In an effort to help readers come to understand the elements involved in selecting a
flattering hairstyle for various face shapes, today we’re taking a look at the round face. Individuals with round faces have a
specific set of challenges, regardless of the affect of the other facial features.
The round face is characterized by being roughly even in the distance from the chin to the
hairline as it is from side to side at the cheekbone level. It differs from the square face shape by being more rounded and lacking
the angularity present at the jaw line and upper forehead.
A hairstyle appropriate for the round face needs to provide volume or height at the top of
the head, have minimal bulk or lie close at the sides, and if it is a longer style, should keep minimal volume and bulk at the lower
ends of the hair. Individuals with round faces should avoid styles with full sides, and in cases where the hair is curly, layering
and texturing to keep the hair close on the sides is imperative.
Fringe areas should feature angled curved or asymmetrical lines rather than horizontal ones
so as to prevent emphasizing the width of the face. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways as shown in the images accompanying this article.
This style is a variation on the pixie cut. It is short and layered, styled to lie close to
the scalp, and would work especially well with wavy hair. The bangs are cut in a curved line and then notched to give texture and
create an asymmetrical look. The close cut sides, and slight lift on top combine to create the illusion that the head is longer
vertically, and thus more oval in shape.
This is a long blunt cut style with razor-cut layers framing the face. The hair is styled
with a center parting and curved line around the face to keep the softness, while the length gives an illusion of a longer face by
camouflaging the width of the face. The overall effect is a smooth, soft look. This is an ideal style for those with naturally
straight, fine-to-medium hair.
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This is another short, gamine haircut with textured bangs. This style is excellent for
those with straight hair and can easily be styled as shown to create lots of lift and volume in the short layers, or with minimal
volume to give a sleeker, smoother look. This style features an off-center parting and wedge-shaped bangs that are heavily textured
with a razor. Like style one, this style creates the appearance that the face is longer by adding height, and therefore gives the
impression that the face is an oval as opposed to being round.
This is a long hair style featuring an angle-cut fringe, and layering around the face on a
basic blunt cut. The off-centered and angled parting draw the eye upward, while the closeness on the sides and length help to stretch
the face into a more oval appearance. The bangs, while angle-cut, are also textured to offer a softer look and keep the face from
appearing angular. This style would be excellent for those individuals with other features (such as prominent noses, wide-spaced or
close-set eyes, etc.) which need a style that distracts.
This long layered hairstyle offers more volume and curl that the previous styles. The style
creates the needed illusion of length by using the added volume and lift at the top of the head and the extra length to counter the
volume on the sides. The bangs are wispy and the hair is styled with an off-center parting. The layered curls are styled to frame
the face and enhance the impression that the face is more oval. This is a great style for those who have thick, curly or wavy hair.
Here’s a style option chosen to show that you don’t have to have super-short hair on a round
face. The style is completely asymmetrical and center parted. The base style is a wedge-cut back that progresses to an A-line bob in
front. The hair is styled straight and is razor-cut to give smooth texture to the look. The long fringe framing the face helps to
create the impression of elongation and the appearance of an oval face. The asymmetry makes the style ideal for those with other
challenges due to prominent or out of balance features.
This mid-long razor-cut style offers a wispy fringe area, and an off-center parting. The
angle of the bangs area helps to create a smooth look and helps create the impression of an oval shape. The style can be finished
as shown for an up-to-date and trendy look, or can be blown smooth with a round brush, turning the ends under to make the look
sleek and smooth. This style works well for those who have fine-to-medium textured hair.