We already wrote about the best facial hair for your face shape, and hairstyles are much the same in that, for maximum handsomeness, they should hopefully fit the distinct contours of your unique mug. To help you get that right, we asked hairstylist Natalie Rose Dixon and barber Asia J for some tips.
The Best Hairstyles for Round Faces
Round faces are defined by a soft jawline and a weak chin, which can give you a sort of chubby appearance. To avoid that, Dixon recommends having your hair cut short on the sides, but letting it grow long (a few inches) on the top. This will make your face look slimmer than it actually is.
For men with super curly hair, Asia suggests the same approach in the form of a classic fade — more specifically, she recommends asking your barber to leave 1½ inches of length on top and then taper the sides and back. “Most Black men do a fade,” she says. To that end, Asia emphasizes that fades are always a good bet for curly-haired men, no matter what their face shape, so keep that in mind as we move along.
The Best Hairstyles for Square Faces
Square faces are exactly that — square. This means the wrong hairstyle might have you looking like a real-life blockhead. Dixon says your best bet here is to avoid anything too bulky: “Go with something clean and short,” she says. “Perhaps a buzz cut, something messy on top or styled slicked back or to the side.”
In which case, a fade is once again a good choice for square-faced dudes with ultra curly hair. Alternatively, Asia mentions a tapered fohawk or mohawk: “Like really tapered on the sides, down to zero. Then the middle is about an inch and a half styled into a fohawk or a mohawk.”
The Best Hairstyles for Oval Faces
Oval faces tend to be long, so you want to choose a hairstyle that doesn’t make it look any longer. Asia says a “curly mini afro” can work particularly well here. In terms of styling, she explains, “If they have really curly hair, they’ll just put in a leave-in conditioner and just let it air dry.” For less curly hair, “Leave some length on the sides,” Dixon recommends. If you go too short on the sides, you might end up looking like one of the Coneheads.
The Best Hairstyles for Rectangular Faces
Rectangular faces — also referred to as oblong faces — are long and thin around the cheeks. “Try the shaggy ‘90s cool guy’ look — parted in the middle and neat around the neck,” Dixon suggests. “Or shave the sides, and let it grow longer on top.” Once again, Asia emphasizes that those who fall into this category with curly hair can pick from virtually any option explained above.
Whichever hairstyle you choose, keep your hair healthy (and styled properly) with these tips. You can thank us later.