Nothing’s cuter than a round-faced boy, but if you’re looking to roughen up your edges and lose a little of that softness, your hair is a great place to start. The objective of your haircut should be to lengthen your face and reduce the appearance of width. Thankfully, you can achieve this easily: all it takes is a little messiness and some savvy hair parting.
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Longer hair with a little volume will offset a circular facial shape. However, make sure that the volume is at the height rather than the sides, or you’ll look puffy all over. Ask your barber for some extra length at the top so that you can work with it
Now that you’ve got the length on top, rough it up a bit. Spikes are a great look for round-faced guys: run styling paste through slightly damp hair and mould upwards for extra volume and height. If you’re not crazy about the rocker look, you can still pull of some moderate spiking. Ask your barber to give you texture on top of your head, and emphasise it with a little styling product.
This trick is so easy that you don’t even need a new haircut. Simply run a finger through your hair when it’s damp to create a slightly imperfect side part. Parting your hair straight down the middle will emphasise a round face, and too-slick parts are like arrows pointing straight at your flaws. Part your hair on the side to break up the roundness.
Watch out for hairstyles with volume at the sides, unless you want to look like a clown. Also stay away from heavy fringe, which reduce the height of your face. Don’t cut your hair too short; close-cropped fuzz only emphasises a round face. And avoid getting a bowl cut—the roundest hairstyle there is.
If you’re the kind of guy who needs a role model, find inspiration for your haircut from other round-faced men like Elijah Wood, Jack Black and Gerard Butler.
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