Cute, sweet, chubby-cheeked, cherubic, ad infinitum, ad nauseum… Your face is round like a baby’s, and you’ll look youthful for the rest of your life. You know this. You also know that this is never a bad thing and that in a few years you’ll super appreciate it. But in the meantime, as with all of us, you’re tired of always looking like the cute/sweet/underaged one, and you’re yearning to change things up. Looking for the right long hairstyles for round faces isn’t necessarily easy, so although we might not feel your pain of always getting carded at clubs, we do know how it feels to be stuck in a beauty rut. And especially when you start feeling like your hair is holding you back? That, my forever young-looking friend, is never okay! Read on for some hair inspo:
What is a Round Face Shape?
Some definitions: A round facial shape is characterized by pretty much being equal in length and width, with a slight widening at the cheekbones. It has little to no hardness around the jaw and your cheeks are the fleshiest part of your face. You usually have softer features, which contributes to your child-like appeal.
All facial shapes have pros and cons, and we all know that your advantages come from having sweeter, more youthful features. The downside? You lack some grown-up definition in some areas, like the cheekbones and jawline, the presence of which can be really sexy and modelesque. Some also complain of having a narrow forehead that restricts them from several hairstyles.
To make things easier, we list down a few of the most sexifying, angle-providing long hairstyles for round faces. Read on and see which of these you can test-drive on a night out.
Long Hairstyles for Round Faces
1. Side-Parted Curls
Wearing your hair over to one side with the layers done in curls provides some texture to the silhouette of your face, breaking up the roundness. Plus, a side-swept bang provides your forehead with an angle and has a sexy, inviting effect. A curl cream, like Bed Head by TIGI On the Rebound Curl Recall Team, helps whip those ringlets in shape whenever, wherever.
2. Layered Shag
Before you balk at the idea, consider that this is a modern update (and one of the hairstyles currently trending from coast to coast). Ask for longer layers that get slightly choppier below the chin, and a bang area that flops over your cheekbones to narrow down the face.
3. Disco Waves
Ever wonder why ’70s waves look amazing on some women and completely dated on others? It’s the angles that wear you down, and specifically, having wavy layers on an already-sharp face is dreadfully aging. Lucky for you, these waves serve to narrow down and taper through the fleshiness in younger-looking cheeks, providing a contrast that is gorgeously grown-up.
4. Collarbone-Length and Layered
The long, layered failsafe gets an update with a slightly shorter, swingier length. The shoulder-length lob is the hairstyle to cop this year, but with your face shape, we’re looking at some collarbone-grazing layers instead. Especially cool when worn with a middle part or a directional full fringe, have the layers graze your cheekbones and go past the ears for a coquettish twist on the regular lob. A texturizing wax, like Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator, helps give movement and a modern, grittier feel.
5. Sleek with Bangs
If you’re still obsessed with having some length, ask your stylist for some minimal layering—the shortest pieces should hit your cheek hollows—and to spruce things up, long bangs that touch your cheekbones. They should easily be styled with a parting of your choice, but for a sleek, modern femme fatale vibe, we recommend ironing your lengths straight and styling your bangs at a side angle, finishing with a hairspray (we like Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray).
6. Side-Parted Waves 2.0
Give your classic waves an instant upgrade by combing through your curls after they’ve cooled. Your 2-inch curling iron will create those coveted Hollywood curls that quickly become daytime appropriate when you run a comb through them!
7. Stick Straight
Many round-faced girls avoid straight hair like the plague thinking that it can only accentuate the roundness. This isn’t always the case! When worn at a longer length, stick straight hair can be flattering for anyone.
8. Soft Waves
Soften your style with loose beach waves. Go product-free for a truly undone look!
9. Pastel Hues
We hear it all the time – women with long hair can feel a sense of boredom with their strands. Rather than risking it all for a short and edgy chop, consider dyeing your hair a fun color! We love this creamsicle-reminiscent hue.
10. Deep Side Part
Opt for a deep side part to instantly flatter your round face. Add a few trendy clips for some extra detail!