Hairstyles for Round Faces: The Most Flattering Cuts

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My Best Picks from Short Hair, Shoulder-Length Cuts, Long Hair & More

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Emma Stone shows off a great hairstyle for a round face. Jason Kempin // Getty Images

Many women with round faces want to camouflage the roundness, rather than highlight it. The secret to a great hairstyle on a round face is to create the illusion of length instead of roundness.

In this gallery, I'll highlight how to do this.

Keep in mind face shape isn't the only factor you should consider when opting for a new hairstyle. Your hair texture and personality are just as important. Find out why in 6 Things to Consider Before You Get a New Hairstyle.

This cut on Emma Stone (see a photo gallery of Stone's best hairstyles) works beautifully with her round face. Here's why it works:

  • Long hair is gorgeous on round faces because it lengthens the face. If you have a round face, your best cuts will fall a few inches below the chin and longer. Stone's cut skims her collarbone and "the ends aren't quite blunt or layered," says her hairstylist, Mara Roszak to Allure Magazine. Roszak snipped vertically into the bottom inch. See more long hairstyles for inspiration.
  • She has long, choppy layers. The shortest layer should never be above your earlobe and ideally should fall at your chin, like Stone's does, here. Too-short layers make a hairstyle appear dated and will add volume to the sides of the face, making it appear even rounder. You don't want that. Stone's layers are blended in so well that you can't tell there are layers. "I cut into the ends of each layer to make them all blend together," Roszak told Allure.
  • Long, side-swept bangs create angles on a round face. "We went for long bangs that hit around her cheekbone," says Roszak to Allure. "They angle down from there, which makes them fall nicely with the rest of her hair." Learn more about bangs and round faces in Best Bangs by Face Shape.
  • Gentle waves deflect the roundness of the face, so if you have natural wave in your hair (as most women do), allow your hair to do its natural "thing." Scrunch hair as it dries so it retains some of its wave or help along the wave by wrapping hair around the barrel of a large curling iron as Stone's stylist did here.

Stone's stylist Mara Roszak gave Allure Magazine detailed instructions on this hairstyle. Find out what she did in this article.

More on face shapes:

Find out how to measure your face to determine your true face shape. Not a round face? See other flattering haircuts for oval, long and square faces.

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Mila Kunis Hair: Long, Straight Hair is Very Flattering on a Round Face

Mila Kunis. Frederick M. Brown for Getty

Long hair always looks great on a round face and Mila Kunis proves it. Kunis has a round face and frequently wears her hair long and straight or wavy. This style is flattering on a round face because long hair creates the illusion of length in the face and the straight hair doesn't add body to the sides of the face. In fact, the curtain effect has a nice way of slimming a round face.

Also note her center part. "If you want to wear a center part, the way to make it work for a round face is to have hair a few inches past your shoulders with layers that hit at the jaw," says hairstyle Chris McMillan in Allure Magazine. "Ask your stylist to cut in a bit on the sides to create subtle angles."

Musts for this look:

  1. To get pin-straight hair, invest in a flat iron. And read this before you use it: How to Use a Flat Iron.
  2. Learning how to properly blow dry your hair can make a huge difference in your hair's appearance. See The Perfect Blowout -- How to Blow Dry Your Hair.

More on long hair:

  • My Favorite Long Hairstyle Photos
  • Famous Women With Enviable Long Hair

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Be Careful With Short Hair if You Have a Round Face

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Kirsten Dunst has a round face, but you wouldn't know if from the picture to the right. Images: left by Jason Kempin, right by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Kirsten Dunst has a naturally round face and both of these hairstyles work well on her, although I prefer the right, longer hairstyle on her. I feel it makes her round face appear less round.

Why the left hairstyle works on Dunst: Bobs are usually (not always) a no-no on round faces because they can accentuate the roundness of a face, but you can get away with a piece-y long bob, as Dunst does here. Make sure the bob hits at least a couple inches below the chin and make sure it's styled imprecisely. For inspiration, check out this photo gallery of long bob hairstyles.

Why the right hairstyle works on Dunst: Again, length is key. Long hair elongates a round face and the way the hair falls like a curtain, it hides some of the softness of Dunst's face. You have a million long hair options for your round face. See Long Hair: My Favorite Long Hairstyle Photos for ideas that fit your hair texture.

Not all short haircuts look bad on round faces. Read on for ones that do...

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Amazing Hair on a Round Face

Pop singer Sofia Reyes attends the 4th Annual People en Espanol Festival at Jacob Javitz Center on October 18, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic

Most women have some natural wave in their hair. If you have a round face, such as pop singer Sofia Reyes, pictured here, let your natural waves out and add more in with a curling iron.

Here are some tips:

  1. Wash hair.
  2. Apply a salt spray and comb it through hair. I like Bumble and Bumble spray or you can make your own. See How to Make Salt Spray.
  3. Let hair air dry. As it's drying, take your hair into your palm and squeeze it. This allows your natural wave to come out. so natural waves come out.

Once hair is dried, you can play with your hair, twisting it and pinning it back or creating little braids on the sides and pinning them back.

To get these perfect waves, you'll want to curl them around the barrel of a curling iron, leaving the ends out. Start by winding hair away from the face.

More on wavy hair:

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Which Short Hairstyles Work on a Round Face?

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Cameron Diaz shows off a great hairstyle for a round face. Tim Whitby // Getty Images

Cameron Diaz is proof rules are meant to be broken. Usually bobs and short cuts in general don't look good on round face shapes, but this particular bob looks fantastic on Cameron Diaz, who has a natural round face. Why? Her side-swept bangs add angles to her hairstyle and her hair is very straight so it doesn't add width to the sides of her head. Note the absolutely gorgeous blonde hair color she has here. Trust me, it's not natural.

But going short isn't for the faint of heart. Diaz revealed in early 2012 on the Jay Leno Show that she wasn't very happy with her short bob when she first got it. Turns out it was much shorter than she expected.

"I just burst into tears and started crying, and I felt so vulnerable," Diaz told Leno. Apparently, Diaz was so upset, she yelled, which made her stylist cry. "I ended up writing her a few emails after, the next couple days, assuring her I wasn't going to kill her," Diaz said.

Diaz wore her hair short for about a year before she began growing it out.

Get the full scoop on The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes.

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Short Haircuts Can Be Tricky on a Round Face

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Actress Ginnifer Goodwin shows off a great hairstyle for a round face. Getty Images left by Michael Buckner, right by Frederick M. Brown

Short haircuts are tricky on round faces because many short cuts add width to the sides of the face -- a no-no for round faces. Avoid jaw-length bobs if you have a round face, especially if you were also blessed with a short neck. Any blunt cut at the chin will accentuate roundness.

If you opt for short hair, make sure you have layers cut in, as Ginnifer Goodwin does with this edgy short haircut.

Why this look on Goodwin (a classic round face) works:

The longer bangs actually add definition to Goodwin's gorgeous delicate features.

You never want short hair to fall flat against the sides of the head. Goodwin's hair here has a lot of layers cut in, which is a must for a round face.

Don't miss: Pixie Hair: 20 Amazing Pixie Hairstyles

Must-have products for short hair:
1. Bumble and Bumble's Thickening Spray (buy from Amazon)
2. Big Sexy Hair Flip it Over (buy from Amazon)
3. A styling gel to keep down flyaways and hold hair in place. Try Philip B styling gel. (buy from Amazon)
4. A fabulous pomade. InStyle Magazine named Bumble and Bumble Sumotech the best pomade on the market. It holds hair in place without making it sticky or stiff. (buy from Amazon)

More on short hairstyles:

  • Short Hair: The 6 Hottest Trends
  • The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes
  • How to Tell if You'd Look Good With Short Hair

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Long Hair Worn Down Like a Curtain Framing the Face

Model SungHee Kim. Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Long hair worn down like a curtain framing the face is flattering on round face shapes because the hair camouflages the roundness of the face.

Some Asian women, particularly those of Korean descent, have round faces. See my Photo Gallery of Asian Hairstyles for some amazing hairstyle inspiration from some of today's hottest bloggers, models and "It Girls."

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How to Wear Your Hair in an Updo

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Kate Upton with a round face. Getty Images

Women with round faces can wear updos to formal events and this trendy look on model Kate Upton the left is a great option for a classic updo. Note how pulling the bangs up high creates the illusion that Upton -- a natural round face -- has a more elongated face.

The look on the left is a great example of another gorgeous hairstyle on a round face. Here, Upton wears her blonde hair long and wavy, which is a gorgeous look for women with rounded features. The long hair also elongates her round face. I wish I could wear my hair long, but long hair on a long face just doesn't work well.

  • See more updos for formal events
  • See more long, wavy hairstyles

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Shoulder-Length Hairstyles Are Very Flattering

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Olivia Munn shows off a great hairstyle for a round face. Frazer Harrison // Getty Images

Shoulder-length hairstyles are universally flattering on all face shapes. This casual style looks great on actress (and naturally round-faced) Olivia Munn.

The last thing you want to do if you have a round face is add fullness to the sides of your head. If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, cut in layers to weigh it down and make sure to grow it a couple inches or more below your chin.

More on this hairstyle:

  • Shoulder Length Hair: The 20 Hottest Hairstyles
  • Why This Haircut Looks Great on Everyone
  • Why Your Face Shape May Not Matter

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How to Make Curly Hair Work on a Round Face

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Myleen Klass shows off a great hairstyle for a round face. Chris Jackson // Getty Images

Curls works great with round faces as long as the curl begins below the lips. Again, you don't want to add width to the sides of the face.

If you have curly hair, grow hair so that when it's dry it is longer than your chin. Cut in layers so it doesn't get fluffy and you don't end up with a "triangle" look where the ends poof out like a Christmas tree.

I recommend looking for a stylist who specializes in cutting curly hair (curly hair is great when cut dried, so the stylist can see where the curls naturally fall). The stylist may need to thin out your hair to tame the fullness. You may also consider straightening your hair or taming your curls into waves with the help of relaxers and curling irons.

See more long, curly hairstyles for inspiration.

More on curly hair:

  • 10 secrets to styling curly hair
  • Best products for naturally curly hair
  • Frizzy hair fixes: 7 rules to live by
  • 19 amazing curly hairstyles

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Shoulder-Length Hair: A Great Look for a Round Face Shape

Adele. Kevin Mazur for Getty

I love this look on Adele. Shoulder-length hair is flattering on all face shapes because it's not too long and it's not too short.

See more shoulder-length hairstyles

More on face shapes:

  • See more flattering hairstyles for round face shapes
  • 20 Celebrities With Round Faces
  • Best Short Hairstyles by Face Shape
  • Best Bangs by Face Shape
  • Flattering Haircuts by Face Shape
  • Wear glasses? Find out which frames flatter your square face shape in Best Glasses for Your Face Shape.

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3 Lengths, 5 Months, One Round Face

Elise Neal in 3 hairstyles. Getty: David Livingston, David Livingston, Rachel Murray

This is Elise Neal sporting 3 diferent hair lengths in 5 months. And all are flattering to her round face. What's nice about blac hair and weaves is that you can change it up every few months, providing you have the money. Weaves are expensive.

More:

  • Black Hair: The Year's Top Trends
  • The Different Types of Weaves

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The Bad & The Good: What Does (and Does Not) Work on a Round Face

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Acrtress Amber Tamblyn shows off a bad and a good haircut for a round face. Getty Images

I hate to call actress Amber Tamblyn out for a bad hairstyle because she is just so cool, but this updo on her to the left simply does not flatter her round face shape. In fact, it makes her face appear even rounder. You can wear updos if you have a round face, just make sure there's some lift at the top. I have examples of great updos throughout this gallery, so keep clicking and reading.

Tamblyn looks great on the left. Her long hair is curled into waves and the look is super flattering. Note how her hair curls away from her face.

Want to find out which celebrities share your round face shape? See my new gallery of 20 Celebrities With Round Faces.

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An Upswept Updo & a Center Part: 2 Great Looks on a Round Face

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Scarlett Johansson in 2 great hairstyles. Getty Images

Here are examples of 2 gorgeous looks on actress Scarlett Johansson's natural round face.

The updo on the left looks great on her because her bangs are upswept, creating the illusion of a longer face. On the right, the middle part flatters her round face. Just make sure your long hair has layers in it, otherwise the cut will look dated (think 70s hippie).

More on face shapes:

  • More flattering hairstyles for round face shapes
  • 20 Celebrities With Round Faces
  • Best Short Hairstyles by Face Shape
  • Best Bangs by Face Shape
  • Flattering Haircuts by Face Shape
  • Wear glasses? Find out which frames flatter your square face shape in Best Glasses for Your Face Shape.

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Long Hair, Round Faces: Which Long Hairstyles Work on Round Faces?

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Mandy Moore in a shag. Frazer Harrison for Getty Images

"A round face looks really good with an uneven cut, meaning a mix of lengths," says hairstylist Chris McMillan in Allure Magazine.

This shag hairstyle on Mandy Moore (a natural round face) is adorable. Shags are great cuts for round faces. Just make sure they fall longer than the chin.

See 19 amazing shag hairstyles.

More hairstyles:

  • How to create the wavy hair pictured here
  • The most flattering cut on everyone (almost)
  • How to give yourself a professional blowout

Want to find out which celebrities share your round face shape? See my new gallery of 20 Celebrities With Round Faces.

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Two Great Cuts on a Round Face

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Emma Stone with long hair (left) and short hair (right). Getty Images

Emma Stone (see a photo gallery of Stone's best hairstyles) has a naturally round face and here she is shown in 2 different hairstyles with one thing in common: side-swept bangs. The bangs bring the eye over and down, creating the appearance of angles on what is otherwise a soft, rounded face.

Side-swept bangs look best when they hit at the cheekbone on a woman with a round face. 

More on bangs:

  • 20 Great Hairstyles Featuring Bangs
  • How to Trim Your Own Bangs & Save $$$ at the Salon
  • Are You Guilty of "Bubble Bangs?" Find Out The Right Way to Blow Dry Bangs
  • A Round-up of Awesome Bangs

  • See 20 Photos of Gorgeous Side-Swept Bangs

Get the scoop on what other bangs work on round faces in Best Bangs by Face Shape.

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Got a Round Face? Let Your Natural Waves Out

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Jenna Ushkowitz shows off a great hairstyle for a round face. Michael Buckner // Getty Images

Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz, pictured here, pairs bangs with curls. The result is gorgeous.

More on wavy hair:

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Do Pixie Haircuts Look Good on Round Faces?

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Alicia Quarles shows off a great hairstyle for a round face. Larry Busacca // Getty Images

Not all pixie hairstyles will look great on a round face shape (ones too cropped to the head like a cap can accentuate roundness), but this one on Alicia Quarles works beautifully because it adds lift at the top of the head, elongating a round face.

"All those little pieces help emphasize the cheekbones and eyes; it's almost as if you build in cheekbones with this cut," says stylist Jimmy Paul in Allure Magazine.

More on this look:

  • See more pixie hairstyles
  • The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes

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What Type of Bangs Work Best on a Round Face?

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Katherine McPhee's is perfect for her round face shape. Lester Cohen for Getty Images

The bangs here on actress Katherine McPhee (who has a natural round face) perfectly complement her feminine, delicate features. The key to the right bangs on a round face is the cut. InStyle magazine suggests you ask for a "graphic, curved shape...and be sure bangs are thick." You'll notice that McPhee's bangs here are shorter in the middle and longer on the sides. Learn more in Best Bangs by Face Shape.

One great fact about being a round face shape is women with your face shape tend to age well, according to celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Tony Youn on MSNBC. He had this to say about round face shapes, "Women with rounder faces, typically are much slower to show their age than women with longer faces, since they tend to retain the fullness and softness of youth."

Find out which celebrities share your round face shape? See my new gallery of 20 Celebrities With Round Faces.

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Celebrities with Round Faces: The Good and the Bad

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Kate Bosworth looks great in her hairstyle. Stella McCartney? Not so much. Tim Whitby // Getty Images

Both Kate Bosworth and Stella McCartney (pictured here) are celebrities with classic round faces. However, Kate models a great hairstyle for her face shape. Her soft waves complement her face, whereas McCartney's hard ponytail only manages to show off all her facial flaws. Few women can get away with wearing their hair slicked back into a ponytail.

See more long, wavy hairstyles

More on face shapes:

  • 20 Celebrities With Round Faces
  • Best Short Hairstyles by Face Shape
  • Best Bangs by Face Shape
  • Flattering Haircuts by Face Shape
  • Wear glasses? Find out which frames flatter your square face shape in Best Glasses for Your Face Shape.

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Got Curls & a Round Face? How to Flaunt Your Ringlets

Actress Keri Russell at the premiere of Disney's 'Bedtime Stories' December 18, 2008. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images

If you have a round face and curly hair, it's best not to cut hair chin-length because it accentuates the roundness. This cut is just long enough, but would look even better on a round face if allowed to grow out a few inches. Keri Russell's curls have been tamed here, her natural hair is much curlier. If you have a round face, tame curls by wrapping hair around a large-barreled curling iron. This creates bigger curls, rather than the small spirals.

Find out the secrets behind styling curly hair in 10 Secrets to Styling Natural Curls.

More on face shapes:

  • See 15 more flattering hairstyles for round face shapes
  • 20 Celebrities With Round Faces
  • Best Short Hairstyles by Face Shape
  • Best Bangs by Face Shape
  • Flattering Haircuts by Face Shape
  • Wear glasses? Find out which frames flatter your square face shape in Best Glasses for Your Face Shape.

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You Can't Go Wrong With a Classic Long Bob

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Sunny Mabrey. Tibrina Hobson for Getty

Bob hairstyles are universally beloved, but the classic bob that hits at the chin won't look as good on a round face as a long bob, like the one pictured here on actress Sunny Mabrey.

A straight cut that falls at the jawline or above it can actually accentuate roundness, whereas the uber-popular "long bob" is usually an inch or 2 longer than the jawline and flatters a round face because of the length. This cut works beautifully on Mabrey's round face because it almost hits at her shoulders. I've seen other, shorter cuts on her, that accentuate her round face.

The lesson here? Grow your bob longer.

The long bob is perfect for round faces because it works on all hair textures, from straight and fine to wavy. Even women with thick, coarse hair can wear a long bob.

What's more, it's The Hottest Hairstyle of the Moment. So many celebrities are chopping off their long hair into a long bob. See 16 such examples in my new gallery, 16 Celebs Who Went From Long to a Long Bob.

How to Wear the Long Bob

This is an extremely versatile haircut. You can wear it straight and flat-ironed and it's great for wash-and-go girls because it air dries well. And even if you don't have natural waves, you can create them with a curling iron. Find out how in my article, How to Create 'Beachy' Waves.

For a more modern bob, make sure the back of the cut is shorter than the front and the ends have texture and are wispy. Texture and an angle add interest to what can be an otherwise boring style.

More on this look:

  • The Long Bob Hairstyle Trend is Still Hot, Hot, Hot 
  • 16 Celebs Who Went From Long to a Long Bob
  • The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes

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Kelly Osbourne's Punk Cut

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Kelly Osbourne's lilac purple mohawk. FilmMagic and WireImage for Getty Images

I absolutely love this lilac pompadour on Kelly Osbourne. The cut is incredible dramatic and attention-getting but can be worn in a several different ways. And it works beautifully with Osbourne's natural round face because it adds a ton of volume to the top of her head. Someone with a long face like me would look like Mrs. Potato Head in such a style. Long, skinny faces have no business adding volume up, we need to add volume out. Remember, it's all about creating the allusion that we all have a perfect oval face.

So who can get away with a punk cut? The key here lies in your personality and your hair texture. You've got to have a bit of edge in your dress and in your personality to pull off a funky cut, otherwise you can look like a woman with a really bad haircut. As for hair texture, if you see a cut you like, you should consider if your hair texture can handle it. Fine hair will fall flat without some products and curly hair will pouf up if cut too straight. Consult with a stylist before you commit to a funky cut.

More on this look:

  • A Gallery of Fabulous Super-short, Edgy Haircuts
  • The Hot Pompadour Trend: Is the "Fake Hawk" for You?
  • The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes

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Maria Menounos's Gorgeous Braid

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This is a gorgeous hairstyle for a round face shape. Maria Menounos wears her thick, coarse, long hair in a braid that runs up and over her head. This look is trendy and gorgeous and would look great on a round face because the braid up top adds volume to the top of the head. What's more: braids are not just for kids. You can wear them well into your 30s and even 40s. I've even seen some braids on older women that are absolutely gorgeous. (See more photos of braided hair).

Hair texture is just as important as face shape when it comes to choosing a hair cut or style. Each one of us can classify our hair into one or more hair texture types: Dry, coarse, curly, wavy, straight, fine, stringy, limp, oily. If you have thin, stringy hair that tends to fall flat, your hair will look fuller the shorter it is.

Coarse, curly girls need to weigh hair down with length: The shorter you go, the higher the frizz and fluff factor. Same thing with bangs. If you have curly, coarse hair, bangs are an invitation to frizziness. Straight hair can fall flat, but cutting in layers adds body. And no matter your hair type, damaged hair never looks good. Cut it off.

Learn more in How to Choose the Perfect Haircut for Your Hair Texture & Face Shape and 10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Hair Texture.

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Another Edgy Look Worn 2 Ways

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Pink the singer. Getty Images

The singer Pink always has the edgiest haircuts. Her haircut here would work beautifully on an edgy woman with a round face. The pictures were taken just weeks apart, so you can see how the style can be worn 2 ways (and actually more).

Don't miss:

  • A Gallery of Fabulous Super-short, Edgy Haircuts
  • The Hot Pompadour Trend: Is the "Fake Hawk" for You?
  • The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes

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Kris Jenner's Edgy Pixie

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The pixie is one of the hottest hairstyles of the moment. It's so popular, it made my list of the Year's 20 Most Popular Hairstyles. The pixie flatters most face shapes, works with almost all hair textures and better yet, it looks great on women of all ages, whether you're 15 or 80.

Here, Kris Jenner (a natural round face) wears a pixie hairstyle. Note the angles on the cut, some pixies that fall to flat to the head can look like a helmet. The secret to a pixie cut is to get volume via volumizing mousses and sprays and make sure your stylist cuts in long bangs that you can wear swept to the side. And don't be afraid to add body to the top of the head -- your goal is to create the allusion of height.

Before you jump on the pixie bandwagon, ask yourself:

  • What is your personality like, do you like attention? If you are the sort who hides behind her hair or hates attention, think twice before hitting the salon.
  • Are you ready for a big change? If you hate your pixie, it may take months or even years to grow back, so keep this in mind before you get the chop-chop.
  • Do you mind salon visits? If you are lazy or hate going to the salon, a pixie might not be for you. It's one of the most high maintenance cuts. You'll need a trim every 4-6 weeks to keep your hair looking fresh.

See Jenner in her younger years in my gallery of Bruce Jenner's Transformation: Photos of Him Over the Years. She's always worn her hair in a pixie, it seems.

More:

  • 11 Things Older Women Should Know About Hair
  • The Best Short Hairstyles for Older Women
  • Best Hairstyles for Women Over 50
  • The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes

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Long Straight Hair

Liu Wen. Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Burberry

This is a gorgeous, yet simple hairstyle on women with naturally thick, yet straight hair.

See my Photo Gallery of Asian Hairstyles for more amazing hairstyles from today's hottest bloggers, models and "It Girls."

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Heidi Klum's Middle Part is Perfect for a Round face

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Here, Heidi Klum parts her hair in the middle, which is an excellent option for women with round faces. This allows the hair to fall in a curtain on either side of the face, in effect "hiding" the roundness of the face. Klum also has long layers cut in with the shortest layer hitting at her jawline. This gives the allusion of angles, which is good on a round face.

Don't miss: Best Bangs by Face Shapes and How to Find the Part in Your Hair.

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Dakota Fanning's Middle Part

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Here is another example of a long hairstyle parted down the middle. Note how the hair falls like a curtain on the sides of actress Dakota Fanning's face. This hairstyle visually thins out Fanning's naturally round face, giving her the appearance of having an oval face.

See How to Find the Part in Your Hair to get this look right.

More fun hair stuff:

  • 9 Mistakes People Make When Shampooing Their Hair
  • Hair Color: The Year's 8 Hottest Trends
  • What's the Difference Between Balayage and Foils?

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Kirsten Dunst Wears Side-swept Bangs and Long Hair

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If you have straight hair and a round face, consider these styles on actress Kirsten Dunst (a natural round face). The long, side-swept bangs add angles to round features and the long length actually creates the allusion that Dunst's face is not round. 

More on this look:

  • Note her gorgeous highlights. If you have a great base (dirty blonde hair is the perfect base, according to my stylist at Eva Scrivo Salon in NYC), consider balayage highlights.
  •  See more long hairstyles for women with naturally straight hair for other cuts that would look great on your face shape.

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Carla Zampatti's Long Bob is Perfect on Her Round Face

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Carla Zampatti. Getty Images

This long bob on fashion designer Carla Zampatti is one of my favorites because it defies age. Zampatti's hair is thick, has a beautiful sheen and color and is a very flattering on her round  face shape.

As I've said earlier in this slideshow, round faces are not usually well-suited to bobs. A round face can look rounder with hair cut to the chin, encasing the head like a helmet. The better bob option for a round face is the long bob such as this one with long, side-swept bangs.

Why this style works:

  • Side-swept bangs add angles to otherwise soft features.
  • Lack of body. You don't want too add width to the sides of the head when you have a round face.
  • She has a long neck. Women with short necks need length to elongate their necks. You don't want a bob to hit right at the jaw when you have a short, thick neck.

See The Best Short Haircuts for Face Shapes to see what other short cuts work on a round face. Not everyone should worry about her face shape, find out if you should in Does Your Face Shape Really Matter?

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Mariella Frostrup's Long Bob

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I am a fan of embracing your hair texture, otherwise you will be a slave to styling tools, like a curling iron if you have straight hair and want to be wavy or a flat iron if you have wavy or curly hair and want to be straight.

This funky, edgy cut seen here on Betty Who, an Australian singer-songwriter, is perfect for women with hair with some natural wave in it.

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Kate Upton's Va-Va-Va-Voom 'Do

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Kate Upton. Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty Images

I had to include another picture of model Kate Upton because wow, she is the perfect example of a woman with a round face who wears great hairstyles. Here, she styles her long hair (likely so thick thanks to hair extensions) perfectly for her round face. Her hair is backcombed and teased so it's full on top of her head and cascades thickly down her back. Also note the long layers cut into her hair.

There is no better way to add body to the top of your head than with teasing. Learn how to do it in my article, How to Tease Your Hair.

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Gabrielle Union

Actress Gabrielle Union attends the The Paley Center For Media hosts a tribute to African-American achievements in television at Cipriani Wall Street on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

I love this hairstyle on women with round face shapes. Get long layers cut in and create the waves with the barrel of a curling iron. Don't add too much volume or it will accentuate the roundness of your face.

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Why Waves are Better Than Curls

Mila Kunis. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

In this gallery, I feature hairstyle that will slim a round face shape including short cuts, long one and shoulder-length bobs and shags.

The long waves on actress Mila Kunis, pictured here, are flattering to a round face because they visually elongate a long face, which is a great thing. Waves are better on a round face than curls, which makes a round face seem even wider. If you have curly hair, ask your stylist to remove some of the volume. You can also try to grow it out. The longer curly hair is, the more the curls are weighed down.

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Charlize Theron: A Classic Round Face

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Charlize Theron. Getty: Mike Marsland, Steve Granitz, Jason Merritt

Here are 3 flattering haircuts on Charlize Theron. Theron has a natural round baby face. You would never know it because she chooses flattering cuts which elongate her face. But when she wears her hair in a bun or ponytail, you can see that her face is round.

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A Great Pixie

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Michelle Williams pixie haircut. Chelsea Lauren (l) and Frazer Harrison (r) for Getty Images

Almost every trend will work a round face shape, you just have to get the right cut. The same rule applies to short hair. Typically short hair is not advised on a round face, but in some cases it can be gorgeous. See The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes.

The pixie, for example, typically doesn't flatter a round face, but if you can elongate the face by wearing short bangs sticking up or grown down in a side-sweep, then the pixie can be gorgeous. Note that Michelle Williams's pixie here is absolutely gorgeous on her round face. 

Don't miss: Pixie Hair: 20 Amazing Pixie Hairstyles for more examples.

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Straight Hair? Consider a Shoulder-Length Cut

Emma Stone shag hairstyle. Steve Granitz for Getty Images

 Love this cut on Emma Stone.

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Long, Straight Hair With Just a Bit of Curl

Kevin Winter // Getty Images

Here, actress Kristin Chenoweth (another classic round face), shows off a great hairstyle for women with round faces. Long, straight hair with just a bit of wave in it looks great on a round face.

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A Classic Bob

Bianca Spender. Lisa Maree Williams // Getty Images

This is a gorgeous hairstyle on women with round faces of all ages. The layers are perfect and the color is gorgeous.

See more long hairstyles for women with naturally straight hair

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This Chin-length Bob on Alice Eve is Perfect for a Round Face

Valerie Macon. Valerie Macon // Getty Images

This haircut would look flattering on any face shape. The long, side-swept bangs are particularly flattering and the fact that this cut lays flat to the head means it adds little volume to the sides of the face. This is a great cut if you have naturally straight, thin hair.

See The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes.

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One Round Face, 3 Different Styles

Actress Stef Dawson. Getty: Paul Archuleta, Mike Pont, Ben Gabbe

Wavy hair is gorgeous worn long. Here are 3 different ways to style long, wavy hair.

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Side Part and Super Long Bangs

Actress Sarah Hyland attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Getty: Photo by John Shearer/WireImage

Your best bet for bangs are super long and side-swept. This draws the eye across and down and creates angles on a face that lacks them.

Find out how to get perfect beachy waves from the guy most famous for them, Ahn Co Tran in my article, The Secret to Perfect Tousled Hair.

 

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How to Wear a Middle Part

Singer Caroline Vreeland wears all Rochas, Fendi sunglasses and a Barbara Bui bag on day 2 during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 30, 2015 in London, England. Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Middle parts are very trendy at the moment. They work well on a round face as long as the hair is longer than the chin. The hair becomes a curtain, hiding some of the roundness on the sides, making the face look thinner.

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Add Some color

Actress Katie Cleary attends the 2nd Annual Light Up The Night White Party at Mr. C Beverly Hills on September 26, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Getty: Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

There is no reason to have boring brown hair. Not when there are so many amazing options available these days. If you have brown hair that you feel is blah, you are doing something wrong. I saw so many gorgeous brunette shades on the red carpet, I had to include many of them here just in case you have brown hair and are looking to liven it up.

Here, is a gorgeous example of brown hair that's anything but boring.

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Yes, You Can Wear a Classic 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. Photo by Alfie Goodrich/Getty Images

This type of hairstyle is usually a no-no for round faces, but I think this cut works on her. This is proof that some rules are meant to be broken.

See my Photo Gallery of Asian Hairstyles for more amazing hairstyle inspiration from today's hottest bloggers, models and "It Girls."

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Let Your Curls Start Below the Chin

Thandie Newton. Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

If you have a round face and curly hair, it's best not to cut hair chin-length because it accentuates the roundness. Let the curls start below the chin.

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Older Women and Hair

Angela Rippon in gray hair and colored hair. Getty Images

Many older women wear their hair short. But if you have a round face, it's important you choose a hairstyle that's flattering on you.

Don't miss Short Hairstyles: 30 Great Styles on Older Women for more tips.

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Add Height, Not Width

Kiersey Clemons. Getty Images: Jim Spellman

See The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes.

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Long With Just a Bit of Wave

Amanda Bynes. Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Amanda Bynes has a classic round face and this hairstyle is super flattering on it. If you have straight-but-thick hair, this is a great hairstyle that's super easy to style if you aren't high-maintenance. You could even add in side-swept bangs or more layers for an even more styled look.

Note her gorgeous highlights. If you have a great base (dirty blonde hair is the perfect base, according to my stylist at Eva Scrivo Salon in NYC), consider baliage highlights.

See more long hairstyles for women with naturally straight hair.

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A Great Funky Cut on Chelsea Kane

Chelsea Kane. Jon Kopaloff for Getty

I love this hairstyle on this round face.

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Next: See 20 Celebrities With Round Faces

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Liked this gallery? There's more!

See Flattering Hairstyles for Round Faces: Gallery 2.

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