20 Amazing Hairstyles For Round Faces That Look Flattering

A little snip here, a bit of styling there, and you have the best hairdo for your face!

Reviewed by Nick Arrojo, Hair Stylist
By Arshiya Syeda

Contrary to popular belief, it is not difficult to pick a hairstyle for round faces. However, there are a few pointers you need to think about when choosing a hairstyle if you have a round face. For example, you may want to draw attention to your forehead or jawline. There are umpteen hairstyles that can help with that. You can experiment with bangs, layers,, and more to find the right hairstyle for you.

“Another important thing to remember” says Nick Arrojo, “is to get a style that suits the shape and the texture of your hair, as well as your face. I recommend low-maintenance styles that work with your natural texture and shape. This will help keep you looking fresh and modern, and styling your hair will be easier. As an example, let’s say your hair texture is somewhat curly and unruly. There’s no point picking a style designed to be super sleek and smooth every day. Even if the cut suits your face, managing the styling day to day will leave you fighting your hair. Find styles that suit your face, but also your natural texture.”

To help you out, we have made a list of the most flattering hairstyles to go with round faces. Before that, here is how to determine if you have a round face or not. Scroll down to know more!

How To Find Out If You Have A Round Face

You have a round face if:

  1. Your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline fall in the same line and are almost the same width.
  2. The width and length of your face are roughly the same size.
  3. You have soft features and have no sharp angles on your face.

Now that you’re sure that you have a round face, let’s look at some simple tips you can follow to choose hairstyles that will complement your round face perfectly.

Tip And Tricks For Styling Your Hair For Your Round Face

  • Your primary focus when styling your hair should be to elongate your face. So, high updos that add drama are great ways to add height at the top of your head. If you need an accessory to help add height, rather than old fashioned bumpits, use bobby pins or some hair jewelry.
  • If you want to go for a curly look, go for loose, cascading curls.Tight curls will only add to the width and roundness of your face.

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  • Avoid going for a sleek ponytail look as it will pull all your hair back and away from your face, thus accentuating its roundness.
  • Steer clear of straight cut bangs that will make your round face look too small. Edgyside-swept bangs will add some much-needed angles to your face and make it look thinner.
  • When going for a short hair look, add volume at the crown of your head and keep the style loose and messy with a sweeping or choppy bang. This makes your face look longer than it actually is.

Keeping in mind these few simple tips, let’s now jump into our rundown of the best hairstyles for women with round faces!

20 Best Hairstyles For Round Faces

1. Shaggy Bob 

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Jennifer Lawrence is, without a doubt, the person to look to look up to for hairstyling inspiration for your round face. She’s absolutely rocking her asymmetrical bob that draws the eyes downward. Styled in shaggy waves and a side parting, this bob works wonders at offsetting her round face structure.

2. Fauxhawk

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As we all know by now, the best haircut for round face is one that adds height and has an elongating effect on your face. And Ginnifer Goodwin’s fauxhawk does just that. She has transformed her cute pixie into a badass fauxhawk with hair gel and a comb.

3. Side Bun With Bangs

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Isn’t Lucy Hale cute as a button with that round face of hers? And she sure knows what she’s doing with her hair. Here, she has gone for a low bun that sits prettily on one side of her head. Her center-parted bangs in the front hide the width of her face and make it look less round.

4. Short Bob With Side Swept Bangs

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Remind me to take lessons from Hayden Panettiere on how to look sexy and cute at the same time. Just look at her with that bomb hairstyle of hers! While the straight short bob adds length to her face, her edgy side bangs add angles that counteract its roundness.

5. Big Swoop Bangs

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America’s sweetheart Kelly Clarkson makes sure that whatever hairstyle she sports flatters her round face. While the short curly bob would have been a huge no-no for a round face, she manages to rock the look by pairing it with big bangs that are swooping down her face and streamlining the top half of her face.

6. Voluminous Waves

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Now here’s a look that is bound to transform you into a total bombshell. Kelly Osbourne has gone for a wavy style with oodles of volume that hides most of her cheeks. Parted at the center, the dent of her waves fall perfectly at her cheekbones and alters the round silhouette of her face.

7. Sleek Straight Long Hair

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Mila Kunis has a round face. Does that stop her from being one of the biggest actors in Hollywood? We all know the answer to that question.

A great hairstyle for a round face is the long, sleek look. This hairstyle frames the face without adding a lot of volume. Since a round face lacks length, opting to wear long hair in a sleek and straight manner is an ideal choice. It tricks the eye by creating the illusion of length and definition. This hairstyle is also great for finely textured hair because of its ability to move and you can always add volume at the crown with just a little bit of teasing and shaping.

8. Long Hair With Layers

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Who doesn’t want the same hair as the most beautiful woman in the world? What makes it so much easier is that she (Aishwarya Rai, I mean) has done something that anyone can do. That is, getting her hair cut in layers. But there’s one thing you must keep in mind. Whether you have straight or curly hair, make sure that the layers don’t end exactly at the chin. Doing so will draw attention to the roundness of the face instead of giving it an elongated effect. Longer layers give the face an oval shape and thus help in creating an illusion of less width.

9. Long Hair With Fringe

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 Don’t want to go for layering? No problem. Getting a fringe is another option to break the monotony. But don’t go for a short blunt fringe – it will only emphasize the roundness of the face. A long wispy fringe will look great and suit fine hair. And if your hair is thicker, a longer fringe that you can sweep to the side will lengthen your face.

10. Middle Parting

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Drew Barrymore has the cutesiest of round faces. Here she has gone for a center-parted look that makes her face appear longer and slimmer. Opt for this hairstyle when you are in the mood for a casual and effortless hairdo.

11. Curly Hair

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Here’s a thought—just because you have a round face doesn’t mean your only option is to hide it with your hair. There are a lot of styles that can flatter your face while highlighting its roundness. Take Adele, for example. She has gone for a beautiful side ponytail done up in curls and teased the hair down on top to create volume.

When you go for layering, try the triangle layers haircut. Choppy layers through the back and bottom of your hair is another good option as a round face hairstyle.

Soft curls, on the other hand, look great with a round face but the curls need to be below the chin line. Curly hair looks a bit heavy if left short as it adds width to the face.

12. Long Layers With Sea Wave Curls On Long Bangs

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Ahhh bangs— every round-faced girl’s best friend. Pair them with layers and suddenly your hair is on top of its game! But there are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind when going for a layered hair and bangs look:

  • Sport a heavy bang or go for double-sided bangs with a middle partition that is at least two to three inches below the earlobe.
  • The layers should start where the bangs end.

If your hair is already wavy then it’s perfect. If not, you can curl them for just one to two minutes and let it be. It’s not curls that we want here, just waves. This is certainly a very trendy hairstyle for round faces!

But what if you’re not a big fan of long hair? Don’t worry! We have quite a few options you can try to keep it short, yet sexy. Read on!

13. Short Bob Hair Style

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The short bob is a classic. But listen up, my fellow round-faced lasses! We need to steer clear of the classic version of this look because it accentuates the roundness of the face.

But don’t worry! The classic bob is not the only kind of bob that exists. For us ladies with a round face, an angled bob is the way to go. In this hairstyle, the layers in front are dramatically sweeping the chin while the back layers are short. The hairstyle gives a structured look and the hard lines of the bob balance the soft lines of the round face and make it slimmer.

14. Modified Pixie Hairstyle

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Pixie cuts have become all the rage these days, haven’t they?

A modified pixie with long layers that run across the forehead, cropped sides, and a couple of stacked layers down the back of the head draw attention to the forehead, which makes your face look thinner. The multiple layers draw emphasis on the eyes and cheekbones.

If your hair is not very heavy, keep the very top layers longer. While the hair is damp, style the top layer with a volumizing mousse to give it a lift. This is definitely one of the boldest haircuts for round faces that you can try.

15. Close-Cropped Hairstyle

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The idea of going for a close-cropped hairstyle may be daunting to some. But you could take inspiration from Renee Zellweger! The longer bangs help in creating an illusion of length by reducing the apparent overall width of the face, making it look slimmer.

If you’re somewhere in between long and short in terms of length, and you’re tired of the straight look, then this next hairstyle will work wonders for you.

16. Wavy Mid-Length Hair

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Every woman wants to spend less than 5 minutes in styling her hair. So, all you have to do here is scrunch your hair tight after washing it. Another alternative is to get some real big Velcro curlers. Leave them on overnight or blow dry, to add those lustrous waves to your hair. And to keep the attention on your beautiful waves, make sure you don’t get your hair cut into any layers or steps. Leave the length about 2-3 inches below your jawline and part your hair down the middle to streamline your round face from either side.

17. Easy Waves

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Now, this is a show-stopper look for sure! This hairstyle brings the volume up to the crown of your head. The bangs that sweep at an angle across the forehead very nicely break the rounded curve of the hairline, lending length to your face. If you are looking for a shoulder-length medium hairstyle, then this is definitely the one!

18. Hot Curls

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Curls are definitely in and will always be!

If your hair is already shoulder-length then you should avoid going for wild total curly spirals. Tame your hair with some serum and then go for soft curls that will sway with the wind. If you have hair longer than shoulder length, then you can go in for totally spiraling curls and then ease them up with a strong hold hairspray to keep them from flowing all over the place.

 19. Ballerina Buns

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Are you someone who likes to keep her hair long, but prefers to avoid too much styling? Then try this new hairstyle! You can go for high buns or ballerina buns. All you need to do is tie your hair into a bun at the top of your head. Secure the knot with bobby pins and use a strong-hold spray to secure it in place.

20. Palm Tree Ponies

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A cute and simple ponytail can keep your hair neatly out of your face and give you an opportunity to show off your gorgeous makeup. After all, contouring makeup exists for the express purpose of reducing the roundness of your face.

As you can see, there is no dearth of hairstyles that flatter round faces. But here are a few things you should most definitely avoid when styling your hair:

  • A strict no-no for chin length haircuts with rounded edges as they will make your face appear heavier than normal.
  • Always choose a hairstyle that will make your face appear longer.
  • As mentioned earlier, try and add some height to your hairstyle at the crown of your head as it will make your face seem longer than it really is.

Now you know how to pick hairstyles for round faces. To recap, a round face has equal width and length with soft features. Layers, high updos, and loose curls work wonders on this face shape as they make your face look longer and leaner. Stay away from austere hairstyles, like sleek ponytails, that may highlight the roundness of your face. From a shaggy bob to a ballerina bun, there are 20 versatile styles that suit round faces mentioned above for you to experiment with. Transform your baby face with these hairdos and turn into that sexy goddess you always wanted to be!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is better for a round face: long or short hair?

Long hair. Generally speaking, longer hairstyles lengthen your face and balance one’s broader overall face type.

Where should I part my hair for a round face?

You can part on the side or along the middle. You can achieve symmetry around your face with these hair parting styles.

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor at StyleCraze. Prior to that, she was a content writer and combined her writing and... more

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(Hair Stylist)
Nick Arrojo is a celebrity stylist, author, and the owner of one of America's biggest indie beauty brands. He is... more