As one of the most frequent wig wearers in popular culture, Kylie Jenner has made wigs tremendously mainstream in the last few years. Over time, the demand for wigs, hairpieces, and hair systems has been rising at an astonishing pace. More and more celebrities are wearing them all the time, and regular people realize just how realistic and sophisticated hair replacement solutions have become. There are countless reasons you may decide to wear a hair system, whether for hair loss, medical reasons, convenience, or simply because you want to transform your appearance.
What's more, there are so many options when it comes to hair systems or wigs, and it can be overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking for. Everyone is unique in their own way, and a hair system should always elevate and enhance your natural features. Understanding your face shape is an excellent place to start because your facial structure will undeniably influence which wig is the right one for you.
Wearing a wig is an opportunity to express yourself in a way that is as authentically you as possible, whether you prefer to experiment or want something familiar. The ultimate goal is to choose a wig that makes you feel confident and empowered at the end of the day.
Traditionally, several categories of face shape are almost universally accepted within the beauty industry. The face shapes that we will be referring to in this article are Round, Oval, Heart, Square, and Diamond. Of course, it is essential to keep in mind that you're not expected to fit within one of these categories perfectly.
Most people will have overlapping features, so the recommendations that we will be giving should be regarded as guidelines rather than rules. However, by knowing which face shape is the closest match to you, you can choose a wig that complements and balances your features.
Measuring Your Face
The following is a brief guide on how to measure your face so that you can determine your face shape:
Circumference - Measure around the head from the natural front hairline to the nape of the neck and back
Front To Nape - Measure from the front hairline straight back to the nape of the neck.
Ear To Ear Front - Measure ear to ear across the forehead.
Ear To Ear Top - Measure ear to ear across the top of the head.
Temple To Temple - Measure from temple to temple around the back of the head.
The Nape - Measure around the nape of the neck at the natural hairline.
Round – If the length of your face is approximately the same as the width, and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face, then you have a round face shape.
Oval – If the length of your face is longer than the width, and you have a gently rounded and curved jawbone, then you have an oval face shape.
Heart – If your chin is pointed and your forehead is the widest part of your face, you have a heart face shape, also known as an inverted triangle.
Square – If your face is as wide as it is long, the sides of your face are straight, and your jawline is quite broad, then you have a square face shape.
Diamond – If your forehead and jaw are narrow, your cheekbones are pretty high, and your chin is pointed, then you have a diamond face shape.
So Which Wig Should I Choose?
Once you understand your face shape, the exciting part can begin. You can choose a wig based on these recommendations!
The classic bob will enhance a round face shape, whether chin-length or shoulder-length. Long bangs and face-framing layers are also attractive options because you want to create an illusion of height at the crown so that you elongate your face. It is also advised to stay away from any blunt styles that add width and volume to the sides of your face; otherwise, they will outline your face shape and emphasize the roundness of your jaw.
Chrissy Teigen has a round-shaped face and is shown here with a long layered light purple wig in comparison to her natural hair. This wig color is so much fun.
Mila Kunis has a round-shaped face and is shown here in a blunt-cut short blonde wig. This color and cut are drastically different from her everyday look and are adorable.
When it comes to styling, an oval face shape will work with almost any style, whether you want an angular bob, long waves, strong fringe, or side-swept bangs. Since your face is longer than it is wide, however, it is advised to avoid any styles that bring fullness and height to the top of your head, as they may lengthen your face too much. The more volume you can get to the sides of your face, the better, this is why layered and textured styles will be more flattering.
Megan Fox has an oval-shaped face and is shown here in a long layered grey wig in comparison to her natural hair. In this side-by-side, you can see how a color change can make a huge difference in your look even with the same style.
Beyonce has been known to wear a variety of wigs over the years. She has an oval-shaped face and is shown in a long wavy blonde wig. She favors long and wavy wigs and can be styled in lots of ways, which is perfect for her face shape.
When styling this face shape, you shouldn't consider something too voluminous or full. Looser and softer hair is a brilliant way to accentuate your delicate features, and side-swept bangs, long layers, and pixie cuts are excellent options. A layered or wavy style will always work well, especially if you wear your hair forward around your face. It's usually advised to avoid blunt fringes and opt for a more wispy fringe instead.
Reese Witherspoon has a heart-shaped face and is shown with a shoulder-length wavy brunette full cap hair system compared to her longer natural blonde hair. She is always a blonde, so seeing her mix it up is interesting.
Jennifer Lawrence has donned many wigs in her career; here is a fun, short, bright blonde, wavy bob that flatters her heart face shape. In contrast, you can see the long red wig with short blunt bangs. In these two photos, you can really see how the cut and shape of the wig will enhance your face.
Since your jawline is your most vital feature, you may want a style that offers fullness and volume around your hairline. Curly and wavy styles will always flatter this particular face shape, while you might want to avoid straight and angular hairstyles, which could bring too much emphasis to your jawline. As you want to avoid too many harsh lines, a strong fringe isn't recommended either, with some fantastic alternatives being a wispy fringe or side-swept bangs.
In this long honey blonde wig, Sandra Bullock kills it with a soft side-swept bang. Although this hair system was for a particular role, it looks fantastic on her. In another shot, she dons a shaggier blonde wig with a more natural black root shadow.
Rihanna is a powerhouse of music and style. Whether it is pink, red, or blonde she really knows how to pick a wig style that looks best on her face.
A diamond face shape is already quite angular, which is a good reason that blunt styles such as solid fringes and bobs wouldn't work well for this particular face shape. These will end up drawing the eye to the most substantial parts of your face rather than balancing your features. Instead, curtain bangs and soft fringes are a great way to introduce some softness, with longer layers, gentle waves, and textured hairstyles being excellent options.
Last and by no means least is Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer has a diamond face shape and wears lots of wigs during regular life and for movies and her music. She tends to favor longer styles with lots of layers and soft waves.
Embracing Your Style
Choosing a wig is the perfect opportunity to embrace your style, individuality, and creativity. This guide should give you an excellent starting point, although there are no rigid rules when it comes to choosing the perfect wig. While your face shape is a worthwhile consideration, the most important thing is that your wig makes you feel confident and empowered.