• 2nd May
    2011
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This Wig’s for You!

So you’ve finally decided that you want to try a wig, but with a vast array of options, where do you start?  You’re walking down the street and see a great hairstyle on another woman and wonder how it would look on you.  The most important tip is to pick a wig that works with the shape of your face and here’s a primer to help you:

Shape: Oval

imageThe most common face shape.  The length of  your face is about 1.5x the width.  Your forehead, cheekbones, jaw line and chin are proportionately balanced - slightly narrower at the jawline than at the temples, gently rounded hairline. 

Inspiration: Beyonce, Megan Fox, Eva Mendes

Best Choice: You can wear almost any wig, but try styles that are off your face to accentuate your face’s shape.

Avoid: Styles with heavy bangs or too much forward direction as this adds weight to your face.

Shape: Round

imageYour face is twice as wide as it is long with the widest point at the cheeks and ears, also with a round chin and round hairline.  

Inspiration: Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson

Choose: Styles that add fullness and height at the crown; off center parts; styles with layers at the top for fullness; try short, layered wigs or ones with wispy diagonal bangs

Avoid: width and volume at the sides; heavy bangs; chin length hair with a rounded line that makes your face look too round. 

Shape: Square

imageYour face is about as wide as it is long, with a strong, square jaw line and hair line.

Inspiration: Taraji P. Henson, Sandra Bullock

Choose: Short to medium length styles, especially with wave or roundness around the face; try wispy bangs, off-center parts, styles with layers and wispy looks to soften the jaw; styles with curl or wave to balance your straight, symmetrical features

Avoid: Center parts, straight bangs with linear lines; straight bobs that end at the jaw line.

Shape: Heart

imageYou have a wide forehead, eye and cheekbone area with a pointed chin.

Inspiration: Rihanna, Ciara, Madonna

Choose: Chin length or longer styles, side parted sytles, swept forward around the upper face, gently wispy bangs; styles that keeps hair close to the head at the eyes and slightly full around the jaw; most flattering hairstyle is a pageboy type as well as subtle layers.

Avoid: Short hair and choppy layers


Shape: Diamond

imageA cross between an oval and a heart, you have a narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones. Your forehead and jaw line are about the same width.

Inspiration: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Pink

Choose: Almost all styles works well with your balanced shape face.  Try a variety of styles! Bob hairstyles; styles with fringe or bangs to cover your narrow forehead are just a few options.

Avoid: Volume at the sides along the cheek line.

Shape: Oblong/Rectangular

imageYour forehead, cheekbones, and jaw line are all narrow, therefore, your face is longer than it is wide, usually with a long, thin neck.

Inspiration: Iman, Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker

Choose: Styles that are short or medium length; styles with layers to add softness to the face; side part, wispy bangs and styles with fullness at the sides with soft curls and waves. 

Avoid: Long styles, center parts, one length cuts and styles with short layers that add too much height to crown areas.


Shape: Pear/Triangle

image
Your face is narrow at the forehead and widest at the jaw with a round chin.

Inspiration: Halle Berry, Kelly Osbourne

Choose: Styles that draw attention to the upper part of your face, creates width at the forehead and temples; hair styled close to the head on the sides and nape of neck.

Avoid: Full long styles that emphasizes the jawline.

Find a world of options and the right wig for you at BlackHairWigs.net and remember, There’s never an excuse for a bad hair day!

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