Stacey Bradshaw
Updated on April 06, 2022

It can be so difficult to choose a hairstyle that suits your face shape perfectly and makes you feel confident and pretty. People often confuse the heart shape and the V shape (triangular), but they’re not the same. It’s also not the same as a square face: the latter would have a stronger jawline. Here, you’ll find the pro tips on hairstyles that will flatter your heart-shaped face and highlight its best features!

What Are the Best Haircuts for Heart-Shaped Faces?

The heart-shaped face is characterized by subtle and gentle forms: it is an elegant combination of beauty and refinement. Women with this face shape have a rather broad forehead, high cheekbones, and a narrow, slightly pointy chin. The face is a bit longer than it is wide, and there’s a so-called “widow’s peak” in the forehead area.

High Messy Bun Hairstyle for Heart Shaped Faces

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A heart-shaped face is more of a blessing: it is a memorable feature that gives you an appealing look. You might have already noticed that a number of celebrities, such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Scarlett Johansson, Mary-Kate Olsen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Longoria-Parker, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Aniston, all have heart-shaped faces. Their hair stylists work hard to choose the most flattering hairstyles, and they do a pretty good job.

The actress Reese Witherspoon is probably the brightest example, so let’s analyze which tricks her styling experts use to balance out her face shape. Of course, Reese Witherspoon changes her looks; however, here’s a winning combo. The actress has a deep side part to distract attention from her cheekbones. Long side-swept bangs cover her forehead, making it visually smaller, while soft waves add fullness to the lower part of her face.

Reese Witherspoon Face Shape

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While Reese Witherspoon and other celebrities have squads of experts to assist them in making the right choices, we also know some secrets to help you leverage your unique face shape.

For a heart-shaped face to look more harmonious, it’s necessary to achieve a balance between your killer cheekbones and pointed chin. Your main task is to draw attention to your eyes and chin while detracting attention from your forehead. That means the widest part of your hairstyle should be exactly in your chin part, below the ears.

What to Avoid

Here are the most important details that might spoil your look and mood, regardless of the length of your hair:

  • blunt thick straight-across bangs;
  • straightened vertical strands – can make you look sick and exhausted;
  • volume on the crown – might make you look a few years older;
  • sharp asymmetry on short hair.

You’ll want to avoid all puffy, very short hairstyles, as well as slicked-back hair. Other poor choices would be haircuts with short blunt bangs and open cheekbones, as they only draw attention to your pointy chin and make the wide forehead even more noticeable. The jaw won’t look so elongated if you add some volume to the cheekbone area.

Now it’s time to check out a collection of surprisingly easy but fascinating hairstyles and the best coloring options for heart-shaped faces.

Long Haircuts and Hairstyles for Heart-Shaped Faces

For long, thick hair, the best option is soft and gentle strands. Ask your hairdresser to cut the strands as close to the cheekbones as possible so the hair can freely fall on them. A long bob with asymmetrical, long side-swept bangs is a great choice to flatter a heart-shaped face.

Heart Shaped Face Blonde Lob with Bangs

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Some extra volume at the crown can also work for you, but only when it comes to long hair (a shoulder-length cut or longer). Remember that it’s better to opt for wavy locks. Long waves add fullness around the jawline for a more balanced appearance.

Two Dutch Braided Space Buns

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Medium Hairstyles for Heart-Shaped Faces

As for medium hair, the best choice will be a layered side-part haircut. Use a wide comb or a round brush and curl your hair inwards to achieve a natural wave when styling. This is a great way to balance out the features of a heart-shaped face. It will make your chin smoother and at the same time won’t make your forehead and cheekbones heavier.

Graduated haircuts with longer layers should be styled asymmetrically, opening one ear, and making some volume with the help of waves on the other side. You can decorate such a hairstyle with any variety of cute stuff: tiaras, ribbons, flowers, or feathers, depending on your imagination and mood.

Bed Head Side Ponytail

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Sexy and cocky – this is how the shag haircut can be characterized. The shag is an ideal option to flatter a heart-shaped face for those who have thin hair. This haircut visually adds some volume and makes hair thicker due to texturizing and creating choppy layers chaotically all over of the head.

The modern shag suits any hair length: it looks saucy and sexy on short hair, refreshing and stylish on medium, and it adds lightness and necessary volume to long straight hair. To top it off, a shag is a low-maintenance cut: just blow dry your wet hair with a large round brush. If you want to visually correct your face shape, add the appropriate bangs and face-framing layers, and you’ll look absolutely amazing! Go, girl!

Medium Layers with Full Bangs

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Short Heart-Shaped Face Haircuts

“What short haircuts can we talk about? After all, I have a high forehead and cheekbones!” girls with heart-shaped faces often say. Come on! We can’t change your bone structure but we know a couple of magic secrets that will help you look flawless. When choosing a short haircut, a long pixie cut or a short bob, most importantly, stick to the following rules:

  • “no” to rigid asymmetry;
  • “no” to volume on the crown;
  • “no” to tight tails or buns.
Platinum Blonde Pixie Bob for Heart Shaped Faces

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If you have a heart-shaped face, you can turn to any chin-length textured haircut. Deliberately careless styling, elongated hair in the temple area, messy short layers, and piecey bangs providing extra volume above the forehead – all of these hacks work perfectly when it comes to making a heart-shaped face more oval. They’re easy, stylish, tasteful, and, most importantly, appropriate!

Bob is the “safest” and sexiest type of haircut, great for both thin and thick hair. You can curl it to add some romance or create a sleek effect by straightening it with a flat iron. The main thing is that it should be a short, chin-length bob or a long, shoulder-length bob – neither shorter nor longer. Also, make sure you choose the right bangs. Long side-swept bangs or wispy bangs – it’s up to you and your stylist.

Icy Silver Angled Bob for Heart Shaped Face

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Curly Hairstyles for Heart-Shaped Faces

Straight hair isn’t really the best match for heart-shaped faces, while curly hair might be the perfect option for you. The main thing is to keep the curls soft and weightless. If you have not been born with these, a curling iron and a bit of patience can do wonders!

Medium Curly Hairstyle for Heart Face Shape

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Wavy hair with face-framing layers is a good solution for a heart-shaped face, too. You can make gentle waves by curling them from the middle of the head and lower. This applies to any hair length.

Blonde Locs with Headband

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A great hairstyle doesn’t have to be complicated. Try to make a high ponytail, leaving the loose curls to frame your heart-shaped face. Hair curled inwards will smooth out the sharpness of the cheekbones, and the loose waves will add some volume to the lower part of the face, balancing it out.

Long Wavy half Up Hairstyle

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Braided Hairstyles for Heart-Shaped Faces

There are plenty of braid options that perfectly pair with heart-shaped faces. Such great hairstyles look very feminine and classy.

Loose Side Braid

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For example, check out this beautiful and easy-to-make hairstyle “Messy Milkmaid Braid.” This popular and stylish braid is a favorite among many Hollywood beauties. Don’t forget about two face-framing tendrils to balance the forehead.

Disheveled Halo Braid

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If you want to diversify your hairstyle, there’s no need to buzz your hair. Just make a braid along one side, leaving the rest of your hair loose on the other. This will give you a fresh, bold, and even sophisticated look. And it will perfectly complement any look–from casual to elegant evening attire.

Blonde Lob with Side Braid for Heart Shaped Face

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Bangs Make a Difference

If you like bangs, you can also experiment with this detail of your look. Bangs cover that extra area on the forehead of a heart-shaped face visually reducing it, and here’s where long bangs will come to the rescue.

Short Cut for a Heart Shaped Face

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However, remember that blunt bangs are most likely not the best option for heart-shaped faces. Instead, you might opt for thin, see-through strands and side-swept bangs that create an illusion of small foreheads, covering them partially and looking soft and romantic, especially when paired with wavy hair. We definitely say ‘yes’ to side-swept bangs for heart-shaped faces!

A-Line Lob with Highlights

Instagram / @maxwellmathson

It doesn’t matter if your part is in the middle, on the left, or on the right. Long fringe bangs reduce the width of the forehead, thereby balancing it with the lower part of the face, while wavy layers elongate the face. This layered bob with loose waves and side bangs convincingly demonstrates the power of bangs.

Wavy Lob with Centre Part

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Coloring Techniques for a Heart-Shaped Face

Using dark shades, the colorist obscures certain zones, and with the help of the light tones -emphasizes the structure of select facial features. Dark tones allow you to visually reduce the volume and narrow the face, while light ones can visually elongate or widen it.

Long Hairstyle for Girl with a Heart Shaped Face

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Using dark shades, the colorist obscures certain zones, and with the help of light tones emphasizes the structure of select facial features. The shadow and hair density hide some individual features, while the light falls freely in those zones you want to accentuate the most.

Layered Shag with Blonde Balayage

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With the help of so-called strobing technique, you can make your eyes brighter by highlighting or dying a few strands at the top of the face. The chin’s grace can be enhanced by making a contrasting ombre and highlighting the curls at the very hair ends. A disproportionate forehead can be easily hidden with the help of long side-swept bangs and competent styling.

Graduated Short Bob with Braided Headband

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Well, now you are a true expert in the field of heart-shaped face haircuts and hairstyles! We hope that we’ve managed to persuade you that it’s quite possible to find hairstyles to flatter all face shapes and any hair type. A long bob, shoulder-length hair, or a pixie cut all make great haircuts for heart-shaped faces if approached wisely. Adding wavy layers, right bangs, and highlights can do wonders.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your hair and try something new, and you’ll find a perfect haircut for your heart-shaped face. Follow these easy professional rules, change your look, and show a new beautiful side of yourself!

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