Heart shaped faces truly have it all: naturally chiseled cheekbones, a defined jawline, and beautifully highlighted features that could make a Roman sculpture seem mediocre. While the rest of us circle, squares, and ovals contour and inject ourselves with fillers to achieve a more sculpted look, heart shaped faces seem to be naturally born flawless. I speak for the rest of the world when I say I’m shamelessly envious.
For those of you who are a little confused about your face shape, have no fear, because Sarah Lund, STYLE.MASTER for the cult-favorite hair care brand KEVIN.MURPHY, is here to help. She notes that heart shaped faces are typically characterized by a wider set forehead with a smaller chin that comes to a point. So, if that sounds like you, then congratulations — you won the genetic lottery and have a heart shaped face!
A few prime examples of the heart-shaped face include Reese Witherspoon, Priyanka Chopra, and Blake Lively. And if there’s one thing all of these women have in common, it’s that they all have breathtaking facial features that can possess any average woman with jealousy.
Styles To Avoid When You Have A Heart Shaped Face
One of the most disappointing tragedies is when someone with beautifully natural features hides them away with an ill-fitting haircut. No matter how much highlighter or cream contour you apply, a bad haircut will heavily wash down your natural features. If you need a little guidance on heart shaped hairstyles 101, then have no fear, because Lund gave us a few pointers on what to avoid when choosing a new style for you.
First off, with a heart shaped face, your natural focal point is your forehead. Usually, heart shaped faces have a slightly bigger forehead than other face shapes, so they tend to try to minimize it’s appearance. So, Lund advises getting a haircut that will balance out your features.
“You want to avoid cuts with lots of volume up top or a wide heavy fringe as they tend to make the chin look too small,” Lund said. Try to avoid any crown-heavy hairstyle, as it can drown your facial shape and hide the beauty underneath your tresses.
Another style to avoid: a blunt, angular bob. “It is a good idea to avoid a sharp angled bob that draws attention to the dainty chin area,” Lund said. Think about it — your face already has heavily angled cheekbones and a pointed jawline, so adding a drastically angled bob into the mix will only harshen them, giving your face a more aggressive approach. Instead, you need a cut that will soften your sharp angles, giving you the best of both worlds for a balanced style.
Now that the basics of what not to do have been covered, it’s time to get in the salon chair and style your heart shaped face to your desire. But, if you’re still stuck on styling, we got your back. These styles are some of the top looks for all heart shaped faces to give a try. Whether you need long, flowy waves or a toned-down pixie, one of these styles are sure to fit your romantic face shape.
In need of some style guidance for your heart shaped face? Then cue in one of these looks.
Short Hairstyles For Heart Shaped Faces
Textured Pixie Cut
While we did say to stray from drastic, any heart shaped face can rock a pixie cut when done right. Giving your pixie cut some texture is a great way to add some softness to a usually drastic haircut. Just tussle your locks and play with your natural texture instead of reaching for the heated tools.
For this look, texturizing spray is your best friend. A texturizing spray can give your natural hair type a whole new, refreshed look. Our favorite texture spray: KEVIN.MURPHY BEDROOM.HAIR, of course. This spray lets you pump up the volume in your strands, while letting you play with texture for a faux “I woke up like this” look.
Stop covering your face in a mane of tresses and slick back your strands for a posh, edgy look. A sleek, slicked back crop style will put the spotlight on to your perfect angles instead of on your hair. It’s also a great look for any occasion: whether you’re headed to a gala or the bodega, you’ll look like the most fashion-forward woman in the room.
To create this slicked back short haircut, your secret weapon is hair gel. Hair gel will give your hair that sleek wet look that ties the whole style together, but the wrong hair gel can turn your strands into a sticky mess. That’s why we always grab R + Co.’s Motorcycle Flexible Gel: this hair gel keeps your strands locked into place with a sleek style that looks crafted straight out of the salon. Bonus: this lightweight gel won’t leave your hair with gross residue or a crunchy feel, so feel free to use as much (or as little) as you please.
Trying to grow out your locks? Then pair the fall transitional season with this transitional haircut: the overgrown pixie. It’s easy to play around with, and looks amazing on heart shaped faces. It’s both stunning and carefree, and creates a quirky vibe for anyone trying to spice up their look.
One problem with pixie cuts is that they can become flat and bodyless, especially if you have a straighter hair type. That’s why it’s always important for pixie-donning ladies to carry around some volumizing spray. When your hair looks like it needs a lift, try out this fan-favorite volumizing mist from Oribe. It gives your locks the ultimate lift and fullness, without weighing it down with a crunchy feel or gross texture.
Medium Hairstyles For Heart Shaped Faces
Similar to the results of a textured pixie, a textured bob can do wonders for your style. As a hairstyle relied on by many models and starlettes, this cut is fun, flirty, and softens the angels of your face. It ends right at the chin, so it still highlights some of your natural features without over-exaggerating them.
To give your textured bob a unique twist, you can never go wrong with some embellishments. For a contemporary twist to your textured bob, we suggest trying out a statement turban, like this velvet one from Asa Kaftans. This turban will add a bohemian air to your style, which will soften your angles for a sweet and celestial look.
If you’re feeling lazy and want a style that does all of the work for you, then go for the lob. It’s a universal haircut that seems to flatter all face shapes, but heart-shapes definitely take this look to a new level of chic. This cut is perfect for people who are looking to go short, without entering full-bob territory. It’s also extremely versatile, so you can throw in bangs, layers, and curls whenever you’d like.
If you’re going the straighter route with your lobbed locks, then you already know the deal: grab your straightener and your heat protectant, and get to work. But, if your bottle of heat protectant has met its demise, don’t dare to pick up your heated tool without replenishing. If you want to try out something new, then use this heat protecting serum from amika. It’s lightweight, so it won’t leave your tresses a greasy mess, and is fortified with hair nourishing ingredients to give your strands a high-gloss shine post-straightening, all while protecting your hair from extreme heat.
Long Hairstyles For Heart Shaped Faces
Give the phrase “gettin’ wavy” a whole new meaning with some sexy bombshell waves. Layered waves will easily give you a sultry Farrah Fawcett look while adding volume and body to your strands. Also, these waves will give your face shape a softened, balanced look. This is why layers are Lund’s top pick for heart shaped faces.
“The best thing about a heart shaped face is that they usually come with those coveted high cheekbones,” she said. “Face framing layers will accentuate that feature while adding weight towards the bottom of the face. If you are looking for a fringe, be sure to keep them light and long with a lot of texture.”
When it comes to creating waves, the bigger the better. That’s why we always grab a larger curling wand when we’re trying to Our top pick will always be the T3 BodyWaver Styling Iron for its hair-friendly ceramic barrel, so you can style away without sizzling or burning your delicate strands.
Straight Hair with Fringe Bangs
For those of you heart shaped face types with longer strands, you’re one of the lucky ones who can truly rock the pin-straight look. Straightened hair will transform your tresses into a glossy waterfall of gorgeous hair, and the long length won’t harshen the angles of your face. Adding some fringed bangs to this look will minimize the appearance of your forehead without drowning your face in hair. The results: a Jane Birkin-esque style that’s fitting for any heart shaped face type.
To give your hair a boost of shine, we always recommend using a quality hair oil. When our hair is lacking in sheen, we grab the Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil. This hair oil will restore your strands from brittle and frizzy to smooth, lustrous strands while nourishing it with botanical extracts. And unlike many other hair oils on the market, this one is extremely lightweight, so you won’t be left with greasy strands and unwanted residue.
Ringlets are always a fun, flirty look. And no, I’m not talking about Shirley Temple-esque curls. Think early 1990’s Phoebe Buffay: small, semi-tight curls that cascade from your crown to create a voluminous waterfall of hair. It’s such a graceful, whimsical style for fall, which is why we’re considering it to be one of the hottest looks of the season.
If you naturally have small curls,then consider yourself extremely lucky. But, one of the downsides to curly hair is all of the frizz that comes along with it. Instead of leaving your hair a frizzy, tangled mess, give them a defining and smoothing treatment in seconds by using a frizz serum or oil as a final styling touch. Enter the Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil: it’s fortified with five natural oils to weightlessly block any frizz-inducing humidity, all while conditioning your thirsty, dry strands.