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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;

    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?

    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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    1. Hello, I have have decided to make my appearence match my goals. I’m aiming for a classic look but artsy. I’m very big on my individuality but also my uniqueness. Everytime I go to a stylist and I say “I want something that will go with my face shape and personality thats medium maitnence.” They just look at me like what do you mean? I’m confused as to what I should choose? My hair tends to curl at the ends but it all curls in one direction either the left or the right no matter how much I try to tame it. What should I do? My eyebrows….I was wondering if there was some sort of rule or balance that goes with Hair compared to eyebrow shape? I’m very lost I’ve never truely cared for my appearence before but I’m trying to make a change and I need some direction. Please help me!

      Comment by Mehlda — July 7, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    2. I really am not impressed by articles like this that show us a bunch of pictures of almost every kind of style on people with narrow and oval faces – especially celebrities, when we are asking for help with round faces. If you had a round face, maybe you would take this question seriously, because you would know how challenging it is to find flattering styles. This was so generic it was not even helpful.

      Comment by Rena — August 8, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    3. Great article!
      Greetings from germany hairstylers!

      Comment by Royal Cuts — May 6, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

    4. Im looking for ahairstyle w/layers and side bangs.
      do u have any suggestoins, or were can i find pics?

      Comment by maree — February 28, 2009 @ 10:29 am

    5. T,
      More info on zig zag parting how to, go here;

      Try searching the site for any topic you are interested in . . . there are hundreds of articles here. But ask specifically if you can’t find.

      Hopes this helps!!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — December 18, 2008 @ 11:14 am

    6. how do i zig zag my part? im having trouble :/

      Comment by T — December 17, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

    7. my client wants to grow out her fine thin hair to shoulder length.
      she has somewhat of a protruding chin and nose in profile and her face is somewhat narrow.

      she is open to color suggestions. wants to be a blonde.

      How can I help her?

      Comment by pamela — November 7, 2008 @ 11:05 am

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