Are you looking to update or upgrade your look? Ready to help enhance your natural beauty without surgery or spending thousands of dollars? Sounds like it’s time to find the right haircut to fit your individual face shape. If you have a round face, then keep reading because we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 perfect hairstyles for round faces below!
How to Find Your Face Shape
Firstly, you’ll need to determine what shape face you have to ensure you truly have a round face-shape for these hairstyles for round faces. Each person’s face can generally be categorized into one of the following six shapes: heart, round, square, diamond, long, or oval. Knowing your face shape can help you determine which haircut would be the most flattering.
To determine your face shape, you’ll need a ruler or an instrument to measure and something to write your measurements on. You’ll want to measure across the widest point of your forehead, the widest length across your cheekbones, your jawline at the widest point, and finally the entire length of your face both ways (you can rest the ruler on your nose, measuring ear to ear, and at your hairline and tip of your chin). The width and length will give you a ratio of 1:1 ½ or 1:1 or 1:2.
The Round-Shaped Face
If you have a round-shaped face, your cross ratio is 1:1. If you have a round face your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are all equal in width. Round faces often have soft features with non-angular lines, fuller cheeks, and rounded jaws.
If you have a round face, the idea is to make your face appear leaner by removing volume, in the hair, around the face. Round-shaped faces look best with cuts that fall just below the chin such as a long bob hairstyle. It is also suggested to lean more toward gentle and soft layering that’s found in many of the shoulder-length styles.
When cutting layers for round-shaped faces, it’s important to keep the ends wispy and tapered to help de-emphasize and give the illusion of a longer face. Longer bangs can also help project this length by keeping them long or side-swept.
Hairstyles to Avoid
If you have a round face shape or a cross ratio of 1:1, there are some hairstyles you will want to avoid. Some hairstyles can make round-shaped faces look even more rounded and even bloated with the wrong styling. Avoid a one-length or a more blunt styled cut such as the classic bob if you have shorter hair.
If you have curly hair, we suggest growing out your luscious locks to shoulder-length or longer to detract from your faces’ width. However, that being said, you can always flat-iron your curls for an entirely different appearance.
Another thing to note is that, unfortunately, not all short hairstyles are going to be ideal for a rounder face shape. The idea to so hide the cheeks or create the illusion of length somewhere, like with a fauxhawk, to counteract the round face shaping. Without a more lifted top, short styles such as pixie cuts may be something to avoid as well.
How We Reviewed the Top 10 Hairstyles for Round Faces
We’ve went ahead and compiled a list of the top 10 perfect hairstyles for round faces based on their versatility for everyday life, work, and special occasions, achievability, and daily maintenance requirement. A lot of haircuts and styles recommended for round face shapes are to help elongate the face and make it appear less round. So, if you’re looking to enhance your face shape and make your round face work for you, keep reading!
The Top 10 Hairstyles for Round Faces
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Knot on Top
- Bob N' Shag
- Loose Half Up & Down Pony Tail
- Side Bun N' Bangs
- Big Swoopin Bangs
- Head Bands
- Straight N' Smooth - The Long Cut
- Voluminous Waves
- The Midway Part
Knot on Top
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A timeless classic is a knot on top, or often referred to in the United Kingdom as the “top knot.” A knot is a bun, and a knot on top quite literally means a bun on the top of your head, ballerina style. This is a wonderfully versatile hairstyle for round faces because the tighter and cleaner the bun, the more elegant and formal situations it can transition into. On the opposite end, the messier the bun, the more casual the knot on top can be.
The knot on top can be paired with a multitude of bang styles for an added touch. What’s more? This style can be easily achieved with bun maker styling accessories which are growing in popularity.
Bob N' Shag
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Are you looking for that effortless girl-next-door hairstyle? Aren’t we all! Well, we’ve found it, and we’re calling it the bob n’ shag. This breezy style is a short razor cut with a heavier bang that gives it that modern twist. Feel free to add edgy highlights to customize your overall appearance.
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Are you looking for a perfect hairstyle? Believe it or not, the fauxhawk might be one of the best options for hairstyles for round faces! Think Ginnifer Goodwin; her fauxhawk seamlessly transformed and elongated her face shape. It’s an excellent option especially if you’re recently growing out a pixie cut. Simply grab a comb, and a bit of hair gel, and get to work!
Half Up Half Down Loose Pony Tail
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Are you looking for perfect, almost princess-like, hairstyles for round faces? Then the half up, half down, loose ponytail is right for you. For round face shapes, it’s often the idea to take bulk away from the widest points of your face. Many times, hairstyles can feature layers or transitions that add weight around the cheek area.
Easily slim the face by pulling half or a portion of your hair up and away into a ponytail. Pulling some hair away from the wider points of the face can quickly help to make things look slimmer.
Side Bun N' Bangs
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If you’re familiar with Lucy Hale, then you know her beautiful round face is often seen sporting a side bun and some bangs. One of our favorite go-to styles is frequently forgotten side bun n’ bangs. We’ve all seen the cute space bun trend going around, but if you’re going for something that’s easier for everyday and versatile enough to take your from the office to the after-work drinks, then the side bun n’ bangs is right up your alley.
Go for a cute low bun that sits to one side just above the shoulder. Make the bun messy or neat depending on the occasion. Add center-parted bangs to help draw attention away from the width of your face, helping it look less round.
Big Swoopin Bangs
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Kelly Clarkson, America’s sweetheart, is known for her cute, round, face and ensures that whatever hairstyle she sports atop her pretty head works for her face shape. Although she does tend to lean toward shorter, curly, bob styles that normally would be a strict no-no for a round face shape, she cheats it by adding some big swoopin’ bangs.
Large bangs are a great way to visually change up your face shape. Instead of accentuating your face shape with thick, straight across, bangs, you can help detract from the width of your face with a side sweeping bang.
Believe it or not, headbands can be the perfect accessory to flatter a round face shape. Look for quality headbands that won’t hurt behind your ears and will fit your personal style. We suggest checking out your local beauty supply store or searching online!
Straight N' Smooth - The Long Cut
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If you’re looking for an easy and approachable style perfect for round faces, the straight n’ smooth may be right for you. This long cut gives you that effortless girl-next-door vibe without all the work. Although coarser hair may require some more products or treatments, this is an ideal and versatile go-to look!
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Ready to transform yourself into a total bombshell? Do so with the help of voluminous waves to help detract from your round face shape. Voluminous waves are one of the most perfect hairstyles for round faces with oodles of volume that can hide a lot of your cheeks width. Pair your waves with a center part and ensure the waves fall around your cheekbones to alter your face shape completely.
The Midway Part
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The midway part, or the middle part, is a timeless classic that is ever-relevant and continues to be a favorite among celebrities such as Drew Barrymore. A centered part is often thought not to be ideal for round face shapes, but that is not the case. A middle-parted look helps make the face appear longer and give the appearance of a slimmer face. However, the key to the midway part is allowing your hair to cascade along the sides of the face to help hide the cheeks.
The midway part is one of the most perfect hairstyles for round faces that are looking for an effortless and casual hairstyle that doesn’t require too much styling or maintenance during the day or on the go.
Let’s face it; round faces are one of the hardest face shapes to style for. It’s easy for layers, bangs, and even the wrong ponytail to make a round face look even rounder. Don’t even get us started on much your blush placement matters!
When you’re sick of looking younger than you are, or just straight up like a little kid when you were aiming for a sexy or mature lady, that can be more frustrating than most people can imagine. Luckily, with the right styling, you can find the perfect hairstyles for round faces and visually slim down your face shape.
We suggest looking for the styles that work with your particular hair texture and type. If you have thinner hair, stay away from styles that require full bangs or overly voluminousness styling, like the voluminous waves.
It’s also important to keep in mind your day to day life and what your individual hair goals are. If you’re a mom-on-the-go, you need a cut that doesn’t require a ton of styling or touch-ups during the day. Make sure you are being realistic about your hair goals and find a style that not only works for you but makes you feel great!
Whatever your face shape may be, you deserve to feel beautiful and enhance your natural qualities. With a little bit of measuring and some research, you can find a cut that’s perfect for you!