Determine Face Shape & Flattering Wig Styles

Wigs and hairpieces should compliment the shape of your face. If you not sure about which wig style will be most flattering on you, use the following suggestions as a guide to find a wig that works with your face shape.

To determine your face shape, look into a mirror and pull your hair back. Compare your face shape to our illustrations.

 

Oval

As the name implies, the Oval Shaped Face is longer than wide, with a jaw that’s narrower than the cheekbones. Because the oval shaped face has no dominant areas, your forehead, cheekbones, jaw line and chin are so proportional, this face looks good with just about any hairstyle, length or texture. Lucky you . . . anything goes!

Round

The Round Shaped Face is characterized by a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. AVOID WIDTH. In some people, the neck may also appear short. Round faces look very good with a geometric or linear style. Add height when possible, and long, wispy side areas to make the cheeks look narrow. Comb hair close to the head on the sides and at the nape.

Square

You have a wide hairline and a wide jaw. It is desirable to create the illusion of length. So, you need height on top and narrowness at the sides. Comb your hair off the forehead to add height to your face. Try a curly wig that is mid-length or longer. Also, wisps of hair around your face will break the wide, straight lines. You need a hairstyle with softness to lessen the effects of angles. AVOID ONE- LENGTH HAIRSTYLES.

Diamond

You have a narrow chin and a narrow forehead. Your cheekbones are wider. So you need to reduce width at the sides of your wig – and you want to add fullness at the chin line. AVOID HEIGHT ON TOP OR VOLUME ON THE SIDES. Bob hairstyles work very well for a diamond face shape. Also use some fringe or bang to cover your narrow forehead.

Heart

You have a narrow chin and a wide forehead. So, you need to add volume at the chin. Bring some hair onto the forehead to disguise its width. You want more fullness in front of your earlobes and around your jaw. Try to keep your hair close to your head at the eyes. The most flattering style for you is a pageboy as well as subtle layers. AVOID SHORT HAIR AND CHOPPY LAYERS.

Pear

Characterized by a small or narrow forehead and a rather large, pouchy-appearing jaw line; the Pear Shaped Face is the least common of all. So, you need to add volume from your eyes to the crown of your head. Full, layered looks can deflect attention from the middle of your face. A classic shag hairstyle looks wonderful, as you can comb the hair close to your head on the sides and at the nape. AVOID JAW LENGTH, BLUNT CUTS.

Oblong

You have a very long, narrow bone structure. You may also have a long, thin neck. Creating the illusion of an oval face is desired. So, you simply add width and fullness at the sides with soft curls and waves. Use a fringe or half bang across the forehead as this will help shorten your face too. AVOID ONE LENGTH CUTS AND SHORT LAYERS THAT ADD VOLUME TO THE CROWN AREA.