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Published 17th January 2020

Everybody has different tastes, and it's key that your hair matches the way you want it to be. The best advice we have for getting the exact look that you want is to speak with experienced hairdressers, some of which you can find in our handy locator. However, there are a few handy pointers to help you to figure out which parting suits you best.

Square Face

A square face shape means that your forehead is around the same width as your jaw, and the width of your cheekbones is similar. The sides of your face will be relatively 'straight'.

A side-swept parting is excellent for you, as it softens the face slightly by giving a lengthening effect.

Some celebrity examples include Angelina Jolie, Billie Piper, and Jennifer Aniston.

Round Face

If you have a round face shape, the width of your face will be similar to the length. Your hairline and jawline will be 'rounded' rather than angular.

Like those with a square face, you may want to elongate your face a little. A centre parting can work well here, as well as a deep side parting.

Some celebrity examples include Drew Barrymore, Hayden Panettiere, and Isla Fisher.

Oval Face

If you've got an oval face shape, the width of your forehead will be smaller than the width of your cheekbones, with your cheekbones being the widest part of your face.

If you have an oval face shape, you can get away with most types of parting, you lucky thing!

Celebrity examples includes Beyonce, Cindy Crawford, and Julia Roberts.

Diamond Face

If you have a diamond face shape, the width of your cheekbones will be more than the width of your forehead. Your chin may be more pointed, while your cheekbones may be wider than your jawline.

You can either accentuate your features by going for a middle parting or soften them a little by opting for a side parting.

Celebrity examples include Rihanna, Tyra Banks, and Megan Fox.

Heart Face

If you have a heart-shaped face, your forehead will be wider than your jawline, with your cheekbone width roughly the same as your forehead; however, your chin may be more pointed.

A deep side parting can help soften your cheekbones and draw attention away from your chin.

Some celebrities with heart-shaped faces include Cheryl Cole, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon.

Oblong Face

If you have an oblong-shaped face, your forehead will be narrower than your cheekbones, with no sharp angles and often be longer than it is wide.

A middle parting can be flattering for you, helping to create a little roundness in your face.

Celebrity examples include Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow, and Liv Tyler.

We hope this has helped you to figure out which type of parting you want. As always, though, you can break the rules if you want to – it's essential that you feel comfortable and confident no matter what! Discover your closest expert using our handy locator now.