Get the best hairstyle for your face shape

Not all hairstyles are created equal. No, let me rephrase that. Not all hairstyles are equal when applied to modern man. For example, the faux hawk is a great look, but can be uncomfortably out of place on a man older and not as chiseled as his former self (e.g. Jeff in accounting). Gents with round faces would benefit from square cuts to offset the shape. More on top and less on the sides keeps it clean and sharp.

A rule of thumb we’v e all heard since we began to feel self-conscious about our own style is, “choose a hairstyle that fits the shape of your face.” So what does it mean to get the best hairstyle for your face shape? Rather that try to reinvent that wheel, the team over at Birchbox have a a simple reference graphic to help you out.

get the best hairstyle for your face shape


I was blessed with a perfectly shaped and smooth noggin, so my bald head suits me well. I can’t lie, however… if I could grow full hair again, you bet I would rock the current David Beckham undercut look. Perhaps in my next life.

Oh, by the way, if you’re curious what shape your face is, here’s a handy-dandy guide to help you figure it out.

What’s your ideal style? Have a style you wish you could rock? So you have a barber that works miracles? Share in the comments, my friend!

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Blake Hammerton

Blake Hammerton

Blake Hammerton is the founder and coach at The Sharp Gentleman, and helps men earn more respect while gaining confidence in who they are. He is a certified relationship coach and loves writing about men's fashion, style, character-building, relationships, travel, adventure, and more.

  • Great article. I always thought I had a round face but that link you gave on how to measure faces classifies me as oval-shaped. That Beckham undercut really is the tightest cut I’ve ever seen and I bet a lot of guys are aching to try it out. Unfortunately, not everyone can pull it off. People with wider craniums can kiss the dream goodbye because the sides are bound to stick out.

  • This is some helpful information. I personally have stuck with my own plain hairstyle for years, because of my lack of knowledge on hair. I have always wanted a new hairstyle but was too afraid to change my hairstyle as I was uncertain of what would fit my facial features. The information in the article was very helpful and I am planning on a new style in a few weeks.

  • Has the Mr. Clean look gone out of style? I like having very short hair because of the low maintenance. I don’t have to worry much about wearing a hat or a hoodie or how that might mess up my hair. Also, for those sharp gentlemen that are losing their hair, isn’t embracing the baldness best?

    • I hope not! Short hair has always been perfect for summer. Low-maintenance and keeps your head cool during the hot days. Just don’t go full bald or you’ll have to apply sunscreen to your head if you don’t want to wear a hat.

    • It most certainly has not! I am a proud bald man, myself. I’m automatically more aerodynamic than my hairy comrades. I actually think man losing his hair should have an objective eye look at the shape of his head. A good-shaped head is wonderful, so I vote you shave it, get it conditioned and smooth, and never look back. If that man has an unfortunately shaped noggin, I feel like he might want to exhaust other options first.

      I can say that because I have an excellent head shape, but I still went the “Hair Club for Men” route in my younger days, and there are some pretty amazing options out there.

      Bald, however, IS beautiful.

  • I would say just find the haircut that makes you look your best. All of this scientific stuff is irrelevant because everyone is different and every hairstyle doesn’t fit everyone. Be yourself and what ever works for you, go in that route but mix it up from time to time. Be confident in what ever style you choose.

  • I always wanted to try going bald but the shape of my head is kind of weird. It is a little bit on the trapezoid side! I’ve always stuck with haircuts for the square types or round types.

    I see this funny thing where where guys sport the same hair cut for decades… Does anyone here have friends with haircuts that didn’t change when you last met them 20 years ago in high school? I suggest you send them to this article haha…

    It was probably cool back then but there is this phenomena were you sort of identify yourself with your haircut and get stuck with it for years even if it’s not right for you.

    • Have you ever buzzed your head short enough to really get a good look at your shape? Bald sucks if you can grow a beautiful head of hair. Bald is awesome if you can’t. Like I mentioned above, I would totally grow a full head of hair and give it the undercut style if I could.

  • Danny T

    Nice article on getting the best hairstyle to match your face shape. We can all appreciate quality grooming- it’s really important to a guy’a appearance to make the right decisions when it comes to their hair and grooming styles. All the guys I know swear by the beard grooming products from to keep their beards looking great.

    • Great link to Detroit Grooming. I like the products from The Motley and just about anything made by Merlin’s Beard Products. I grew my beard out in January and February, and then trimmed it short again to start March. As a bald guy, it’s the only hair I get to style. I feel like I’m a short beard kind of guy. It stay short and soft, and that’s how I like it.

  • Lucia

    Awesome! It’s a really amazing post, I have so much to learn about hairstyles and faces shape. I had no idea it made such difference! Excellent piece of writing.

  • It’s hard to get the best hairstyle for my face shape. Being a black guy, our hair textures lead to some very limited choices without some extreme styling process but that aside. My preferred style is in my picture when I have my hair relaxed otherwise my hair is something close to a Dragon Ball Z character with spikes. Now if I were to ever completely cut my hair off and or go bald I will go straight into Vin Diesel from Pitch Black / Chronicles of Riddick. I may or may not have a pair of goggles on stand by.

  • There was a time when I got my hair really short and then people laughed at me because it really didn’t fit me. It was one of the worst two months of my life. My hair doesn’t grow fast so I got stuck with it for awhile. Most of the time, trying to fit in to what’s the trend never really helps. So as much as possible, whenever I try to get a new hairstyle, first is I check the shape of my face. The second, and probably my best tool is I ask some of my girl friends. They just know it if it fits you. It’s like their gut feel being carried over to a great hairstyle opinion.

  • floresa08

    What if you have a round face, but thanks to your genes, you are now going through an awkward phase of receding hairline? Should I work with what I have or just shave it all off?

  • E L

    I’ve been looking for a new hairstyle for a while now, but I didn’t know what would work for me. This is a really interesting picture that I’ve never seen before. Next time I go to the Barber, I’ll consider these hairstyles. According to this photo, I should have hair with an off center part.