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Hairstyles For Round Faces

What are best hairstyles for a round faces, a curly or straight hairstyle?

Ahhh . . . this question recently posted on my comment board is a good one. Katie asks:

I love your site, and I’d really appreciate any help you could give me for my current hair worries –I’ve got a round face shape, and my (dark brown) hair tends towards lots of curls and volume. I’ve tried out a bunch of different professionally-done high lighting at a series of hair salons, and every time, I keep getting the impression that when my hair is curly, they almost look stripe-y. When I straighten my hair, the effect is gone. (A) Is this a common curly-headed problem?, and (B) Should I leave my hair curly at all? Between my high lighting troubles and the volume emphasizing my round face shape, I’m wondering whether I should consider all straight, all the time? (Maybe you have some alternate miracle hair styling tip — I don’t want the daily straightening to damage my hair!) Thanks for this valuable site!


I think with Katie’s curly, voluminous hair, she’ll find it much more flattering hairstyles for round faces to tone down her curls.

The most important consideration in Finding the right hairstyle for any woman, is, . . . face shape . . . face shape . . . face shape.

If you have a round face, your face has soft, full contours with a rounded jaw and chin line. You’ll want to avoid hairstyles with bangs. Your hairline may be softly rounded as well. Also, your face shapeRight Hairstyle for Round Faces Can Really Make a Difference is more symmetrical; the width and length of your face are approximately the same. Your face gives the appearance of being more symmetrical.

For some reason, every woman who thinks she has a round face shape, thinks she is cursed! Grant it, a wrong hairstyle on a round face shape can be kinda . . . well, discouraging. But as you can see from the picture of my favorite celebrity with a round face shape, Isabella Rossellini a round face shape can be gorgeous with the right hairstyle.

So Katie, toning down the volume of your hairstyle is a good start. I agree, that straightening it everyday, with a flat iron, or whatever tool you choose, will take it’s toll on your hair. The stripe-y effect you refer to, IS more exaggerated when your hair is in it’s curly state because curly hair CLUMPS together into curls. When your hair is straightened, it has a more BLENDED effect; as you brush through it to take out snarls for instance. Try searching for a hairdresser who has experience with straightening hair, and consider softening your curls. The key here is, in the straightening process, to process your hair to a softened state, not a stick straight look. An experienced hairdresser can soften your hair just enough to take out the volume you now get from the curls, and turn it into soft waves. This leaves your hair in much better condition than straightening all the curl out. In that way, you have an option of leaving it wavy or smoothing it out with less damage, less heat on the hair. And, both of these looks will tame down the voluminous look of your hair which is the wrong look for your face shape.

Check out my web site for more on face shapes and hairstyles I have a special section just about hairstyles for round faces. And don’t miss or more ideas about face shapes and hairstyles check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Face Shape Board.

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  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for your comment! For more great tips check out the article Slimming Haircuts for Round Faces. I think that you’ll really enjoy it!

    Have a great hair day!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — January 17, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

  2. I have the bone structure of a round face, so i cant do anything about it. I have full bangs now and they really work for me. Now i can actually wear my hair down without being self-concious about my huge face lol

    Comment by jennifer — January 11, 2013 @ 10:24 am

  3. i have a round face shape. thick hair, natural curls, thick brows. black hair. frizzy. which hairstyle fits me ???!!! OHNO. helpp (:

    Comment by human — March 30, 2011 @ 6:47 am

  4. Not helpful. I have wavy, super thick hair and I just can’t find any site that has a hairstyle for my face shape and hair texture. :(

    Comment by Anonymous — March 27, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

  5. I have a round shaped face and thick frizzy hair. i was wondering what hairstyle would suit my face shape.i washoping to get a side fringe. Any Suggestions?

    Comment by Emma — January 23, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

  6. Thank you all so so much for the help. I’m planning on having my hair done for an interview I have next week and I was looking online for ideas!

    Comment by Susie Plumber — September 23, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  7. HELP 55 yrs old, short heavy thick wavy/curly hair, gray is coming in heavy, borwn is natural color. Just shorter than chin right now with layers, what would be best let it grow or what short style?

    Comment by nona spence — September 26, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

  8. Good question Elsa!

    Go here to view my answer;

    Comment by Barb — September 23, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

  9. Hi I’m young and have round face, but my hair is curly and as I study medicine I do not have time to straight it up so what hairstyle do you reccomend?

    Comment by Elsa — September 11, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

  10. Hi, I am trying to find a hair cut that one fit my face and two fits my hair type. I have a round face and I have long hair (approx. 8 inches past the shoulders), and a lot of it (thick hair). I have naturally has a fair bit of volume already. I am really not sure what to attempt. I just know that short hair makes my face look really fat. So, if you have any ideas or pictures that would be great. Thanks

    Comment by Jamie — July 28, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  11. hi, i recently found this website and hope you can help! i am getting my haircut in a few days but am undecided which hairstyle to choose from. i have a round face shape,medium hair length and have thick hair. i am 19 yrs. old so i would like something young and sexy. please send me pictures and or advice as to what i should look for when choosing a cut. thanks

    Comment by gloria — September 15, 2007 @ 9:44 am

  12. Hi I really hope you can help me out with this! I have a round face and very fine, thin, straight hair. I also don’t have alot of volume, so my hair always appears flat. My hair won’t hold a curl very long without alot of hairspray, so I don’t curl much. It’s also a challenge to tease my hair for volume because sometimes I can’t seem to make it look natural and stay. Pulling my hair back is a no-no because my hair is so fine and thin it really emphasizes my cheeks, so I’ll usually just stick with a side-part, varying how off to the side it is, and I recently had some bangs cut in that I side-sweep, and they seem to flatter pretty well. However I’m getting very bored with my hair. It’s getting pretty long again and my color is all natural (very few natural highlights) and pretty much the same length, and so I’m curious to know some ways to add some volume, fullness, color, life, etc. to my hairstyle. Thanks so much!

    Comment by Ava — August 10, 2007 @ 3:00 am

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