How to Choose the Right Haircut Based On Your Face Shape

A different haircut will not work for everyone. Different people will have different haircuts depending on their face shape. It is important to know which haircuts are best for you before visiting a barber.

How to determine your face shape

It is easy to determine your face shape with a tape measure. These measurements will allow you to determine your exact face shape, which will then help you choose the best hairstyles for you.

  • Cheekbones: Measure your cheekbones starting at the outer corner of your eye.
  • Measure your face from your middle hairline to your bottom chin.
  • Jawline: Measure the distance from the tip of your chin to where your jaw angles up to your ears. Then multiply that number twice to get the measurement of your jawline.
  • Forehead: Measure from the top of one eyebrow arch to another to measure your forehead.

Once you have taken all your measurements, take the largest one and compare it with the other profiles to determine your face shape.

Oval Face Shape

The oval face shape will result in a longer face than the cheekbone width and a larger forehead than the jawline.

For a more oval face shape, you will need hair that is shorter than the forehead. This can be achieved with a classic cut that’s shorter on both sides and the back. A side sweep or side sweep will make the hair look longer on the top.

Avoid making your forehead too heavy. This could make your face look rounder or soften your features.


This is the longest of all the men’s facial shapes. It has a face that measures longer than any other measurements. To avoid the face looking longer, it works best when the sides are longer. This face shape is best suited for well-designed haircuts.


This face shape is the most masculine and ideal. It has a sharp jawline and all measurements are nearly the same. This shape is compatible with both shorter and longer hairstyles.


This haircut also has the longest face length. The cheekbones, forehead, and jawline measurements are decreasing. For people with diamond faces, a haircut that increases width at the forehead and chin will be more flattering. The fringes should also add texture. This face shape is well-suited for side-parting or side sweeps.


Round faces share a similar cheekbone, face length, and jawline to round faces. They also have smaller foreheads and jawlines. A haircut that gives this face definition is a great choice. A square corner will sharpen the edges. A beard can also help to define the chin.

This article was written by a master barber at Goodfellas Barbershop in St.Petersburg FL. Goodfellas is the best barber shop in St. Petersburg FL, specializing in modern barbering with traditional techniques. We offer all types of cuts and styles as well as straight razor shaves and beard trimming with precision detailing. Family-owned and operated since 2012.