The most flattering hairstyles for round faces

All Things Hair | 23 April 2016

Your guide to six killer combinations guaranteed to suit rounder face types.


While women with spherical face shapes often have the advantage of appearing more youthful than those with square or oval shapes, finding hairstyles for round faces can be infinitely harder. So often when we round-faced ladies find a length and layering techniques that work, we tend to stick to them and point blank refuse to experiment in fear of something going terribly wrong.

Well, fear no more. For we’ve done all the hard work to bring you 6 hairstyles for round faces that promise to flatter and enhance – rather than amplify – those high cheekbones and natural symmetry. See below for our pick the best hairstyles for round faces.

6 Hairstyles for round faces


Hairstyles for round faces medium blonde hair
Subtle layers help frame the face. Credit:

1. Mid-length cut + subtle layers

Judged just right, mid-length styles that hit right on your collarbone will work a treat for those with round faces. Take a leaf out of Emma Stone’s book and add very subtle layers all around to enhance the texture and volume, so whether you choose to add soft waves or blowdry it straight, there’s some movement left in the hair.

Tip: try and avoid rigorous use of straighteners, as they can cause hair to appear flat around the side of your face, which will only further emphasise your full cheeks.

Dark pixie hairstyles for round faces
Pretty pixies can suit round faces. Credit:

2. Tapered pixie crop + lots of texture

Short haircuts and round faces can be a tricky mix to master. But long-time champions of the tapered pixie crop Ginnifer Goodwin and Michelle Williams are both perfect advocates and proof that this style does work with round faces.

The secret to pulling off this cute crop is to ask your hairdresser to work in a piecey fringe and lots of textural layers, both of which will help diffuse the roundness of your face.

ginger fringe and layers hairstyles for round faces
Layers and bangs are the perfect combo for round shaped faces. Credit:

3. Long layers + dishevelled bangs

Great for elongating the face, long hair has often been the go-to length for round-faced ladies. But did you know that working in more dramatic, long layers can help add sass and sophistication to your look, too?

And why not go one step further by adding in dishevelled bangs a la Bridget Bardot? Think longer pieces at the the sides to frame those high cheekbones while simultaneously helping to slim the jawline. Remember to request that your shortest layer falls just below the chin for the most flattering results.

Blonde middle parting and waves Hairstyles for round faces
Work a middle part with loose waves. Credit:

4. Middle parting + loose waves

A middle parting is another easy, low maintenance trick to help lengthen a round face. And the great news is it works with any almost every hair length, apart from uber short.

Drew Barrymore has got this chic, classic hairstyle down to a T, often teaming her centre parting with relaxed, loose waves that partly obscure the sides of her face, resulting in a slimming effect.

Asian lob and side fringe hairstyles for round faces
The flattering fashionable lob and side fringe. Credit:

5. Long bob + side-swept bangs

Luckily, the fashionable lob is every round-faced lady’s BFF. But bangs, you say? Well, yes, when kept soft and swept to one side like seen on Kirsten Dunst, they can work wonders in helping define those high cheekbones, as well as having surprising slimming effects.

But the length of the fringe is key here: you want to keep it fairly long (approximately mid-lip) so that once blow-dried to one side, it will appear just a touch shorter.

Long blonde hair with side parting
Deep side parts suit round faces. Credit:

6. Deep side parting + lots of volume

As well as creating drama, a deep side parting can really help change the focal point of your face, making it more of a heart shape than rounded.

When teamed with lots of volume – think a big, wavy blowout – the combination can yield one of the most glamorous, grown-up results. So perhaps one to try after dark, or when you want to take that outfit to a new level of sophistication.


Loved these looks but had your eye on a cropped ‘do for the season ahead? Then you need to take a peek at the chin-length styles for all face shapes, here!


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