50 cool haircuts and hairstyles for round faces

All Things Hair | 17 April 2019
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A round face is easily identified by its even shape and lack of hard angles or sharp jawline. Its characteristic softness and symmetry means that round faces often want hairstyles that will create definition.

Flattering hairstyles for round faces vary but layered hairstyles can help by creating the illusion of contours and long hairstyles can help lengthen. While medium haircuts that frame the face are ideal for concealing the roundness of this face shape.

If you have the advantage of having this youthful face shape, get hair inspiration with our selection of best and coolest hairstyles for round faces.

1. Long bob

actress natalie portman with a blunt cut long bob
Natalie’s clean cut lob looks neat and classic. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you don’t think you can pull off a classic bob, bringing the style to shoulder length can make for a more flattering cut.

Add in blunt ends and a pushed back part and you’ve got yourself a timeless style that’s just oh-so feminine.

2. Face-framing layers on a medium cut

actress jennifer lawrence with straight blonde shoulder length hair with face framing layers
Jennifer loves a layered look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If there’s one thing to take away from our hairstyles selection, it’s that layers are super important if you’ve got a round face. Because they help to accentuate your jawline for a more angular look, instead of softening your rounded jawline even more.

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Editor’s tip: To really bring out your layers, take a styling cue from Jennifer and straighten your hair for an effortlessly sleek look.

Just remember to prep your hair beforehand with a heat protectant spray, like the TRESemmé Heat Defence Sprayto prevent your hair becoming dry or damaged.

3. Sleek long layers

actress mila kunis with long dark straight hair with long layers
Layers are always a good bet for round faces. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

So you’re on the lookout for the best hairstyle for your round faces but don’t fancy a super drastic change? We’ve got just the thing, in the form of these long layers.

You can still benefit from layers even if you keep them minimal, so going a couple of inches shorter will add detail to your ends and bring your look down.

4. Beautiful bouncy curls

once upon a time actress ginnifer goodwin with flicked layers and shoulder length brunette hair
Ginnifer knows how to add texture to her tresses. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When your face is the same width as it is length, adding interest to the sides of your hair can give the illusion of angles, so we recommend bouncy, sweeping curls for round faces to draw attention out and away from your cheeks.

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Editor’s tip: Need a product that’ll keep your layers flicked-out and voluminous? Scrunch a handful of the VO5 Big Volume Mousse through damp strands after washing and as you blowdry your hair, it’ll help to keep that volume without weighing down your hair with product.

5. Side fringe with half-up hair

reese witherspoon and ryan phillippe's daughter ava phillippe with blonde medium length hair with a wispy side fringe
Wispy side bangs channel easy, effortless beauty. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

These fairy-like wispy bangs might look effortless but they’re actually pretty well thought out.

By starting high up in the hairline and sweeping it across the face to the cheekbones, it creates a diagonal line across the face, breaking up naturally rounded features. It’s basically science.

6. Choppy shag haircut

actress debby ryan with shoulder length relaxed shag cut hair
This look takes the retro shag and gives it a whole new modern vibe. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If bedhead hair is your vibe, this modern take on the rock ‘n’ roll retro shag will be right up your street.

The mix of choppy, fluffy layers and soft, textured ends are perfect for round faces, adding more interest at the crown for a lengthening effect.

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Editor’s tip: Amp up your top layers by sprinkling a root-booster, like the TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder. This will give you a lifted, backcombed look without the damage that actually comes from backcombing.

7. Waves with a split fringe

actress kirsten dunst with curly blonde medium hair with split bangs
Bangs don’t have to be boring. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Blunt straight across bangs can often be too heavy for round faces as they totally conceal the forehead.

Split bangs (think Brigitte Bardot), meanwhile, add a little extra detail to your look without shortening the face.

8. Sweeping side fringe with soft curls

actress and singer selena gomez with a side fringe
If you’ve never tried a side fringe before, take Selena’s lead. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Where you wear your parting will play a big impact in the appearance of your look.

You should avoid perfectly centred partings, as this will only add to the roundness, instead of parting to one side like Selena. This will help to break up some of the symmetry and add length.

9. Mid-length cut and subtle layers

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

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 to 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.

10. Tapered pixie with lots of texture

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

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.

11. Long hair with full, curved bangs

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

Great for elongating the face, long hair has often been the go-to length for round-faced ladies. Why not go one step further by adding in dishevelled bangs and layers? Use longer pieces at 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.

12. Beachy textures

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

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.

13. Long bob with side-swept bangs

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

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.

14. Long hair with a deep side parting

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

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.

15. Middle parting with barely-there layers

Blonde woman with layered long hair: Hairstyles for round faces
Don’t be afraid of middle partings. Credit: indigitalimages.com

For those with round faces, a bit of extra length goes a long way in helping to elongate those features. But the best way to work a long hairstyle is with very subtle, barely-there layers. These will help to create a little bit of movement and ensure your tresses don’t fall flat (which can happen a lot, especially if you have straight hair).

Ask your stylist to work in soft, feathery layers starting from below the chin, for the most flattering results. If you prefer your look to be even all around, just request for those layers to be closer together in length at the bottom.

16. Long hair with a vintage side-swept fringe

Asian woman with long hair and side swept bangs: hairstyles for round faces
Side swept bangs can make your face look narrower. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Thought bangs were out of bounds for round-faced ladies? Think again. As demonstrated by Kirsten Dunst (who has long been an advocate), a playful side-swept fringe can actually work wonders for spherical face shapes. 

The off-centre sweep will help create the illusion of a narrower face, while the longer sides will really help emphasise those amazing cheekbones! Just remember to keep the fringe on the longer side so you have the option to experiment with your look.

17. Medium hair with soft curtain bangs

Blonde woman with curtain bangs long hairstyles for round faces
Keep it carefree and cute with curtain bangs. Credit: indigitalimages.com

A subtle and uber flattering way to work bangs on rounder face shapes, this nifty fringe-cutting trick is great for those who like to sweep their hair up into a bun or a ponytail. However, it also looks great when worn with soft, undulating waves.

18. Voluminous long bob

Asian woman with a voluminous blow out long bob hairstyle for round faces
A voluminous lob is soft on this face shape. Credit: indigitalimages.com

While shorter bobs are renowned for being harsh on rounder faces, an ultra-modern lob (AKA long bob) – which hits around the collarbone – can lend a nice balancing effect. For the most striking and flattering results, do like Adele, Olivia Munn or Chrissy Teigen and opt for a big, bouncy blowout that’ll add height, volume and movement!

Oh, and don’t forget to ask your stylist to build in short, subtle layers at the bottom, as this will remove excess weight and create the most balanced results!

19. Contoured curls

hairstyles for round faces: Black woman with brown curly hair
Contour your curls to frame your face. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Have tightly-coiled waves or curls? Just keep it long with structured layers built in and let it run wild. Also, the volume will add height at the top, helping to elongate your features, while those natural ringlets will accentuate your cheekbones and boost definition all round.

20. Tousled waves and layers

Best hairstyles for round faces: Close up of a woman with medium brown wavy hair and layers
Long layers help to flatter a round face. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Luscious, long layers that fall below the chin have a slimming effect as they open up the face and add length.

To achieve this look, make sure you ask your stylist to create layers that start slightly below the chin. And when you style your new ‘do, make sure that you curl the layers away from your face rather than towards it to counteract its roundness.

21. Voluminous short curls

hairstyles for round faces: female fashion model with a curly-short-hairstyle on the runway
Voluminous hair looks good with a round shaped face. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’ve got a round face, then it’s safe to say that you should steer clear of a chin-length bob (as it will make your face look even rounder).

A longer, voluminous bob, on the other hand, will help offset the roundness of your features, flattering all the right angles and drawing attention to your cheekbones.

22. Textured pixie

Hairstyles for round faces: Brunette woman with short black bowl cut pixie
Opt for this cute crop if you have a round face. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re feeling brave, then go for a deconstructed pixie cut as it’s a great look for your round complexion (think Halle Berry and Ginnifer Goodwin!). Because the style places all the volume on top of the head, it gives the face a more oval appearance. A timeless cut, perfect for ladies of all ages!

And if you aren’t feeling ready for the chop, just go for a topknot, which has the same effect.

23. Glam side waves

best hairstyles for round faces: Medium blonde woman with a side swept fringe
Sweep your hair to the side and make a statement. Credit: indigitaliages.com

A sweeping side fringe counteracts the circular look of a round face by drawing attention to the cheekbones. If you’re considering this ‘do, then make sure you ask your stylist for a fringe that hits your cheekbones to create a flattering angle and frame your face.

24. Chic side parting

Hairstyles for round faces: Brunette woman with a side parting wearing red lipstick
Opt for a deep side parting to break up the symmetry. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Centre partings are great for round faces, but this doesn’t mean that side partings can’t look just as good. Aligning your parting to the side (just above one of your eyebrows) helps to create a flattering effect – distracting attention from the fullness of your face.

25. Cute chin-length bob

Hairstyles for round face: mixed race woman with a side parting bob
Keep it chic with a bob that finishes at the chin. Credit: indigitalimages.com

A classic chin-length bob may not seem like the most obvious choice for round face shapes, but if the length is judged just right, this on-trend hairstyle can work a treat.

A neat little trick to try is to style it with deep side parting, or a sweeping side fringe, as this will help draw the eye diagonally downwards. And if your hair is naturally thick, try adding in some layers through the cut to remove any excess weight, making it easier to manage and style on a daily basis.

26. Tousled and textured bob

brunette woman with a short bob best haircut for round faces
Showcase your tousled textures with this look. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Light and feathery, a layered bob can help elongate your complexion by adding height and texture.

Easy to wear and super on-trend this season, style this haircut by spritzing a healthy dose of texturizing spray like the Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, through your layers to enhance those sexy, tousled textures and amp up the volume.

27. Pretty pixie cut

Hairstyles for round faces: blonde woman smiling with pixie haircut
Add soft edges to your pixie for lengthening effects.

You may not have realised it, but a pixie cut is actually amazingly versatile, plus they can work for round faces! But instead of an ultra-short and edgy pixie, why not opt for a slightly longer cut and style it with a side parting? The extra length and soft edges can help make your face look longer, too.

28. Tapered pixie cut

Hairstyles for round faces: Woman with copper tapered pixie cut
We love this modern pixie update. Credit: Dvora

This tapered pixie cut is a feminine and modern update to the classic style, and it just so happens to work a treat on round faces, too. Style it with a side-swept fringe and leave the piecey texture of your hair intact to help add volume and height for the most flattering outcome.

29. Teenie weeny afro

Hairstyles for round faces: short curly natural hair
Embrace your face shape with the TWA. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Short hairstyles for round faces don’t always have to be focused on creating the illusion of length. Some styles are perfect if you just want to embrace your unique face shape and show it off with confidence. If you have naturally coily, kinky or curly hair, try cropping it close and allowing the texture of your locks to do all the work for you!

30. Edgy pixie cut

Hairstyles for round faces: Woman with short asymmetric fade pixie cut
The edgy and cool asymmetric fade cut.

A fantastically bold look, this style is ideal if you really want to make a statement! To get this asymmetric look, ask your stylists for a faded crop that’s cut close to the scalp on one side, but features long, cropped hair swept across the other.

Edgy and unique, this style exudes confidence and panache, while also being fairly low-maintenance: if you’ve got the base cut right, minimal styling is needed. Win-win!

31. Bob with beachy waves

hairstyles for a round face: ashley benson with wavy chin length bob
Ashley Benson’s beachy waves flatter her round face like a dream. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Beachy waves are universally flattering, no matter what your face shape may be. Wondering why chin-length, wavy hair is especially great for those with round faces? Because when the wave bends at cheekbone height, it helps to define and enhance the high points in your face, giving you more structure. And Ashley Benson proves this to a T!

32. Messy pixie

haircut ideas for round faces: audrey tautou with messy pixie cut on the red carpet
Audrey Tautou’s pretty textured crop draws attention away from her circular face. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Bold, daring and fashion-forward, a chic pixie cut is always going to win extra style points for those of you with round faces! Don’t believe us? Well, Audrey Tautou’s messy pixie cut is living proof that uber cool crops can work to complement a round face.

33. Mid-cut with subtle long layers

hairstyles for round faces: barbara palvin with sleek centre part long hairstyle at cannes film festival
Barbara Palvin’s mesmerising mid-cut with layers perfectly conceal her face’s roundness. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Done 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 Barbara Palvin’s book and add very subtle layers all around to enhance texture and volume. By doing so, you’ll still have natural-looking movement whether you choose to add soft waves or blowdry it straight.

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.

34. Face-framing fringe

kirsten dunst with wavy hairstyle and white dress at the beguiled red carpet
Kirsten Dunst’s flawless face-framing bangs are one to try! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Think having a round face means you have to steer clear of bangs? Well, Kirsten Dunst’s romantic curtain bangs hairstyle will make you think again! This subtle and uber pretty way to work bangs on rounder face shapes is great for those who like to sweep their hair up into a bun or a ponytail.

35. Long fringe with curls

haircut ideas for round faces: justine skye with curlly shag hairstyle at paper magazine event
Justine Skye’s sexy, shaggy curls enhance her spherical face. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Shag hairstyles are pretty much the cool-girl hairstyle du jour, also working a treat for round-faced ladies. The many layers of a shag haircut distract from the roundness of the face, by creating angles and natural movement in the hair.

An edgy cut not enough for you? Then look to Justine Skye and her purple curly shag haircut, whose modern take on the style is fun and playful, featuring super on-trend blunt bangs!

36. Long wispy fringe with waves

hairstyles for women with round faces: debby ryan with curtain bangs hair and wavy hair
Debby Ryan’s beautiful bardot bangs dazzle her circular features.. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Film star Brigitte Bardot has become the poster girl for fringes. Her beautifully long, wispy bangs hairstyle helped her ooze sex appeal, class and elegance throughout her career. And if in doubt, just look to American actress and singer, Debby Ryan for inspiration – if anyone knows how to work Bardot bangs, it’s her.

37. Tousled long bob with side parting

hairstyles ideas for round faces: olivia munn with tousled bob and floral dress at a tmobile event
Olivia Munn’s luscious long bob works wonders to frame her face . Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

No doubt about it: a collarbone-grazing long bob is one of the most modern and flattering hairstyles for a round face. This is because a tousled long bob (providing you keep some weight at the ends) can help to accentuate the angles near your jawline.

38. Sleek bob with sweeping fringe

gabrielle union with sleek chin length bob on red carpet
Gabrielle Union’s stunning sleek side-parted ‘do is great for fancy occasions. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Sometimes, a simple change of a parting can help flatter your face shape. Starting with a sleek chin-length bob a la Gabrielle Union, transform your look by working a deep parting or adding in a sweeping side fringe that falls right on your cheekbone. This off-centre look will help to elongate your face perfectly.

39. Wispy bangs with rock-chick layers

hairstyles for a round face: sasha pieterse with wispy bangs and loose waves at pretty little liar event
Sasha Pieterse’s sultry bangs add a tonne of definition to her look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking for a sexy, directional hairstyle that’ll instantly give you definition? Just take a leaf out of Sasha Pieterse’s book, who’s living proof that wispy bangs and long sultry waves are made for round faces. Pair your the look with a dark red pout and you’ll be good to #slay!

40. Angled long bob haircut

hairstyle ideas for round faces: selena gomez with sleek long bob with light brown highlights
Selena Gomez’s show-stopping cut with bronze highlights counteract any roundness. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Just when we thought we’d seen every major Met Gala moment, Selena Gomez made her way down the carpet in a Coach gown and a shimmering, angled long bob hairstyle. This lob cut seriously flattered her cheekbones and also balanced out the width of her circular face!

41.  Hollywood waves

hairstyles for a round face: chanel iman
Chanel Iman shows that ladies with round faces can totally rock vintage waves! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When it comes to elegant hairstyles for a round face, opting for vintage Hollywood-inspired waves is a safe bet. Need more convincing? Just look at how amazing Chanel Iman‘s hairstyle is!

42. Casual curls with layers

hairstyle ideas for a round face: monique coleman with big curly hair at fabletics event
Monique Coleman’s beautiful. big curls distract from the roundness of her face. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Have tightly-coiled waves or sexy curls like Monique Coleman? Also have a round face? Then keep it long with structured layers and let it run wild. The volume will add height at the top, helping to elongate your features, while those natural ringlets will accentuate your cheekbones.

43. Half-up, half-down hair

hairstyles for round faces: amanda with half up half down hairstyle on the red carpet
Amanda Seyfried’s pretty half-up hairstyle was made for round faces! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Pulling hair up into a pretty half-up, half-down hairstyle (like Amanda Seyfried) creates height and volume at the crown, that helps underplay roundness. This chic and practical look is great for both office hours or after-dark outings!

44. Flirty flipped-out bob

vanessa hudgens with a wavy bob at the billboard event
Vanessa Hudgens’ playful flipped out ends are flipping gorgeous! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’ve got a short, layered bob, then a great way to style it is by flipping out your layers to add a playfully textured feel. To achieve the look, use a straightener or a round brush when blow-drying your hair to flick the end of each layer. If it’s good enough for Vanessa Hudgens, it’s certainly good enough for you!

45. Wet look hair with side parting

miranda kerr at met gala with sleek hair and red dress
Miranda Kerr draws the spotlight to her youthful features with this sleek look: Rex by Shutterstock

Fancy embracing your roundedness? Then you should opt for this wet-look bun hairstyle and side-parting, which we spotted Miranda Kerr rocking. This chic slicked-back style streamlines round face shapes, to make it appear more balanced. Easy peasy, eh?

46. Ethereal side fishtail braid

hairstyles for a round face: jess conte with fishtail braid at MTV movie awards
Jess Conte’s side fishtail braid will have you working side-to-side, drawing attention away from any roundness! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Come on, how gorgeous is Jess Conte’s hair? This easy-to-create, practical side fishtail braid dazzles her face shape, with her woven strands pulling attention to all the right places. Honestly, is there anything side braids can’t do?

47. Romantic top knot

maisie williams with romantic top knot hairstyle at sag awards
Maisie Williams’ romantic top knot is fail-safe option for round faces. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The top knot is a super versatile hairstyle, mainly because it looks just as good in the office as it does on the red carpet. Effortlessly stylish and cool, this easy updo is perfect for drawing attention upwards, and therefore, elongating the face.

48. Half-up hair with dramatic side parting

hailey steinfield wiith sleek side-swept hairstyle on the red carpet
Hailey Steinfield’s dramatic side part adds a grown-up sophistication to her face. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

As demonstrated by Hailey Steinfield (who has long been an advocate), a sleek side-swept fringe can actually work wonders for spherical face shapes. When teamed with smooth, straight hair, the combination can yield one of the most glamorous, grown-up results.

19. Classy high ponytail

chrissy teigen flatters her round face shape with a high ponytail hairstyle and cool dress at event
Chrissy Teigen’s stunning sky-high ponytail balances out her circular features. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Chrissy Teigen‘s perfect high ponytail adds height to the top of her head and shows off her lengthy mane, helping to elongate her face shape. And seeing as this look is doable in under five minutes, your bad hair days are about to be no more!

50. Sweet and sophisticated pixie haircut

ginnifer goodwin with sleek pixie cut at vanity fair oscar party
Ginnifer Goodwin’s winning style points with this uber flattering cut! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Ginnifer Goodwin — a prime example of a round face beauty — wears her pixie cut with a subtle, sleek texture, which wonderfully contrasts her circular shape. Doesn’t she look simply mesmerising?

 

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