The trick to feeling cool and comfortable while still looking chic once the mercury starts to rise? A hair refresh! And these face-flattering cuts and age-defying colors ensure you’ll shine as bright as the sun all summer long.
How to Figure Out Your Face Shape
Your face is ROUND if: The length from your hairline to your chin divided by 3 is longer than the length from the tip of your nose to your chin
Your face is OVAL if: The length from your hairline to your chin divided by 3 is shorter than the length from the tip of your nose to your chin
Your face is SQUARE if: The width of your forehead from temple to temple is equal to the width of your jaw from ear to ear
Your face is a HEART if: The width of your forehead from temple to temple is wider than the width of your jaw from ear to ear
Anne Heche Hair
Best Haircut for Square Faces
Anne Heche's Sensational Bright Blonde Shag
The soft texture and playful movement of a windswept crop offsets the angles of a sharp jaw, says celebrity hairstylist Frank Friscioni. Even better? A brilliant blond reflects light onto the face, making skin glow.
Get the cut: Ask for a chin-length cut with feathery layers and piece-y fringe.
Get the color: A dye made with bleach alternatives like lemon extract, such as Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color in #LB2 Ultra Light Natural Blonde ($17.98, Amazon), keeps hair from drying out when lightening by more than two shades.
Glen Close Hair
Glen Close's Polished Platinum Pixie
A layered pixie focuses fullness on top, adding rounded balance to a boxy jawline, explains Friscioni. And a chic cool-toned platinum hue adds a youthful edge so the shorter ‘do doesn’t skew matronly.
Get the cut: Ask for an ear-skimming cut with graduating layers throughout and blended side bangs.
Get the color: Look for a kit like L’Oréal Paris Féria in Absolute Platinum ($8.99, Target.com) with bleach to lighten and a blue-based conditioner to nix leftover yellow.
Linda Cardellini's Fabulous Mocha Swirled Swing
A swingy “lob” (long bob) with curtain bangs is Hollywood’s go-to cut for good reason: The crop’s flirty flow and rounded silhouette distract the eye from a sharp jawline. Beauty bonus: Subtle, woven-in highlights give skin a radiant, lit-from-within glow.
Get the cut: Ask for a collarbone-skimming bob with long layers and blended fringe.
Get the color: Apply highlights like Clairol Nice’n Easy Balayage for Brunettes ($8.74, Walmart) in 1/2" sections from the ears down around the neck for the subtle ombré effect.
Annette Bening Hair
Best Haircut for Round Faces
Annette Bening's Radiant Honeyed Crop
“While the above-ear length of a pixie pulls the eye up, one with a deep side part also directs focus diagonally — together, they elongate a rounder face for an instantly slimmer look,” says colorist Mike Petrizzi of Chris Chase Salon in New York City. What makes the edgy cut really wow? “Volumizing baby highlights.”
Get the cut: Ask for a side-parted, long-layered pixie with “broken” ends throughout.
Get the color: Apply 1/2-inch highlights two shades lighter than your hue, using a root touch-up kit like Clairol Nice’n Easy Root Touch-Up in #8-Medium Blonde ($5.59, Amazon) which contain enough dye for shorter styles.
Gabrielle Union Haircut
Gabrielle Union's Striking Rich Cocoa Shop
An asymmetrical crop with choppy layers and cheekbone-skimming bangs in a deep hue “contour” a full face.
Get the cut: Ask for a pixie that’s 1 to 2 inches shorter on one side with slanted fringe and blunt, semi-stacked layers.
Get the color: To keep a dark color from looking inky, colorist Mike Petrizzi suggests staggering application. Apply color like Garnier Olia in #3.0-Darkest Brown ($6.99, Target) from roots to mid-lengths for 30 minutes, then comb through to the ends for the last 10 minutes only.
Frances Fisher Hair
Frances Fisher's Vibrant Copper Shell
The structure of a cut that angles down cheekbones helps chisel the face’s rounder edges while the shine of a copper hue brightens a ruddy complexion.
Get the cut: Ask for a cut that skims the nape of the neck in the back, with full fringe that graduates into blended layers around the face in front.
Get the color: When lightening a too-dark, flat hue, colorist Rick Wellman suggests using a color remover like Color Oops Hair Color Remover Extra Strength ($11.99, Amazon) to strip hair of old, built-up dye. Then applying a medium-red shade like Clairol Nice’n Easy in #8R-Medium Reddish Blonde ($5.35, Amazon) all over.
Kate Hudson Haircut
Best Haircut for Heart Faces
Kate Hudson's Gorgeous Crème Brûlée Wavy Bob
Ends that curve in below the jaw and the spiral texture of bouncy waves “fill in” the open space around the jawline, says celebrity hairstylist Frank Friscioni. An added age-defier? Swapping brassy locks (that leave skin-looking sallow) for a complexion-illuminating light blond.
Get the cut: Ask for a lightly layered, above-the-shoulder bob.
Get the color: Look for a box color with descriptors like “ash” and “cool," like Clairol Nice’n Easy in #10C-Extra Light Cool Blonde ($6.57, Amazon). These blue-based tones ensure hair looks bright, not brassy.
Helen Mirren Hair
Helen Mirren's Sleek and Silky Silver Fringed Sweep
Full, diagonally swept bangs conceal a wider forehead while the voluminous style pulls attention up and away from a smaller chin below, says Friscioni. And a light-catching silvery shade adds lock-thickening luster for an even more stunning and youthful look!
Get the cut: Ask for a jaw-length crop that has neatly cut sides with long, brow-skimming bangs and graduating layers.
Get the color: First, use a lightening kit like Manic Panic Flash Lightning Bleach Kit ($9.99, Amazon) to bleach strands until almost white. Then apply a silver color-correcting toner like AGEbeautiful Permanent Liqui-Crème Topcoat Toner in Silver ($6.49, Sally Beauty) to really make the platinum pop.
Jennifer Love Hewitt Hair
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Stunning and Shimmering Brown Sugar “Lob"
Shoulder-skimming brunette locks kissed with caramel highlights that cascade down from the cheeks create shadowy dimension that helps a pointier chin optically recede, says celebrity hairstylist Carrie Butterworth.
Get the cut: Ask for a long bob, or “lob,” that hits at the collarbone and is infused with long layers.
Get the color: Darken the base with a deep brunette hue like Clairol Professional True Color Permanent Cream Color in #5NN-Oaky Brown ($9.39, Sally Beauty). Then use a small paintbrush to saturate hair from the ears down with color from a balayage kit for brunettes like Madison Reed Light Works Balayage Highlighting Kit in Ardenza Warm Caramel ($45, Ulta).
Jane Fonda Haircut
Best Haircut for Oval Faces
Jane Fonda's Chic Champagne Crop
“A ‘halo’ of light created by face-framing streaks on a tapered bob adds visual width to the face’s center, “ says celebrity colorist Mike Petrizzi. “This counteracts any narrowness.”
Get the cut: Ask your stylist for a rounded bob with face-framing layers that rest right below the nape of the neck.
Get the color: Use a blonding kit like Clairol Nice’n Easy Frost & Tip ($15.49, CVS) and a clean spoolie brush to apply highlights onto 1-inch sections around the face.
Eve Rapper Haircut
Eve's Sassy Sun-Kissed Slant
Uneven strands that swing above shoulders add beautiful face-widening balance, says Butterworth. And honey-hued streaks “light up” a pretty smile.
Get the cut: Ask for a beveled “lob” (long bob) with long, blended layers and angled ends.
Get the color: Use a highlighting kit made for darker hair like Revlon Color Effect Frost & Glow Highlights in Honey ($6.98, Walmart) to apply highlights onto 1/2-inch sections, starting 1-inch away from roots.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.
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