You can really turn some heads with a great haircut! More men are beginning to explore bolder haircuts that are simple, easy to maintain, and easy to style. There are several things that affect what haircut will work best for you. When you’re looking for your signature style, you will want to think about both your face shape and the texture of your hair.
As your Atlanta, Georgia barbershop, our service doesn’t end when you leave the chair at 18|8 men’s salon, that is why we provide helpful information on how to care for your hair, skin, and beard. Our expert stylists are here to help you choose the signature style that will define your look.
Let’s Start with Face Shape
Probably the most important factor in choosing a haircut is the shape of your face because different cuts suit different faces better than others. Look at the example of face shapes below to identify the shape of your face.
If you are finding it difficult to determine your face shape, then measure it with a tape measure. Measure the width of your jaw, forehead, and the length between you two cheekbones. Then determine the average of these measurements. Next you should measure your face length from your hairline to your chin.
- Round Face: the length is about the same as the width average
- Oval Face: the length is about 1.5 times longer than the width average
- Oblong Face: similar to oval but your face length is a little longer
- Square Face: the length is about the same as the width average, but your jaw is the widest part of your face
- Diamond Face: your cheeks are the widest part of your face.
- Triangle face: your chin is pointy, and your jaw is wider than your forehead
The Best Cuts for Your Face Shape
Now that you have your face shape nailed, see what hairstyles would work best for you.
You should choose a style that has sharp angles and volume, such as a faded undercut. The shorter sides with a longer top will make your face look longer. You should avoid full fringes and buzz cuts because they will emphasize the roundness of your face.
Lucky you! This face shape can pretty much wear any style, such as a box fade, a faded undercut, slicked back, a quiff, even a crew cut. You should choose a cut based on the facial features you want to emphasize.
Like your oval buddy, this face shape can also wear most styles, but a cut that is longer on the sides with layers on the top will work best. If it is too short and tight on the sides, it can make your face look really long.
Often thought of as the perfect face shape for a man, you also have a lot of styles that will work well with the shape of your face. Angular styles like an undercut or fade like will highlight your masculinity, but you can even rock a pompadour and look amazing.
Modern fades and undercuts suit this face shape the best. A box fade is a great option, which is where the hair has a rectangular top, and the sides taper to a shorter length.
You also look awesome in fades and undercuts, but you may want to add in a side part to bring out the masculinity of these types of cuts.
Texture is Important Too
Genetics plays a role in the type of hairstyle that works best for you, so you also need to consider the texture of your hair when deciding on a cut. Hairstyling tools, such as products and a blow dryer, can help you achieve the look you want, but some haircuts just aren’t going to work with certain textures.
Wavy hair looks great with a fade, undercut, and a pompadour, but you should avoid slick backs as it is difficult to achieve with this type of hair.
Curly hair also works well with a fade or undercut, particularly if the cut is very angular.
Those with straight hair that is course should opt for cuts that follow its natural pattern because this type of hair can be difficult to style. If your hair naturally grows forward, a quiff would work well for you. Buzz cuts and crew cuts would also work well with this type of hair.
If you have straight, thin hair, you should go with classic haircuts. Slick backs work especially well with this type of hair.