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Haircuts for Round Face Shapes

A great cut is a powerful thing. Let your round face be your guide to the best look for you.

With full cheeks and a round chin that join together to form a circle, a sweet cherub-like quality defines the look of a round face shape. The best way to make your facial curves work to your advantage is to contrast with angular cuts and layers that skim the face.

“Layers are the best friend of a round face shape. There is so much you can do with layers to customize a look that works perfectly for you, to emphasize the contours of your face that could otherwise get lost in a sea of hair,” says Guido, YouBeauty Hair Advisor.

Getty ImagesSarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar

If you have straight or wavy hair
Since straight and wavy strands tend to fall right against the face, your hair will naturally take on the round shape of your head if you don’t cut layers into the shaft. Ideally, a side swept bang or shorter pieces should hit at the cheekbone to define the bone structure here, and then continue down in graduated layers to create structure and enhance movement. The one area where layers shouldn’t hit is at the chin, as strands will rest in a position that makes the face look distractingly rounder.

The easiest length to pull off is a longer look, as gravity will pull the hair to fall in a fuller position at the bottom that balances out your features. However, if you love short hair, angling a bob from short in the back to longer in the front so that strands hit further down on the neck will add a sleek decline. Another fun opportunity to play with angles is your part, which can be worn in a deep or even asymmetrical line for contrast.

Getty ImagesDebra Messing
Debra Messing

If you have curly hair
The thick volume of curly hair might intimidate you into thinking that the texture only makes your face look rounder, but the secret to achieving beautiful balance lies in the use of layers and the way in which you part your hair.

“The good thing about curls is that when the length is longer than the chin, you achieve a natural weight that does some of the work for you by pulling the hair down into a more elongating look,” says Guido.

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