2 Important Factors in Finding a Great Hairstyle

It’s What-2-Wear Wednesday! As promised, I am writing this blog to help you find a great new spring style that’s “YOU.” Before making this big decision, it’s important to consider these important factors:

What is the shape of your face?

  • Oval (balanced, even, proportionate)
  • Square (as wide as it is long, angular jaw and forehead)
  • Oblong (long, narrow, balanced)
  • Diamond (narrow chin, brow; widest at cheeks)
  • Heart (widest at forehead, narrow chin, often widow’s peak hairline)
  • Round (balanced, fullest at cheeks)
  • Pear (widest at jaw, narrow forehead)

square face, Asymmetrical cut

By understanding your facial shape, you narrow your choices for hairstyles. While this concept may seem limiting, it is actually liberating. There are so many different ways you can wear your hair, wouldn’t you rather know (before trying it!) that certain options may not compliment your beauty? It is also important to understand the density and texture of your hair as well as your personal Image Identity (or what I call your Img.ID). Typically, you can trust your hairdresser to know your hair type, as we talked about last Wednesday, but unless you have had an image consultation, you may not have any idea what your Img.ID is. Your facial shape is a great hint to that answer.

Knowing your facial shape can help you determine your personal Img.ID:

  • Oval could be any Img.ID
  • Square could be Natural, Dramatic, Gamine
  • Oblong could be any Img.ID
  • Diamond could be Natural, Dramatic, Gamine
  • Heart usually Ingénue or Romantic
  • Round could be Natural, Ingénue, Romantic, Gamine
  • Pear could be Natural, Dramatic, Ingénue, Romantic, Gamine

We’ve already gone over the guidelines for an oval face, but what if your face is square?

If you have a square face: The goal of your hairstyle (and makeup, accessories, and the neckline of your blouse) should be to make your face appear longer. Your hairdresser might suggest an asymmetrical cut, a side part, or angled bangs. Each of these is great option for the Dramatic or the Gamine because of their strong and spunky personalities. But if you are a Natural, you may find yourself asking for a paper bag to cover your head before you leave the salon if your new look is anything except a wash-n-wear cut. Naturals with a square face should choose a simple side part if they want to feel confident. If a new part is not “new” enough (although Naturals don’t love change), try layering it up a bit more–especially if your hair has wave, bounce, or curl. Whatever you do, chose a style that compliments who you are. Remember, less is more on some gals!


Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with rejection, betrayal and loss–as well as her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach–is empowering women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

About Catrina

Catrina Welch has been helping others with their image for more than 30 years. As a licensed cosmologist, certified image consultant and Biblical life-coach, she is well aware that image issues are far more difficult for some styles than they are for others. After her first husband left her while pregnant, she learned first hand that the greatest antidote to Confidence Conflicts is to know who you are, including your personal image identity. She developed a systematic way of doing image assessments for large groups, which she calls a “Supreme MakeOver.” Catrina is the author of five books, including “Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul.” She is the mother of four children. Catrina and Ron, her husband of twenty-five years, live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For more information about Supreme MakeOvers or having Catrina speak at your next event, email her at catrina@catrinawelch.com

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