15 Flattering hairstyles for heart-shaped faces, the female beauty magazine

Find a great hairstyle for your heart-shaped face

Highlight your heart-shaped face with a new haircut and style. Whether you go long or short, have natural waves, a few curls, or straight hair, there are many flattering hairstyles you can wear.

The main features of a heart-shaped face are a wider forehead and a contour that tapers to a slightly pointed chin. The best styles also emphasize your eyes and well-defined cheekbones. You can choose almost any hairstyle, from the short pixie to the long bob, and even gorgeous, long and wavy curls, like Julia Roberts is famous for.

Long, squat bangs

Actress Reese Witherspoon is a prime example of a heart-shaped face and her hair always looks good. She has shoulder-length bobs, long waves, and even shorter hair, but she is rarely without side-swept bangs.

A long bangs that swing to the side is one of the most flattering elements that any woman with a heart-shaped face can add to her style. Heart-shaped faces are wider at the top, which according to hairstylist Andy LeCompte inInStylemagazine.

You can balance the face with long, side-swept bangs that "draw attention down and to the eyes", says LeCompte. He says the shortest pieces should hit your face on the brow arch. The longest pieces should hit the outer corners of the eyes.

The best part is that these bangs can be integrated into both long and short styles. They are also easy to maintain and grow very well when you are tired of them.

The Elf

Almost all pixie hairstyles look great on heart-shaped faces. "All of these little pieces help emphasize the cheekbones and eyes; it’s almost like putting cheekbones in with this cut", says stylist Jimmy Paul in Curls magazine.

The pixie can look like a wash-and-go hairstyle, and it is. However, you need to get trim every five to six weeks to maintain the look. This cut is also best for women who don’t have kinky, curly hair, says stylist Rodney Cutler in shine magazine.

Not everyone can get away with a pixie. The cut can make a square face more square make it look and a long face looks even longer. So if you have a heart-shaped face, you pretty much have the pixie cut.

A long choppy bob

For a little more length, the long bob (or "praise") an excellent choice for heart-shaped faces. It emphasizes the cheekbones and frames the face, while the layers soften the chin.

This long, tiered bob with a wave of actress Ali Larter is a particularly flattering sight on heart-shaped faces, says hairstylist Andy Lecompte in Curls. Lecompte is the stylist behind Larter’s beautiful cut.

A classic bob

The bob offers a wide range of styles and the classic bob is another excellent choice for this face shape. This is elegant and refined, a timeless look that never out fashion is coming. It also looks great for women of all ages.

Actress Katie Holmes shows the classic bob with pure class. Notice how hard it is near her chin. This balances her amazing cheeks with her pointy chin. Her fringe bangs also help draw attention to the center of her beautiful face.

Chin-length bobs are ideal for a heart-shaped face. Just make sure the ends are slightly tapered. This look is also fabulous with side-swept bangs.

The curly bob

If you have curly hair, think of this gorgeous style by actress Keri Russell. Curls can get heavy, so you want them to taper at the ends. You can also ask your stylist to cut a lot of the heaviness in your hair. Many stylists choose to cut curly hair when it’s dry to more easily see where the curls fall.

With this shorter cut and curls, you may find the best way to reduce shampooing as it can weigh down curls. Instead, use a heavy conditioner in the shower. This is a good choice because curly hair is rather dry.

This style requires a styling gel to tame frizz and flyaways and keep hair in place. Try Philip B Styling Gel. It is a secret weapon by stylists, according to InStyle Magazine because it is not expensive and it holds hair without making it stiff or crunchy.

Brisk bob

If you have curls and want to ride a slightly shorter bob, you can do that. Ashley Judd looks gorgeous in this cut and does a fantastic job of balancing her facial features. You will also notice how most of the volume is just below her cheekbones but above her chin. This softens a well-defined bone structure.

The side part

Another flattering way to wear a bob (or hairstyle with a heart-shaped face) is to push the part aside. This is a natural choice with side-swept bangs and it really draws attention to your eyes and cheekbones, as does singer Michelle Williams. This is also a longer bob that falls on the chin and just below it.

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This is a great cut for any face shape, but on a heart-shaped face it cuts off at a large angle that highlights the bone structure, and the long, side-swept bangs cover a large forehead that is also typical of heart-shaped faces.

Singer Keri Hilson makes this style even more spectacular with her choice of colors. Adding a brilliant blonde top with super dark layers underneath is a striking look that many African American women can do too.

Shoulder-length layers

A shoulder-length cut is a favorite for many women who want to keep some length with an easy-care style. These long layers on director Deborah Kaplan are a great way to get this look. They frame her face and with the bangs the style is both playful and serious, perfect for a career-oriented woman.

Bangs and long hair

Bangs work wonderfully with very long hair and heart-shaped faces. The long, side-swept bangs on actress Katherine McPhee draws attention to her eyes and flatters her startling cheekbones as she enjoys long and super straight curls.

Super long, straight layers

Jennifer Aniston has a very strong chin and always has great hair. If you have long, thick hair, you can’t go wrong mimicking an aniston haircut.

In this look, she shows long, straight hair with facial layers that end under her chin. You don’t have to pop here because it has a well-defined bone structure and the golden highlights give it a dimension.

Blunt bangs and wavy layers

Wavy hair and fun bangs can create a lively look on a heart-shaped face. Jennifer Garner is another A-list source of inspiration for great hairstyles that flatter this shape. This is a soft look that stays away from short, blunt bangs and hard, choppy layers. It is very romantic and offers simple styling with endless options for day and night.

Long waves

Rachel Bilson’s soft, long waves do a wonderful job of softening a pointed chin. Since most hair has natural waves, this look is not difficult to get once you have the cut.

Just let your hair air dry and knead as it dries. Once it’s dry, you can wrap your hair around the barrel of a curling iron to add volume.

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What kind of styles should you avoid with a heart-shaped face? Many of the "No-Nos" come with the upgrade. The secret is to balance your chin, so you should avoid styles that bring volume up.

Be careful with too much height on the crown of your head. Here Jennifer Love-Hewitt piled her hair on her head and made her heart-shaped face a little top heavy. Though she’s attracting it, a slightly better expression would emphasize fullness on the sides of her head.

Brushed-back hair can also show the face too much. That’s why you’ll rarely see Jennifer Aniston with her hair tied back in a high ponytail. You will find it better to opt for a softer face instead.

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