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Best Face Shape for Long Hair

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Wondering if this whole hair growth journey is even going to work for you in the end? It’s a normal thing to wonder and in this post we’re going to cover the best face shape for long hair when it comes to males and what you need to take into account before you give up and throw in the towel.

If we get straight to the point, there technically is no such thing as the “best face shape for long hair”. The truth is long hair can actually work for any face shape, you just need to become more aware of the facial features you have and then learn what you need to do in order to maximise your long hair to suit them.

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What Face Shapes Are There?

There’s a few different opinions on this as well, but to keep it simple, the 6 most common face shapes that I’ve seen mentioned in just about every article I’ve read are the:

The oblong face shape -  best face shape for long hair
The square face shape
The diamond face shape -  best face shape for long hair
The oval face shape
The Round face shape - best face shape for long hair
The triangle face shape

All of these face shapes can work with long hair but not necessarily all long hair styles if that makes sense. You need to modify the style to compliment the shape.

So how do we determine our face shape? 

This is something I found very confusing after reading copious amounts of mens long hairstyle articles online as when this stuff is communicated in written form, I found it harder to grasp compared to someone psychically spelling it out for me.

The way I understand what I’ve found in my research is your face shape is determined by
a) The length and width of your face. 

b) And the width of your forehead and jawline.

Simply put, the points to measure from for these 4 things are

  • The tip of your hairline in the centre of your face down to the very tip of your chin
  • The pointiest part of your cheek bone to the other.
  • The pointiest part of your jaw bone to the other.
  • The peak of one eyebrow to the other.

That’s technically where to measure from but everybody’s points of measurement are structured differently and this is what makes one face shape different to another.

Now please don’t take this for gospel, this is just based on what a professional stylist classes a most flattering and that is the goal with any hairstyle is to make the face look as oval as possible.

The oval face shape is said to be the most flattering and this is because most hairstyles work with it. The oval face shape is also said to be the most in proportion which is what makes it look so flattering.

So technically, if you don’t have an oval face, a stylist’s job is to give you a hairstyle that is going to make your face appear more as oval as possible to get you looking in more proportion. They do this particularly with women who have bold facial structures that can come across quite masculine. 

Men don’t have to worry about this rule so much as bold features and chiseled jawlines is kinda what we like because it can accentuate our manliness however, large foreheads and round jawlines is what we tend to feel most insecure about.

Anyway, so now that we’ve covered some of the most basic rules, I’m going to break down each of these face shapes, how to identify them and what the best bet for long hair is for that type. Ready?

The Oval Face Shape


The oval face shape

The oval face is the most evenly structured face shape with the widest feature being the cheek bone with a slightly narrower forehead and jawline. The oval face shape is longer than it is wide and is the most flattering face shape for most hair styles.

Pretty much every long hairstyle for guys with this face shape is going to work however blunt cut fringes, short layers that sit around the eye area and boofy Sideshow Bob looks should be avoided as they disproportionize the length of face and accidentally make the face look rounder and wider than it actually is. 

The oval face is the most evenly structured face shape with the widest feature being the cheek bone with a slightly narrower forehead and jawline. The oval face shape is longer than it is wide and is the most flattering face shape for most hair styles.

Pretty much every long hairstyle for guys with this face shape is going to work however blunt cut fringes, short layers that sit around the eye area and boofy Sideshow Bob looks should be avoided as they disproportionize the length of face and accidentally make the face look rounder and wider than it actually is.

The Diamond Face Shape


The diamond face shape

The next face shape is the diamond face shape. The way to tell if you have a diamond face shape is: 

  1. If the measurements from one cheek bone to the other are wider than your forehead and jaw measurements
  2. Your face is longer than it is wide.

To make long hair work with this face shape you have a couple of options. You can either have your hair layered in the front near the eyes and cheek bones to make the forehead appear wider than your cheekbones giving the illusion your face is more oval, or go for a medium length hair style (like Jay Alverez) to add more width overall.

The main point is you want to add more width to the top half of your head to try and make your forehead wider which will give your face a more oval appearance.

The Round Face Shape


The Round face shape

The round face shape is easily identified because the width of the forehead, cheekbones and jaw are all the same with a rounded jawline. The with of the face is also the same as the height. 

The goal with a round face is to try and create more length and height to give the illusion of a more slender face. If you’re a guy with a round face long hair is a great idea for you because the longer your hair gets the more oval your face will start to look.

My advice for long hairstyles for guys with round faces is to aim for a length that is from mid neck and downwards.

Anything too close to your chin will accentuate roundness and make it look out of proportion. You should also stay away from blunt cut fringes and layers in the front and it will bring more attention to your facial features.

Another tip for round face shapers is to grow a beard if you can. It will give you more chiseled jawline and can also add length to the face.

The Triangle Face Shape


The triangle face shape

The triangle face shape is identified by having the widest feature as the jawline, followed by the cheek bones, then the forehead. Triangles faces usually have a really nice jaw structure, which for men is a wonderful thing because it accentuates that masculine look.

Most long hairstyles will work for guys with triangle faces, especially medium length hairstyles that fall just below the chin.

If we go back to the “oval” rule. To even out the proportions of the triangle face shape, it’s best to add a few shorter layers in the front to draw more attention to the eyes and add width to the forehead.

Also wider, crazier hairstyles like Jay Alverez are good for this face shape as well. Little note though, a man bun can look a little odd for this face shape because it can add more pointy-ness to the top of the head making it literally look like a triangle. This shouldn’t discourage you from wearing one but it’s just a conflicting factor with the oval rule and is good to know haha.

The Oblong Face Shape


The oblong face shape

The oblong face shape is the longest of the face shapes. Guys with the oblong face shape usually appear to have way larger foreheads and can usually cause a bit of insecurity.

Normally when I get asked the question “will long hair suit me or not?” on YouTube it comes from a guy who is worried about long hair or a man bun working with his forehead.  

Going back to the oval rule, it does seem counterintuitive for a guy with a long face to have long hair or a man bun as it will emphasize the length of his face automatically.

However, if you have an oval face shape and are dead set on having long hair or a man bun, the best thing to do is to have some layers put in the front that fall to either your cheekbones or jawline to break up the length of your face or go for a medium length hairstyle to add a bit of width to the head.

If you want to wear a man bun as well, make sure you avoid wearing a high bun as it will add more height to your head. By wearing a man bun at the back of your head or lower will add width. As for your forehead though, there really is no way to disguise a larger forehead because a man bun reveals all your features when it’s pulled back. The only way you’ll be able to make your forehead seem less prominent when wearing a bun is by getting those layers put in and wearing them out when you tie your man bun up.

The Square Face Shape


The square face shape

The square face shape is very similar to the round face shape in terms of length and width. The forehead is as wide as the cheekbones and jaw, but the square face shape usually has sharper edges which gives the face a bit more natural definition making the cheeks appear more chiseled and jawline is far more angular.

Most long hairstyles will suit this face shape and it can make the sharp edges can make a man bun look really masculine which in guy world is perfect.

Boofy hairstyles can look a bit odd on this face shape though because the bone structures are all as wide as each other and as we discussed earlier wide hair on a wide face = super wide and can look a bit odd.

The Diamond Face Shape


The diamond face shape

The diamond face shape is an interesting face shape. It’s similar to the oval in terms of the cheekbones being the widest feature but the forehead and jawline a far narrower. The face is longer than it is wide and the chin can look a little pointy.

To make long hair work with this face shape, having layers in the front that fall to the jawline can help widen the forehead and jaw to make the face look more in proportion according the the oval rule.

Just like the oblong face shape, wearing a bun with your layers out will allow you to have a bun and keep your face in proportion, otherwise you can just wear it all up and just not give a damn haha.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, all of this information is based on the rules of “oval being more flattering” and it is true in terms of keeping things in proportion. 

While these facts are interesting, the true key to rocking long hair or a man bun is your confidence and the way you hold yourself while doing it.

If you have any questions about what I’ve mentioned in this post, feel free to leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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