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The most flattering hairstyles for round faces and why they work

Finding a hairstyle to suit your face shape means bad hair days will be a problem of the past!

There is a certain trick to having a good hair day, every single day. It's knowing your face shape and what flatters it!

Some have square, some have heart and each face shape has certain styles that suit. Those with round faces re no difference. The main goal for hair with those with a round face is to create height and length.

Luckily enough, we've done the research to show you exactly what hair style will suit you the most.

Do you have a round face?

Having a round face means that the measurements of your face are all pretty close together. To work this out, measure the size of your forehead, cheeks and jaw. If these measurements are all similar in size then you have a round face shape.

You'll also find that you have fullness at and below your cheekbones and that the width and length of your face are roughly the same. People with round faces will often notice that they have wider hairlines, less-pronounced chins, and their necks can often seem short.

1. Layered lob

Selena Gomez is one of the best celebrities to look at for round face hairstyle inspiration. She really rocks the textured lob look with ease. A lob is another term for a long bob that sits just above the shoulders.

The longer style not only lengthens a round face but with the layers and a side parting, the lob works wonders at offsetting her round face structure.


2. Side swoop bangs

Side swoop bangs are a great way to add some illusion to a round face. By cutting off the top of your face, side bangs essentially change the shape of your face.

They effectively streamline your face, meaning you can rock a number of styles both short and long. Try to stay away from a fringe that is too short or blunt. You want something that easily blends down into your hair, creating a lengthening effect.


3. Long, straight and sleek

One of the most effective and stylish hairstyles for those with round faces is long and straight. It's simple yet sexy and the long, sleek hair frames the face without exaggerating its round shape.

As a round face lacks length, wearing long hair straightened in a super sleek style really works to stretch the face vertically. The style also works perfectly for those with textured hair because you can add volume to the crown of your head with some teasing and shaping.


4. Middle part with soft waves

A middle part is one of the easiest tricks to combat a round face. Essentially, by parting your hair here, the way your hair falls will create a pulling down effect, making your face look longer.

The soft waves also give hair a little bit of a flowing look. So when partnered with a middle part, the soft waves flow down your face rather than out, making it look less round.


5. Full waves

This is maybe not a look for the faint hearted, but it's edgy as hell and we love it!

The full waves, when styled the right way, can really create a good look. Rather than glam curls that tend to go outwards, full soft waves that are teased to be more vertical will create length.


6. Textured pixie cut

A pixie cut may feel a little daunting but those with round faces really rock the look well!

The layers at the front create a longer illusion. A textured pixie cut with long layers that run across the forehead with cropped sides, and a couple of stacked layers down the back of the head, draw attention to the forehead, which makes a rounder face shape actually look thinner.


7. Beach waves

Beach waves are the perfect style for those with round faces. These curls add the illusion of length whereas big glamorous curls give the illusion of width - therefore making a face look more round!

Drew Barrymore known for her beautiful round face often goes for this look creating a more angular look.


8. Pineapple pony

This is a personal favourite of ours because it is just cute as hell. This style works for both day and night and looks great on those with round faces. The super high ponytail draws the eyes to the top of your head and effectively pulls the length of your face upwards.


9. Fauxhawk

Another spicy look is the fauxhawk. Styling a pixie cut like this is a great way to create more height for your face shape. In doing so you're building up the length of your face and making it look longer.



Tips for round face hairstyles:

  • Focus on lengthening your face. This means adding height to your hair – not volume! High updos and long hairstyles are a great way to go.
  • Long layers in long hair also draw the eye downwards, making a round face look longer.
  • Go for loose curls over big voluminous ones as these will only add more width to a round face, making it look rounder.

Hair mistakes for round faces:

  • Tight pulled-back ponytails will only accentuate a round face.
  • Steer clear of short, blunt fringes as these will only emphasise a round face. Opt for layered and side-swooping bangs.
  • If you're going for a short hair look, don't do it unless you're adding more volume at the top of your crown.

Are bangs good for a round face?

Straight, blunt bangs are definitely not good for a round face as these will accentuate the width of your face, making it look rounder. Anything that creates height and lengthens your face is a good option if you have a round face shape. Therefore, side bangs that blend down into your hair is a great option to make your face seem longer rather than wider. Stay away from wispy, rounded or long straight-across bangs, especially if you have a small forehead.


Celebrities with round faces

Selena Gomez

Hayden Panettiere

Emma Stone

Mila Kunis

Drew Barrymore

Ginnifer Goodwin


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