Choose The Perfect Bridal Hair style for Your Face Shape

With so much bridal hair style inspiration out there, from Pinterest to Instagram, most of you brides-to-be will have already done extensive research to find a look you love. Whilst getting ideas for you and your bridal hair stylist to work with is great, selecting a bridal hair style on the basis of how it looks on someone else can be a huge mistake. Why? More often than not, it all comes down to face shape.

The shape of your face will largely dictate whether or not a hair style will look amazing or awful, so to find a bridal hair style which will look great on you, it’s important to know which styles work with your face shape and which ones don’t.

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The right hair style – Find Your Face Shape

There are only a handful of standard face shapes that you are likely to have and it’s really pretty easy to find out what that is using this simple technique:

Scrape your hair back away from your face and lightly draw around the outline with an eye pencil. Take a step back and have a look from a short distance – you should be able to roughly see which category (see these below) that you fall into.

Bridal Hair stylist Top Tip!

Don’t be shy about discussing your preferences with your bridal hair stylist. Communication is key to creating your perfect bridal hair style, so if you’re keen to cover up your ears or you’d love to flaunt your swan-like neck – speak up!

Putting together a bridal look that you love should be a team effort, with professional consultation from your hair stylist and back and forth between you. I know that some of my clients can be shy, so I always make a point of asking lots of questions and reading body language to make sure that they get what they really want.

Different Face Shapes & the perfect Bridal Hair style

There are 7 different face shapes that you will most likely fall under and each has their own ‘pros and cons’ to make them more or less suited to certain hair styles.


Key Traits: A prominent chin and large forehead

Celebrity Lookalike: Sarah Jessica Parker

What Works: Create balance with width with side partings, up-styles around the mid-section or side buns

What Doesn’t: Middle partings are a no-no, as are very long, straight styles


Key Traits: Soft, round edges and full cheeks

Celebrity Lookalike: Adele

What Works: Use height to elongate the face and use pieces around the face to draw out cheekbones and slim down

What Doesn’t: Avoid styles lacking in volume and height


Key Traits: The ‘perfect’ face shape! Features evenly proportioned and chin narrower than the forehead

Celebrity Lookalike: Jessica Alba

What Works: Pretty much everything!

What Doesn’t: Show that face off – don’t cover it up


Key Traits: Angular but short face with strong jawline

Celebrity Lookalike: Natalie Portman

What Works: Use waves and curls to soften the edges

What Doesn’t: Tight, pulled back styles


Key Traits: Wide jawline with narrow cheekbones and forehead

Celebrity Lookalike: Kate Hudson

What Works: Add width around the top with an off-centre or zig-zag parting or an up do with volume on top

What Doesn’t: Avoid styles with any focus around the chin

Heart (Inverted Triangle)

Key Traits: Wide forehead, narrow chin. Great cheekbones!

Celebrity Lookalike: Halle Berry

What Works: Create balance by drawing attention to the narrow chin area with curls or pieces falling forward

What Doesn’t: Steer clear of too much height or slicked back styles


Key Traits: Narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones

Celebrity Lookalike: Keira Knightly

What Works: Deep side partings and soft hairstyles

What Doesn’t: Flat styles, too much volume at the sides or crown

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