How to Choose The Best Hairstyle for Round Face

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If you have a circular face, specific hairstyles can emphasize this attribute. It is important for women or men with this face shape to carefully select their haircuts in order to enhance their most favorable qualities. The current popular hairstyle may not suit you unless you understand the necessary modifications.

What is a Round Face Shape?

  • A circular facial structure is identified by a curved hairline at the front, a rounded jawline, and symmetrical dimensions in width and length.
  • To ascertain if you possess a circular facial structure, the simplest method is to measure it. A flexible measuring tape is ideal, though a ruler can suffice in a bind. If your face appears wider horizontally than vertically, it is highly likely that you indeed possess a round face shape. (source)
  • Verify by examining the contour of your forehead hairline and jaw. Are these characteristics also circular? If that’s the case, it’s about time to explore hairstyles suitable for women with circular facial structures.
  • However, there’s no need to fret about bidding farewell to your preferred hairdo. The fact is, while long hairstyles do enhance the appearance of round face shapes, medium-length cuts can also create the illusion of elongated features.
  • Ultimately, disregard any advice you’ve encountered suggesting to steer clear of short hairstyles for round faces. With appropriate shaping and layering, even bob and pixie styles can be incredibly flattering and slimming.

The Ideal Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

Therefore, you have validated your facial structure. However, as individuals, each of us possesses distinct physical attributes. Are you aware that even identical siblings are not genuinely indistinguishable? (Source)

Each aspect of your face contributes to your total look. By understanding these aspects, you can select a hairstyle that is entirely complimentary.

  • Broad or expansive forehead. You have the freedom to keep your hair at any length, just ensure to request for face-framing layers and fringes. Ideally, your layers should begin around your temples or cheekbones. However, if you’re apprehensive about a significant transformation, you can choose to start at the chin.
  • Slim forehead. Opt for layers that gently sweep back from your forehead, avoiding too much volume. Consider a style more akin to Jennifer Aniston rather than Farrah Fawcett. If you’re considering a pixie cut, a pompadour or faux hawk style would be highly complementary.
  • Misaligned nose. A lopsided hairstyle with a side partition would look stunning on you. A bob or lob is the ideal method to accomplish this look in a perennial, traditional manner. For a more edgy alternative, inquire with your hairdresser about trimming one side to establish imbalance.
  • Petite nose. A petite nose might give you an overly youthful appearance when combined with specific hairstyles. The perfect hairstyle for you would possess natural fullness and be devoid of bangs. A mid-length or long shag with added volume at the crown can make you appear both fresh and refined.
  • A big or noticeable nose. Having plenty of softness around your face can lengthen your features and provide equilibrium. Consider soft face-framing layers that start at your cheekbones and blend into your ends. This will ensure any hairstyle complements you perfectly.
  • If you have a small chin, style your hair away from your face to make it look balanced. Avoid adding volume to the sides, as it can make your round face appear wider. A shaggy bob with choppy layers or a short shag haircut can be good options for you.
  • Avoid chin-length hairstyles. Hair that is longer or shorter than your chin will make your face appear longer, slimmer, and balanced. If you want hair framing your face, ask your stylist to not cut it shorter than your chin.

Do Bangs Work with Round Faces?

When you’re a woman with a round face, you have to be cautious about bangs (also called fringe). The wrong type can make your face look even shorter and wider.

But the right bangs can be your best friend in creating the illusion of an oval face. I’ve broken down popular variations so you can achieve this effect for yourself:

  • Straight or blunt bangs. These are never a good choice for women with round faces. No matter the length, blunt bangs will make your face look shorter and wider.
  • Side-swept or swoop bangs. Angles and softness are your best friend. So a side-swept fringe is a great option for you. Think about your forehead size and desired level of maintenance to pick the right length.
  • Curtain bangs and bottleneck bangs. This type of fringe is here to stay! And even better, both options are perfect if you have a round face. Either one will be incredibly slimming for your face, and they’re easy to style in the morning.
  • Curly bangs. When cut properly, curly bangs look amazing with a round face. The natural texture and movement keep your face from looking too squat or wide. Just know you’ll need frequent bang trims to keep them looking good.
  • Long fringe. A long fringe—almost more like facial framing—can be super flattering on a round face. But long bangs look best with long hair. When paired with a bob, pixie, or lob, your face will look very short.
  • Layered or wispy bangs. Round-faced women worldwide are rocking layered, wispy fringe with their haircuts for a good reason. The texture keeps your hair close to your face, which creates the illusion of length. I highly recommend this option.
  • Baby bangs or micro fringe. Very short wispy fringe (called baby or micro bangs) is perfect for making your face look longer. But they also create a trendy, edgy look. Consider your own personal style before making the chop.

Hair Types to Consider

Our objective is to enable you to select a stunning hairstyle that complements your round facial structure. However, you can’t make this decision solely based on the shape of your face.

The type of hair you have significantly influences the hairstyles that can or cannot give you the appearance of an oval face. Remember these suggestions as you explore the images below. For instance, a haircut that looks stunning on a woman with coily hair may not produce the same result if your hair is straight.

Here are our suggestions for ensuring your haircut is both appealing and easy to manage:

  • Wavy. Cutting wavy hair can be misleading due to its tendency to significantly shrink when dry. If you’ve ever ended up with a shorter haircut than you wanted, request your stylist to be more conservative during the cutting process.
  • Curly (including perms). Curly hair usually expands in width rather than length. If you’ve ever had your haircut evolve into the feared “pyramid,” you’ve encountered this. To avoid this, seek a stylist who is an expert in handling curly hair.
  • Coily. Coily hair presents its own unique difficulties. Requesting shorter, well-blended layers can enhance volume at the top, elongating your face. Additionally, these short layers will grow out beautifully.
  • Straight (including chemically relaxed hair). The secret for your hair type lies in incorporating the appropriate amount of volume. Consider layers that frame your face to add height and stretch your features. Overdoing the layers can strip away your volume and give your face a shorter appearance.
  • Fine. An unsuitable haircut on fine hair can make your face appear shorter. Worse still, it can make your features seem disproportionately large. An angled bob with a stacked back can elongate your face and establish equilibrium.
  • Thick and/or coarse. Thick, coarse hair requires a style that achieves the perfect equilibrium between length and volume. Regardless of the cut you opt for, layers are a must.
  • Gray. From my observation, gray hairs usually exhibit one of two extreme textures. They can be incredibly soft and difficult to style, or extremely wiry and tough to tame. Take into account the texture of your grays. Choose face-framing layers if they’re soft. If they’re wiry, opting for longer hairstyles can help to weigh them down and manage them better.
  • Damaged or heavily treated. Sporting long hairstyles can be challenging when your hair is severely damaged. The split ends and breakage will only exacerbate. However, longer hair can give the impression of an oval face, creating a bit of a contradiction. Opt for point-cutting your ends to eliminate split ends and incorporate short or medium layers to further reduce breakage.

Styling Your Hair When You Have a Round Face Shape

We understand how difficult it can be to replicate the hairstyle your stylist has created, so here are our top tips to help you style your hair at home, no matter your hair type.

📍Fine to Medium Hair

If you have fine hair and struggle to get all-day volume, you know that it’s difficult to achieve. However, this is necessary to make your face appear longer and slimmer. I, too, have fine hair and have tried every method possible to gain lasting volume.

🐑 Thick or Damaged Hair

Having a round face can be a challenge when it comes to styling your hair. To elongate your face, you need volume at the top, but you also need sleekness on the sides and ends. It can be hard to find the right balance, especially if your hair is prone to frizz.

➰ Wavy, Coily, or Curly Hair

We understand why some clients may view having a round face and either coily, curly, or wavy hair as a misfortune. Styling these types of hair can be difficult, as the hair may become wider and puffier before it begins to grow longer.

To create an elongated effect for a round face, extra weight may need to be added to curls, coils, and waves. This can take some practice to master.

💇‍♀️ Maintaining Your Haircut

Before going through the collection of hairstyles suitable for people with round face shapes, I should first mention the importance of maintenance, which is comprised of both regular visits to the salon and daily styling.

One should always contemplate upkeep, hair texture, and facial shape before attempting a new hairstyle, so as to avoid the disappointment of not being able to recreate the look at home or when it grows out too quickly after leaving the salon looking fabulous.

🗓 How Often to Visit a Hair Salon:

  • Visiting the salon either yearly or every 6 months is recommended for you; request a low-maintenance cut that will still look good as it grows out. A good option would be a bob, lob, shag, or layered cut of some desired length. Pixie cuts and edgy styles, however, are not recommended.
  • If you’re not opposed to getting a haircut every couple of months, any of the styles from the gallery should look good on you, depending on your hair type. If you’re looking to get bangs, it’s best to let your stylist know that you’ll need to come in every 8 weeks or so in order to keep them at the right length for easy maintenance.
  • If your hairstyle requires frequent visits to the salon, inform your stylist that you are fine with bang trims or clean-ups as often as required. Decide in advance what type of cut you would like, such as a more classic, sharp cut like an angled bob or something more edgy. Show your stylist a picture of the style you like from the gallery and they will take care of the rest!

🪞Daily hairstyling:

  • With your daily schedule likely filled with higher priorities than styling your hair, try to find photos of hairstyles that match your natural texture. If you have straight hair and show your stylist a photo of a curly hairdo, be aware that it could require an hour of effort to achieve it daily. Additionally, know that bangs usually require daily styling, regardless of your hair type.
  • You have 15 to 30 minutes each morning to style your hair. You can experiment with bangs, facial framing, and shorter layers that you can tease daily. However, it is important to find an inspiration photo that closely resembles your hair type. Curling straight hair (and vice versa) may take up your entire morning.
  • When you have an hour to style your hair, you can choose any haircut for a woman with a round face. However, bear in mind that frequent use of heated styling tools can cause damage. Use a heat protectant and try to avoid using heat styling every day, if possible. Incorporating a “lazy hair day” into your weekly routine can help reduce the damage.