The Best Hairstyles For Round Faces

Celeb-approved looks to flatter your face shape!
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Do you have full cheeks and a soft jawline? Congrats, you’re blessed with a round face. There’s a lot to love with your facial structure, like how you probably have a baby face, which makes you appear younger than you really are! The best thing you can do is to balance your rounded features with hairstyles and haircuts that add angles and shape to your look. Ahead, we show you the most flattering hairdos you can try for yourself.

Textured bob

Messy bobs are definitely here to stay! For the most flattering look, try tousled tresses that fall in front of your ears. It’s a surefire hack for elongating and slimming down your face. To achieve this, apply mousse on damp hair and dry your locks with a diffuser on cold air. Another way is to spritz your strands with sea salt spray and scrunching up the ends to score a beachy texture.

Hair tools: Curling rod, Blow dryer

Hair products: Sea salt spray, mousse, volumizing hairspray

Playful pixie

Don’t let a cropped ‘do intimidate you! There is a misconception that chubby cheeks and extremely short hair create a “Siopao” look. Michelle Williams clearly pulled it off! The key is to have lightweight pieces around your ears coupled with a side-swept fringe to lend definition to your face. The asymmetric appearance adds angles and emphasizes your cheekbones.

Hair tools: Blow dryer

Hair products: Mousse, pomade, matte hair wax

Curtain bangs



Long '70s-style center-parted bangs give the illusion of a slimmer face. Just ensure that the ends don’t hit the fullest part of your face, as this will make it look wider. Full disclosure: As easygoing as this fringe style looks, it calls for high-maintenance upkeep. You should visit your hairstylist to trim your wispy bangs every three weeks, and you may have to blow-dry your fringe every day to make sure they “fall” properly.

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Hair tools: Blow dryer

Hair products: Dry shampoo, silicone-free shampoo

Sleek and straight strands



This one is a classic cut, and is actually flattering for all face shapes, including yours! It might seem counterintuitive to sport super straight hair, but just check out how Selena’s hair actually makes her face slimmer. The face-framing layers sculpt the jawline, and downplay full cheeks.

Hair tools: Blow dryer, straightener

Hair products: Hairspray, shine serum

Side-swept bangs



A fringe style that flatters most face shapes but particularly works well with round faces, slanted bangs camouflage a wide forehead and lengthen the face.

Hair tools: Blow dryer

Hair products: Dry shampoo, silicone-free shampoo

Voluminous lob



Of course, the Lob has to be included in this list! It’s never left out for a reason. The neck-grazing layers slim down a wide face, which makes it a flattering ‘do for all face shapes. You can add layers for definition or leave it blunt for an edgy appeal. Another trick you can try is to add volume to the crown to balance your full features even more.

Hair tools: Blow dryer, curling iron

Hair product: Sea salt spray

Retro curls



Women with round faces are often told to stay away from styles that hit the chin, but it can be done! A deep side part plus dramatic curls not only give a sexy, mysterious quality—they also detract the eye from rounder features.

Hair tools: Blow dryer, large rollers, curling iron

Hair product: Hairspray

Grown-out bangs



Full bangs are another tricky style to master. Instead of a straight-across fringe, try curved, parted bangs that hit below the brows and get longer as you move out.

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Hair tools: Blow dryer

Hair product: Dry shampoo, silicone-free shampoo

Layers and bangs

Long layered locks and wispy bangs lift and define your cheekbones. It’s like your hair did the contouring for you! The soft face-framing layers create an illusion of a sharper, more V-shaped jawline. What makes this our favorite is that it’s low-maintenance. It will look good air-dried, sans the complicated hair styling products.

Hair tools: None

Hair product: Dry shampoo, Silicone-free shampoo, shine serum

Pinned back

This hairstyle lifts the cheekbones, and it creates an optical illusion that the face is slimmer. You can do this with straight, wavy, and curly hair. To cop this look, make a deep side part and clip the smaller section at the back—yes, it’s that easy!

Hair tools: Fine-toothed comb, smoothing brush

Hair product: Hairspray

Hair accessory: Hair pins

The Hun (Half-Bun)

Upgrade your half ponytail with a high bun. By pulling the front section up to a bun, you emphasize the cheekbones and the forehead, creating an illusion of a pointier chin and a slimmer face.

Hair tools: Fine-toothed comb, smoothing brush

Hair product: Hairspray

Hair accessories: Hair pins, hair tie

Deep side part

This simple hairstyle will expose your dainty personality! Use your brow’s arch as a reference point for the side part.

Hair tools: Rat tail comb, smoothing brush

Hair product: Hairspray

Hair accessories: Hair pins, barrettes

Half ponytail

An undone and effortless half ponytail is enough to complement and slim down your rounded features.

Hair tools: Hair brush

Hair accessories: Hair tie

Clipped back waves

When your hair is away from the face, your complexion looks brighter and your facial bone structure looks more pronounced. Like the half ponytail, clipped back waves balance a full face. This works for straight hair, too!

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Hair tools: Fine-toothed comb, smoothing brush

Hair product: Hairspray

Hair accessories: Hair pins, barrettes

Romantic updo

Soft tendrils and a loose chignon complement your baby-face features. Just make sure you have a bit of volume to offset a rounded jawline.

Hair tools: Rat tail comb, smoothing brush, curling iron

Hair product: Hairspray

Hair accessories: Hair pins, hair tie

High ponytail

A high ponytail acts like a facelift because it literally pulls up your whole face. Plus, it creates a fierce effect, making it perfect for glam occasions. It’s pretty easy to do: You just need to smooth out the kinks with a fine-toothed comb and hairspray, and a mighty hair tie to hold the hair up, and hairpins to keep the whole hairstyle clean and sleek.

Hair tools: Fine-toothed comb, smoothing brush, curling iron

Hair product: Hairspray

Hair accessories: Hair pins, hair tie

*This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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