20 Flattering Hairstyles for Oval Faces

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Great Styles for Oval Faces

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If you have an oval face shape, you've landed the most versatile shape for hairstyles. Many women blessed with different face shapes—round, long, square and heart—get haircuts that will give the illusion that they have an oval face. That's something you don't have to worry about.

With an oval face, you can wear almost any hairstyle. No matter the length of your cut, you'll look best with layers near your cheekbones, lips, or chin. Basically, you can choose whichever feature you want to highlight.

For example, Jennifer's Aniston's haircut looks amazing on an oval face. The long layers hit at the cheekbones and the chin. The hair is longer in the back and shorter in the front so it doesn't weigh down her face.

Since so many styles work for you, keep these rules in mind when choosing the perfect hairstyle for your personality and hair texture:

  • Update a dated hairstyle. If it's been a few years since you changed your style, find a new photo and get your haircut. A little refresh can take 10 years off your look.
  • Don't fight your natural hair texture. You can straighten curly hair, but it takes time and money. Why not invest in a good haircut for your curly hair instead? If you have super thin hair, try to avoid growing it beyond your shoulders. Without the help of extensions, your hair can easily become flat from the extra weight, no matter how much product you put in it. Instead, it's best to cut in layers and keep the length above your shoulders.
  • Pick a style that suits your personality and lifestyle. If you are quirky, get a funky haircut and color. If you're edgy, a pompadour may be a great bet. If you're a busy mom, cut your hair so it's stylish, but doesn't require 15 minutes a day of styling.

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You Can Go Short

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With an oval face, you can afford to go short, even super short. A pixie is a great option for ​women of all ages.

Pixie hair is becoming even more popular as celebrities get their hair cut into this boyish-yet-feminine style. The pixie can be cute, sexy, sophisticated, or funky to match your personality. If you leave your bangs longer, you'll be able to style your pixie in a variety of ways.

This cut works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair. It also looks good on women with straight hair. If you are really tall, you might want to avoid going this short, though. Something with a little more length will balance out your height.

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Between Shoulder-Length and Chin-Length

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If you're not ready to take the plunge and go short, consider a shoulder-length style or one that is somewhere between shoulder-length and chin-length.

The versatility of this cut cannot be underestimated. You can part it right down the center or off to the side for a little more volume. Style it straight for a sleek look or soften it up with curls. It's one that can be styled for any occasion.

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You Can Also Go Long

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If you have wavy hair and an oval face, a style with ​long, soft waves is a perfect option for you. Going any longer has the potential to lengthen your face and weigh down your waves. At this length, you'll find a perfect balance and leave the door open to a variety of styling options.

If you are petite, you'll find it best to avoid super long hair in the front because it can make you look a bit child-like.

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Add Bangs

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Bangs are a great option for any woman who wants to change her look without making a drastic change. Bangs are also great for highlighting beautiful eyes.

Women with oval faces can get away with any type of bangs. Whether you're interested ​in brow-skimming bangs, side-swept bangs, short bangs, or heavy bangs, they will all work.

The key to bangs is to make sure they aren't too short. The best bangs are brow-skimming and a bit longer on the ends than in the middle. You can also consider long, side-swept bangs, which can hide a high forehead while showing off your eyes. 

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Try a Super Cool Hair Color

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With an oval face, you can get away with all sorts of hair colors, including a stunning platinum blonde. The most important consideration is to choose your hair color based on your skin tone. Platinum works best on women with rosy or pink skin tones. It's not the best option for women with olive skin tones.

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The Versatile Bob

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If a pixie seems a little too short, think about the bob. A sleek, sophisticated bob will never go out of style.

This cut shows off a great bone structure. If you have a strong chin, a bob cut shorter in the back and angled towards the jaw will show it off. Opt for a striking color and you'll wow people from blocks away.

The bob is also a great low-maintenance option. It requires fewer trims than the pixie and can be a wash-and-go style. If you have few layers cut in, you can scrunch your hair as it dries, go with a mussier, tousled look, or style it with soft curls using a curling iron.

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A Bob for Straight Hair

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If you have thin hair, you'll probably find it best to keep it short. A few layers will add body, as will the perfect cut. This straight bob with long bangs is a fantastic choice, especially for mature women.

It's a myth that women over 50 must wear their hair short. The real marker for whether you should go short is whether it would be flattering to your hair texture and face shape.

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The Cool Long Bob

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A big trend in hair is the long bob, also called the "lob." It's not long hair and it's not short hair. Instead, it's cut somewhat blunt and just above the shoulders. 

Longer bobs can be bland if they're cut too bluntly. Give it dimension by having your stylist cut in some stacked layers in the back. It can't be too layered, though, or it's not a bob.

You will get a more edgy look if you ask the stylist to thin out the ends with scissors or a razor. Another option is to cut it just a touch shorter in the back.

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A Sophisticated, Modern Bob

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A bob is a classic choice. It's chic, sophisticated and shows off delicate facial features. Bobs can also convey your personality and lifestyle very well. Worn flat-ironed and perfect, they can exude a chic professionalism.

This cut is a classic long bob with blunt bangs, which are great with bobs. Blunt bangs are very flattering on an oval face and they can be as thick as you like.

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You Can Pull Off Edgy

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Singer Pink's funky pompadour is perfect for oval face shapes because the cut shows off the facial features. This cut will also make your eyes pop. If you have a quirky or edgy personality, you can get away with a cool short cut and color.

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Edgy and Longer

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Edgy hairstyles take guts, but the results can be very cool and even sophisticated. Whether you're seeking a cut that's sexy or funky or sweet, there are many cuts available to you since you can pretty much wear anything on your oval face.

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The Funky Pompadour

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Halle Berry often sports a pixie, sometimes with more of a rock 'n roll feel. This hairstyle is called a pompadour or "quiff" and usually features shaved sides and a puffy teased top. It's a lot of fun if you have the personality to match it.

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The Shag is Always Gorgeous

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The modern shag hairstyle doesn't resemble a mullet and shouldn't remind you of the 80s. What the shags have in common with those hairstyles of the past are mussiness, choppy ends, and layering. The modern shag, however, isn't quite as layered.

This look is very fresh and modern and, quite frankly, would look great on any face shape. The cut is choppy and it's perfect if you let your hair dry with a bit of wave in it. To get that mussy, choppy look, you'll want to use a salt spray or texturizing spray and scrunch your hair as it dries.

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The Versatile Shag

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The beauty of the shag hairstyle is that it flatters all face shapes. Like many of the other cuts, it can be styled to your preference of the day. Leave it mussy or give it some cute curls. Bangs or no bangs, it really works well either way.

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Shoulder-Length Waves

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No matter how many celebrities cut off their long hair into a lob, a bob or a pixie, long hair will always be popular. The good news is that long hair looks great on most oval face shapes. The key is to not grow hair too long or it will draw the face down, making it appear longer.

A cut like this that falls gently on and around the shoulders is great. The gentle wavy curls are stunning and the side part with side-swept bangs is very flattering.

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Blunt Bangs and Long Hair

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Blunt bangs are definitely hot and on trend. While they work with shorter cuts, they can also do wonders on a longer style. These bangs are left longer on the sides, which really adds some beautiful framing to the face and the eyes.

If you are going the bangs route, you should know how to blow dry them. You can easily avoid the "bubble bang" look by blowing your bangs dry with a flat or paddle brush rather than a round one.

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Long Hair With Side-Swept Bangs

Jennifer Garner with long hair, side-swept bangs. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin for Getty Images

This is a great hairstyle for long hair that has big, natural waves. It is soft and sophisticated, cute and sexy all rolled into one. The side-swept bangs really show off the best features of an oval face and the highlights give it some extra shine.

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Super Long Layers

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This haircut is gorgeous on some oval face shapes but works best on women with square and round face shapes. Not all women can get away with super long, middle-parted hair because it acts as a curtain that can lengthen a face.

If your face is somewhat longer than it is wide or if you have a big forehead, you might want to avoid this cut. If you have a true oval face, but also have a long forehead, consider getting bangs with your long hair.

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Show Off Your Curly Hair

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If you have curly hair, the trend right now is to let it go natural. So lay off those flat-irons. It works with oval face shapes and looks stunning when left long and in layers. Just be careful not to cut your curly hair too short.