Savour Stratford’s Parisian Photo Shoot at Grotto Hair Studio

It’s that time of year again in Stratford – one of the favourite culinary festivals in Canada – Savour Stratford. It’s here in Stratford that chefs, culinary artisans, and foodies alike gather to share fork and plate, recipe and inspiration. Food for every palette, brews for every type of sipper, and vision for magic that can be created in the kitchen are abundant.

We, here at Grotto. are privileged to be situated right in the heart of where the festival takes place. York Street closes down, allowing for pedestrian traffic only. Aromas of every appetizing dish under the sun waft, the tones of live music float and the air of excitement is palpable. Each year, during Savour Stratford, we feature an a la carte menu all our own at Grotto Hair Studio, whether that be tutorials, make-overs or live demonstrations. This year, we are bringing a little taste of France to the salon.

Jillian Chambers, owner and stylist at Grotto Hair Studio, has been privileged to be invited by L’Oreal Professionel to Paris, France for classes involving a behind the scenes sneak peek at upcoming runway trends. Not only did she get to meet world-renowned stylists and designers, but she got to work along-side them, learning how to re-create the upcoming fashion and hair statements. Having been back for a week now, Jillian has taken the time to educate her stylists on these trends. With this new knowledge under their belts, the stylists at Grotto Hair Studio have been busy preparing for our very fist live photo shoot, complete with looks straight from the heart of Paris!

Below is a taste of what Jillian was honoured to experience while away in Paris:

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Be prepared for volume, for icy blondes, for cool mochas, and the use of metallic accessories! While Savour Stratford Festival is all about the food, allow yourself for a moment to taste France in a different form when you stop by Grotto Hair Studio’s photo shoot on Saturday! We look forward to seeing you then! (And for those of you who unfortunately cannot make it, stay tuned for a post featuring not food, but hair with a Parisian flair!)

For more info on all that Savour Stratford entails, click here.

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For Better or Worse: The Best Updos for the Understated Wedding Gown

Understated: subtly restrained: achieving its effect through restraint, subtlety, and good taste. By no means does understated equal boring or bland. Think of understated, as it pertains to wedding gowns, as timeless elegance, sophistication in its simplest form. An understated wedding gown does not require lace, excessive beading or ruffles to promote its beauty – rather, its classic subtlety breaths the very essence of beauty through its simplistic silhouettes.

Below are some examples of understated wedding gowns:

This understated gown uses a simple silhouette with fabric detailing for added interest.

This understated gown uses a simple silhouette with fabric detailing for added interest.

Another example of a beautifully, elegant understated wedding gown.

Another example of a beautifully, elegant understated wedding gown.

What style of updo best suits an understated wedding gown? While an understated wedding gown quietly promotes its beauty, allow your updo to speak volumes, literally. Because a simpler wedding dress tends to be void of intricate detail, the contrast of a voluminous, dramatic updo proves to be most flattering. Updos or down hairstyles can both be worn with this style of gown – just be sure to try to incorporate lots of volume, curls or accessories to amp up the glam.

Here are some updos that would beautifully compliment an understated wedding gown:

An exquisite updo, accentuated with gorgeous blossoms will add dramatic interest to an understated wedding gown.

An exquisite updo, accentuated with gorgeous blossoms will add dramatic interest to an understated wedding gown.

Scarlett Johansson portrays a glamorous upswept updo with lots of volume. Paired with a sparkly hair accessory, flower, feathers or veil, this updo would be stunning with a simple wedding gown.

Scarlett Johansson portrays a glamorous upswept updo with lots of volume. Paired with a sparkly hair accessory, flower, feathers or veil, this updo would be stunning with a simple wedding gown.

Below are some examples of voluminous down hairstyles to flatter an understated wedding gown:

Here is a perfect example of a voluminous style, accessorized with an oversized flower, to beautifully flatter an understated wedding gown.

Here is a perfect example of a voluminous style, accessorized with an oversized flower, to beautifully flatter an understated wedding gown.

We love everything about Angelina's hair. Here, she depicts a down hairstyle that is wonderfully voluminous. Paired with an elegant, simple wedding gown, this look would be stunning.

We love everything about Angelina’s hair. Here, she depicts a down hairstyle that is wonderfully voluminous. Paired with an elegant, simple wedding gown, this look would be stunning.

Accessories are a great way to show off the lines of a simple wedding silhouette, as depicted below:

Feathers add vintage elegance to an understated wedding gown.

Feathers add vintage elegance to an understated wedding gown.

A birdcage veil is a stunning option when wanting to accessorize a simple wedding gown.

A birdcage veil is a stunning option when wanting to accessorize a simple wedding gown.

A jeweled headband adds appropriate glitter and sparkle to an elegant, understated gown.

A jeweled headband adds appropriate glitter and sparkle to an elegant, understated gown.

This draws us to a close on our series of wedding gowns and their corresponding updos. We hope that you’ve learned some guidelines to best suit the look that you are wishing to portray during one of the biggest days of your life. For hairstyles that flatter a glamorous, backless, and boho wedding gowns, please refer to our previous posts.

For Better or Worse: The Best Updos for the Glamorous Wedding Gown

Today is not about the rules. Today, it’s all about creative expression, freedom from stylistic guidelines, and pumping up the glam! If you find yourself to be a lover of the more glamorous wedding gown, you can let your hair down (or up…whatever you prefer!), because there are no rules, no catches, no specifics!

The updo choices for a glamorous wedding gown are limitless! What constitutes a glamorous wedding gown, you ask? Think ball gown, think lace, think Old Hollywood….there really are so many different glamorous wedding dresses out there!

Here is an example of a natural hairstyle worn with a glamorous dress. Keeping the hair more natural looking is a nice option because it contrasts with the intricacies of the dress.

Glamorous ball gown.

Glamorous ball gown.

Old Hollywood glam gown with natural hair.

Old Hollywood glam gown with natural hair.

Or, you can continue in the glamorous vein and choose an intricate, volumous updo:

Glamorous wedding gown with a volumous updo.

Glamorous wedding gown with a volumous updo.

Another option is to accessorize with veils, tiaras and headpieces:

This bride chose a natural hairstyle with her Old Hollywood glam gown. However, she accessorized with a veil - a beautiful option with her gown.

This bride chose a natural hairstyle with her Old Hollywood glam gown. However, she accessorized with a veil – a beautiful option with her gown.

Add a little glitz and sparkle with hair accessories.

Add a little glitz and sparkle with hair accessories.

If you absolutely adore the Old Hollywood style, perhaps play up your gown with a headpiece such as this:

The Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby. This headpiece screams Old Hollywood glam! What a gorgeous option for a gown, oozing with vintage glam!

The Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby. This headpiece screams Old Hollywood glam! What a gorgeous option for a gown, oozing with vintage glam!

In short – think outside of the box with the glamorous gown! Don’t be afraid to break the rules, because there simply are no rules to break! Stay posted for the reveal of one more gown style and its corresponding updos! Happy weekend, Everyone!

For Better or Worse: The Best Updos for Boho or Beach Wedding Dresses

Boho, derived from the word “Bohemian”, according to online dictionaries describes “somebody, often a writer or an artist, who does not live according to the conventions of society.” What does this have to do with weddings, much less updos, you say? Well, thankfully, weddings are not all cookie-cutter, rather, they are momentous events during which the couple can practice their individual creative expression. For some, it may mean a glamorous, Old Hollywood gala. For others, this translated to be a traditional, elegant ceremony. And there are others who would prefer a more casual, relaxed wedding day. Typically, brides with a more boho feel to their big day, wear dresses that are “flow-y” and carefree. (Those brides who have beach or garden weddings often also opt for similar wedding gowns.)

The boho/beach wedding dress.

What hairstyle best suits a less contrived, more unconventional wedding gown? Since boho, or beach, wedding gowns are often simpler, the hairstyle chosen should also reflect this. It is important to make sure that the updo is not too formal or fussy. Often, a more natural look is desired, meaning that hair that is completely swept up is not as popular . Experimenting with flowers, headbands, feathers, braids etc…is often a great way to express creativity through the hairstyle, while complimenting a more artistic dress.

Below are some examples of boho/beach wedding dresses and complimentary hairstyles:

Notice how this boho dress is no extremely form-fitting. Rather, it has a much more whimsical air about it. The hairstyle worn down reflects an almost mystical feeling that a  upswept updo would not.

Notice how this boho dress is no extremely form-fitting. Rather, it has a much more whimsical air about it. The hairstyle worn down reflects an almost mystical feeling that a upswept updo would not.

This is a perfect example of a beach wedding dress - flow-y and natural looking. The hairstyle here is also kept more natural looking, which complements perfectly.

This is a perfect example of a beach wedding dress – flow-y and natural looking. The hairstyle here is also kept more natural looking, which complements perfectly.

Boho, beach or garden weddings are the perfect opportunity to experiment with braids and fresh flowers.

Boho, beach or garden weddings are the perfect opportunity to experiment with braids and fresh flowers.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules. The picture below demonstrates just that:

Even though this dress is much more casual in style, the back of the dress has beautiful detailing that, if the hair was left down, would be masked. Here, the bride wears a loose updo that actually enhances the style of the gown.

Even though this dress is much more casual in style, the back of the dress has beautiful detailing that, if the hair was left down, would be masked. Here, the bride wears a loose updo that actually enhances the style of the gown.

Keep posted for more wedding dress styles and their updos in the next few days!

For Better or Worse: The Best Updo for Backless Wedding Dresses

Let’s face it – your wedding day is probably one of the biggest days of your life. And your wedding dress is likely the most beautiful dress you will ever wear. For such a momentous day, your hair will play an integral role in either complimenting or competing with your dress. Obviously, you would like your updo to compliment your overall look, so today we are going to discuss one of the most popular dress styles and its most favourable updos.

The backless wedding dress.

The backless wedding dress is a stunning style that is very popular currently. The point of a backless wedding dress is to show off your back. Therefore, an updo or side updo are the best options for this style of dress. If you choose to wear your hair down, you would be de-emphasizing the beauty of the plunging back of the dress. However, if you’re not such a fan of the more contrived and perfected looking updo, you can easily pull your hair softly to one side and incorporate a braid or loosely falling strands.

The deep back of this dress allows for emphasis to be put on a stunning updo.

The deep back of this dress allows for emphasis to be put on a stunning updo.


This is a perfect example of a side chignon that would flatter a backless wedding dress - without the updo looking too "perfect."

This is a perfect example of a side chignon that would flatter a backless wedding dress – without the updo looking too “perfect.”


While the model in this picture is stunning, the fact that her hair is left down takes away from the dramatic low back of her dress. Am updo or side updo would have been much more complimentary.

While the model in this picture is stunning, the fact that her hair is left down takes away from the dramatic low back of her dress. Am updo or side updo would have been much more complimentary.

Obviously, there are many other styles of wedding dresses out there, and a myriad of complimentary hairstyles. Over the next few posts, we will discuss some of the most popular dress styles and their corresponding updos. Stay posted to learn more!

How to Find the Best Bridal Hairstyle

We, here at Grotto Hair Studio, are in full swing wedding season! Maybe you have a wedding to attend, or you’re a bridesmaid, or even the bride herself. Over the next couple of posts, we would like to take you thru some steps on how to achieve the perfect wedding updo. Some of the guidelines to keep in mind are as follows:

1) Consider your wedding theme/atmosphere. Is your wedding going to be a casual garden party? Will it take place on the sandy shores of a romantic beach? Or maybe you’re going for a more formal mood with an ornate cathedral ceremony.

These beachy waves are a perfect example of an informal wedding hairstyle. Think a bohemian themed wedding, a beach ceremony, or a garden party wedding.

These beachy waves are a perfect example of an informal wedding hairstyle. Think a bohemian themed wedding, a beach ceremony, or a garden party wedding.


This updo is perfect for a more traditional wedding. It may look out of place when worn with a flowy, Bohemian style dress. However, this style, paired with an ornate gown, would suit an elegant, timeless atmosphere perfectly (think a cathedral or church wedding).

This updo is perfect for a more traditional wedding. It may look out of place when worn with a flowy, Bohemian style dress. However, this style, paired with an ornate gown, would suit an elegant, timeless atmosphere perfectly (think a cathedral or church wedding).

2) Consider the style of your dress. Our next post will delve into this topic in more detail, however, it is important to match the style of your dress to the style of your hair. You would not want one taking away from the other. Rather, the updo chosen should complement the wedding dress.

3) Be observant of your hair texture, thickness and length. Often brides find pictures of updos that they love without fully considering the texture, thickness, length and colour of their own hair. What looks good on the model in the picture may be entirely unflattering on the bride herself. Working with your natural hair will help achieve the best bridal updo. However, that does not leave you totally limited. Thankfully, there are many salon tools that can manipulate the hair into your dream updo. You can curl straight hair, straighten curly hair or add extensions to shorter or finer hair. Just remember to avoid making sudden changes in your hair too soon before your wedding to prevent a hair crisis!

Here is an example of a bride working with her natural hair.  A slight wave nicely complements her short bob.

Here is an example of a bride working with her natural hair. A slight wave nicely complements her short bob.

4) The guidelines for face shapes applies even for bridal updos. Refer to our previous posts for advice on face shape guidelines here.

5) Your choice of bridal hair accessories can often determine how you wll style your hair. There are so many beautiful options out there that the possibilities are really endless as to the beauty that can be created in your wedding updo. However, remember that accessories should always compliment rather than take away from the natural beauty of the bride. In other words – less is often more. Take a look below at some stunning options for creating an extra special updo on your big day.

Fresh (and fake) flowers add the perfect touch of whimsy to any bridal updo.

Fresh (and fake) flowers add the perfect touch of whimsy to any bridal updo.


Jeweled hair accessories often add the perfect glimmer of sparkle.

Jeweled hair accessories often add the perfect glimmer of sparkle.


Veils are probably one of the most common accessories. However, the different styles are anything but commonplace. Here, this veil adds a soft, romantic look to subtle waves.

Veils are probably one of the most common accessories. However, the different styles are anything but commonplace. Here, this veil adds a soft, romantic look to subtle waves.


A bird cage veil adds a flair for vintage glam.

A bird cage veil adds a flair for vintage glam.


A tiara adds the perfect princess sparkle to any updo.

A tiara adds the perfect princess sparkle to any updo.

Our hope is that these guidelines provide some inspiration for you to exhibit your natural beauty during one of the biggest moments of your life. Stay posted to learn how to pick the appropriate bridal updo for your wedding dress.

Face Flattering Hairstyles: Part 7 – The Diamond Face Shape

This is the last of the face shapes to be discussed on “Behind the Chair.” And we have saved the most unique for last – the diamond face shape. The diamond face shape is actually the least common of all face shapes, however, the features of a diamond face shape are quite striking. When played up properly, the emphasis of the prominent cheekbones is quite appealing.

Those with diamond face shapes will notice that their faces are widest at the cheekbones and narrow at both the chin and forehead. Because of the narrow width in the forehead and chin, the diamond face shape can appear quite long. The main style aims for someone with a diamond face shape are:

– Create the illusion of a broader chin and forehead to balance out the width of the cheekbones.
– Shorten the length of the face.

Who are some familiar faces who share this face shape? Try Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Felicity Huffman, and Christy Turlington.

Below are some guidelines to keep in mind when addressing the proper hairstyle for a diamond shaped face:

1) A good rule of thumb when styling a diamond face shape is to be sure to add width to the style, rather than height. Extra volume at the crown of the head will cause a diamond face to appear too long. That being said, the volume in the style should always appear BELOW the cheekbones so as not to create unwanted width at the widest area of the face.

Here is an example of unwanted volume for a diamond shaped face:

This is a perfect example of how NOT to style hair for a diamond face shape. Thankfully, Jennifer Lopez has updated her look. Not only is this look out of date, it also has excessive volume which draws attention to the widest portion of her face - the cheekbones. As well, her bangs being pulled back add unwanted volume at the crown while emphasizing her narrow forehead.

This is a perfect example of how NOT to style hair for a diamond face shape. Thankfully, Jennifer Lopez has updated her look. Not only is this look out of date, it also has excessive volume which draws attention to the widest portion of her face – the cheekbones. As well, her bangs being pulled back add unwanted volume at the crown while emphasizing her narrow forehead.

This, rather, is a much more flattering style for Lopez:

While this style is much more current on Jennifer, it is also much more flattering for her facial features. Here, the side-swept bangs make her narrow forehead appear wider. As well, the volume of her hair is kept to the sides in soft waves falling below her cheekbones. Notice that there is no unwanted volume at the crown of her head, preventing her face from looking longer.

While this style is much more current on Jennifer, it is also much more flattering for her facial features. Here, the side-swept bangs make her narrow forehead appear wider. As well, the volume of her hair is kept to the sides in soft waves falling below her cheekbones. Notice that there is no unwanted volume at the crown of her head, preventing her face from looking longer.

2) As mentioned in the above caption, the fringe area (bangs) should sweep to the side, or even be worn straight across, as this gives the appearance of the forehead being wider than it really is. As well, wearing the fringe in such a fashion will shorten the length of the face.

3) Avoid centre parts. An off-center part is more flattering simply because a centre part will make the face appear longer.

4) Super short hairstyles should be avoided, as this will exaggerate the diamond shape of the face.

Here are two depictions of how not to and how to wear short hair with a diamond face shape:

We love how daring Rihanna is with her style, however, this style does not flatter her face shape. Notice how the extra volume at her crown and exposed forehead cause her face to appear longer than it really is.

We love how daring Rihanna is with her style, however, this style does not flatter her face shape. Notice how the extra volume at her crown and exposed forehead cause her face to appear longer than it really is.

While we aren't nuts about this hair colour on Rihanna, the hair cut itself is much more complimentary to her facial features. Gone is the volume that added extra height to her already long face. As well, the long side-swept bang adds width to her forehead while shortening her face. We also love how the one side of her hair is tucked to expose her beautiful cheekbone structure.

While we aren’t nuts about this hair colour on Rihanna, the hair cut itself is much more complimentary to her facial features. Gone is the volume that added extra height to her already long face. As well, the long side-swept bang adds width to her forehead while shortening her face. We also love how the one side of her hair is tucked to expose her beautiful cheekbone structure.

Well, this is it for the flattering hairstyles for face shapes series! We hope that you’ve enjoyed following along, and hopefully, you have learned a little bit about your own face shape and the styles that complement! Now, you should be able to approach your next hair appointment with more confidence and direction! If in doubt, remember to ask your stylist as they are trained professionals who can aid you in making style decisions.

And remember – hang around! We’ve got so much more to discuss here “Behind the Chair!”

Face Flattering Hairstyles: Part 6 – The Triangular Face Shape

Today, one of the final face shapes we plan on discussing is the triangular face shape, also commonly known as the pear shape. A triangular face is identified by a narrow forehead and cheekbones, with a wider jaw line. As with any face shape, there are pros and cons that your hair should highlight and also minimize. With a triangular face shape, the top portion of the face is out of proportion with the bottom portion of the face, making the jaw line appear bottom-heavy. However, those with triangular face shapes have a beautifully strong jaw line, meaning there is no need to worry about weak or non-existent chins. Celebrities who also share similar facial attributes are Kathy Ireland, Nicole Appleton, Martine McCutcheon, and Victoria Beckham.

Below are some suggested guidelines when styling a triangular face shape:

1) The most suitable hairstyles is one that draws attention to the upper half of the face while softening the line of the jaw. Try styles that have more fullness at the forehead and temples, which then gradually gets narrower at the chin. Providing fullness at the forehead and temples will balance out the width of a heavier chin. To open up the cheekbones and forehead, simply tuck the hair behind the ear.

Here, Martine McCutcheon shows how side-swept bangs and volume at the temples balances out her strong jaw line. As well, her hair is tapered and smooth at the ends, not adding unwanted width to the jaw line.

Here, Martine McCutcheon shows how side-swept bangs and volume at the temples balances out her strong jaw line. As well, her hair is tapered and smooth at the ends, not adding unwanted width to the jaw line.

2) Steer clear of very blunt lines that will emphasize the width of the jaw line, such as blunt, heavy bangs. It is better to style bangs in a soft, side-swept fashion, drawing attention to the cheekbones and eyes.

While Kelly usually pulls off daring looks, this is one look she should not have dared to pull. Here, the straight edge of the blunt bangs draws attention to the centre of her face, accentuating the width of her jaw line. Side-swept bangs would have been much more flattering.

While Kelly usually pulls off daring looks, this is one look she should not have dared to pull. Here, the straight edge of the blunt bangs draws attention to the centre of her face, accentuating the width of her jaw line. Side-swept bangs would have been much more flattering.

3) Ensure that there is plenty of volume through the upper portion of the face. If a short style is desired, this may mean using hot rollers at the crown to provide volume. With medium and longer hair, this will mean back-combing the hair around the temples and cheekbones to provide the illusion of width in order to balance out a bottom heavy face shape.

4) Avoid centre parts, as this will draw attention to the middle of the face, accentuating the wider jaw line.

5) One of the most flattering hairstyles on a triangular face is an asymmetrical bob, which adds balance and proportion to a narrow forehead, wide jaw line and prominent chin. Since the length of this hairstyle is uneven, it causes the eyes to roam around the face, rather than focusing on one specific area.

Victoria's asymmetrical bob is probably one of the most popular hairstyles, and for good reason. The uneven perimeter of this style forces the eyes to roam around the face, rather than focusing on one specific feature. As well, having her hair trucked on the one side opens up her cheekbones, while the height at the crown of her head provides necessary volume.

Victoria’s asymmetrical bob is probably one of the most popular hairstyles, and for good reason. The uneven perimeter of this style forces the eyes to roam around the face, rather than focusing on one specific feature. As well, having her hair trucked on the one side opens up her cheekbones, while the height at the crown of her head provides necessary volume.

Do not be afraid of your triangular face shape. Each face shape is beautiful, with their own areas to minimize while drawing attention to others.

How to Determine Your Face Shape

Thanks to the popularity of our previous posts on flattering hairstyles according to face shapes, we have been asked to help you determine what your actual face shape is.

ITEMS NEEDED:
– mirror in a well-lit room
– measuring tape
– pen and paper to record measurements

STEPS:
1) First measurement: measure across the top of your cheekbones. Place the measuring tape just past the outer corner of your eye. Carefully, then lay the tape measure in a straight line across the bridge of your nose to the outer corner of the opposite eye. The tape measure will be resting on the “apples” of your cheeks. Read the number and record this measurement.

2) Second measurement: measure the jaw line. Start at one side of your jaw line, near the base of the ear. Run the measuring tape along your jaw line until the middle of your chin. Record this number and multiply it by 2 to get an accurate jaw line measurement.

3) Third measurement: measure your forehead. Place the measuring tape halfway between your eyebrows and your hair line on one side of your forehead and run it across to the other side of your forehead. Write down this measurement.

4) Fourth measurement: measure the length of your face. Starting at the middle of your hairline, run the measuring tape down the centre of your face, over your nose, and to the tip of your chin. Write down this measurement.

WHICH FACE SHAPE ARE YOU?
Face Shape Diagram

1) OVAL FACE SHAPE: the length of your face equals one and a half times the width. Check out our hairstyles for oval face shapes here.

2) ROUND FACE SHAPE: your face is as wide as it is long. Close measurements counts, so even if the two measurements aren’t exactly the same, your face would be classified as round. See hairstyles that flatter round face shapes here.

3) OBLONG FACE SHAPE: your face is longer than it is wide. See hairstyles that flatter an oblong face here.

4) HEART FACE SHAPE: your jaw is narrow with wide cheekbones and/or forehead. Another name for a heart-shaped face is an inverted triangle shape. See hairstyles that flatter a heart-shaped face here.

5) SQUARE FACE SHAPE: your face is as wide as it is long with a more angular shape than a round face. See hairstyles that flatter a square face shape here.

6) DIAMOND FACE SHAPE: your face is widest at the cheekbones; your have a narrow forehead and a jaw line of approximately equal width. Stay tuned for hairstyles that suit a diamond face!

7) TRIANGLE FACE SHAPE: your jaw line will be wider, while your forehead will be narrow. Stay tuned for hairstyles that compliment a triangle face shape!

Hopefully these guidelines point you in the right direction, as you stand in front of your mirror, puzzled over what hairstyle should suit your face. Remember to stay posted for further face shape and hairstyle inspirations!

Face Flattering Hairstyles: Part 5 – The Oval Face Shape

Today we will discuss the most coveted face shape – the oval. Why is this face shape so desired? Perhaps because most people consider perfect symmetry to be pleasing and easy on the eyes. The oval face shape has almost perfect balance, with equal distance from the hairline to the eyebrows, and from the eyebrows to the chin. An oval face will be slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples, and then gracefully taper from the cheeks to the chin. Celebrities who share this face shape are Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey, and Jessica Alba.

Because the oval face shape is considered to be so perfect, there are not many restricting guidelines when it comes to hairstyles. However, there are some ideas to consider before one sits in the hairstylist chair, looking for a change:

1) Oval faces look good in anything. The only aspect to be aware of is that an oval face can appear long if there is too much volume at the crown of the head. As well, if one has curly hair, it’s best to avoid blunt hairstyles as this will make the face appear pyramid-like.

Charlize is a classic oval face shape. Here she is showcasing a striking pixie cut. She is proof that oval face shapes can get away with almost any hairstyle, whether long or short. The key is to keep the hair from appearing too full at the crown, to avoid unwanted length.

Charlize is a classic oval face shape. Here she is showcasing a striking pixie cut. She is proof that oval face shapes can get away with almost any hairstyle, whether long or short. The key is to keep the hair from appearing too full at the crown, to avoid unwanted length.

2) Wear styles in such a way that draws attention to certain features on the face. For example, if one has an oval face and long hair, if the hair is worn half-up and half-down, the hairstyle will draw more attention to your face and smile. If one chooses to have side-swept bangs, attention is brought to the mouth area.

This hairstyle is a perfect example of what to wear with an oval face. The softly side-swept bangs draw attention to a beautiful mouth.

This hairstyle is a perfect example of what to wear with an oval face. The softly side-swept bangs draw attention to a beautiful mouth.

3) Avoid wearing hair on the face; it distracts from the natural beauty of an oval face. For example, if one wears heavy bangs across their forehead, the bangs will make the oval face shape appear squarer.

It's an understatement to say that Jennifer Aniston has one of the most coveted heads of hair. Here, she shows how simplicity is best with an oval face shape. Because she doesn't mask her face with hair, she is able to show off her beautiful features.

It’s an understatement to say that Jennifer Aniston has one of the most coveted heads of hair. Here, she shows how simplicity is best with an oval face shape. Because she doesn’t mask her face with hair, she is able to show off her beautiful features.

The liberty to do almost any hairstyle is clearly why the oval face shape is so highly envied. Most other face shapes try to imitate the look of an oval face shape by minimizing and maximizing certain features. The beauty of an oval face shape is to simply be.