When your daughter announces she wants Bella Throne bangs—heavy fringe that sits just above the lids—go ahead and give her this hint: A super cute haircut on one girl may not be as flattering on another.
It doesn’t matter if she’s 8 or 18; the same rules apply when it comes to making the cut: face shape. Certain facial features, like a square jaw or rounded cheeks, can be softened or enhanced with certain styles. Knowing what the best haircut for her face shape is will make for a happier, more confident kid.
FIND HER FACE SHAPE
Tie her hair back
Sit her in front of a mirror
Trace her face shape on the mirror with a lip gloss or eyeliner
Step back and assess your masterpiece. You should be able to identify her face shape immediately.
Oval: The length of the face is about one and a half times the width. If your daughter is blessed with an oval face, she can wear almost any hairstyle.
Do: Almost any style works with an oval face—long layers, a bob and even soft, side-swept bangs.
Don’t: Avoid heavy bangs and shaggy styles that obscure her face shape.
Round: The width and the length of the face are equal. The chin tends to be slightly rounded, too.
Do: Bouncy styles with volume at the crown, cute flips, wispy bangs and fringy cuts that angle towards the face.
Don’t: Avoid chin-length haircuts. They accentuate the roundness.
Square: The forehead and jaw line are almost the same length. The face is very angular, so you want to choose a style that softens.
Do: Soft, flowy waves, wispy layers and soft side swept bangs.
Don’t: Steer clear of straight and sleek styles—they exaggerate the angles.
Heart-shaped: Wide cheekbones, a wide forehead, a narrow jaw, and a pointed chin define the heart-shaped face.
Do: A chin-length bob is perfection on this face shape. Side parts and side swept bangs look equally good, too.
Don’t: Be careful of going too short—choppy, croppy styles can make the chin appear too pointy.