Choosing the right wig for your face shape
There are seven different basic face shapes, and each face shape has certain styles that are more flattering.
The most common face shape for women is oval. With this face shape, a woman’s forehead, cheekbones, jaw line, and chin are perfectly proportional and balanced. The length of the face is longer than the width.
Because everything is so balanced, the oval shaped face tends to look good with almost any wig hairstyle. Wig styles that have short or long hair, and wavy or straight hair, are all very suitable for this face shape.
Women with an oval face should consider their best features, like their eyes, cheeks, or lips, then accentuate them with the wig style.
Women with round faces are described as having a face that is relatively short and broad with rounded contours. Generally speaking, the widest part of a round shaped face is at the cheekbones.
A woman with a round face can appear thinner in the face if she adds height to the top of the crown, but not at the ears, as that would add width. This face shape tends to favor a wig style that is short with layers and wispy diagonal bangs. Also, wigs that have an off-center part can help to reduce the roundness of the face.
Other options for women with round faces are wig styles with hair longer than chin length.
The square face shape has a broad forehead and cheekbones, as well as a wide chin. This face shape has a strong square jaw line and equally square hairline.
Like women with round faces, finding a wig that adds height on top, but narrowness on the sides, will create the illusion of length. Women who want to add height to the face should choose a wig that allows her to comb hair off the forehead to expose it more.
A wig that helps to soften the angles of the face is also a good choice. Mid-length to long curly wigs, as well as those that produce wisps of hair around the face, are also options that flatter a square face. Avoiding wigs with styles that feature one length is generally recommended.
Diamond shaped faces have a narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones. Because of the wider cheekbones, it is best to choose a wig that does not add volume to the cheek line and focus on adding more fullness at the chin. Wigs that allow women to pull their hair behind their ears also will reduce the width of the cheekbone area.
A wig in a bob hairstyle is quite flattering for women with a diamond shaped faces. Another flattering wig option is one that produces a fringe or bangs that covers the narrow forehead.
Also, wigs that create volume at the hairline, rather than just coverage, give the appearance of fullness or width in the forehead area down to the upper cheekbone.
A shoulder-length wig with a layered cut will add movement and give the appearance of the more common oval shaped face.
The heart face shape has a wide forehead, eye, and cheekbone area along with a pointed chin, reminiscent of an upside-down triangle. Sometimes the heart shaped face has a widow’s peak hairline.
Women with a heart-shaped face should look for a wig that brings some hair onto the forehead, while keeping the hair close to the head at the eyes. The wig should also be fuller at the jaw and below and in front of the earlobes. The pageboy style, or a wig with longer and subtle layers, is flattering as it makes the jaw appear wider and more balanced with the rest of the face. Avoiding short hair and choppy layers is recommended.
Least common of all, the pear-shaped face is widest at the chin and jaw line, and most narrow at the hairline and forehead. Pear-shaped faces look best with full layered looks that add width and volume from the eyes to the crown to balance out the face, such as the classic shag style. This look removes attention from the middle of the face. It is best to avoid jaw length blunt cuts.
Layers give the appearance of fullness to the upper half of the face, and women could accentuate the top half by showing the forehead, as that draws attention away from the jaw line.
Wigs with bangs should be angled slightly and tucked behind the ear to frame the jaw line and focus attention toward the upper portion of the head.
Oblong faces are narrow from the forehead, through the cheekbones, and to the jaw line. This face shape usually is found on women with a long and thin neck.
Choose a wig that adds width and fullness at the sides by incorporating soft curls and waves, as well as any wig that would minimize the vertical length of the face. This will flatter the face and neck and obscure the straight long lines of the face.
Having bangs shortens the facial appearance by softening the upper portion of the face. Bangs could be straight across, feathered, or half bangs with side parts, as all of these styles soften the forehead.
Women with an oblong face should avoid wigs that are one-length cuts, and those with short layers that add volume to the crown area.
Wigs styles that flatter oblong faces are short to medium in length with longer top layers, such as a graduated bob cut or wedge. Women can also add width with a wig that is chin or shoulder length that turns under or flutters out.