Knowing your face shape is key to choosing a flattering haircut. Whether or not a haircut works for your face can make a dramatic difference to your appearance. The right style will balance your proportions, bring out your best facial features, and make you look more photogenic. While many ladies with round faces feel like their haircut options are limited, that’s not the case – there is a wide variety of styles you can rock that will make you look amazing!
1. Side Swept Beach Waves
Not only are side-swept beach waves super sexy and glamorous, but they also combine some of the most flattering hairstyle elements for round faces. Longer hair helps to balance the width of a round face while sweeping the hair to one side makes your face seem more narrow. Meanwhile, loose, beachy waves help draw the eye down, making your face appear longer.
2. Voluminous Lob
It may seem counterintuitive, but a short, voluminous hairstyle can be very flattering for round faces and is ideal for those with naturally thick hair. A textured lob cut is an excellent option as the layers and waves fall below your chin, meaning your face will look longer and narrower. Adding volume at the crown of your head will also create the illusion of a longer face.
3. Short Afro Haircut
While the classic long, ’70s Afro can make your face appear wider, a short Afro looks fantastic on round face shapes as your stylist can make subtle changes to suit you. They will leave more length at the crown of your head, combined with shorter sides, to balance your proportions. Your face will look slightly longer, but not wider. Plus, a short Afro is easy to maintain and is an ideal option if you’re growing your natural hair out after ‘the big chop.’
4. Wavy Medium Length Hair With Highlights
Want to flatter your round face without changing your medium-length hair? Try adding face-framing waves and highlights. The waves add movement, drawing the eye down and visually lengthening your face. Meanwhile, highlights give your hair dimension and can be strategically placed to draw attention to your best features, such as your eyes and away from your softer jawline.
5. Asymmetrical Lob
Dynamic haircuts, like an asymmetrical lob, look fantastic on round faces as they visually ‘cut’ the face, making it look around two-thirds of its usual width. The angles of an asymmetrical lob also contrast beautifully with full cheeks, while the longer part of the haircut draws the eye down to draw attention away from the jawline. The haircut is ideal for those who want a chic look with a modern twist.
6. Dreadlocks Updo
Updos can be tricky for ladies with round faces, as you need to incorporate plenty of volume at the crown to balance your wide cheekbones. For that reason, it’s best to steer clear of sleek styles and embrace a more voluminous look, like the dreadlocks updo. The hairstyle has a cool ’90s vibe and gives women a fresh way to style their natural locs or extensions. It works as both a casual and formal hairstyle and will also allow you to show off a pair of statement earrings.
7. Straight Side Part Bob
While women with round faces are generally advised to avoid super straight or short haircuts, the straight side-part bob haircut is the exception to the rule. Due to the way your hair falls, your face will seem more narrow. And while the cut is shorter than a lob, it still falls below your chin, making your face appear longer. Plus, your stylist can cut in subtle layers to ensure your hair doesn’t look overly structured or flat
8. Half Up Half Down
A half up half down hairstyle flatters a round face by drawing the eye up to the crown of your head. It is similar to an updo in that way. Simultaneously, the ‘down’ section of your hair helps make your face look longer. It is a fantastic option if you have naturally smooth, fine hair that often falls flat, as you can secure the upper section with bobby pins or hair ties rather than relying on volumizing mousse or spray alone.
9. Side Undercut
For ladies who want to show off their edgy style, a side undercut is an excellent option. Plus, it has the bonus of being very flattering on a round face. With both sides of the head buzzed or shaved, this undercut makes your face look slimmer. At the same time, you can style the versatile top section in a variety of ways, such as a mohawk or ponytail.
10. Bob With Side Fringe
One of the cutest – yet most stylish – haircut options for round faces is a bob haircut with a side fringe. The key to adapting the cut for a round face is in the details. Lots of choppy layers and texture are essential to avoid the ‘hair helmet’ effect. Meanwhile, the side fringe visually ‘slices’ your face at an angle, drawing the eye diagonally rather than straight across.
11. Middle Part Wavy Lob
The lob is one of the best shorter hairstyles for ladies with round faces. That is because the hair falls below your chin, making your face seem longer and disguising your soft jawline. While those with round faces are usually advised to avoid a middle part, combining it with a wavy lob makes it wearable. That is because the middle part draws attention to the center of your face, putting the focus on your best features like your eyes, nose, and lips. Meanwhile, the wavy pieces cover your wide, full cheeks and make your face look more oval-shaped.
12. Long Waves
Longer hairstyles are often recommended for round faces for a reason. Long hair draws the eye down, balancing the broader look of a round face. One of the most flattering long hairstyles for round faces is long waves. Start by building volume at the crown, then create big, loose, flowing waves with either a center or side part. The way the waves fall means your forehead will look smaller and narrower, balancing the proportions of your face. If you don’t want to grow out your hair, you can achieve this beautiful and feminine hairstyle with clip-in extensions.
13. Updo with Volume at the Crown
A gorgeous formal hairstyle for round faces – especially if you have short hair – is an updo with volume at the crown. One of the best ways to balance the proportions of a round face is to visually ‘lengthen’ it with a teased, voluminous section at the top of your head. The extra volume draws the eye upwards, counteracting your wide cheekbones while creating a softly romantic finish. To add to the elegant feel of the hairstyle, leave some wavy tendrils to help frame your face.
14. Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are an iconic hairstyle for Afro-textured hair, and they are a great option if you also have a round face. The knots draw the eye outwards in multiple directions and add height, making your face appear longer. Bantu knots also have a cool ’90s appeal and are considered a protective style, so your hair will thank you too. Even better, the versatile hairstyle suits fun and casual daytime events but can also be worn to a more formal event, as it looks polished and sleek and allows you to show off your make-up and jewelry.
15. Platinum Blonde Straight Lob
Platinum hair is one of the most popular style trends of 2020, so there has never been a better time to give this bold color a try. Meanwhile, a shorter haircut adds to the punchy impact of ultra-bright shades of blonde – and if you are bleaching your hair, you may want to lose some inches to remove split ends and chemical damage. For ladies with round faces, the lob length – where the hair falls below your chin – will help to make your face look longer. You can also try parting your hair on the side or use loose pieces and tendrils to break up the wide look of your face.
16. Hair Twists
Twists are a gorgeous hairstyle with protective benefits for Afro-textured hair. Versatile and flattering, twists look beautiful if you have a round face as they add volume at the crown of your head. While twists of any length look great, long Senegalese twists are an attractive option as they will lengthen a round face while giving a pretty and feminine vibe to your look.
17. Shag Haircut with Bangs
Dynamic and full of movement, a shag haircut is an ideal choice for ladies who love an intentionally ‘undone’ hairstyle with a ’70s vibe. Choppy, textured haircuts like the shag are a classic option for round faces. That is because they draw attention away from the jawline and widest part of the face. By adding bangs, you can also cover up a broad forehead, which is also a feature of round face shapes. Make sure your stylist blends the bangs into the rest of the cut for a seamless look.
18. Pink Hair Shag Haircut
A haircut isn’t the only way to flatter your round face – your stylist can also do it with color. Bright, bold shades like pink – which is trending right now as part of e-girl style – tend to draw the eye, so your stylist will place these hues higher on your head and at the ends to pull attention away from your cheeks and jaw. When combined with a dynamic shag haircut, the pink hair creates a ‘frame’ effect that adds angles to your face’s shape while also helping you stand out from the crowd.
19. Side Part Natural Hair Lob
A simple, classic, and flattering option for ladies with round faces and natural hair is a side part lob. The natural volume of your curls will create a beautiful frame for your face while making it look slimmer. Plus, the side part adds an interesting feature and – best of all – is easy to create. To get a defined look, use a comb to part your hair off-center. Then apply your favorite styling product and use duckbill clips to hold the parting in place. Finally, dab on some firm-hold gel and blowdry across the part to set the style. Remove the clips, and you’re done!
20. Wavy Lob
Beloved by fashion editors and influencers worldwide, the wavy lob adds a sophisticated, cool-girl touch to any outfit. It’s also one of the best hairstyles for a round face. That is because the waves soften the perimeter, disguising the wide cheekbones and large forehead, while the lob length pulls attention away from the jawline and makes your face appear longer. While a side parting is ideal for ladies with round faces to create an asymmetric effect, a center part would also work if the waves are placed correctly.
21. Short Curly Hair
Short hair is incredibly versatile and often low-maintenance. It can be styled in various ways depending on your hair texture and thickness and adapted to suit your preference and complement your face shape. Finding the right short hairstyles can be more challenging for those with round faces, but the right look, for example, an unstructured or layered cut, can look gorgeous. If you have naturally curly hair, cutting it shorter can make it easier to style. It is also an ideal texture for those with round face shapes because the curls will create softness with how they fall against the face.
22. Face-Framing Layers
Consider face-framing layers to create a haircut with movement and to find a style that will flatter your round face. The way these layers are cut is ideal for drawing attention to the face and softening the features, especially when cut to be loose and long, giving the illusion of a longer face. Layers can give the hair movement and create texture. They can be added to hair of all textures and types; for thin and fine hair, it can make the illusion of thicker and fuller hair. In contrast, layers can remove the weight and bulk from thick hair.
23. Asymmetrical Lob
The lob haircut is one of the most versatile and universally flattering haircuts. It is slightly longer than the bob, often cut just below the chin or to shoulder length. The added length can give you more options for styling, including wearing the hair up. For those who want to complement the roundness of their face, this can be achieved with an asymmetrical haircut. The cut is defined by a longer length at one side of the face and an uneven finish. This can be particularly flattering for those with round faces and is ideal for women of all ages. You can try an asymmetrical cut on all hair textures.
24. Curtain Bangs
If you are looking for low-maintenance and exceptionally flattering bangs, look no further than curtain bangs. The bangs are styled so that they are on either side of the face with an opening in the center, framing the face the same way a curtain would a window, hence the name. It is a versatile cut that can be adapted to suit your preference and worn with hair of all textures and lengths. Curtain bangs can also create the illusion of length on shorter hair. Curtain bangs are ideal for those with a round face and will complement the shape while drawing the eye to the cheeks and eyes.
25. Wispy Bangs
Another fantastic option for those with a round face is wispy bangs. These barely-there bangs are gorgeous and can easily be adapted to suit your preference, with varying lengths and fullness. Wispy bangs are delicate strands of hair that naturally fall across the face; this makes them exceptionally easy to style and low-maintenance. Wispy bangs look great on women of all ages and complement all face shapes. You will benefit from a messy, unstructured finish with a round face, and it is best to keep the bangs longer.
26. Wolf Haircut
Round face shapes benefit from hair that is heavily textured and layered. The wolf haircut is an excellent choice because it is a cut that features choppy layers, giving the hair movement and texture. It is a mixture between the shag and mullet, with hair fuller on the crown and thinning toward the ends. The cut is so popular because it is edgy and effortlessly chic. The way the layers fall around the face is incredibly flattering on round face shapes and can soften the features, in particular the chin and jawline. The wolf haircut will look best at a medium length; however, it can be easily adapted to suit your preference regarding length and texture.
27. Modern Mullet
The traditional mullet has a bad reputation and can be challenging to wear; however, the modern version of this cut is much more versatile. The mullet is short and full on the top of the head and with short sides but has more length in the back. The modern approach creates less contrast between the top and sides with the back, making for a softer approach that is much easier to wear. The mullet is surprisingly flattering and can be adapted to suit your hair texture and type. It is also flattering for round faces as the layers create movement and will soften your features. You can also style the mullet with bangs, like wispy bangs or curtain bangs.
28. Bob Haircut with Money Piece
The bob hairstyle is one of the most popular options for women’s haircuts because it can easily be adapted to suit your preference. It is a low-maintenance short haircut and suits women of all ages; it is also flattering on women with round faces and creates the illusion of a longer face. This can be achieved with the right styling, and opting for a money piece is a great option to give the hair depth and dimension. The money piece is achieved by coloring the hairline only. Depending on your preference, you can opt for a high-contrast finish or something more subtle. The money piece can be incredibly flattering, softening the features and brightening your appearance.
29. Feathered Hair
Feathering is an ideal technique to give hair movement and make it look voluminous and healthy. Feathered hair is achieved with delicate layers, making it a much more subtle approach to traditional layering. It is often styled with a middle part or side parting. It can be added to hair of all lengths and textures, and opting for a slightly messy and unstructured appearance, with long layers around the face to create the illusion of length, is incredibly flattering on those with round faces.
30. Side Bangs
The right fringed cut is incredibly pretty and can complement your face shape. Side bangs are easy to style and are a low-maintenance hairstyle; they are also much more forgiving on those with features that are not symmetrical. The longer your bangs and the more layered, the better they will look on a round face. Long bangs will elongate the face, whereas short bangs can do the opposite. It is also advisable to create volume, which can help to create a slimmer face.
Haircuts for Round Faces FAQs
What Characterises a Round Face?
There are eight primary face shapes: round, square, oval, rectangle, diamond, heart, pear, and oblong. Round faces are most similar to squares. Both have a 'balanced' appearance – that is, the height and width of the face are roughly equal – with the middle section being the widest part. However, round faces have a softer jawline than squares, with full cheeks and a broad forehead.
What Hair Length is Best for Round Faces?
Choose a long or medium hair length to make your round face appear more balanced without any additional styling. With some extra adjustments, a lob haircut can easily be adapted to suit a round face shape. Adding structured elements like waves or a side-parting and extra volume at the crown are some of the waves a lob can work for a round face. Generally, bobs and pixie cuts are the least flattering hair lengths for a round face.
Is Layer Cut Good for Round Face?
Layered haircuts suit round faces as they can help create a more angular look, as well as adding movement, texture, and definition to the hair itself. Loose, face-framing layers that begin below the chin work best for a round face and can help it appear longer and more square. The many choppy layers of a shag haircut are another flattering option for round faces. Meanwhile, layered bangs can help to minimize the broad forehead typical in round faces.
What Haircut Looks Good on a Round Face?
The most flattering haircut for a round face is one that balances its proportions by making it appear longer and slimmer while drawing attention away from the wide cheekbones, large forehead, and soft jawline. Look for cuts that create volume at the top of the head, which makes a round face seem more oval. Styles with a lot of movement – think the choppy layers of the shag haircut – can help to disguise the circular look of a round face, as well as create the illusion of more angles. Asymmetric haircuts and side-parted styles also flatter a round face.
Arabella Roden is a skilled writer and sub-editor with over ten years of experience across print, digital, and B2B. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and specializes in beauty, hairstyles, fashion, tattoos, and lifestyle topics. Arabella is currently the Chief Sub Editor at Mecca Brands and has been writing for The Trend Spotter since 2019.
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