Dos and Don’ts: Hair for a Round Face


Hair Styles for Round Faces and Curly Hair!

Joy asks;

I’m not sure why it is so hard to find hair styles for round faces but, I need help! I have curly hair and a round face shape and not much time for styling my hair. I will smooth my hair occasionally, but would like to find some quick and easy hairstyles that will work for me. What recommendations can you give me?


Finding hair styles for round faces is a problem ONLY if you haven’t found a talented hairdresser who is passionate about the their craft!  Unfortunately, there are too many hairdressers out there who we call, ‘cookie cutters,’ who just put in their hours behind the chair and don’t really give a rip.  Find a great hairdresser, who loves what they do and your problems will be solved!

Part of the difficulty in finding hair styles is that you’re round face shape is less common than other face shapes! We don’t see that many models, or celebrities, on covers of magazines, with round face shapes to copy.  But, don’t confuse that with the idea that round face shapes are less attractive than other face shapes . . . on the contrary (we hear that all the time.) These celebrities show how stunning round face shapes can look with the right shaped haircut.

So, here is a quick rundown of my suggestions of ‘what to wear and what NOT to wear’

Go Towards:

  • Layered hairstyles
  • Long layered haircuts
  • Short haircuts that are kept closer at the sides and fuller on top
  • Medium length haircuts with a diamond shape, height, width and taper
  • Short haircuts and medium haircuts with an asymmetrical shape
  • Off center parts
  • Zigzag parts
  • Shag haircuts

What to Avoid:

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

These easy hairstyles allow you to wear your natural curl or smooth it into different shapes that also are flattering for your face!  Long hair makes for quick hairstyles when twisted into updos, ponies, buns or braids or by adding accessories like scarves, clips and headbands!


Round face shape Ginnifer Goodwin

Julia Stiles Blond Medium Length Curly Hairstyle

Salma Hayek in black long hairstyles with loose curls

First and foremost, when looking for hair styles for round faces be diligent about finding the right hairdresser!  A talented hairdresser will know the shapes of haircuts that suit your hair type, face shape and lifestyle issues . . . it all comes down to that!

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

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