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Hair extensions 101 and Health > How to measure your head for a custom unit

13 Mar 2005

Determine your size
1. Measure around your head 
Starting at the natural hairline in front, follow the hairline to just above the ear. Measure around the back to the bend in the neck, just above the other ear, then around front to where you began. 
2. Measure front to back 
Measure from the natural hairline in front, back over the crown to where the head meets the top of the neck. 
3. Measure ear to ear 
Starting in front of one ear where the hairline ends, bring the tape measure up and over the crown to the front of the other ear. 

Your face shape
Stylists will tell you that it’s important to choose a style that flatters your features, and that means finding one that suits the shape of your face. Wigs can always be thinned out or trimmed around the edges to suit your particular features.

Below is a guide for determining which styles will work best with your particular face shape:

Narrow forehead, round chin.
Frame the face with bangs and full layers on the sides and on top, with hair falling below the chin. 
Wider at forehead than at chin, tapers from cheeks to chin.
Try a short style that is angled at the jawbone to accentuate the cheekbones.
Wide, short forehead with full cheeks, small chin.
Try a short style that adds height to the face without adding extra width.
Wide forehead, high cheekbones, narrow chin.
Try a style that minimizes the width across the forehead with soft curls or bangs and adds fullness at the jawline.
Angular jawline, same width as forehead.
Styles that lengthen the face and add fullness on top work best. Avoid styles that add width at the jawline.
High forehead, long narrow chin.
To create an oval appearance, choose a face-framing style with bangs and full sides to add width to the cheekbones. Avoid styles that add height on top.