Choose The Perfect Bridal Hairstyle for Your Face Shape
With so much bridal hairstyle inspiration out there, from Pinterest to Instagram, most of you brides-to-be will have already done extensive research to find a look you love. Whilst getting ideas for you and your hairstylist to work with is great, selecting a bridal hair style on the basis of how it looks on someone else can be a huge mistake. Why? More often than not, it all comes down to face shape.
The shape of your face will largely dictate whether or not a style will look amazing or awful, so to find a style which will look great on you, it’s important to know which styles work with your face shape and which ones don’t.
Find Your Face Shape
There are only a handful of standard face shapes that you are likely to have and it’s really pretty easy to find out what that is using this simple technique:
Scrape your hair back away from your face and lightly draw around the outline with an eye pencil. Take a step back and have a look from a short distance – you should be able to roughly see which category (see these below) that you fall into.
Bridal Hairstylist Top Tip!
Don’t be shy about discussing your preferences with your bridal hairstylist. Communication is key to creating your perfect bridal hairstyle, so if you’re keen to cover up your ears or you’d love to flaunt your swan-like neck – speak up!
Putting together a bridal look that you love should be a team effort, with professional consultation from your hairstylist and back and forth between you. I know that some of my clients can be shy, so I always make a point of asking lots of questions and reading body language to make sure that they get what they really want.
Hairstyles for Different Face Shapes
There are 7 different face shapes that you will most likely fall under and each has their own ‘pros and cons’ to make them more or less suited to certain hair styles.
Key Traits: A prominent chin and large forehead
Celebrity Lookalike: Sarah Jessica Parker
What Works: Create balance with width with side partings, up-styles around the mid-section or side buns
What Doesn’t: Middle partings are a no-no, as are very long, straight styles
Key Traits: Soft, round edges and full cheeks
Celebrity Lookalike: Adele
What Works: Use height to elongate the face and use pieces around the face to draw out cheekbones and slim down
What Doesn’t: Avoid styles lacking in volume and height
Key Traits: The ‘perfect’ face shape! Features evenly proportioned and chin narrower than the forehead
Celebrity Lookalike: Jessica Alba
What Works: Pretty much everything!
What Doesn’t: Show that face off – don’t cover it up
Key Traits: Angular but short face with strong jawline
Celebrity Lookalike: Natalie Portman
What Works: Use waves and curls to soften the edges
What Doesn’t: Tight, pulled back styles
Key Traits: Wide jawline with narrow cheekbones and forehead
Celebrity Lookalike: Kate Hudson
What Works: Add width around the top with an off-centre or zig-zag parting or an up do with volume on top
What Doesn’t: Avoid styles with any focus around the chin
Heart (Inverted Triangle)
Key Traits: Wide forehead, narrow chin. Great cheekbones!
Celebrity Lookalike: Halle Berry
What Works: Create balance by drawing attention to the narrow chin area with curls or pieces falling forward
What Doesn’t: Steer clear of too much height or slicked back styles
Key Traits: Narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones
Celebrity Lookalike: Keira Knightly
What Works: Deep side partings and soft hairstyles
What Doesn’t: Flat styles, too much volume at the sides or crown