The Perfect Hairstyle For Your Face Shape

Much like achieving the perfect hairstyle, one must understand that different face shapes go well with certain hairstyles. Lucky for you, Darling Hair has a whole range of hairstyles to choose from to suit your Face Shape. So no matter what hair texture and face shape you may have, there is definitely one that was made just for you. To make it easier, we’ve put together a list of five styles for every occasion.

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Oval Face Shape:

If you have an oval face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

·         Your forehead and jawline are approximately the same width.

·         Your chin is rounded in shape with no hard lines.

·         Your jawline has a slight roundness to it.

·         Your forehead is slightly broader than your jaw.

·         Your face is widest at your cheekbones.

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Hairstyles to Try: Darling Hair – Jozi Lite Dred – Long defined natural-looking curly spirals.

Styling tip: To add a bit of change try starting with patterned cornrows in the front and allow the lengths to showcase the curls. Daily care and maintenance: To remove build-up and keep your hair and scalp healthy and fresh, wash it no more than once a week with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo that won’t leave residue. Towel dry and avoid heat at all times. Use your fingers to detangle. To add moisture and shine on your own hair and scalp use African Pride braid sheen spray twice a week. This will help relieve dryness, itchiness and flaking of the scalp. Before going to bed wear a silk night cap to prevent damage. Wear a swimming cap when swimming and if hair comes into contact with pool or sea water rinse off thoroughly, condition, rinse and moisturise.

Oval Face: Luckily for you as an oval face shape you can wear any style, whether it’s short, long, layered or bobbed. The only thing to consider with an oval face shape is what part of your face you want to accentuate. This is where you can get creative on how you style your hair everyday.

Square Face Shape:

If you have a square face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

·         Your face is very equal in regards to length and width.

·         Your forehead and jawline are a similar width in appearance.

·         Your chin is noticeably square and/or flat.

·         Your jawline is strong, broad and obviously square in appearance.

·         Your cheeks and the sides of your face are straight.

·         Your forehead is broad and most likely straight around your hairline.

·         Your face is widest at your cheekbones.

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Hairstyles to Try: The Darling Hair Malaysian Deep Curl Weave. High quality synthetic hair weave that is 100% premium blend for a premium look & feel. It’s re-usable, re-stylable and washable. It has a human hair feel and comes in 3 sizes: 18inch, 20inch, 22inch

Styling Tip: The installation method is the sew in method or bonding method. The weave can be styled as a pondo, bob and fringe.

Square Face: Short to medium length hair will also suit you, especially if the style is rounded in shape or has wispy ends. Styles with height at the crown will also work in your favour.

Round Face Shape:

If you have a round face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

·         Your face is pretty much the same width and length, creating a circle like shape.

·         Your forehead and jawline are approximately the same width.

·         Your chin is rounded in shape with no hard lines or angles.

·         Your jawline is round and full in shape.

·         Your forehead is wide and round at your hairline.

·         Your face is widest at your cheekbones.

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Hairstyles to Try:  Darling Hair Vibration “Long soft spiral strands, versatile enough to be worn as faux locs or opened up into a lush natural-looking afro with a tight curl. Ideal for quick and easy, natural-looking protective styles”

Styling tip: To get the best out of this hair piece you can crotchet it, braid it into curly faux locs or fixed into a faux locs or afro pony tail. Daily care and maintenance: To remove build-up and keep your hair and scalp healthy and fresh, wash it no more than once a week with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo that won’t leave residue.  Towel dry and avoid heat at all times o Use your fingers to detangle. To add moisture and shine on your own hair and scalp use African Pride braid sheen spray twice a week. This will help relieve dryness, itchiness and flaking of the scalp. Before going to bed wear a silk night cap to prevent damage. Wear a swimming cap when swimming and if hair comes into contact with pool or sea water rinse off thoroughly, condition, rinse and moisturise Available in various subtle and earthy colours ranging from solid basic colours to two tone blends and highlights.”

Round Face Shape: Hairstyles with height and fullness at the crown will give the illusion of a narrower face shape, particularly those short in length.

Heart Shapes

If you have a heart face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

·         Your face is longer than it is wide and has a wide width.

·         Your forehead and jawline are a similar width in appearance.

·         Your chin is noticeably pointed.

·         Your cheek line and the sides of your face taper into your jawline.

·         Your forehead is wide and round at your hairline.

·         Your face is widest at your forehead but your cheekbones are also wide and pronounced.

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Hairstyles to Try: Darling Hair Moja Braid – This is a beautifully defined hot water braid with bouncy curly ends. It comes in vibrant ombre colours.

Styling tip: The installation method is on scalp braiding and off scalp braiding. It is easy to curl with hot water and perm rods and easy to uncurl for a straight look.

Heart Face Shape: Any textured chin-length hairstyles will suit best. Shoulder length cuts with wispy layers that kick out will also work very well. Height on top will work but only if they belong to shoulder length or longer hairstyles.

Oblong Face Shape

If you have an oblong face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

·         Your face is longer than it is wider and has a narrow width.

·         Your forehead and jawline are a similar width in appearance.

·         Your chin is pointed.

·         Your cheek line and the sides of your face are straight.

·         Your forehead is tall and wide and may be round at your hairline.

·         Your face is widest at your forehead.

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Hairstyles to Try: Passion Twist – Darling Hair Passion Twist – Trendy, beautiful and affordable style with a natural look and feel. Soft and tangle-free fibre that is lightweight and easy to maintain. 2 bundles in a pack with 15 strands each (30 total).

Styling tips: The installation method is crochet method and pick & twist/braid method. This is a quick crochet that can rocked as a pondo style, passion cornrows, natural twists and spring twists. Can be worn short or long.

Oblong Face Shape: Layered styles in medium and long lengths that add body in with wavy and curly textures are great for softening the straight long lines of oblong face shapes.

Darling Hair stylist, Thomas Tsheola notes, “It’s easy to bring in a bunch of photos of celebrities and ask for their hairstyles, but if they don’t have similar facial features as you, you won’t leave happy. There are various ways to adjust your dream hairstyle to suit your features best, but mostly it important in ensuring that your natural hair is taken care of first”.

About the hair expert: Thomas Tsheola, known as “Kholo the Hair Doctor”, is the Head Stylist at Darling Hair. He is a qualified hairdresser and a constituent assessor with 20 years’ experience in the beauty and hair industry. He has overseen Darling Hair collaborations such as Soweto Fashion week for over seven years and Idols South Africa season 16. 

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