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Here's How To Choose The Right Layered Haircut According To Your Face Shape

Mitch Avatar By: Mitch | Last updated November 3, 2022

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This will be a brief guide to determining which layered hair look best suits your face shape. To work this out, you will first have to identify your own face shape. Below, we provide a simple guide to working out if you have a round, square, heart, oval, rectangle or diamond-shaped face. Once you know which face shape you have, you can read our helpful tips about the best layered look for your face. By the end of this guide, you will know exactly which hairstyle best serves your features!

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What Is My Face Shape?

You might not have ever considered it before, but everyone has a different composition of fat and bone structure in their face. This means that people all have different face shapes and this will affect which hairstyles suit them best. If you are unsure what your face shape is, here is a quick guide to the various shapes it could be.

Measure your face’s width, from temple to temple and across the jaw line, as well as its length, from your hairline to the tip of your chin. If you have a wider face, it is probably round, square, or heart-shaped. Whereas, if your face is long, it will be an oval, rectangle or diamond.

Moreover, take a selfie and identify if you have sharp features, or rounder, softer features. Comparing your face to celebrities’ faces can also help, as you can google “celebrities with heart-shaped faces”, for instance, and see if yours is similar.


If you have a wide face with soft lines and features, you have a round face shape. Celebrities that have round faces include Lupita Nyong’o and Selena Gomez.


Wide faces with sharp jawlines, cheekbones and angular foreheads fall under the category of square-shaped. Examples of this face shape include Margot Robbie and Olivia Wilde.


Rounded foreheads and pointed chins indicate a heart-shaped face. Scarlett Johansson and Taylor Swift have heart-shaped faces.


If you have a long face with softer lines, rather than harsh features, you probably have an oval face. Bella Hadid and Salma Hayek are two celebrity examples of the oval face shape.


If your face is long and your chin is quite curved, you have a rectangular face. Celebrities with rectangular faces include Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristen Wiig.


Finally, if you have a narrow forehead, a sharp nose and a pointed chin, your face is diamond-shaped. Rihanna and Anna Kendrick both have diamond-shaped faces.

Why Should I Layer My Hair?

There are a lot of reasons why having a layered haircut is preferable over a one-length cut. For instance, layered hair better frames your face and, when you choose the right style, it highlights your best features or softens harsh lines, depending on what you are going for.

Moreover, layered hair will look more voluminous, have healthier ends and create drama and shape with your hairstyle. People with thick hair often like to layer their hairstyle in order to thin out their hair a little and give it a more pleasing shape. Meanwhile, people with damaged hair can layer it to remove dry or breaking ends.

If you have long hair, concentrate your layers below the earlobe for the best results. Meanwhile, if you have short hair, begin your layers under the level of your eyes. 

The Best Styles for your Face Shape

There are a lot of ways that you can style each face shape, so do not think that you have to cut your hair to match the celebrities listed above with your face shape. There are certain styles that better suit each shape, but you will also have to incorporate your personal style and hair texture into your decision.

For instance, there are many hairstyles for round faces, some of which are pixie cuts and some are long and flowing. Generally, it is a popular choice for people with round faces and short hair to cut layers that highlight their cheekbones. This gives more definition to their soft lines. For longer hair, you can try adding bangs to your look to frame your face more.

Square faces tend to suit shoulder-length layered hair. This draws attention to the sharp jawline and creates a chic edgy look. People with heart-shaped faces often have prominent foreheads, so like to include wispy bangs in their looks to complement their brows. Moreover, an A-line bob is brilliant for this face shape.

Long, choppy bobs suit oval faces, as they provide a natural contour to the cheekbones and jaw. Rectangular faces can suit long hair with a middle parting and classic layers, if the wearer likes to draw attention to their prominent, long features. However, to soften their features, they may instead opt for shoulder-length hair layered from the jawline to frame the face. 

Finally, diamond faces are complemented by middle partings and shaggy layers. Hair can be either long or short and looks great in a ponytail.

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This has been a brief guide to layering your hair and choosing which style best suits your face shape. We have provided an explanation of the main face shapes: round, square, heart, oval, rectangle and diamond, and given celebrity examples of each to help you determine your face shape. Now, you know which face shape you have and you can match it with the perfect style. Remember, if you have long hair, start your layers below the earlobe and if you have short hair, layers should still be below eye level. This is the best way to create the perfect shape, give your hair volume and keep it healthy-looking.