Women with round faces, like myself, know how frustrating it can be to try to lengthen and flatter them. Round faces are easy to identify with some simple measures vertically and horizontally across the face. Others have discovered their face just by outlining their reflection in a mirror. If you're struggling to frame that round face with the right haircut, many beauty experts have worked out the answers for you. Give these cuts and styles a try for yourself to cancel out some of the roundness of your full face.
Do You Have a Round Face?As mentioned above, determining your face shape is sometimes as easy as looking at it and drawing a circle. To be totally sure, you can measure across the top of your cheekbones and then from the center of your forehead to your chin. If your face is about as wide as it is long, it's round. You may also have fullness at or just below your cheekbones, a wide hairline, a less-pronounced chin, and a neck that seems short. Celebrities like Kelly Clarkson and Michelle Williams have round face shapes.
The Perfect Hair?As the experts at She Knows claim, there is no perfect hairstyle or length for a round face. There are lots of different options to choose from and the right one for you will depend heavily on your hair's texture and weight. Some recommended styles work better for other types of hair than others. To find your personal ideal look, you may have to try out a few first.
General Looks to TryRound faces can usually by offset by some of the most basic styles and cuts. Generally speaking, you'll want to look for some of these features in your next face-flattering hairstyle:
- layered bangs (avoid straight or heavy bangs)
- short styles with volume to add height
- layered styles to add length
- a short style that keeps hair close to the face
- waves at the crown to add height (avoid curls at the cheeks, which add width)
- a very long style with layers and bangs to add a slender look to the face and neck
Expert Styles for Round FacesLots of celebrities with round faces have been trying and succeeding at flattering them with signature hairstyles. Style experts consulted by Allure magazine decoded some of these looks so you can get them for yourself:
- Steal Lauren Conrad's flattering look by asking for loose, face-framing layers that begin just below your chin. Add some waves with a curling iron for a relaxed, lengthening look.
- Nicole Richie's feathery, angled bangs are a great way to break up a round face. Ask for longer bangs (just above the eyelashes) that stretch from cheekbone to cheekbone and angle downward about 3/4 of an inch on either side.
- Go short with a cut like Adele's collarbone-length 'do to balance your round face. Keep the ends wavy and full of volume to draw attention away from the fullness of cheekbones. Hot rollers work wonders on this one-length style.
- To go super short, try out a flattering tapered pixie cut like Ginnifer Goodwin. Be sure to ask for a feathery, feminine cut like her piecey fringe with short, tapered sides for best results.
Using these guidelines, consult with your hair stylist to determine which option will work best with your own hair texture and weight.