The defining feature of an oval face shape is the absence of sharp angles or corners near the forehead, cheeks and chin. Because of their symmetry and balance, most hairstyles look great on oval faces, including fades and undercuts with comb overs, quiffs, pompadours, textured slick backs, and spiky hair. However, avoid fringes and bangs that could cover your forehead and make your face appear rounder.
Facial hair and beards are optional for guys with oval faces. Because of the soft, smooth contours of the jawline, go clean-shaven.
Round faces are about equal in length and width, and the jawline offers no sharp corners or defining edges. To create the illusion that the face is longer, consider hairstyles that are short on the sides but add height or volume. The best hairstyles for round faces include undercuts and high fades coupled with pompadours, faux hawks (fohawks), fringes, side parts, quiffs, spiky hair, and long textured comb overs or slick backs.
While a beard isn’t needed for round-faced men, a full square beard can give the jaw a more chiseled look.
Square faces are angular, sharp and masculine. Like round face shapes, square faces mean the length and width measurements are similar – the only difference is the angle of the jaw is sharper. Because of its versatility, the best haircuts for square faces range from really short men’s haircuts, such as undercuts, buzz cuts or crew cuts, to longer styles that add some volume to the top, such as brush ups, quiffs, pomps, messy crops, long comb overs and traditional slick backs.
Men with square faces may grow some light stubble to soften the sharpness of the chin and jawline.
Sometimes called “oblong” or “rectangular”, long faces are longer than they are wide. To avoid your face looking even longer, men with oblong faces should try short haircuts on top, such as a crew or buzz cuts. However, if you want more volume on top, skip the short fade on the sides and you can style your hair with a side part, comb over, or short brush up/spiky hair.
Guys with oblong faces also shouldn’t grow out a beard that will further elongate the face’s shape.
A diamond face shape is characterized by strong, wide cheekbones and a defined, angular chin. Because diamond-shaped faces are typically long and narrow, barbers and stylists recommend a layered, high-volume hairstyle, such as a fringe, faux hawk (fohawk), brush up, side sweep, shag, long slick back, or textured crop.
Men with diamond faces may consider growing some facial hair to soften the chin and jaw.
Triangular face shapes accentuate angular features, most notably with the jawline being wider than the cheekbones. To offset the smaller forehead and create symmetry, the ideal haircut for guys with triangle face shapes is to avoid short fades on the sides and try medium-length textured hairstyles on top, such as swept bangs, angular fringes, and messy hair.
Given the prominence of the jawline, most men would do best clean-shaven.