Having a round face doesn't have to be hard work when it comes to choosing a hairstyle
You’re not alone if you’re searching for the perfect hairstyles for round faces. The good news is there’s a whole host of celebrities who have mastered the art of balancing a good hairstyle with a round face shape, waiting to inspire you.
Round faces are characterised by a softer jaw line and equal dimensions; the widest point of your face is the middle and your face is as long as it is wide (a face that’s longer than it is wide needs is an oval faces). Compare your face shape with the celebrities below if you’re still not sure.
So, what are the key things you should bear in mind when choosing a hairstyle for this face shape?
‘Stay away from a bob or cut that is all one length, advises award winning hair stylist, salon owner and natural hair expert Charlotte Mensah. ‘Instead, opt for layers that will give definition and more structure visually.’
Another key point to remember is to choose a style that will lengthen your face – ‘Elongate round face shapes by creating soft layering just below the jawline, keeping the shape square throughout,’ says Sam Burnett, KMS Global Style Council Member and Owner and Creative Director at Hare & Bone.
Keep reading for the best haircuts for round faces that 2020 has to offer (and take them straight to your next salon appointment).
Which celebrities have round faces?
A few famous (round-shaped) faces include…
- Emma Stone
- Chrissy Teigen
- Selena Gomez
- Gigi Hadid
- Lupita Nyong’o
- Gabrielle Union
- Janelle Monáe
- Gemma Chan
- Priyanka Chopra
Short hairstyles for round faces
You may have previously written off all hairstyles for short hair out of fear that it will accentuate the roundness of your face. In actual fact, you can really work a short hairstyle with a bit of expert advice (and celebrity proof).
‘If a bob is your choice of style, go a few inches longer than a traditional bob to balance the roundness of the face,’ advises Sam. ‘By creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape [of your face] – round faces should opt for square layers.’
For hair that’s kinky and coily, ‘the tapered, natural hair is perfect for women who want a short style with options,’ Charlotte adds.
Celebrity inspiration: Miranda Kerr, Selena Gomez and Emma Stone
Medium length hairstyles for round faces
If you’re after a middle length hairstyle, the good news is that your choice is a pretty simple one. ‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well. Think fuller, blunt styles with no layering,’ Sam says. Browsing these hairstyles for medium-length hair is sure to inspire you ahead of your next trip to the salon.
Celebrity inspiraton: Chrissy Teigen
Long hairstyles for round faces
When it comes to hairstyles for long hair that also suit round faces, there’s a lot of choice to work with. Long and sleek styles with a soft side part work well, as does added volume and texture past the chin to elongate your face.
Celebrity inspiration: Priyanka Chopra, Kate Upton and Gemma Chan
Hairstyles for round faces with thick hair
The hairstyles for thick hair don’t have to be difficult – in fact, the added volume will make a round face seem less spherical with a few longer layers. When it comes to celebrities with round faces, Kate Upton is one of the stars of thick, long hair, as is Priyanka Chopra.
Celebrity inspiration: Kate Upton and Priyanka Chopra
Hairstyles for round faces with thin hair
When it comes to adding oomph to fine hair, lots of layers are your friend – but don’t overdo it. ‘If you have fine hair keep layers longer, as over-layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ Sam explains.
These hairstyles for fine hair are all the proof you need that fine hair and a round face can look great.
Celebrity inspriaton: Keira Knightley
Hairstyles for round faces with bangs
‘This face shape suits layered fringes,’ Charlotte tells us. A textured full fringe adds lift, while layered side fringes can help to contour the roundness of your face. Blunt fringes with harsh edges are a big no-no – think feathered and sweeping à la Cameron Diaz. Side fringes like Chrissy Teigen and Emma Stone work beautifully too.
Celebrity inspiration: Selena Gomez and Emma Stone
Hairstyles for round faces with curly hair
The good thing about curls, whether natural or tonged, is they naturally lift the appearance your hair and can help to elongate your face shape. Grab your best curling wands to create your own. Or celebrate your natural curls, coils and or kinks.
Celebrity inspiration: Kate Upton, Miranda Kerr and Kirsten Dunst
Hairstyles for round faces and big foreheads
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To take attention away from a larger forehead with a round face, follow Charlotte’s above advice on layered bangs or add soft layers around the face for added texture and depth. But chances are it’s only you that notices this about yourself!
Scroll through our go-to guide of celebrities with the perfect hairstyles for their found faces below. And, to ensure you get the most out of your facial features, read our handy guides on how to contour for your face shape and eyebrow shapes for your face shape next.
The possibilities for updos are endless, and they really complement a round face shape, as seen here on Janelle Monáe at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards.
If you have naturally kinky or very coily hair, you can embrace that texture like Lupita Nyong'o's style here.
Sometimes only an updo will, err, do, perfectly demonstrated by Gigi Hadid.
Grab your straighteners and go full throttle on the sleekness.
Round faces look great with all of the hair pulled away from a face, with or without the addition of a centre parting, as it elongates the face. Priyanka Chopra is no stranger to an elegant updo.
Tonging a medium or shorter length style channels vintage Hollywood glamour, a style Emma Stone knows well. Her side fringe lessens the round appearance of her face shape.
As round faces don't have strong angles, the softness of the shape looks great with sleek and shiny hair pushed back from the face. (PS – doesn't Mindy look great here?)
Layering can help to elongate a rounder face shape, as seen here on Vanessa Hudgens.