face look thinner. Avoid curly styles since they emphasise roundness as also very full, long hair and styles where hair is scraped from the face.

Long face: A high forehead and long chin characterise the long or oblong face that needs to be given the illusion of width. "Settle for a style that makes a wide frame for the face, a rounded crown and fuller sides. Turning out at the end will add volume to this style," says Laila. Short layers, a bob with a fringe or curly bobs balance a long face. Avoid styles without fringes, and long, straight and one-length cuts.

A hairstyle that's just you

Heart-shaped face: Broad forehead tapering down into a small, pointed chin and wide cheekbones are the prominent features of the heart shaped face. "The most flattering styles on this face are wavy or straight short bobs and short and spiky styles. Unstructured fringes will divert attention away from the wide forehead," says Laila.

Oval face: Wide cheekbones that taper down into a small pointed chin and extend up into a fairly narrow forehead characterise the oval face, which is considered the perfect shape by experts.

"Congratulations! You can carry off any hair style, so why not try something bold," says Laila.

A hairstyle that's just you

If you wear glasses: Ensure the frame and hairstyle complement each other. Large spectacles can spoil a neat feather cut while fine frames can be overpowered by voluminous styles. It is a good idea to take your pair of glasses to the salon, so that your stylist can take their shape into consideration for an overall effect.

Feature wise: Choose a hairstyle that enhances your best features, be it your eyes or high cheekbones. Disguise a high forehead with a fringe. While, for a low forehead choose a style with a wispy fringe rather than one with a full fringe. Incorporate softness in your style to balance a prominent nose.

Or select a style that comes just below chin level, with waves or curls, for the receding chin.

Body and style: Take into account the overall body shape. If the body structure is petite, avoid masses of very curly hair, which will make the head appear larger and out of proportion.

Dainty styles are a no-no for pear shaped bodies as they draw attention to the lower half of the body. When going for a new style, make sure it complements the complete you.

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