3 Flattering Haircuts for an Oval Face


Many haircuts flatter people with oval faces. It’s the most versatile of all the face shapes. If you are not sure of your face shape, try this. Stand in front of a mirror with your hair pulled back. Then draw an outline of your face on the mirror with a lipstick or a bar of soap. Oval faces typically have high, rounded foreheads and slightly, narrow chins. The length of an oval face is generally one and a half times the width. If you have determined that your face is indeed oval shaped, read on to learn about 3 haircuts that would be flattering on you.

1.     Short and Sassy

Short hair can be especially flattering on an oval face. A good short haircut can be incredibly versatile. It can easily go from daytime casual to a more sophisticated evening look, with just a few minutes of styling. If your face is long, avoid too much volume at the crown, as this will visually lengthen your face.

2.     The Classic Bob

From short chin length bobs to longer shoulder length ones, this haircut works well with oval faces. An updated version is the inverted bob, which is cut shorter in the back and angles toward the front. Try adding a long angled bang if you have a high forehead. 

3.     Long and Layered

Oval faces can pull off a long layered look. You can highlight your favorite feature by having the layers start at the point that you want to emphasize. By starting the layers midway down your face, you can accentuate your cheekbones. Starting the layers at chin level will help to draw attention to your jaw line.


When choosing a haircut, be sure to take into consideration your natural hair texture. You don’t want to be struggling with your hair every morning.

Your personality should also play a role in your decision. Are you a high- or low-maintenance type of person? In general, short hairstyles require more upkeep than longer styles. Before deciding on a very short hairstyle, ask yourself if you are up for getting trims every 4-6 weeks.

Be sure to keep the length of the hair in proportion to your body. A petite woman with a very long hair style can look childlike. Also, if you tend to be top heavy or don’t want to draw attention to your upper arms, keep the length to within a few inches past your shoulders.

Oval faces can do well with many different parts. However, sometimes an oval face can be long. If this is the case with you, consider a side part for balance. A rule of thumb is the longer the face, the further to the side the part should be.

Remember, oval faces can handle a variety of haircuts. So don’t be afraid to experiment. You might even want to try on some wigs to get an idea of how a new haircut will look on you.



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