This Just In: The Newest and Hottest Hairstyles for Oval Faces

You ladies with oval face shapes are a very lucky crew. Oval is the most versatile face shape that can get away with almost anything in regards to styles and cuts! Take a look at these flattering haircuts for oval faces and try a new style today.

Square Layer Cut

Square Layer Cut hairstyleInstagram @akadasalon

Q&A with style creator, Kristen Wilson
Stylist @ Akada Hair Salon in Columbus, OH

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is one of my favorite haircuts! It’s essentially a square layer cut with a soft, rounded fringe. I love how the cut frames the face and has an effortless feel.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used a combination of Davines Oí Beautifying Potion, Volume Boosting Mousse and Dry Texturizing Spray. For second-day styling, you could add a few spritzes of Sea Salt Spray for texture and to achieve more of a lived-in look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is great for the active and low maintenance hair client. The long layers add movement and look just as great air dried as they do blown out. This is one of my go-to cuts for the thicker haired client and it looks amazing on curly hair too!

Full Layers

Full Layers hairstyle Instagram @hairbydezzides

Q&A with style creator, Desiree Rendon
Hairstylist @ Salon Amerige in Fullerton, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look features long layers which kept the hair nice and full. My favorite part of this look is how silky, sleek, smooth and shiny it is.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I recommend to recreate this look are Morrocan Oil, Pureology leave-in conditioner, and Pureology blowdry cream.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for any face shape. It works great with someone who prefers a more sophisticated and classic, but low maintenance style.

Edgy Platinum Bob

Edgy Platinum Bob hairstyleInstagram @vero_benwell

Q&A with style creator, Vero Benwell
Hairstylist @ Priska & Co in Montreal, Quebec


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This platinum bob is very trendy this year. I would describe this look as edgy. I love the fact that the blonde is so flashy, but the cut is so conservative and classic.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this color, I definitely recommend a treatment loaded with protein such as Olaplex. I used it in my lightner to prevent the hair from breaking while it was processing.

The use of a purple shampoo, conditioner or treatment is a must to keep the blonde from getting brassy. My favorite is Blonde Angel from Kevin Murphy. It is very pigmented and leaves the hair silky and shinny.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Unfortunately, this look is not for everyone. I would suggest it for women who have a light complexion with no redness. It’s is also a very high maintenance color. The client would have to be commited to be at the salon every four weeks for a root touch up and toner.

As for the haircut, it is flattering on many shapes of faces, but I would avoid it on long and square shapes.

Classic Long Layers

Classic Long Layers hairstyleInstagram @houseofbyrnes_

Q&A with style creator, Brian Byrnes
Hairstylist @ Belle Sirène in La Jolla, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a classic long-layered cut with a long face frame. I often begin a face frame around the corner of the mouth so it can pop off the cheekbone when styled. This young lady wanted all her hair around the face to easily make it into a ponytail without any bits around the face dropping out.

The layering motif is my signature “triangulated layering technique”. I’ve developed a method of layering which is neither convex nor concave. By mirroring the profile of the hair above the occipital to the length below, the hair diffuses and collapses seamlessly into the length without weight lines.

Donovan Mills out of Beverly Hills was the first person I saw cutting hair this way. I spent a lot time with him discussing the nuances of the techniques and applying them on models. I’ve sort of made it my own.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This girl has beautiful, healthy hair with no issues textural or otherwise. A great cut should require virtually no management or maintenance. That being said, I’m a reductionist when it comes to at-home product use by clients. If there are products they really like I totally support them buying them. Generally though, besides a good shampoo and conditioner, I really only send them home with a great leave-in conditioner.

My absolute favorite is Oi Milk by Davines. It’s the best I’ve ever worked with. It comes out in the perfect mist and does so many wonderful things. It displaces water which reduces dry time, it protects the hair from hot tools, detangles the hair, has UV protection, as well as many other functions. It’s suitable for absolutely every hair type.

In addition to walking the client through how to use any products they go home with, I like to leave them with a trick or two to recreate the style we finished the haircut with. Sometimes it’s how to stretch the root a bit to gain some lift and volume, or even how to marry some sections of hair together to create movement. The client often doesn’t have time to give themselves a full on blow dry or hot tool style, that’s why I help them maximize their efforts. My best tip is telling them to always start in front. This way if they get burnt out, the money pieces will always be done!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for absolutely any client. Triangulated layers are non problem-specific. That means there are no challenges in the hair that can’t be addressed in this manner. The texturing and customization after the shape is cut is up to the stylist and his or her client. External shape and internal texture are two completely different entities.

I tend to feel that when the geometry is sterling, the cut needs minimal texturizing. I can’t tell you how many times a client will show me different looks and I explain to them it’s often the same cut styled or provoked in different ways. The point is that every cut, no matter face shape or lifestyle, needs solid geometry and fundamentals. The geometry is customized to meet these criteria. It’s the styling and detailing that makes a cut bespoke for the individual client.

Flirty Shag

Q&A with style creator, Jenna Lanoway Muehlenberg
Master Stylist & Manager @ Hair Excellence in Sun Prairie, WI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is fun and flirty and I love that it gives a fresh new feel to mid-length hair. My favorite thing about it is all of the texture and movement, as well as the versatility in styling options.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To create this look, blow drying or scrunching in a product for texture is a must. I love using a sea salt spray for this. When the hair is dry, use a spray wax to break up the hair and give it that lived-in look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This shag-inspired look is great for multiple face shapes as your stylist can recommend where to customize the layering. This type of layering is ideal for fine to normal hair textures.

I recommend this shaggy rocker look to my clients who like something a bit more edgy and fun.

Face Framing

Face framing is a great way to highlight your beautiful facial features.

Haircuts for Oval FacesFace Framing Hairstyle with Bangs Side

How to Style:

  1. Apply a thermal protectant spray and light hold mousse to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with a round brush to create volume.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

For a brushable hold that will keep your style, try Serious Non-Stick Hairspray by Blo Pro.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This face framed look is great for those with oval face shapes and medium to fine hair that will hold curl well.

Pinned Back

This pulled back side sweep will have your friends doing a double take wondering, “did she cut her hair??” This is great way to get the look of the shaved side without taking the clippers to your hair.

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How to Style:

  1. Apply a thermal protectant spray and medium hold gel to damp hair.
  2. Dry using a flat brush. pulling hair to desired side.
  3. Pull and pin the hair back one side, getting it as tight as you can while it still being comfortable.
  4. Curl the remaining side in medium sections.
  5. Finish with a strong hold hairspray and shine serum.

Recommended Products:

Hardwear 16 Super Strong Hair Gel by Redken will no doubt keep that side slicked back all night long.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great for those with any hair type. Revealing the ear will give some width, helping balance longer face shapes.

The Long Bob

This length is perfect for showing off the bone structure of an oval face shape.

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How to Style:

  1. Apply a thermal protectant spray and light hold mousse to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with a flat brush for a sleek finish.
  3. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

It is ALWAYS important to protect your hair against the potential damage of heat styling tools. Spray damp hair with Aveda’s Brilliant Damage Control every day before hot tool use.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is a very universal cut that looks great on any face shape with any hair type.

Sexy Fringe

This eye-skimming fringe is a sexy look day or night!

Long Blonde Hairstyle with Fringe for Oval Faces

How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair using round brush to create volume and pull bangs forward.
  3. Flat iron hair in one-inch sections throughout for a super sleek finish.
  4. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Simply Organic Medium Hold Hairspray is a quick drying, non-aerosol spray that is great for any type of hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This fringe is great for those with an oval face shape or larger forehead as it creates the illusion of less length in the face.

Wispy Bangs

These wispy bangs take this cut to the next level!

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and gel to damp hair.
  2. Rough dry hair.
  3. Round brush bangs forward.
  4. Curl hair in one-inch sections.
  5. Finger comb through curls.
  6. Finish with a medium hold spray and a texturizer in the bang area.

Recommended Products:

Those with fine hair need to try the Full Blown Lightweight Styling Whip by Frederic Fekkai.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

These bangs draw attention to the eye. making them a good fit for any face shape or hair type.

Side-Swept Bob

Sleek is the key word for this look that’s worthy of the office or a night out with your gal pals.

Short Bob for Oval FacesShort Bob for Oval Faces Side

How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and smoothing serum to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair using a round brush, creating volume at the crown and pulling hair to desired side.
  3. Flat iron in small sections.
  4. Finish with a strong hold hairspray and shine serum.

Recommended Products:

MoroccanOil Frizz Control contains weather-resistant properties that will keep those locks sleek.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

The side-swept bang in this look is great for those with a larger forehead. Any hair type can wear this, however it will require less work for those without any texture to their hair.

Blunt Bang

These trendy bangs look great with any length of hair!

Medium Hairstyle with Blunt Bangs

How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and smoothing serum.
  2. Dry using a round brush to create volume, pulling bangs forward.
  3. Taking one-inch sections, flat iron to create the soft roundness on the bottoms and bangs
  4. Finish with medium hold hairspray and shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight not only straightens curly hair for the day, but will also progressively straighten hair after several uses!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

These bangs will surely create width on anyone who has a longer face shape.

Classic Chin-Length Bob

This bob is the perfect mid-length cut to flatter your beautiful features!

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray
  2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling hair to desired side.
  3. Backcomb at crown.
  4. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try the Spornette Porcupine Round Brush to create volume, shine and those perfectly curled ends.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is an easy look for those with longer face shapes who want some hair to style, but not a lot of length to worry about.

Sexy Shoulder Length

The long layers in this cut help create a sexy softness around the face.

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and light hold gel to damp hair.
  2. Rough dry hair, creating volume at the roots.
  3. Curl hair away from the face in large sections.
  4. Finger comb through curls.
  5. Finish with a light hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Sebastian Shaper Plus Hairspray provides an excellent light hold without being sticky.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is great for those with medium to fine hair and any face shape.

Short n’ Sleek

This short n’ sleek cut is great day or night!

Short Hairstyle for Oval Faces

How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and smoothing serum.
  2. Dry hair by brushing forward and pulling hair to desired side.
  3. Flat iron in small sections if necessary.
  4. Finish with a texturizing and shine serum.

Recommended Products:

For a multitasking product that will provide both smoothness and shine, try Tresemme’s Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Anyone with an oval face shape and any type of hair can work this style.

Face Framing Layers

These beautiful face-framing curls draw attention up towards the face.

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray.
  2. Rough dry hair, parting it down the middle.
  3. Curl hair away from the face in medium sections.
  4. Finger comb through curls with shine serum.
  5. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

For something that will illuminate your hair and keep frizz at bay, try Kasia’s OUTSHINE Ultra-Light Smoothing Gloss.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is a great look for anyone with finer, thin hair who want to keep it longer. By keeping layers up front, you give the illusion of thicker hair in the back.

Long Layers with Bangs

What a great combo! These bangs are a great way to spice up long layers and flatter your facial features.

Long Blonde Hairstyle with Layers and Bangs

How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and root lift to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling bangs forward.
  3. Backcomb with emphasis in the crown area and smooth over.
  4. Curl ends using large sections.
  5. Finger comb through curls.
  6. Finish with strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

For mega volume, use Kevin Murphy’s Powder Puff Volumizing Powder on wet and/or dry hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

The combo of bangs and long layers can’t be beat for those with an oval shaped face. Bangs create width while the layers bring attention towards the face.

Sleek and Straight

This super straight look is sure to grab attention.

Long Straight Sleek Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and shine serum to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with a flat brush.
  3. Flat iron using small sections.
  4. Finish with shine serum and a texturizer for the ends.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray uses organic bamboo for stronger and healthier hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is good on most face shapes, however if you have a larger forehead, avoid the middle part and go for a side part instead. All hair types can wear this sleek look, but those with less texture will have easier time getting it sleek and straight.

Lots of Layers

These mega layers are lots of fun and perfect for play!

Medium Hairstyle with Layers

How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and root lift to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair using a round brush to create volume.
  3. Curl hair in extra large sections with a curling iron.
  4. Finish with medium hold hairspray and texturizer to create separation between layered ends.

Recommended Products:

This is a Sea Salt Spray by Davines is perfect for this look providing light control and texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

The layers bring attention up to the eyes, cheekbone and chin which is great for an oval face shape. Those with medium to fine hair will be able to achieve this look the easiest.

Short and Edgy

Creating major volume is the key to this edgy look!

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and root lift to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling hair to desired side.
  3. Backcomb entire head.
  4. Use large curling iron or flat iron to create beveled and spiked ends.
  5. Finish with strong hold hairspray and texturizing product for the ends.

Recommended Products:

The name says it all! Try TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray for this haute look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with any type of hair will have no problem pulling off this edgy cut.

Asymmetrical Bob

This voluminous asymmetrical bob would be great at any age!

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and root lift to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling hair to desired side.
  3. Backcomb the entire head with emphasis in the crown area, then smooth over.
  4. Use a flat iron to help create textured ends.
  5. Finish with strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray does double duty creating both volume and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This versatile cut perfectly brings attention to all facial features making it great for all face shapes and all types of hair.

Short with Bangs

This fun, short cut is super easy to style and is one of our favorite haircuts for oval faces!

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray to damp hair.
  2. Rough dry hair, directing the bangs forward.
  3. Finish with a texturizer for your ends.

Recommended Products:

The best product for shaping hair in a cut like this is John Master’s Bourbon Vanilla and Tangerine Hair Texturizer.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This short cut is great for those with a longer face shape and fine textured hair. The bangs help to create width.

Curly Bob with Bangs

This cute look is just as perfect for the office is it is for a night out on the town.

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and root lift to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with a round brush, creating volume while pulling hair to desired side.
  3. Backcomb the entire head with emphasis in the crown area.
  4. Curl using small sections and a one-inch barrel curling iron. If necessary, flat iron the bang area.
  5. Finish with strong hold hairspray and texturizer to give definition to your curls.

Recommended Products:

For a volume refresh on dry hair, try Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut and style are perfect on those with narrower face shapes as the curl and bangs help to add width. This look is great for any type of hair!

Asymmetrical Pixie

Here is yet another great example of how an oval face shape can get away with anything!

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How to Style:

  1. Apply a thermal protectant spray to damp hair.
  2. Rough dry hair.
  3. Use a flat iron to create texture if needed.
  4. Finish with your favorite pomade.

Recommended Products:

Create all types of shapes in your hair by using Bumble and Bumble’s Sumotech.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Those with some texture and an oval or heart shaped face will rock this look.

The Curled Pixie

Growing out a pixie? This hot look allows for some length up top that you can have fun styling!

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How to Style:

  1. Apply thermal protectant spray and texturizing spray to damp hair.
  2. Rough dry hair using a blow dryer and your hands.
  3. Curl using small sections and a one-inch barrel curling iron.
  4. Use a shine serum to define curls.
  5. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Use Kasia Organic’s Hydra-Boost Texturizing and Volumizing Spray on wet or dry hair for an added boost!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This versatile pixie is great for any hair type and perfect on those with an oval face shape.

You have lots to choose from ladies, so go out and try one of these stunning haircuts for oval faces today!