The wigs by face shape guide is for those who are unsure which length or texture of hair would most complement their face shape. As always here at Peruke our fundamental rule applies… It’s ultimately your choice. Feel free to use the guide to help you choose your wig, or dismiss it and wear the wig that you like – after all you’re the one wearing it and so as long as you feel comfortable, that’s what counts most.
So let’s get to it.
Although the image has nine types if face shapes, you can find the shape that's closest to your own and read on. The central shapes are:
Oval: Greater length than width
Rectangle/Oblong: Length is more than1½ times the width
Round: Approximately as wide as it is long
Square: Equally wide at the forehead, cheeks and jaw
Heart-shaped: Wide at the forehead and cheeks and more narrow at the jaw. Often has a pointed chin.
Ultimately, the shape of a face is only part of the equation, it's the rest of your features combined with the shape of your face that will help you decide what hair you feel compliments you the most.
Wigs By Face Shape, Oval
Oval faces are universal in what suits them, you lucky oval facers can wear your hair, short, mid length and long – hurrah! Straight, wavy or curly, it’s all open to you.
Hairstyles that complement oval shaped faces are long bobs, layers and side or sweeping fringes (side or sweeping bangs) and cropped styles.
If you want to make your face appear slighthly rounder, choose shoulder length hair with waves or light layers on straight hair lace wig.
Wigs By Face Shape, Rectangle/Oblong
A great look for you rectangle facers is short to medium lengths – long hair can make the face look longer. You can have layers that add fullness to the sides of your face and fringes also make the face shorter, as with round faces, off centre partings are great.
Hairstyles that complement oblong and rectangular shaped faces are long wavy bobs, layered hair, shoulder length waves and side partings and any kind of fringe (bangs).
Really long hair (past your collar bone) has a tendency to make the face look longer as does too much volume on top of the head. If you love your length, try adding texture with waves, curls and volume.
Wigs By Face Shape, Round
If you want to detract from your roundness of face then try adding height to the crown, centre partings and off-centre partings.
The lace wig textures that are best for adding length or appearing to reduce the width of the face are straight textures (yaki and kinky straight included) as well as wavy textures including body wave, water wave and deep wave.
To make your face longer, lengths below the chin are best, you can try layering the hair at the top and keeping the length of the hair close to your face.
Hairstyles that complement round shaped faces are long bobs, layers and side or sweeping fringes (side or sweeping bangs).
Chin length hair will accentuate the roundness of face and any style that is fuller at the ears makes the face look wider. If you’re struggling to grow your hair past this length, go for off centre partings and height.
Wigs By Face Shape, Square and Pear (also triangle)
It’s hip to be square! Like round faces square faces suit off centre partings and height at the crown. Layers and waves also help round the face out.
Pear shaped faces are also known as triangular face shapes.
Square and Pear shaped faces have wider jawlines and so you can choose similar styles of wig or hairstyle for each of these face shapes.
The lace wig textures that are best for adding softening the jawline are straight textures (yaki and kinky straight included) as well as wavy textures including body wave, water wave and deep wave.
Hairstyles that complement square shaped faces are long bobs, layers and side or sweeping fringes (side or sweeping bangs) asymmetrical layers also soften the jawline as do asymmetrical bobs.
Long straight styles can emphasise the square jawbone, as can blunt cut fringes, so try feathering your fringe. If you’re struggling to grow your hair, use the off centre partings and layering the hair.
Wigs By Face Shape, Heart and Diamond (also inverted triangle)
In keeping with oval faces many looks suit this face such as lengths below the chin. Go for layers, fringes (bangs) off centre and side partings.
Heart, diamond and inverted triangle shaped faces all share the common feature of narrower chins, so you can choose similar styles of cut and length for each of these face shapes.
Hairstyles that complement heart shaped faces are long bobs, layers and side or sweeping fringes (side or sweeping bangs) as well as wavy shoulder length hair.
Hair that’s shorter than the chin can make the chin appear narrow, use side and off centre partings to counter this as well as any style that has side sweeping fringes (bangs).
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