10 of the Best Hairstyles for Oval Faces That Will Make You Feel Super Pretty

Oval faces – you have the BEST face shape for experimenting with hairstyles! How cool is that? But there are 10 types of hairstyles that flatter your face the most. What are they? Read on to find out!

But first… What is an Oval Face?

An oval face shape is a perfectly symmetrical shape. Your face is slightly longer than it is wide, and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face. The silhouette is soft and gently curves out around your cheekbones, with your forehead and chin rounded and petite. The overall look is chic, slender and feminine. 

Celebrities with oval faces include:

  • Emma Roberts
  • Bella Hadid
  • Jessica Alba
  • Jessica Biel 
  • Jourdan Dunn 
  • Kate Hudson 
  • Rihanna
  • Sienna Miller 
  • Beyonce
  • Kate Middleton

Which Hairstyles Flatter an Oval Face?

Think you have an oval face shape? Well, you’re in for an easy ride. Thanks to your face’s perfect symmetry, an oval face suits almost ANY hairstyle and cut! Lucky you! But there are certain hairstyles over others that accentuate your perfect features to the MAX.

 OK, tell me more…

The best hairstyles for oval faces show off the seamless shape of your face, whilst adding structure to make your cheekbones POP. 

If you’re wondering what hair length looks best on oval faces, any type of layered cut, or chin-length style to frame your features will look gorgeous. Short hairstyles, and updos with your hair pulled off your face, additionally allow your beautiful features to shiiiine.

What Hairstyles Should Oval Faces Avoid?

Um, none? OK – maybe some. 

A super long, straight style with no layers and a middle parting may drag your face down. But the simple solution? Just add layers, waves or a fringe to break the look up.

Also, maybe avoid hairstyles that hide your face. These types of hairstyles aren’t necessarily unflattering – just… why hide a face as perfect as yours babe?! 

OK let’s dive in – the 10 best hairstyles for oval faces are:

INDEX (click on the headings to visit that section)

  • The Pixie Crop
  • The Blunt Bob
  • The Lob 
  • Long Layers 
  • The Shag 
  • The 90s Blow-dry
  • Long Polished Waves
  • Round Curly Layers 
  • Cornrow Braids
  • The Blunt Bang

The Pixie Crop 

Credit: @hayden.graye | Instagram


The Best Short Hairstyle for an Oval Face


Oval faces are MADE for short hairstyles. Cropped bonces perfectly accentuate your features without competing for attention. But, if you’re wondering what exactly is the best short hairstyle for an oval face then the cute pixie crop beautifully highlights the natural beauty of your balanced face shape. Think Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravitz and Mia Farrow.

The Blunt Bob 

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The Best Bob Hairstyle for an Oval Face

Another super flattering hairstyle for those blessed with perfect symmetry. The bob is also one of the best hairstyles for oval faces. What hair length looks best on oval faces? Go for the one-length bob. This haircut will sharpen your features whilst accentuating your graceful face shape. A chin-length style, or one or two inches lower, will beautifully hug the jawline and draw attention to your elegant chin. Models Kaia Gerber and Karlie Kloss are fans of the blunt bob – what better hairstyle to show off a beautifully proportioned model-like face?

The Lob 

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The Best Medium Length Hairstyle for an Oval Face

Do you have medium length hair? Great news - this length offers the perfect frame for your neat oval face. Amp up your sophistication levels to the max and opt for a sleek, shoulder-length lob with a deep side parting. Think Emma Stone at awards ceremony season. This length is short enough to avoid elongating your face, whilst staying ultra-chic and feminine.

    Long Layers 

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    The Best Long Hairstyle for an Oval Face

    As mentioned above, oval faces can get away with almost any hairstyle, but when you enter long tresses territory just follow one simple rule: Ask your hairdresser to cut long layers into your hair to keep your face lifted. These types of layers accentuate your cheekbones, rather than dragging them down.

     Take Sienna Miller. The actress’s boho layers and sharp cheekbones are proof this face chiselling hairstyle WORKS. Who needs face contouring kits when you have artfully placed layers in your hair?

    The Shag 

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    The Best Hairstyle for an Oval Face with Thin Hair

    Meet The Shag. Hip model, Freja Beha Erichsen has been rocking this look for the best part of a decade, but it’s about to become one of the trendiest haircuts of 2021. Influencers everywhere are beginning to sport this rock n roll inspired hairstyle. And the good news? It’s one of the best hairstyles for oval faces with thin hair. Thanks to its mid-length style and tons of short layers around the face and sides, the Shag creates a lifted, airy effect all over.

    The 90s Blow-dry

    Credit: Kim Kardashian | Instagram

    The Best Hairstyle for an Oval Face with Thick hair

    Those gifted with a bountiful bonce understand long layers are YOUR BFF. They thin out the hair’s texture without adding width. Aaaand long layers are one of the best hairstyles for oval faces – so you’re in luck here. Make the most of your fabulous texture and channel a Cindy Crawford glamour with a 90s blow-dry.

    Prep your hair with volumising spray and blow-dry sections of the hair backwards with a large barrel brush. Flip your hair to the side and finish with a shine spray for a sleek yet bouncy vibe. K-Middy is also a fan of this style. If it’s good enough for supermodels and royalty, it’s good enough for us.

    Long Polished Waves

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    The Best Hairstyles for an Oval Face with Wavy hair

    Long polished waves look STUNNING on oval faces. Great news if you have wavy hair, as the natural texture of your locks holds loose, tumbling curls beautifully. What hair length looks best on oval faces? Any, but this is the perfect hairstyle for oval faces with long hair. Why? Because the curving silhouette of your hair keeps your face lifted, as opposed to being dragged down by a straight style.

     Jessica Alba is one of the most gorgeous celebrities with oval faces, so she knows a thing or two about how to look HOT. And she regularly sports this gorgeous, long wavy hairstyle to accentuate her pretty oval face. Take notes guys. Tip: If you’re not blessed with long, luscious waves – why not try Wavy Hair Extensions?

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    Round Curly Layers 

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    The Best Hairstyle for an Oval Face with Curly/Afro Hair


     Michelle Breyer and Gretchen Heber from the Naturally Curly website state that the triangle silhouette is the BANE of most curly-haired lovelies. Not a good look for ANY face shape.

    What’s the solution? The two stylists suggest round layers around your face to reduce the bulk. This is also one of the best hairstyles for oval faces with curly hair as your enviable ringlets will eloquently frame your face. Think Rihanna, or Mel B in her Scary Spice days.

    Cornrows Braid

    The Best Hairstyle for an Oval Face with Braided hair

     Cornrow braids are the bomb for gals with long hair and oval faces. Why? The texture and dimension of your braids create depth whilst staying sleek and sophisticated. Go for a deep side parting to avoid excessively elongating your face. Alternatively, pulling your braids up into a high ponytail, a la Beyonce, will show off your perfect oval face beautifully.

    The Blunt Bang

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    The Best Fringe for an Oval Face


    Surprise, surprise! Oval faces can get away with ANY fringe type.

     But we reckon the best fringe for an oval face is the blunt bang. Some oval faces can have large foreheads, so the cropped length of this fringe can minimise this area.

     Additionally, a blunt bang can add a certain edginess to oval faces with long hair. The graphic style keeps your face looking lifted and fresh. Just take a look at supermodel Naomi Campbell – can you believe this babe is in her 50s?

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    Did this ‘hairstyles for oval faces guide’ help you? What are your favourite hairstyles to flatter oval faces? Let us know!

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