Best Hairstyles for Your Face Shape – Oval


Oval face hairstyles (500x304)

An oval face shape has a length that is 1.5 x the width.  The forehead and jaw are of similar width, the widest point of the face being the cheek bones.  The jaw and forehead are gently curved in shape.


Hairstyles that Flatter an Oval Face Shape

Your first consideration is your hair texture – what will your hair do easily?  Choose a haircut that works with your hair texture.

With your balanced shape, you have the most options when choosing hairstyles.  What you have to think about, is where your features are placed on your face, and whether one of the three zones (forehead, nose, mouth/chin) are longer than the others.

  • If your forehead is the longest proportion, go for a fringe (bangs) to make is less prominent
  • If your lowest third (mouth/chin) is the longest proportion, then have some hair that either goes to or past your jaw, or some volume at the nape of your neck.

Also consider your neck.

  • For a long slim neck, you can go for shorter, pixie cropped hair, or an angled, concave bob.
  • For a wider shorter neck, wear your hair longer, past your shoulders.

Remember, that volume at the crown will make your face look longer (more oblong).  Long straight hair that goes past your chin will also make your face look longer and more narrow.  Volume around the ears makes your face look wider (more round), but height at the crown as well as volume at the sides will keep your face looking balanced.

Long layers work well, to give you length and width

Concave bob with or without a fringe

Pixie crop if you have a shorter jaw and smaller feminine facial features with large eyes


Hairstyles to Avoid

If your eyes, or nose are not symmetrical, avoid a centre part which divides the face into two equal pieces and makes asymmetry more obvious.

Avoid any hairstyle that requires too much maintenance.  If you resent the time it takes to do your hair properly, look for a different hairstyle!



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  • I think this is me. I have a shorter neck so I tend to wear my hair a bit past my shoulder in long layers with side swept bangs. Thanks for all the celebrity examples!

  • At last oval shape face, thats me. My hair is very thick, I like it cut short with a side part. Its interesting to see photos of otheres with similar shaped face and to see how they style their hair.

  • Hi,

    I have an oval face and have long, wavy/curly hair cut in layers.
    My main concern is covering up my ears. My ears are very asymmetrical (one ear sticks out and the other ear is flat to my head. Also I don’t like the shape of my ears. Again, both ears are very different in shape as well. What would be the best hairstyle to hide this? I have naturally wavy/curly hair that is fine, but not sparse.

    • With wavy hair I’d have thought it was relatively simple to find a hairstyle that covers your ears. As with any asymmetrical features- work with the asymmetry by repeating asymmetry in your hairstyle and outfits.

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