Hairstyles for Small Faced Women

Natalie Portman's cropped 'do accentuates her small, delicate face.

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A petite face often calls for a petite hairstyle, but that isn't as limiting as it sounds. The shape of your face may actually have more bearing on the 'do you do. And there aren't any hard and fast rules for hairstyles --- the best looks are those that make you feel comfortable, sexy and confident of the skin you're in!

Your Face Shape

Your face shape may hint at the best look for you. If you have a round face, avoid straight bangs and cuts with fullness at the sides or you'll accentuate the roundness. Instead, pick a cut with volume on top or a longer cut with waves near the ends of your hair. If your face is heart-shaped, you may want some extra volume near the chin or some side-swept bangs to pull the focus toward your eyes. If your face is angular (square or rectangular), soft waves and frilly layers can feminize your 'do --- avoid geometric cuts, since these can trend on the severe side.

Short vs. Long

No, the hair police aren't going to arrest you if you wear your hair long --- but all too often, long hair weighs down a dainty face. To draw attention to your gorgeous features, opt for shorter cuts that stay off your face. Styles with close-cropped layers look especially beautiful on black women or ladies with stick-straight hair. Or, if you're the daring type, give a flirtatious pixie or punkish Chelsea cut a try. Short, spiky 'dos help to reveal your delicate features, not to mention they're super low-maintenance.

Layers

Layers are soft and flirty: the perfect addition to any 'do. For a petite face, razored or fringy layers are essential, since blunt layers may overpower your delicate visage. As for bangs, they can make or break your hairstyle. If your forehead is larger in proportion to the rest of your face, fringy or side-swept bangs can complement your look and bring out your eyes. But if your forehead is dainty, bangs may end up weighing you down.

Curls

If your hair's naturally curly, styling it to suit a small face may feel like a Catch-22. Layers tend to make curls go berserk, but too much length may overshadow your face. Aside from hitting up a flatiron, you definitely have options. Consider side-swept bangs to remove some of the thickness from your hair. You'll need a blow dryer and some smoothing serum to sweep them aside, but it's much less work than straightening your whole mane. If bangs aren't your cup of tea, try a shoulder-length cut with just a few layers (the length helps to pull down curls, but the layers will soften your face). Add a side part for a more dramatic, attention-grabbing look.

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