Hairstyles for a Round Face: 34 Flattering and Easy Ideas to Try Out

All Things Hair | 28 June 2017
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A gallery filled with some of the best hairstyles for a round face no matter your hair length.

All balanced out? Ah, the joys of having a round face: a face with round cheekbones, round jawline and a frame that’s as wide as it is tall. Many think just because their face is so perfectly round, they can pull off just about any style. Sounds about right, but some hairstyles add more fullness to your face, like one-length cuts. This is why you need to find the right hairstyles for a round face. 

Being the center of attention is cool, but making your not-so-best features the focal point of your face is actually not the brightest idea. We’re all for breaking the rules, and doing anything you want to do with your hair no matter your face shape—after all, it’s fun to try out new things with your hair! But for those who want to stick to the guidelines, we have some hairstyles for a round face for you and the little tricks that make them work (like layers, side fringe or wispy ends). Below, we’re sharing some of the best round face hairstyles that you can easily rock on virtually all hair types.

35 Amazing Hairstyles for Round Faces

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Lengthen your face frame with a long bob. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Cropped Haircut 

You have permission to try out the lob haircut that you’ve been eying for some time. When it comes to round face haircuts, the goal is to have a length that falls below the chin. This helps to remove the heaviness from the sides of your face. Anything that hits you right at or above your chin can make your face appear fuller and fleshier. Keep this haircut neat and trimmed to avoid the awkward in-between phase. We recommend a haircut or a slight dusting of the ends every two to four weeks in order to maintain this look.

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Make your layers pop with highlights.

2. Long Layers with Highlights

Layers, layers and even more layers. Layers are your friend, especially if you want to retain some length. Long layered hairstyles for a round face helps taper down your full cheeks. Since the distance from your forehead to your chin is about the same, you can also try a more feathered version of layers where the hair falls forward to slim down your face. Give your layers a tousled effect to add some sense of texture and movement.

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Power to the lob with a side bang!

3. Side Swept Fringe

Looking for a fun haircut for round face? Try a long bob (a.k.a the lob haircut) with a side part or a long hairstyle with a diagonal part with a front fringe swept to the side. The side-swept fringe (to the left or to the right) slims down the fullness of your spherical face shape and helps it to appear longer as opposed to being wide. We love how this hairstyle can be dressed up or dressed down. Pull the back up your hair up and twist it into a bun for an elegant updo for special events.

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Try a tapered cut to put your face shape at front and center. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Tapered Haircut

Give the ends of your hair a sharper feel with this modern black hairstyles for round faces. Adding wispy and tapered effects to the ends of your hair helps take away the roundness of your face shape. As opposed to one-length haircuts, tapered ends don’t widen your face and with the fullness of your cheek area, this may be the last thing you need from a hairstyle. This can be done on a long, layered hairstyle or a shorter version that reaches below your chin.

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One of the sexiest hairstyles for round faces is the pixie. A super short crop accentuates the face frame and adds length. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Messy Bangs on Short Pixie

Who likes short crops? Almost everyone likes short crops, but not all face shapes can pull it off effortlessly. You want something that adds dimension. But if you are into super short hairstyles for round faces, go for it. To achieve this haircut and make it work for your face shape, opt for layers cut around the frame of your rounded face.

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Hairstyles for a round face shape with piecey bangs break up roundness in the forehead area. Photo credit: Dvora

6. Super Short Bangs on a Pixie Cut

Round faces are usually as wide as they are long, meaning their symmetrical shape lets them get away with an uneven cut. Ask for longer layers on the top of your pixie so you can have some length to play with, such as going for a cute, retro side-swept style. Piecey bangs highlight the cheekbones too, giving some definition to the cheek area.

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An uneven bob (shown here in a trendy tetra-fish rendition) is quirky and interesting. Photo credit: Dvora

7. Asymmetrical or Stacked Bob

A haircut with razored ends and one that isn’t evenly cut throughout is one of the best hairstyle for round face as they break up the overall shape of your head. Reinforce a delicate jaw area with a haircut that has a choppy texture at the chin or cheeks. A shape that also lengthens from the nape down to the front layers gives some angles to your face.

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Universally flattering, waves cut through fleshier faces, giving the illusion of contour. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Wavy Middle Part

Ladies with a fleshier countenance seem to be intimidated by anything that isn’t styled at an angle. However, middle-parted hair is actually one of the most flattering hairstyles for round faces. The effect is youthful and fresh, especially when created with swingy, shoulder-length waves.

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Razored lobs balance out rounder jaws. Photo credit: Dvora

9. Volumized Lob

Don’t be afraid to add more bounce to your modern long bob, as long as its volume grazes closer to the chin and jawline. Having more weight at this area balances out any chubbiness in your cheeks. Classy yet versatile, wear neat and blown-out for the daytime and mussed-up at the ends for a sexier, more undone feel after hours. Ed’s tip: A dollop of texturizer shimmied through to help give that downtown feel.

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Keep the ends kinda-sorta rough for a tougher feel.

10. Low Ponytail

Round faces look exceptionally fetching in super-sleek, side-parted ponytails; they don’t have to worry about exposing or emphasizing any harsh angles at the jawline or sides of the face. This sophisticated hairdo also gives a sexy contrast to their sweeter features. A low ponytail on medium-length hair—as well as its glamorous counterpart, the low chignon—is also a sultry styling option for evening, especially when paired with a bit of height at the crown.

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Blunt bangs, when done just right, give structure to a round face. Photo credit: Dvora

11. Eye-Grazing Bangs on Long Hair

A long, eyelash-dusting fringe is one of the best kinds of bangs to ask for if you have a round face. The soft angles make the eye and cheekbone area the focal point of the look, with the rest of your long lengths slimming down the effect of fuller cheeks. Ask your stylist for slightly longer strands at the sides too for added contouring power. To keep your fringe refreshed midday, tote along a dry shampoo that helps sop up scalp sebum, like Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo.

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Bumpy layers cut through the fleshiness on the sides of your face. Photo credit: Dvora

12. Long Bumpy Layers

Long layers with body create even more movement than regular layered cuts. Pro tip: Have your stylist use some thinning shears for a delicately blended style, and style with a texturizing spray for a grittier feel.

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Ed’s tip: A diffused hairline adds to the charm.

13. Beach Waves

A head of loose, textured bends opens up the face while providing some contour on the sides. You’re not just working with a heavy one-length curtain of hair, which is key to giving a round face some definition. Waves that start from mid-shaft cut the eyeline can create a flirty, more flattering update to this look.

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A bang on a shag helps slim down a round face shape. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

14. Short Shag

Choppy textured hairstyles for a round face like this one complement your features. The feathered look of this style steps away from your everyday groomed vibe, giving your haircut a stylish and edgy spin that not many other facial shapes can pull off. Ask your stylist for layers, which can add volume and movement to this style. To style at home, use Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream on wet hair for texture, hold and grip, then air-dry for a natural looking finish.

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Sleek lob and bob are currently top trending haircuts. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

15. The Blunt Lob

The longer, trendy version of the traditional bob works wonders on a round face. The longer length towards the front helps add shape by tapering down your fleshy cheek area, making your face appear much narrower.

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Got a prominent chin on your round face? Sharpen up the lines with an asymmetrical crop. Photo credit: Dvora

16. Layered Short Bob

The layers in a stylish bob cut project a really strong finish. Added texture helps soften up the features of your face. If your face is round but you have a sharp chin, a layered short bob and can easily downplay your jawline. The textured layers of this style are also ideal if you don’t want to draw attention to your fuller cheeks.

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Pull your short hair into a sweet halo updo to show off your face frame. Photo credit: Dvora

17. Tuck and Twist

No matter your face shape there’s always going to be days that you want an easy and quick hairstyle! The trendy tuck and twist hairstyle is super simple to create and works well on almost all face types—including your round face! It’s a neat and clean look and is also a great styling option for those hot summer days.

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Braided bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

18. Deep Part with Braided Bangs

Whether on a bob, lob or longer layered pixie, you can throw in a simple side braid. Opt for a more of-the-moment braid like a fishtail plait. The deep side part of this hairstyle creates a good angle to balance your rounded face, and highlights features like your eyes and cheekbones. All you need is a bobby pin to secure that stylish braid into your short hairstyle.

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Use a curling wand to achieve sultry curls to frame your round face. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

19. Curling Wand Waves

With the help of a curling wand or curl tongs, add some waves into your short locks. Add some definition to your waves and emphasize your bone structure by brushing them out gently, allowing them to fall into place on their own and form a strong wave. Spray some of the Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray onto your hair for added shine and hold.

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Short hairstyles for a round face with curls are a great way to allow your frame to stand out!

20. Super Curly Pixie

Check out this gorgeous curly hairstyle! It seems like it was made just for your round face: It elegantly complements a youthful profile with its flattering silhouette. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, this style may come as second nature for you. Allow your curls to show off their unique shape with this ’do. And fret not, straight-haired girls: You can try this look out with the help of some curling tongs. Simply prep clean, dry hair with a heat protectant then curl hair in small sections. Once you’ve completed creating your curls separated to create volume.

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Loose curls are a chic way to define your lob.

21. Loosely Curled

Have a fun brunch to attend this weekend? Why not enhance your look with some curls! We love how loose curls can both soften and define a round face. To achieve this look, use a larger barrel curling iron to create your awesome weekend curls. For looser curls, use larger sections of your hair and curl for a shorter length of time. This is great because it cuts the time it takes to curl hair. Finish your curls by combing through your hair with your fingers. You can add in a side part for an extra angular look.

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A deep-side part with waves is a chic way to define a round face. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

22. Curly Deep Side Part

Romantic weekend dates deserve a romantic hairstyle like this deep side part. The angle of your hair swooping across your forehead makes this one of the chicest hairstyles for a round face. Make your side part more dramatic by using the Bed Head By TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream to slick down the shorter side without any shine.

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A cool braided style can add depth to your round face. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

23. Accent Braid

An accent braid can amp up any plain hairstyle. All you need to do to create this style is to choose one side of your part and braid it back. If you are new to french braiding, check out our easy to follow French braid tutorial. End the braid near your ear for a chic modern look and then style it — with the rest of your hair — over your opposite shoulder.

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A wavy bob brings definition to your round face.

24. Natural-Looking Waves

Natural-looking waves can be a bit harder to recreate than perfect curls. To get this natural-looking style we suggest using a good curling wand. To create subtle waves in your hair. The larger the section of hair you bend, the more natural-looking your waves will be. After creating the waves in your hair, spray some of the Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, onto your hair to create a loose, piecey effect to your newly created waves.

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Define the roundness in your face by trying out some fake bangs. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

25. Faux Bangs

We love hairstyles for a round face that include bangs. But, if you don’t already have bangs it may not seem possible to trim bangs at home in 15 minutes. Instead, fake bangs for a fun style without the commitment. To master this look, check out our full step-by-step tutorial to learn more about how you can create fake bangs on your own hair.

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Try out a fuller hairstyle for your round face with a fun pretzel bun. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

26. Pretzel Bun

For an elegant weekend look, try out bun hairstyles for a round face. All you have to do is twist two sections of your hair before wrapping them into a bun. It’s super quick and easy! Follow our pretzel bun tutorial for step-by-step guidance to help you master this look.

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Your flat iron will be your new BFF.

27. Pin Straight

You can never go wrong with pin straight hair at any length! The reason we love this look on pixie cuts is because it makes the style so sleek without looking too done up. To achieve straight hair at the pixie length, you’ll need to make sure you have a skinny mini flat iron. Bigger than one inch, and you’ll have one heck of a time trying to straighten your locks.

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A sleek way to rock a pixie.

28. Slicked-Down

Of course, you can always go for the slicked down look for special occasions! We love how nonchalant this style looks. To make this style flattering for round faces, make sure you give yourself a deep side part! Then, after you’ve parted your hair, apply some hair gel. This will allow you to hold the slicked style in place. We suggest the Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel because it can hold all those short hairs in place. Then, comb your hair into place and your sexy slicked back style is done.

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The perfectly wavy ‘do. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

29. Artfully Wavy

For a more gamine way to style your short hair, go for perfected waves. This style is done in seconds if you have wavy hair! All you need to do is make sure you define your waves. For the rest of us, you’ll need to use a wax to hold those waves in place. We suggest a softer wax, like the S Factor by TIGI Creamy Molding Waxfor it’s not-too-stiff hold. Mold your waves into place and head out to the beach you little mermaid you!

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The secretly beachy look.

30. Over-Directed Bangs

Another way to style your bangs is to go for the swooping look of over-directed bangs. To be able to achieve this look you’ll need to have a longer pixie cut. The key to over-directing your bangs is to use the concentrator nozzle on your blow dryer. With the nozzle on, dry your bangs section away from your face, focusing the air on your roots. As soon as those roots are dry, focus on the ends of your hair drying forwards. This allows you to get that beachy swoop to your bangs.

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Have fun with texture with this look.

31. ’90s Spiked Pixie

’90s hair is still a hot trend for 2017 and we couldn’t have you miss out on it! To achieve the ultimate ’90s look on short hair, go for the perfectly spiked look. And yes, this totally works on long pixies, too. Just pinch together small sections of your hair using the Bed Head by TIGI Stick. It’s a super hard wax that will help you get that piecey look.

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A spiky look that puts your hair on the forefront. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

32. Super Short Spiked-Out Pixie

If showcasing your round face and rocking an edgy look is your M.O., then this look is most definitely for you. Focus on getting shaved sides that go around your head with a concentration of some length on the top. Have fun with your length by creating defined your defined spikes.

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A minimal hairstyle with a lot of style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

33. Mushroom Crop

If minimalism is your game for 2017, then this is a pixie cut you’ve got to try. With its overall shortness, this cut showcases a rounded effect that can pair really well with with your face shape. With some concentrated lengths towards the front, you can also play with the texture and your quasi bangs.

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A short crop and bleached hair is totally chic.

34. Bleached Crop

Going for a short pixie is one thing, adding a bold color takes this look up to a completely different level. We especially love this pairing with darker skin tones as the bleached hair and pixie combo can soften a round face.

We hope you found some best haircuts for round faces! Check out even more with these long hairstyles to enhance round faces.