Pear-Shaped Face Hair Cut

Rebecca Wiseman
Pear-Shaped Face Hair Cut

The right haircut should accentuate your features while making your face shape look balanced. Choosing the perfect haircut can be difficult but should not be daunting. Find choices that flatter pear-shaped faces and work with your style.

Five Flattering Haircuts for Pear-Shaped Faces

As with any other face shape, the right cut will make you look and feel like a million bucks. There is a trick to finding a haircut that will balance your features. A pear-shaped face needs volume and movement above the chin. Consider one of the following styles for a flattering look.

Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver has a laid back, wash-and-go kind of cut. Long curly hair with no bangs and a few layers. Layers are key for pear-shaped faces for volume and movement in the finished style. Ask your hair stylist for layers to begin at the chin.

Minnie Driver

To achieve this style at home,

  • If you have naturally curly hair, apply a frizz reducing, straightening serum before drying.
  • If you have wavy or straight hair, apply a humidity resistant mousse or gel before drying.
  • After drying, use a curling iron about one inch in diameter and wrap the hair in spirals.
  • Do not brush out the curls.

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay's short crop cut is a beautiful cut to balance a pear-shaped face. The length of this cut should hit between your chin and cheeks. The short layers of this cut allow plenty of volume that blend into side swept bangs. Request that layers with this cut not be so short that they become unruly. They should not be shorter than the top of your ears.

Mariska Hargitay

Styling this cut at home is easy. To tame any unruly hair, you will need to use a smoothing hair serum and flat iron your hair after drying.

Tiffani Thiessen

If you prefer a medium length or longer hair style, consider a style like Tiffani Thiessen's. This cut falls at the shoulders or just below with lots of layers. Layering for this style should begin just below the cheekbone and blend into face framing bangs. The shorter layering adds volume and movement whether you add waves, curls, or leave it straight.

Tiffani Thiessen

To style this cut at home,

  • Apply a moisturizing mousse before drying.
  • Blow dry hair using a round brush at the ends.
  • Flat iron the bangs.

Kelly Osbourne

If you are more daring with your style, Kelly Osbourne's undercut is modern elegance. With a style like this undercut, the hair is sectioned from temples to crown and clipped up while the hair underneath is clipper cut very close. The hair that remains on top is chin length and can be worn many ways.

Kelly Osbourne

Wearing it to the side gives with the ends curled gives movement and sophistication to the style. If you don't intend to wear your hair up, just one side can be clipper cut to achieve a similar look. There are many fun options to wear it up, giving you the volume to balance your face shape in the form of braids, knots, or a victory roll.

A Perfect Pixie

If you like very short hair, a pixie that is longer on top is a good choice. This style is offers volume above the cheekbones while side swept bangs gives movement and balances the width of your forehead. The back can be either cut in a close taper or a cut in a very short stacked pixie which would give more volume to the back.

Perfect Pixie Haircut

Styling this cut is quick and easy. Apply a mousse or gel and brush while blow drying using a vented brush to give some lift at the root area. Style with a side part and finish with a light mist of hairspray.

Understanding the Pear-Shaped Face

Your face shape is a major factor in the haircutting process. It is important to understand what shape your face is, what the strongest features are, and what you want to draw attention away from. A pear-shaped face is essentially a heart-shaped face upside down.

The pear-shaped face is also referred to as triangular and features a distinctly narrow forehead. The cheekbones are slightly wider than the forehead and the jaw line seems to "flare out" to give a wider look. With this face structure, the chin appears to be more of a rounded shape.

Finding Perfection

As with hair color complementing your skin tone, your hair cut should complement your face shape. Finding the right haircut for your face shape makes the difference between an okay style and a stunning style. If you have difficulty deciding, ask a friend or your hair stylist for help selecting your perfect hair cut to flatter a pear-shaped face.

Pear-Shaped Face Hair Cut