Having a round face doesn't have to be hard work when it comes to choosing a hairstyle
Searching for the perfect hairstyles for round faces? You’re not alone, and the good news is there’s a whole host of celebrities who have mastered the art of balancing their hairstyle with a round face shape.
Round faces are characterised by a softer jawline and equal dimensions; the widest point of your face is the very middle and your face is about as long as it is wide (a face that’s longer than it is wide is oval). Compare your face shape with some of the celebrities below if you’re still not sure.
Award-winning hair stylist and salon owner Charlotte Mensah advises that rounder faces: ‘stay away from a bob or cut that is all one length. Instead, opt for layers that will give definition and more structure visually.’
Certain styles will also appear to lengthen your face. ‘You can 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.
Which celebrities have round faces?
A few famous (round-shaped) faces include…
- Emma Stone
- Chrissy Teigen
- Selena Gomez
- Gigi Hadid
- 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.’
‘Tapered natural hair is perfect for women who want a short style with options,’ Charlotte adds.
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.
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.
Hairstyles for round faces with thick hair
Hairstyles for thick hair don’t have to be a difficult ball game – 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.
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 be a winning combination.
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.
Hairstyles for round faces with curly hair
The good thing about curls, whether natural or tonged, is they lift the appearance of your hair and can even help to elongate your face shape. Grab your best curling wand to create your own, or celebrate your natural coils, curls and waves.
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.
Grab your straighteners and go full throttle on the sleekness.
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.
Gabrielle Union's cool asymmetric bob is giving us life, really complementing her face shape.
The added height on Euphoria star Zendaya's elegant updo really elongates her face shape.
If you have naturally kinky or very coily hair, you can embrace that texture like Lupita Nyong'o's style here.
Chrissy Teigen's blunt long bob is considered her signature style, styled here in the perfect mermaid waves.
We are obsessed with Sarah Hyland's thick, sixties-inspired bob.
Dakota Fanning is an excellent example of beachy Cali girl hair.
Cynthia Eviro's short cropped bleached style suits her down to a tee.
Selena Gomez knows how to work a sleek updo, whether a ponytail, bun or more intricate creation.
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.
Miley Cyrus loves a mullet but she's also previously sported this shaggy, layered cut, which we love.
Completely swept away from her face, we love Mila Kunis's loosely curled blow dry.
Layering can help to elongate a rounder face shape, as seen here on Vanessa Hudgens.
Sometimes only an updo will, err, do, perfectly demonstrated by Gigi Hadid.
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.
A thick and choppy bob always gets a yes from us, and Pretty Little Liars' star Lucy Hale's is 10/10.
A heavily side parted style can really compliment a round face shape, as seen on Miranda Kerr.
You can make an updo even more flattering with some loose pieces, like Netflix star Lana Condor.
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?)
Another strong case for the side parting and glamorous blow dry served up by And Just Like That's Charlotte York.
We are big fans of Jennifer Lawrence's lived-in boho chic updo.
It's hard to notice anything other than Meg's epic eye make-up here, but we also love her detailed updo.
Billie Eilish has proven she can suit just about any hair colour, but we particularly loved her thick and choppy layered bob.
You can't go wrong with loose long waves; it's a classic, just like Olivia Munn.
Few things can beat a glossy Hollywood wave like Amy Adams' hair here.
Michelle Williams' smooth waved blunt bob is a thing to behold.
Choppy fringes are great, and here's proof from Kaley Cuoco that they look super chic in and updo, too.
A heavy side parting is both elegant and a little bit edgy.
With its feathered ends Kaia Gerber's choppy jaw length bob suits her perfectly.