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Hairstyles for Oval Faces: The Most Flattering Cuts


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Why This Style Suits an Oval Face

Jennifer Aniston

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If you have an oval face shape, you've landed the most versatile shape. Many women blessed with different face shapes -- round, long, square and heart -- get haircuts that will give the allusion that they have an oval face. 

You can wear almost any hairstyle. So which are the most flattering hairstyles for oval faces?

No matter the length of your cut, you'll look best with layers near your cheekbones, lips or chin; basically whichever feature you want to highlight.

Jennifer's Aniston's haircut looks amazing on an oval face. The long layers hit at the cheekbones and the chin. The hair is longer in the back and shorter in the front so it doesn't weigh down Aniston's face. If you are petite, you want to avoid super long hair in the front because you risk looking like you're 10 years old.

Since so many styles work for you, keep in mind these rules for finding the perfect hairstyle for your personality and hair texture:

  • Rule No. 1: Stay away from dated hairstyles. If you haven't changed your style in a decade, find a new photo and get your hair cut. A bad hairstyle can age you by 10 years (These celebrities prove this theory.).
  • Rule No. 2: Don't fight your natural hair texture. You can straighten curly hair, but it takes time and money. Why not invest in a good haircut for your curly hair instead? If you have super thin hair, don't try to grow your hair beyond your shoulders without the help of extensions, as your hair will be lifeless and flat, no matter how much product you put in it. Instead, cut in layers and keep the length above your shoulders. Find inspiration in these shoulder-length hairstyles.
  • Rule No. 3: Pick a style that suits your personality and lifestyle. If you are quirky, get a funky hair cut and color. If you're edgy, a pompadour may be a great bet. If you're a busy mom, cut your hair so it's stylish, yet doesn't require 15 minutes a day of styling.


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