Do you have a rectangular face? Follow these rules for styling and facial hair

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling in 'Two Good Guys'

The optimal hairstyle and facial hair is different for each person depending on the shape of your face. One of the most common is the so-called rectangular or elongated face.

To determine exactly that your face does indeed belong to this group, you will need a paper tape measure, as well as paper and pencil to record the measurements:

How to measure your face

  • Length: Measure from the central growth line of the hair to the base of the chin.
  • Forehead: Measure the widest part of the forehead, somewhere between the eyebrows and the hairline.
  • Cheekbones: Measure from one cheekbone to the other. Take the most prominent part (which is usually under the outer corner of the eye) for reference.
  • Jaw: Measures from a little above the nut, where the neck ends and the jaw begins, to the corner of the jaw, which is usually a few inches below the ear. Now multiply that number by two.

Elongated face indicators

If the first number you have obtained, that is, the one corresponding to the length, is greater than the rest of the measurements, then you have guessed correctly, and your face is rectangular. The measurements of the forehead and cheekbones are very similar.

Hairstyle and facial hair standards

Since the face is already high enough, consider avoiding high hairstyles, such as the pompadour. Hairstyles with bangs (both wavy, straight and short) help to harmonize rectangular faces. But a full-bodied side parting, like the one Ryan Gosling wears, can work too. Ask to have the sides cut with scissors instead of a hair clipper.

The ideal beard type for men with this face shape is the short beard. The reason is the same as why pompadours should be avoided. The more centimeters we subtract from the total length of the face, the more harmony we will achieve.

In addition, you can widen the face by styling your beard in a certain way. Keeping chin hair shorter than cheek hair it usually works. A full shave or a small goatee with no vertical lines (disconnected mustache, lower lip, and chin) are other options to consider.

Having said all this, the most important and priority is that each one feels comfortable with their image and with confidence. So, if despite having this type of face, you look better with something different from everything described above, we encourage you to go ahead with it, because that is what counts.


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