The Worst Hairstyles for Round Faces

Written by holly smith | 13/05/2017
The Worst Hairstyles for Round Faces
Those with a round face generally have a softer chin line. (woman's face image by Jarek Miarka from

If your face is as wide as it is long, you have a face that is considered round shaped. Celebrities with round faces include Ginnifer Goodwin, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci and Drew Barrymore. While certain hairstyles can give the illusion of a less round face, other hairstyles emphasise the round shape and can make your cheeks look fuller.

Layers of the Wrong Length

The Worst Hairstyles for Round Faces
Style hair so it lays flat in the cheek area to minimise wideness. (straightening hair image by Horticulture from

Layers can be very flattering for a round face, but only if they are cut at the correct length. Those with round faces should avoid layers that fall above or right at the jaw line as this will make the face appear wider. If you have a round face and want layers, request long layers and articulate that you want the shortest layer cut below your chin.

Blunt Bangs

The Worst Hairstyles for Round Faces
Sweeping fringe to the side is simple but can elongate a round face. (girl holding hair image by Wendy Hotalling from

Thick and heavy fringe emphasise a round face. The additional bulk works against attempts to elongate a round face. If you do have a round face and want to wear fringe, consider wispy, side-swept fringe. This style of fringe brings attention to your cheekbones and creates the illusion of angles on a round face.

Tight Curls

The Worst Hairstyles for Round Faces
To achieve soft waves use a curling iron or 1-inch curlers. (curlers image by Lily Forman from

The additional volume that comes with tight ringlets only accentuates the roundness in your face. Tight curls tend to add bulk in the cheek area, which is exactly what you want to avoid. While tight curls are not flattering for a round face, loose curls and beachy waves can be attractive. Style the waves so they are not bulky in the check or chin area, and instead add volume to the crown of your head. Adding volume at the crown creates height and length, and this elongates your face.

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