Last week’s recap
Determining your face shape
In order to determine your face shape, pull your hair back in a headband or ponytail and analyse what you see in the mirror. Your pretty face should fall within one of six categories.
Oval: Forehead may be slightly wider than the chin and the length of the face is about one and a half times the width.
Round: Prominent, rounded cheeks with equal width and length of the face.
Square: Prominent jaw and square chin with forehead and jawline roughly the same width.
Oblong: Often confused for the oval face, though an oblong face will have a longer shape that is not as wide as oval — often with a narrow chin. Also known as rectangle face shape.
Heart: Wider forehead and cheekbones with a narrow jawline and chin.
Diamond: Narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones at the widest point of the face.
Last two weeks we’ve been on the topic of
hair styles and haircuts suiting face shapes. We’ve already discussed Oval, Round and Square shapes. Today we will be looking in to the Oblong face shape which is also known as rectangle shape.
Set the hair and give it some real bounce. The softness of a retro
curl can make everything feel more “round” and less long even when it’s not. Curls are an amazing way to add width to your silhouette but always keep in mind you want width, not height with oblong!
As crazy as it may sound, ears help you gain width. Sweep all the hair over your shoulder and make sure you show an ear when
there’s a lot of curl or texture going on. When you see the ears it tricks your eye into thinking the face is a teeny bit wider than it actually is. When hair is cleared away from the face it allows the
cheekbones to come through!
I know this isn’t a hair trick but it’s still a
trick. Earrings that dangle near the sides
of your face (especially ones that are
close to your skin’s own tone) help to
draw out the overall silhouette. Try
lighter golds for pale skin and bronzy colours for darker skin. Sounds crazy but it works!
This may be where you need to learn how to flat iron curl. You can create a great wave pattern around your face with more control over where the waves hit when you use a bevelled
flat iron to do it. Probably check out some demos online or if you need advice please email me. You want the widest part of the curls to hit right at your cheekbones. The hair should almost mimic the cheekbone, but be wider. You may have to spend a little time figuring out how to wrap the hair around a curling iron but it’s worth spending the time.
Again, you’re seeking width, so set the hair the way you like but keep it off the face. Give it a good warm burst of air around your face at the end and lightly hit your hairline with hairspray. Do what you can to keep the hair from hugging your face.
Honestly you’re not that limited on haircuts with an oblong face shape. The only thing you should really steer clear of is hard bobs that make you appear longer and really long sleek straight hair with no layers or movement. Everything else can be styled accordingly to creating the illusion of a wider face.
Carrie Bradshaw proved to the world, curly girls with oblong face shapes are the chic-est. Let those curls be if you have them! Allow them to be loose and wild and off your face to widen the overall silhouette. You of course need a great haircut to manage major curls, but once you have that, you’re all set. Curly hair for an oblong face is ideal because of the horizontal volume it gets naturally.
SLEEK STRAIGHT LAYERED HAIRCUT
You will often confuse oblong faces with oval face shape, the difference would be more length and pointier chin. Hairstyles for oblong faces should prevent drawing attention to the chin, that’s why long layers that start beneath the chin is ideal.
This is more of a French style to have tousled hair. The key to winning this is a heavy dose of confidence.
SIMPLE BOB WITH SHAPED BANGS
This adorable style is perfect for a laid back, fuss free schoolgirl. If you are blessed with a slightly wavy texture, blow-dry your hair 50% to create this style. If you have straight hair, you can add a few loose waves with a straightener or scrunch and tousle your hair while it’s drying.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of FIT OUT.
As I said, a heavy dose of confidence will help you pull of almost any brave and bold hairstyle!