Ah, this is your Jennifer Aniston. And you wonder why she’s worn the same hairstyle since 2000? It’s not only because she obvi loves it, but because it does so well at accenting her features. The pear face shape is very narrow at the forehead and wide at the chin, producing a “pear” effect. The very best way to style hair for this type of face shape is to eliminate width at the chin and add width on top of the head. The most obvious way to do this is by creating a vertical line by adding a face frame just below the chin a la Jennifer Aniston. However, most women with a pear shape tend to only rock this kind of a style and never opt to pull their hair out of their face. Remember, the goal is to balance your face shape in order to give it attractive proportions… not to completely hide your face. For this reason, I love a pear shaped face in a topknot or ballerina bun. The width and volume of the bun add the illusion of balance and this kind of style just happens to be incredibly on trend right now. But overall, remember the proportions to balance and you’ll be set!
This face shape is so fun to work with! In fact, in beauty school when I was learning the theories of face shapes, my teacher had an oblong face and I remember asking her if that was why she wore wispy, short bangs. After the initial shock of having a new student point out in a less than elegant way that I noticed her long forehead, she explained to me that yes, it helps her look more balanced. And then she quickly taught me how to speak to clients in a more loving way, thank goodness! But it is true: the oblong face shape is basically an extended oval. One great way to accent these features is to add a bang, as I learned was my teacher’s trick. Or, my personal favorite is to move the perimeter line of a haircut to above the chin, adding width to the face and balancing the length. For those ladies who aren’t quite as brave, styling can really go a long way with this face shape. Adding width is about the easiest thing to do when it comes to styling, so add some big waves or a deep side part and some retro curls. The only thing that ladies with this face shape want to avoid is long, straight, sleek looks because it creates the illusion of even more length of the face. The oblong face shape is going to be your Sarah Jessica Parker and Hillary Swank, so check out how they own their signature looks.
When I think of this face shape, I think of a friend of mine who had a rectangle face shape and wore a very severe bob that sat right in line with her lips. She paired it with blunt, heavy bangs. It never really came up in conversation, so I never really shared how I felt, but it was way too much for her face shape. It was completely overwhelming and dramatic. And the reason why was that hard angles need soft curves to balance them out. Women with rectangular face shapes need curls and layers. Or longer bobs with a face frame or long bang. You obviously don’t want to elongate the face any more, but you do want to add softness in a way that balances out the harsh lines that plague a rectangle shape. So cut off those corners with on off center parting and a long bang that sweeps softly across. Or add a face frame that begins between the mouth and chin. Think of Sandra Bullock or Jessica Simpson for this face shape…. their features strike you as harsh if you truly look at them, but you never notice because they always wear soft curls or side-swept bangs to play down the drama.
I always, always think of Reese Witherspoon for this face shape. She is a truly classic heart shape. And also Kelly Kapowski, er Tiffani Amber Thiessen. This face shape is classified as having a wider forehead and a pointed, narrow chin. Literally, a heart. Women who have a heart shape can really do a lot with their hair. The only thing that you want to pay close attention to is not adding width to the forehead. You ladies will not want to rock a blunt bang from temple to temple or curl your hair starting at eye level. You’ll also want to be careful when wearing hair up and out of the face. A few pieces left out around the hairline or what I like to call “wispies” will help keep you balanced but allow for you to have a ponytail day. But otherwise, wear a side bang and go back and forth between straight and curls.