When you begin to search for that perfect long hairstyle, medium hairstyle or short hairstyle that will compliment your features you will first have to decide what shape your face is, the type of hair you now have, and of course your own unique personality. If you only go by the shape of your face and ignore your own personality then you may not be very happy with the outcome.

The basic face shapes include oval, rectangular or oblong, round, square, heart, triangular and diamond. To determine what your face shape is you will need to first measure your face crosswise the top of your cheekbones, next measure your jaw line from the fullest point to the fullest point crosswise, next measure your forehead crosswise, and last measure from your hairline to the bottom of your chin. Remember to write down each measurement as you go.

Oval Shaped Face

An oval face shape is the most versatile face. Luckily for you, you can pull off almost any look and any length. Whatever the length, wear your hair layered near your cheekbones, lips or chin to highlight whichever of these features you choose.

If you have an oval shaped face you should avoid short layers that add height to the top of your head.

Long or Oblong Shaped Face

If you have a long or oblong shaped face then curls and waves can create the illusion of width. If you prefer to keep it straight then you can you can create more width with bangs. Chin-length cuts and bobs are ideal.

You should avoid overly long or particularly short cuts as these will elongate your face. If wearing your hair past your shoulders, make sure you have it cut into layers particularly around the face.

Round Shaped Face

If your face is round you should opt for styles that fall right below your chin or those that add volume on top. Go for soft, graduated layered hairstyles that will make your face look slimmer. Bangs can be flattering, keep them long and wispy with tapered ends to deplete from the roundness of your face.

You should avoid hairstyles that add bulk or weight to the side of your face. If you wear your hair short avoid one-length, blunt cuts that emphasize the roundness of your face.

Square Shaped Face

If you have a square shaped face then you will need to choose a textured hairstyle that will shift the focus of attention away from the jaw line. You should opt for long, sleek layered styles that begin at the at the jaw line, continuing down, or short spikey cuts.

Avoid blunt cut bangs and one length bobs, these hairstyles will make your face look even more square.

Heart Shaped Face.

If your face is heart shaped then a pointy chin will more than likely be the focal point of your face.

Opting for windswept bangs will draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones instead.

Choose hairstyles with a fringe, a parting or hair that falls below the jaw line.