16 Short Hairstyles to Flatter a Round Face

Updated 05/09/19
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The Best Short Cuts for a Round Face

Jennifer Lawrence with short hair
Jennifer Lawrence. Getty images: Mike Marsland and Stuart C. Wilson

Quite often, you'll hear beauty advice that says women with round faces should not wear their hair short. That's simply not true. You can wear short hair no matter the shape of your face, you just want to make sure to find the right haircut.

The most flattering hairstyles for round face shapes are ones that work with your hair texture while giving you the appearance of having a more oval-shaped face. This can be done at any short length, whether it's a pixie or a bob.

The key is to find elements in the style that slim and elongate your face. This can be done with the angles of side-swept bangs, parting a bob down the middle to create a slimming curtain of hair, or by adding volume in the right places.

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Gorgeous Options for Round Faces

Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson. Getty Images: Tim P. Whitby and Jason Kempin

In no way does having a round face limit the short hairstyles you can wear. Whether it's a pixie with lots of long layers or curly chin-length bob, many of today's hottest hair trends can look fabulous on you.

When selecting your next cut, there are a few things to consider.

  • Typically, your best cuts are at least a few inches below the chin and longer. There are exceptions to this, however, so it's not a hard and fast rule.
  • Many short haircuts add width to the sides of the face. Try to keep the volume to a minimum along the sides and add it to the top of your head or go longer.
  • You typically want to avoid jaw-length bobs, especially if you have a short neck. Any blunt cut at the chin will accentuate the roundness, so going a little longer is ideal.
  • Gentle waves deflect the roundness of the face as well, so you may want to play up your natural waves. You can do this by scrunching your hair as it dries. If you want to boost it, wrap your hair around the barrel of a large curling iron.
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The Modern Pixie

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. Jeff Vespa for Getty Images

Pixies are the shortest hairstyles. They are very versatile and a good match for most women, no matter their hair texture, body shape, and personality. This style is traditionally short all over, but the modern pixie tends to be choppy and texturized with longer bangs that give you a ton of styling options.

The pixie is a good cut for women with round faces, too. Consider adding some long bangs that are styled forward or up to create the illusion of length.

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Pixies for All Ages

florence henderson short blonde hair
Florence Henderson. Getty: Steve Granitz (l) and Jon Kopaloff (r)

The pixie works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair. It looks good on straight hair, too, as long as it's not too fine. If you do have fine hair and want a pixie, you may need to use more styling product to add body.

The beauty of the pixie is that it defies age. It's a style that works on women of any age and it's very popular for women over 50. The one thing to consider is that you will need to get it trimmed every four to six weeks to keep it looking great.

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A Hot Pixie

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Pixies are a fabulous choice for black hair as well. If you have straight hair, the layers your stylist cuts into it can really show off your face and personality. This one is lovely because it's not overly styled, so you still get hints of natural hair.

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Short and Spiky

Tai Beauchamp
Tai Beauchamp. Araya Diaz for Getty Images

If you're thinking of going really short, the pixie can still work with a round face. The secret here is to add volume on top. It will make your face look longer and, by having almost no hair on the side, your face will appear to have more of an oval shape

The easiest way to add volume to a pixie is to have your stylist cut lots of choppy layers. You can choose to style it into spikes or lay it down. Either can give you a nice volume with the right styling products.

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Sleek, Sexy Curls

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According to the beauty rulebooks, this style should not work on a round face. It's one that proves that rules are meant to be broken because it's absolutely amazing.

The curl ​adds volume on top and, because the forehead is bare and the side is closely cropped, her face looks long and elegant. A long, elegant neck really helps out as well.

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The Graduated Hairstyle

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Graduated cuts, in which the back is much shorter than the front, are perfect for round face. A style like this adds dimension and interest, almost like a curtain that is instantly slimming to the cheek area. 

What really makes this cut work is the elegant bangs that sweep to one side while the other side is closely cropped. It's elegant from every angle and can work with your natural hair color or a bold one. African American women can add even more interest by leaving a bit of your natural hair color ​peeking out underneath the layers.

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A Sexy Cut

Evan Rachel Wood's short hair
Evan Rachel Wood. Getty Images: Jon Kopaloff (l) and Gregg DeGuire (r)

With a round face, you really cannot go wrong with long bangs on one side. Leave them almost as long as your hair's length and the look can be absolutely stunning. This one left the opposite side a little long, so it offers more styling possibilities. Pull it out from behind the ear and you have a gorgeous short bob.

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Short and Curly

Camren Bicondova
Camren Bicondova. Cindy Ord for Getty Images

Another rule that's meant to be broken is the one that says curly hair should not be cut short. With the right cut, like this super short bob, it can be adorable and sexy at the same time. To pull it off, you'll need lots of layers to reduce the volume. Also, it helps when the bob is cut above the chin because it accents the jawline.

If you choose to cut your curls this short, be prepared to put some work into styling it. You'll want to get some tips from your stylist for taming unruly curls and be ready to get noticed for your bounce.

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Thick and Lovely

Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan. Getty Images: Stuart C. Wilson (l) and Ray Tamarra (r)

Thick hair offers many possibilities, even if you cut it short. What it offers is endless volume and, with some natural wave, you can enjoy styling it in a variety of ways. Whether you want to go with a more classic upsweep or with a bold, modern look, you can pull it off with long layers.

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The Shag Hairstyle


Shag hairstyles are a great trend for any woman who doesn't want to go too short. This one is much shorter than most and it cuts a few inches off the typical long bob length. It also has wonderful dimension, with long layers piled high and choppy ends that get much shorter in the back.

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Break-The-Rules Bob

A guest, detail, is seen wearing a thrift-store jacket during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week TOKYO 2015 A/W at Shibuya Hikarie on March 20, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
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Typically, it would not be recommended to wear a chin-length bob like this when you have a round face. However, it is very flattering, especially for Asian women.

Since it's a sleeker bob with little volume along the sides, it downplays the roundness of the face. The thick bangs add to the face-framing appeal, allowing all of your attention to be drawn straight to her delicate features.

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A Classic Bob Hairstyle

Maura West
Maura West. Getty Images: Tommaso Boddi and JB Lacroix

With thin hair that doesn't have much volume, the classic bob is lovely. All of the hair is cut to one length, though this one is best just below the ear and above the chin.

This is a style that you can change up just by switching your part. Part it off to the side and let some of it drape your forehead or part it down the middle for a slimming frame on the face. It also looks great if you prefer the more casual mussy style and can be very nice with natural waves.

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The Long Bobs

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For a round face, the long bob is an excellent choice. It's neither too long nor too short and the length gives you some hair to play with for different styles.

Try to keep your bob below your chin and almost to your shoulders. Pair it with side-swept bangs, which create angles on a round face, and you are guaranteed to look great.

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The Graduated Bob

Yolanda Foster
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The graduated bob is another great option. It retains that below-the-chin length but cuts the back a little shorter. This adds dimension and movement to the hair.

Bobs of this length can work for any hair texture as well. It looks just as pretty with straight hair as it does with natural waves.

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