Does your hairstyle suit your face?

“A quality haircut can give you greater self-confidence, attract admiration – and bring you good fortune – It’s a fact!” 

A bold claim from Shane, who’s confident swagger shows he has utter belief in the power of the barber. “But,” he adds firmly, “It’s important to understand which style will best suit your own face, not the face of, say, a guy you saw in a magazine.”

When confronted with the question ‘what will it be today?’ Shane urges you to talk to your barber about your preferred style – or the look you want to achieve – forearmed with a little knowledge of your own.

Says Shane “Everybody has one of six common face-shapes – and you really should use your hairstyle to balance the face, frame it – or even disguise any aspect you might not be happy with.”

“If necessary, a quality barber will always talk to you about adjustments to your chosen style with your face shape in mind.

But there are still many who will give you exactly what you ask for, without question – which could be a disaster for your look.”

Identify your face shape – key features

Look at yourself in the mirror with your hair combed back off of your face. Use a bar of soap to trace the outline of your head and face on the mirror – then stand back and consider; is the shape square, triangle, round, oval, oblong or diamond?

Square
Your forehead and jawline are roughly the same width, and the angle of the jaw is sharp, with a square chin. Celebrity squares: Brad Pitt, David Beckham, James Dean and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Triangle
You have a wide forehead and cheekbones and a pointed chin. Your face can be any length. Triangular celebs: Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling.

Round
You have prominent rounded cheeks with equal width and length of your face and the angle of your jaw is soft. All-round stars: Jack Black and Elijah Wood.

Oval
You have a slightly rounded jaw and a wider forehead than jawline. The Oval face is said to resemble an egg shape. Ovalteens: George Clooney and Jude Law

Oblong
Your face is longer than it is wide with often rounded jawline. Oblong faces are longer than the oval face but more proportioned in width. Long-face legends: Ben Affleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Elvis Presley

Diamond
Narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones the widest point. The chin is pointed. Pure diamonds: Johnny Depp and Dane Cook