How to frame your face in all the right ways

How to frame your face in all the right ways

If your face is a picture, then your hair is its frame. It’s just one reason why the haircuts we opt for are key to drawing attention to the areas we want to spotlight and enhance – and vice versa, if there are features we want to draw the eye away from. A good haircut can make all the difference.


From fringes to artfully-placed colour, framing your facial features lies in the detail. A good hairstylist should be able to point you in the right direction of what will work for you, but as a general rule of thumb, the place where the hair stops on the face is where an onlooker’s eye will be drawn. So, if your curtain bangs finish just below eye level, that’s where others will look.



While there are no official “rules”, generally, those with rounder faces should opt for longer face-framing layers to help elongate the face, while those with more angular features should look to layers that help to soften them – think sweeping side or curtain bangs.



You can also play around with colour, adding subtle lighter pieces – also known as “money” pieces – to the areas around the face to add lightness and help skin shine. Block colour can also make a statement when framing the face, but isn’t for the faint-hearted.



The good thing about face-framing layers is that there is something for every hair texture, face shape and hair type – they can help create the illusion of thicker hair, highlight beautiful eyes and/or bring luminosity to the face.