Best Hairstyles for Your Face Shape – Pear/Triangle/Teardrop


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A Pear/Triangle/Teardrop face shape has a broader jaw than forehead.  So your aim is to soften your jaw, make it appear a little narrower, whilst balancing your jaw to forehead.   It’s a bit like a heart shape face flipped upside down.

Hairstyles that Flatter a Pear/Triangle/Teardrop Shaped Face

Layers around your face work really well.  Shag styles (yes the Rachel cut… remember Friends) is ideal for you.

If you have a very narrow forehead (diamond like), go for a  fringe (bangs), either side swept or blunter cut (if your face isn’t too short).

Volume at the temples and sides can also work well to balance your narrower forehead with your jaw.

If your jaw is softer rather than angular (more teardrop than triangle) a short wedge cut can work to balance by giving your width at the temples.

If you have symmetrical features, a centre part with long straight but layered hair can work well to diminish the size of your jaw.

When you wear your hair pulled back into a ponytail, ensure you have either a fringe, or a few wisps of hair that go past your jaw to soften your jawline.


Hairstyles to Avoid for Pear/Triangle/Teardrop Shaped Faces

Lots of waves or curls around your jawline as they will further broaden it.

One length all over hair, you need layers.

Hair pulled severely back into a pony tail.

Pixie cuts can be hard to pull off as your broader jaw can give your face a more masculine appearance.



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  • I love wedge cuts. I have a teardrop shaped face and quite curly hair, so the wedge doesn’t work. I usually tie my hair back at the nape and leave “wedge length” fringe and wisps out. Seems to solve the problem. The curls need weight otherwise you’re just one bad hair minute away from Bobo. Thanks for posting, some good tips.

  • Thank you Imogen.
    I think face shapes can change during our life.
    For me: round when I was teenie, then teardrop, now (60+), rectangle.

  • I have a pear shaped face and heavy chin line. I wore a cheek-lengthy bob with wedge for many years and loved it. I now live in Texas and can’t tolerate my very thick hair around my face in hot weather. Any suggestions for a hair style to balance both need to pull up hair and need to balance a large head and pear-shaped face? My hair never seems to respond to layering either.

    • I’m not a hairdresser Sallie so this would be a good conversation to have with your hairdresser. Maybe just a few fine pieces left out when you put your hair up? Sometimes if it’s hot we do things for comfort over what is optimal – and that’s fine!

  • Are there any hairstyles that allow one length all over hair for this face shape, like blunt cut bob for straight hair ending below the jawline? Can such bob hairstyle possibly create long vertival lines along the jaw line, elongating the short version of this face shape?

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