Whether or not that new hairstyle you really want suits your face shape is probably one the most important things you should consider. And if you don't have a particular hairstyle in mind, then understanding your face shape and the kinds of hairstyles that suit is a great starting point for coming up with useful haircut ideas. Different hairstyles suit different face shapes in terms of things like how they add the appearance of symmetry to a face or draw attention to certain of your features (and away from others).

Curly hairstyles are no different from other hairstyles in so far as some curly hair styles are better suited to certain face shapes; for example, adding symmetry, disguising the angle of square jawlines, minimizing length etc. If you have curly hair or you're thinking of trying a curly hair style, then check out our examples of different curly hairstyle for different face shapes. If you're not sure of your face shape, then take a look at our consultation "The Right Hairstyle for Your Face Shape."

Halle Berry Long Wavy Dark Brunette Hairstyle with Dark Blonde Highlights

Why are curls so important?

Having curls in your hair is an important hairstyle for you to keep in mind when choosing how to style your hair. Curls help to frame your face. This means that the harsher edges of your face gets covered and makes your face look more soft. It is also a great hairstyle for you to have to help frame your neck area as well.
Curls help to give your hair volume and life. If you have hair that is thinning out, curls can help cover up the thinning and help create the illusion of thicker and fuller hair.
The only downside to most curled hairstyle is that glasses do not always suit the look if the curls fall around your eye area. Glasses will just get in the way and we do not want that.

Jennifer Lopez Long Wavy Brunette and Copper Two-Tone Bob Haircut with Side Swept Bangs and Blonde Highlights

Things to remember when curling your hair:

  • 1. Make sure that whatever hair product you invest in to help with your curls are suited for your hair type. If you have wavy hair, do not expect to use the same products as your friends do who have straight hair. The products will help ensure that you get the best curls possible for your hair type.
  • 2. Spray your hair first. This is a great tip that is going to help keep your curls in place. Before you curl your hair, spray the piece of hair you wish to curl with a light-hold hairspray. Curl your hair and your curls will last much longer. This tip will also give your hair more volume.
  • 3. Practice often. They say practice makes perfect and when it comes to using a curling iron, some of us need to practice a bit before we can get it right.
  • 4. Direction of your curling iron makes a big difference. We all know that a curling iron is meant to just curl your hair but did you know depending on how you hold your wand, will depend on how the curls come out? The easiest trick you can do to achieve perfect curls is to wrap your hair in the curling iron and let it set in the heat for 30 seconds. Release your hair and use a rat tail comb to set your curls in place.
  • 5. Protect your hair. Just like you need to protect your hair from the heat of a hair iron, you need to protect your hair from a curling iron as well. Make sure you apply a protective heat product on your hair to ensure that you do not cause excess damage to your hair from the heat.

Now that we know what to keep in mind when curling our hair, let’s take a look at a few styles that are going to suit your particular face shape.

Oblong Face Shape

This Curly Hair Style Will...

Medium Curly Layered Hairstyle

...Minimize Vertical Length

This is a layered hairstyle (through the back, sides and top) with plenty of body and bounce. It's a great curly hair style for oblong face shapes because the extra width in the sides and the side-swept bangs appear to reduce the vertical length of the face, making it look wider.

In other words, the curls help to make your face shape even out a bit. Your focal points on your face will now be your chin area as well as your eye area. This is a great ting to keep in mind when you are applying your makeup.

Square Face Shape

This Curly Hair Style Will...

Short Curly Platinum Hairstyle

...Soften the Squareness of the Jawbone

Sexy styles like this are real eye-catchers if you have naturally curly hair. Uniform layers in the back and sides maintain an all over balance and full layers through the top create height and body. It suits square face shapes because the rounded shape created by the sides, and the softness of the curls themselves, help disguise a squarer jawbone. The rounded top (created by layering) adds the appearance of height and the slightly angled bangs create some vertical shape all over. As you can see, our gorgeous model is showing you just how astonishing curls can be for a square face shape if it is styled correctly. This hairstyle almost gives you a Marilyn Monroe feel and we are living for it!

Diamond Face Shape

This Curly Hair Style Will...

Christina Aguilera Long Curly Hairstyle

...Minimize Length and Fill a Narrow Chin

Christina Aguilera's sexy curls have been cut to just below shoulder length and slightly layered at the ends to add texture. It's a great curly hair style for diamond face shapes as the side part creates the illusion of width, making the face seem wider on the sides. Angled bangs reduce the overall appearance of the face's length and soft layered curls under the chin area take the focus away from the narrow chin.
The side path has helped to open up her face a little bit and has allowed the focal point on her face to be her eye area. The side-swept bangs also help to cover up her forehead which gives you the illusion of a perfect oval face shape because of the way in which the curls frame her face so gorgeously.

Oval Face Shape

This Curly Hair Style Will...

Mya Long Curly Hairstyle

...Show Off the Face

Mya's natural curls were layered to reduce weight and create an even shape. When you have an oval face shape the last thing that you should do is cover it up. This hairstyle is great because having it pulled off the face with no bangs shows off the face's lovely oval shape perfectly. If you've got it then you may as well flaunt it, right? The is a great open face hairstyle. There is no mysterious feel to this hairstyle and it helps to soften her face at the same time. There is no part of your face that is hiding behind hair so when it comes to your makeup application, you can show off your mad skills to everyone around you.
This is a great hairstyle for you to go for in a casual setting for work or even to meet a few friends for a catch up and a delicious glass of wine. One thing is for sure, you will not have to worry about your hair getting in the way.

Round Face Shape

This Curly Hair Style Will...

Anna Nicole Smith Curly Updo

...Add Vertical Length and Minimize Width

Anna Nicole Smith's updo has plenty of curls and height at the top and strands of hair left around the sides give her hairstyle a softer finish. The height created by Anna's updo, as well as the absence of bangs, is effective because it makes the face shape appear longer or more oval.
We love this style because if you have long hair, you can simply put your hair up once you have styled it but this style will also suit someone who has a bob as well. It is a great style to show off your facial features as well as any new jewels you would like to become the star of the show.
Our only advice for you is that you carry around a fee bobby pins with you in your purse just in case one falls out or breaks. You do not want to have your hair falling out in the middle of your event.

Heart Face Shape

This Curly Hair Style Will...

Barbara Mori Medium Curly Hairstyle

...Add Vertical Length and Minimize Narrowness of Chin

Barbara Mori's funky hairstyle falls below the shoulders, and angle layering through the top and sides create a full, round curly shape. It's a great choice for heart face shapes because the height on top lengthens the face and the absence of bangs make the forehead appear longer. Layered hair fills up the space left by a narrow chin, and the squared off back and sides make the hairstyle's shape more vertical- therefore framing the face and correcting the proportion. This style helps to create volume so it is ideal for someone who wants to give off the impression that their hair is thicker and fuller than it really is.

Triangular Face Shape

This Curly Hair Style Will...

Jennifer Hudson Medium Curly hairstyle

...Remove Width in the Jaw and Chin

Jennifer Hudson's elegant hairstyle is cut to one length with short to long layers through the back and sides creating body and bounce. Shorter layers through the top also add height and balance. This curly hair style flatters triangular faces because the layered back and sides allow the curls to fall onto the jaw and chin, creating a soft look in this area. Also, the height on top helps lengthen the face and the absence of bangs keeps the face looking longer rather than wider. This is a great hairstyle for you to choose for a formal evening or event. It is classy, sophisticated and yet it is fun and full of life. We love this style because once you get the hang of styling curls, this hairstyle will not take you long to style at all. We would suggest that in order to get your hairstyle as perfect of Jennifer’s wash your hair a day or two before the event and only style it on the day of the event. Reason being is that when your hair is washed the same day, it is very soft and it can be hard to keep this style in place throughout the day.

Kellie Pickler Medium Wavy Light Blonde Bob Haircut

Thinking about the relationship between your hairstyle and face shape is pretty simple. Remember: a hairstyle that suits your face shape is one that creates the appearance of symmetry. Maybe it adds width on the sides or draws attention away from a pointier chin; or maybe the hairstyle makes the forehead appear longer. Whatever the case, there is a hairstyle for your face shape- and it's no different with curly hairstyles either. One of the biggest advantages of curly hair styles is the softening effect of the curls themselves, great for softening the stronger lines of square and oblong faces or larger features.

And there you have it! A few curled hairstyle ideas for you to choose from. Remember that if you do not like the way one style looks, there are always hundreds more for you to choose from. Make sure that you keep your hair as healthy as possible when going for a curled hairstyle. You want to cut your hair regularly to get rid of split ends. In any case, try on a few of the hairstyles above and see how they look on you.

Rita Ora Long Wavy Light Platinum Blonde Hairstyle

If you like the idea of curls but do not like any of the images we have shown you, do not worry! We have hundreds more for you to choose from on our site. To make life easier for you, we have a virtual hairstyler at your service. All you need to do is upload an image of yourself, choose a style and you can get a better idea of what you will look like with the style that you have chosen.