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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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Hairstyles for Round Faces

Katherin Jenkins has a Round Face

Katherin Jenkins

Hair styles for round faces, a dilemma even for celebrity hairdressers

Round faces are the most misunderstood and miss-diagnosed of all face shapes. I’ll bet about 75% of you reading this post, who think you have a round face . . . don’t. That’s about the percentage of women who get it wrong in my class, Finding the Right Hairstyle for You!

“I’m ROUND!!!” is how the disappointed woman will announce her perceived round face shape. It is said, in such a way, as if having a round face shape is a failure of sorts. How did round face shapes get such a bad rap? (I think because it is wrongly equated with being overweight.) Round face shapes can be the most exquisite and lovely faces of all. Women will quickly misdiagnose their round face shape, after a small weight gain, say, or after a long winter of indulging in a multitude of sins. But, a small weight gain usually won’t change an oval face shape to a round face shape. Bone structure is the most important factor in the geometry that makes up our visual face shape.

A weight gain though is all too quick to stare us back in the mirror, everywhere, including on our faces . . . Yikes! So, it’s easy to understand how this kind of misnomer happens. In our own critics eye, we may indeed look more round, when in truth, the weight gain has just made the face shape a fuller oval, heart, rectangle or whatever face shape we’ve had since puberty.

Not many women have truly a round bone structure. A round face is a perfectly symmetrical shape after all. The characteristics that go into making a face appear round are, rounded jaw line, widest part of the face being at the cheeks and ears, a face that is close to being as wide as it is high.

The underlying bone structure may allow for fuller looking cheeks. Also, if the eyes are big and round, this adds to the illusion of looking like more of a round face. I am certain some round faces can be the most exquisite and lovely faces of all, there are many gorgeous celebrities with round face shapes. There just aren’t many people who have round face shapes. Another reason is that a round face shape alludes softness . . . and here’s the proof!

Isabella Rossellini has a round face shape

Isabella Rossellini

Drew Barrymore has a Round Face

Drew Barrymore

Geena Davis has a Round Face

Geena Davis

So, what are the best hairstyles for round faces? Keep these basic hair design principals in mind:


  • Hairstyles with fullness and height at the crown
  • Soft waves
  • Off center parts
  • Asymmetrical hairstyles
  • Short hairstyles, swept off the face
  • Hairstyles that are longer or shorter than chin length
  • By layering the top to achieve fullness and keeping the rest of the cut relatively close to the face, your face shape will appear longer and narrower
  • Wispy, partial bangs work well and sometimes a short fringy bang


  • Chin length hair with rounded lines, that mirrors the rounded faces circular shape
  • Center parts – which can make the face look too round
  • Straight hair – which looks severe
  • Straight full bangs
  • Fullness at side of ears
  • A rounded haircut ending at the chin will certainly add weight to round faces. Because the widest part of your face is at the cheeks and ears, you need to avoid having the fullness of the cut here as it will make your face appear wider.

Check out for yourself the famous round face celebrities listed here by doing a Google image search and see what hairstyles celebrities are wearing and have worn. (Keep note in your search what hairstyles works and what doesn’t work for round faces.)

  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Christina Ricci
  • Geena Davis
  • Kelly Osborne

Even though their face shape can change from, smiling to not smiling and from different camera angles, these are celebrities with round face shape bone structure.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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