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Dos and Don’ts: Hairstyles for a Round Face

Hair Styles for Round Face Shapes

A Good Hair Stylist is a Must For Curly Haired Girls With a Round Face

Elsa asks this question;

Hi,
I’m young and have a round face shape, but my hair is curly and as I study medicine, I do not have time to straighten it up all the time, so what hairstyles for a round face would you recommend?
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Women with a round face should be diligent about finding a talented hairdresser, one who knows their craft well when it comes to face shapes and hair types. I would venture to say that more than half the women with curly hair and a round face have had what they would call a, ‘haircut from hell,’ more than once in their lifetime.

So when this question came in from Elsa, I know she knows she has fewer hairstyles to choose from that will fit her round face, curly hair type and her lifestyle issue of needing a quick and easy hairstyle. If you are thinking short hair, I like this hairstyle that Meg Ryan (Yes, I know that Meg Ryan does not have a round face) is wearing for Elsa, but I would style it more off-center and shape it a bit tighter to the face at the ears. This layered haircut will make the most of your curls and be quick and easy to style with little shaping involved.

Beyonce wearing long curly hair, perfect hairstyle for round face

Long curly hairstyles can be quick and easy to style. You can do ponies, half up do’s, twists, buns, scarves, braids, the options are almost endless. The key to wearing long curly hairstyles well is having a good shape with the right layering for your hair type. Most curly hair is thick hair and layering is one way of thinning the hair as well as shaping it. And, it should go without saying, to keep it as healthy as possible. Shampoo less, condition more and use a curl defining product, like TIGI’s Catwalk Curls Rock.

 

Halle Berry's, short curly wedge shaped hairstyle, works on Hairstyles for Round Face

Eva Longoria in an easy, curly, half up do

The Dos and Don’ts

So, here is a quick rundown of my suggestions of ‘what NOT to wear’ for curly round face hairstyles.

Stay away from:

  • Short, medium or long hair with a rounded silhouette
  • Big hair
  • Full bangs
  • Chin line, one length bob hairstyles

Go towards:

  • Layered haircuts
  • Short hairstyles with height at the crown and closer cut at the sides
  • Short hairstyles with a distinctive shape like, asymmetrical or diamond shape
  • Off center parts or zig-zag partings
  • Long hair with layers for shape, not fullness
  • Shag type hairstyles

For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.

  



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Round Face Shapes can be Slimmed

Hollywood Actress Cameron Diaz with slimming hairstyle

Thinning a round face shape, hairstyles for round faces

For those of you with round face shapes, or feel that you’ve become more round looking because of weight gain, here are some hair style and make-up tips just for you.

I have discovered that the visual sight line, where your attention is drawn to on a person’s face, is enhanced by where a hair style terminates. So, making certain that your hair style terminates below or above the jaw line, keeping the hair close to the face vs. rounded or full on the sides and creating height on top are the most flattering shapes for round faces or square face shapes.

A favorite shape of mine for a round face or square face shape, or someone who wants to minimize a few extra added pounds, is what I call a diamond-shaped cut. This has height on top, crown or bang, minimal amount of width at the temples and a tapering length that just reaches collar length in back which is full enough to be seen from the front. It is just the right amount of hair, not too short and not too long, and it is a classic haircut that only requires styling it differently to update its shape.

If you have a round face shape or feel you want to slim down the appearance of your face, stay away from big-hair looks at all costs. Try to avoid hair styles with lots of action going on at ear level.

There are lots of things that can be done with makeup that will give the illusion of more length or make a full face appear thinner. I recently ran across this article which may include some new tips for those of you who want to slim down the look of a round face shape.

Arched brows: highly arched brows elongate the round face; pluck hairs below a full brow bone or fill in sparse brows with an angled brush & brow powder

Play up brow & cheekbones: use a shimmer powder as a slimmer by gliding it over your brow bone; on your cheeks from apple to temple

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You might also want to look at my article about face shapes I have a special section just for hair styles for a round face shape. For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.

  



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Hairstyles for Round Faces

A perfect symetrical round face

Hairstyles for Round Faces Need Not be Difficult

Choosing a hairstyle for a round face is easy if you just follow a few secrets. If you have a perfectly symmetrical face shape, you have a round face shape. Usually, people with round faces have a wide hairline with fuller cheeks, making the neck look shorter. The right hairdo can add to your personality in magical ways and it is imperative to style it according to your face shape. No need to fret, with a correct approach and the right hair styling tools, you’ll definitely get a great look. You’ll be perfect if you keep two things in mind: one, your hair should make your face look slimmer and elongated. Two, it should draw away the focal point of your face from your cheeks’ fullness.

Kelly Clarkson has a round face shape

The list for styling tools starts with the scissors and hair brush or combs. You need smother hairstyles. The best hairstyle for round faces are those that are longer than your face. However, short hair with a swept back style can also be flattering. Use your hair brush or comb to sweep a large amount of your hair to one side. Side swept bangs makes your face look narrower and can have a flattering look.

Another celebrity with a round face shape

When considering what style works best for a round face you should try to avoid short crops, straight bangs and center parts. A heavy layered bang, with layers at top and hair close to the face will elongate the look. For this you need to use hair styling tools like hairspray or hairpins etc., to hold your hair in place. Big curly hair will add volume to the sides, and will make your face appear wider. A hair straightening iron is the tool for you. You must avoid having weight of your hair near the ears and cheek.

Julia Stiles has a round face shape

Those of you with round face shapes should certainly consider having a short haircut close to your face. But if you have straight hair, long curls with dangling tendrils are very good as long as they are far from cheeks. A hair iron or rollers to make the curls is the needed hair styling tool here. A bob haircut is specially recommended for women with double chins. A shagged long hairstyle will make your face look slimmer.

Another celebrity with a round face shape

For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.

  

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