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Finding the right haircut that suits your face shape is essential to ensure a flattering look. A bad haircut can take a long time to grow out, unless you immediately schedule another visit to the barbershop for corrections.

Therefore, it’s important to choose the best haircut for your face shape before booking an appointment. At Neighborhood Cut and Shave in NYC, we prioritize our clients and want you to always look your best. In this blog post, we will provide tips on how to select the perfect haircut for your face shape. Continue reading to learn more.

Diamond Face

A diamond face shape is characterized by a narrow chin and brow area, with wider cheekbones. It is a relatively rare face shape for men. Professional barbers recommend haircuts that add width to the forehead and chin area for this face shape.

Fringe haircuts are also advisable as they can add texture to the forehead. Longer haircuts can work well if styled to be tucked behind the ears, which helps highlight the bone structure.

Avoid going too short on the sides as it can make the ears appear larger. Haircut experts suggest softer lines and layers to soften the natural angles of the diamond face shape. A side sweep or deep side-parting haircut can also create the illusion of a wider chin.

Heart Face

A heart-shaped face is wider at the temples and hairline, tapering down towards the chin. It is a rare face shape and benefits from creating optical illusions to achieve better proportions.

Avoid tight haircuts that can accentuate the narrowness of the chin and the width of the forehead. The best haircut for a heart-shaped face is a medium-length swept look. Keep mid-length and longer haircuts thin and light to soften the appearance of the forehead.

Long Face

A long, rectangular, or oblong face shape falls between oval and square shapes. To avoid making the face appear even longer, it’s important to choose a haircut that balances the proportions.

Avoid having very short sides and longer hair on top, as this can accentuate the length of the face. Opt for a well-proportioned haircut that allows the hair to fall to the sides or across the forehead, creating width and preventing the face from appearing too narrow.

Oval Face

An oval face shape is symmetrical and well-proportioned, and it is a common shape for women. Men with oval faces can pull off almost any hairstyle. To optimize an oval face, consider wearing the hair off the forehead to create volume and angles on the top of the head.

A classic short back and sides with a slightly longer top, allowing for a side-swept parting, is a great choice. Avoid a forward fringe as it can add too much definition to the forehead, softening the features and increasing the roundness of the face.

Round Face

A round face shape is characterized by a circular shape with a rounded chin and no natural lines or angles. For round faces, it’s important to choose a haircut that creates the illusion of structure and definition.

A haircut with height on top and tight sides, such as a flat top or pompadour, can add structure to the face. A front fringe is also advisable for round faces. Adding square corners in the high recession area of the hair can help sharpen any soft edges and provide more definition.

Square Face

A square face shape is considered ideal for men as it exudes a masculine effect. This shape is characterized by a well-defined jawline, even proportions, and a chiseled look. Similar to an oval face shape, a square face can work with various styles.

It is versatile enough to handle both short and long haircuts, such as a quiff or a French crop. Classic neat haircuts, including close fades, side partings, and short layers, complement the square shape and enhance its features.

Triangle Face

A triangle face shape is characterized by a narrow forehead and a wider jawline. It is the opposite of a heart shape. When choosing a haircut for a triangle face, it’s best to opt for styles that provide volume to the hair.

Professional barbers recommend longer, nose-length haircuts with full sides as they add depth to your appearance and help balance out the wider jawline.

How to Determine Your Face Shape

Get a mirror and use a flexible measuring tape so you can measure your face and record them accordingly.

  • To measure the forehead start across the face from the peak of one eyebrow arch and end on the opposite side. 
  • To measure the cheekbones start at the pointed part below the outer corner of the eye and end on the opposite side.
  • To measure the jawline start at the tip of the chin then continue below the ear where the jaw angles upwards. The number you get must be multiplied by two. 
  • To measure the face length start at the center of the hairline until you reach the tip of the chin.

After getting the exact measurements, take note of which is the largest of the four, then compare to the face shapes below to determine your face shape. 

  • Diamond: The face length is the largest, followed by the cheekbones, forehead, and the smallest is the jawline, with a pointed chin.
  • Heart: The forehead measures greater than the cheekbones and jawline, and the chin is pointed.
  • Long: The face length is the largest, while the other measurements are similar.
  • Oval: The face length appears wider than the cheekbones, the forehead is larger than the jawline, and the jaw angle is rounded.
  • Round: The cheekbones and face length have similar measurements, which are larger than the forehead and jawline, which also have similar measurements. The jaw angle is soft and less defined.
  • Square: The different areas of the face have similar measurements, and the jaw angle is sharp.
  • Triangle: The jawline measures wider than the cheekbones, while the forehead is the smallest.

To get the best haircut for your face shape in New York City, you can book an appointment with Neighborhood Cut and Shave.

Are you in need of a haircut? Do you know which haircut suits your face shape? If you have recently moved to New York City and are searching for a professional barbershop, look no further than Neighborhood Cut and Shave.

We offer haircuts and other barbershop services to cater to your needs. To book an appointment with us, simply give us a call at (212) 929-5555. Don’t wait any longer – contact us now! We are eager to provide you with a great haircut and help you look your best at all times.