Hairstylists tend to look at our hair line and face shape when deciding on what haircut suits us the most. Hairlines and face shapes are also factors that can make us look more attractive aside from facial features. There are some hairlines that can match perfectly with more than one face shape more than the others. In this article, we’ll be briefly discussing the different types of face shapes and hair lines.

Types of face shapes


A round-shaped face usually has a wide hair line and fullness below the cheekbones. These face shapes look great and longer hair lengthens the face. Long layers are best for this face shape, while short layers accentuate the roundness of the face. A fringe on the side can also add a little length to a round-shaped face.


The oval-shaped face is longer than it is wider. The chin is more narrow than the cheekbones and an oval face is proportional, this face shape works well with almost any hairstyle. Especially when adding layers to accentuate the cheekbones, lips, or chin.


This face shape has a long and narrow bone structure. Longer hair pulls down the face and makes it look longer, and you wouldn’t want your face to appear longer if you have an oblong-shaped face. Keep your hairstyle shorter or add some soft layers. Also, trying to add some curls and body can also make the face appear wider.


A square face has a wide hair line and jawline. Hairstyles for square faces require volume and thinner on the sides. Add some texture and a soft fringe to help balance a square face shape. Longer hairstyles will look great and the chin will look more angular and defined. Straight lines and cuts should be avoided for this face shape.


Pear-shaped, also called a triangular face has a small or narrow forehead and a wider chin. Long hairstyles can help disguise a strong jawline to keep it balanced. If you are thinking of getting a short haircut, try to add volume at the top.


Having a heart-shaped face has a wide forehead and a narrow chin. Adding side-swept bangs to this style helps disguise the width of the forehead. Keeping the style around the chin fuller helps add weight to the narrower chin.

Types of hairlines

Low hairline 

A low hairline for men is most common in boys and young men who have not yet begun to lose hair. Women with a low hair line appear to have narrow or short foreheads. This is an advantage for those who could possibly recede hair as they age.

High hairline

A high hairline is usually from genetics, but it can also be caused by hair loss or thinning.


Receding hairlines is also what we call male pattern baldness. This is caused by hormonal issues, genetics, and external factors such as stress and diet.


Cowlicks are strands of hair that grow in a different direction compared to most of their hair strands. It’s often seen on the crown of the head and along the hairline. Women can also have a cowlick but it is very common to be seen on men.


Just like men, some women also experience receding hairlines. Some causes of an M-shaped hairline are hormones, genetics, stress, lifestyle changes, and habits.


Having an uneven hairline is common in women, some patterns of unevenness are zigzags, or one side is higher or lower than the other. Uneven hairlines can be caused by genetics or too much styling and pulling of hair too much.

By Manali