The Best Short Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes

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Which Short Cuts Work Best on a Round Face?

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

Read any magazine or Web feature about face shapes and you'll quickly learn The First Commandment: *Thou Shalt Not Wear Short Hair if Thou Hast a Round Face.

Well ladies, this gallery proves that some commandments are meant to be broken.

Witness actress Jennifer Lawrence, pictured here. Lawrence has a round face and looks gorgeous in her wavy long bob. This cut works on her because in the first picture she wears her hair parted in middle so it falls like a curtain hiding the roundness of her face. It also just plain looks good on her.

The most flattering hairstyles for a round face shapes are ones that works with your hair texture while giving you the appearance of having a perfectly oval-shaped face.

Some things to consider:

  • Typically If you have a round face, your best cuts will fall a few inches below the chin and longer. But these galleries show that's simply not always the case.
  • 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.
  • You typically want to 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.  Note that Lawrence's cut here falls a couple inches below her chin (if blow-dried straight).
  • 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.

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*Pardon my poor Biblical translation.

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Why Not Go Edgy, It Will Look Great on You

Pink the singer. Getty Images

Every time I see a platinum pompadour in New York City I fall in love with it. There's something so edgy and cool about the long, side-swept bangs that can teased and swept back or blown-dried to they fall across the forehead like Pink's does in the picture on the right.

A hot hairstyle trend that is leftover from 2013, carried over into 2014  is the pompadour, also known as the quiff or the "fauxhawk." This hairstyle -- which usually features shaved sides and a puffy teased top that reminds me of a rooster's comb -- has become the cool hairstyle of choice for singers Miley Cyrus and Pink as well as a host of other celebrities.

Who can wear this look? Anyone with guts, really. This cut is more about attitude than your face shape, according to stylist Matt Fugate to the Glo website. This cut works best on coarse, thick hair. Fine hair will just fall flat without the help of a ton of styling product. A good stylist is adept at funky hairstyles and knows to follow the shape of your head rather than just your face shape when cutting a short, edgy style.

This is such a cool look and one that uniquely fits a woman with a round face because the pompadour worn up and back adds height and worn down adds angles.

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Would You Look Good in Short Hair?

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Florence Henderson. Getty: Steve Granitz (l) and Jon Kopaloff (r)

The great news is almost everyone can get away with a short hairstyle. Some styles work better with certain face shapes and hair textures. For example, your haircut should give you the illusion of having an oval face shape. So if you have a round face you'll want to elongate it, just as someone with a square face, would want to soften their jawline and someone with a long face (me! me!) would want to make their face appear wider.

I love this look on Florence Henderson because it's not dowdy, flatters her face shape and brings attention to her beautiful eyes (which look to me to be done, but I don't judge).

In my article, How to Tell if You'd Look Good With Short Hair, I share 9 tips to find your best short hairstyles. Don't miss my "Sharpie tip."

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The 6 Hottest Short Hairstyles Right Now

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

So now that you're interested in short hair and you know that you can wear short hair and it will flatter your round face, which short hairstyle should you choose?

This year's hottest short hairstyles are edgier and more modern than in years past. Stylish looks include long bangs with shorter sides, mussy shags and long bobs and even the pompadour, which some of the hottest celebrities of today are pulling off. You'll see examples of all these trends in this photo gallery.

If you're thinking about making the short hair plunge or just changing up your hairstyle, you may consider one of the 6 hottest short hair trends of the moment.

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Some Rules are Meant to be Broken

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

Typically, this is considered not a good style on a round face, but as you can see here, it is flattering on this woman's face. So many times I've heard stories of a woman who wants a certain haircut but a stylist won't give it to her because it's not supposed to be flattering to her face shape. She has to search around to find someone  This is proof rules are made to be broken.

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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Yes, You Can Wear a Bob, But Aim for a Long Bob

Taraji P. Henson. Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty

I am usually of the opinion that round faces aren't well-suited to bobs because a round face can look rounder with hair cut to the chin, encasing the head like a helmet. But you'll see an example of a wonderful classic bob on Cameron Diaz later in this slideshow that challenges this theory. Diaz has a round face and looks great in her bob, which sadly, she didn't keep for long.

Your safest best for a bob is to keep your bob longer than the chin, as actress Taraji P. Henson does in this picture. The good news is that long bobs have been popular for years and remain popular.

Pair your long bob with side-swept bangs, which create angles on your round face and you are guaranteed to look great.

More on this look:

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Who Says Women With Round Faces Can't Wear Their Short Hair Curly?

Camren Bicondova
Camren Bicondova. Cindy Ord for Getty Images

When you have super curly hair you usually don't want to go short. Short hair can frizz up on you more easily than long hair and you run the risk of major pouffy hair. The longer your hair, the more your curls will weigh hair down.

That said, the right haircut can work on curly hair. I mean, just check out this ADORABLE hairstyle on Camren Bicondova. She can pull it off and perfectly. But fair warning: not everyone can get away with this hairstyle. You have to carry it well. That means styling it so it's not frizzy, wearing makeup so you don't look dowdy and dressing stylishly so you don't appear to have just woken up with a headful of unruly curls and threw just anything on.

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The Best Pixies on a Round Face

Tai Beauchamp
Tai Beauchamp. Araya Diaz for Getty Images

In my slideshow of The Year's Top 20 Hairstyle Trends, I share a ton of gorgeous hairstyles of all lengths and textures. The good news is almost every trend will work a round face shape, you just have to get the right cut.

For example, the pixie 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 Tau Beauchamp's pixie here is absolutely gorgeous on her round face. She's able to wear the top sticking up a bit, which is edgy and cool and flattering at the same time.

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The Shag Hairstyle is a Great Option for a Round Face


Search for "shag hairstyles" on the Internet, and you'll find a lot of dated, rocker girl hairstyles with too many layers -- mullet hairstyles gone bad.

The modern shag hairstyle is mussy, with choppy ends and the right amount of layering.  

The beauty in the shag hairstyle is that it flatters all face shapes. To get that mussy, choppy look, you'll want to use a salt spray (try my homemade recipe) or texturizing spray and scrunch hair as it dries.

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Another Great Edgy Hairstyle: Very En Trend for 2015

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato. Getty Images: Taylor Hill (l), Gregg DeGuire (r)

It takes guts to get an edgy haircut like Demi Lovato's here, but short, edgy cuts are one of the year's hottest short hairstyle trends. They aren't going anywhere.

As you will see from this photo gallery of cool, edgy cuts, the right cut can be very, very cool -- and even sophisticated.

Whether you're seeking a cut that's sexy or funky or sweet, there are many, many cuts available to you. To find out what short cuts look best on you, I suggest checking out:

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A Perfect Long Bob

Model Jourdan Dunn. Samir Hussein for Getty Images

Long bobs are a gorgeous, safe bet when it comes to short hair and a round face. The length helps make a round face appear thinner, especially when hair is parted down the middle. Remember, the 'curtain effect' is so important. Hair that falls like a curtain on either side of the face slims it.

By the way, I realize this model, Jourdan Dunn, does not have a round face, but I LOVE her hair so much and it's just so perfect I had to include it.

Don't miss my gallery of gorgeous long bobs and you'll love the Best Bob Hairstyles by Face Shape.

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Another Example of a Great Pixie Haircut

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

While many pixies are traditionally short all over, the modern pixie tends to be choppy and texturized with longer bangs that give you a ton of styling options, like this one Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

The pixie works best on:

  1. Women with thick, naturally wavy hair.
  2. It looks good on straight hair, too, as long as it's not too fine.
  3. If you do have fine hair and want a pixie, you may need lots of product to add body.
  4. Women with heart-shaped, square and oval faces look best in a pixie. 
  5. It's a good cut for women with round faces, too, just make sure to keep the bangs long and style them forward as Cuoco-Sweeting does or up to create the illusion of length.

See a photo gallery of pixie hairstyles.

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So What to Do When You Have Wavy Hair? Embrace it!

Betty Who
Betty Who. Getty Images: (L) by Monica Schipper and (R) by Larry Marano

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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Try the "Graduated Bob"

Yolanda Foster. Frederick M. Brown for Getty Images

I told you the bob was king (queen?) and it is. The graduated bob is one of the most popular versions. It is shorter in the back and longer in the front. Ask for the front to hit at least a couple inches below the chin.

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A Great Look for Older Women

Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew. Getty: Alberto E. Rodriguez (l) and Frazer Harrison (r)

While it's a beauty myth that women over 55 must wear their hair short, the real marker for whether you should be wearing your hair short is whether it would be flattering to your face shape and hair texture.

In this photo gallery, The Best Short Hairstyles for Older Women, I feature my all-time favorite short hairstyles including bobs, edgy cuts, shags, pixie hairstyles and other random and gorgeous short haircuts. Some of them are on famous women, others are not. You'll learn which cuts look best on your face shape and with your hair texture and you'll get inspired by hairstyles featured on older women. Hey, the Internet doesn't have enough content for mature women, but I sure do!

I love this hairstyle on actress Kate Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) because it adds height to the top and sides of her head. Just lovely.


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Another Great Long Bob

Tori Spelling. Jason Merritt

 Stay away from the classic bob, which can look like a helmet on a round face. The long bob is universally flattering on all face shapes. The cut gives a round face angles and structure, which balance out soft lines. The length (2 inches or more below the chin) is the key to this cut. You want to elongate your face and keeping hair a bit longer draws the eye downward.

Some tips:

  • Get long layers cut in to add texture.
  • Cutting hair at an angle along the line of the jaw to make this cut less boring and more modern.

More on face shapes:

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The Graduated Hairstyle

Mary J Blige. Frazer Harrison for Getty

Graduated cuts, where the back is much shorter than the front, are perfect for round face because they allow the front to be a bit longer -- always a more flattering option on a round face.

Note, the gorgeous sweeping bang here on singer Mary J. Blige.

More on face shapes:

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Babylights on an Edgy Cut: Delicous

Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough. Amanda Edwards for Getty imges

This is a great cut for a round face because of its long, side-swept bangs, which, if you've been following along, you'll know are good for creating angles to balance out the roundness.

But what I love most about this hairstyle is the color. It's a hot new trend called babylights. Babylights are delicate blonde highlights that are painted on in the balayage manner (as opposed to foil highlights). They are meant to give hair color dimension -- much like a blonde kid's hair at the end of summer -- and look as natural as possible.

Learn more about this hair color trend here and then find out about bangs and round faces in Best Bangs by Face Shape.

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20 Celebrities Who Share Your Round Face Shape

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

If you have a round face you are in great company, because so do these 20 famous celebrities. It's always a good idea to know what celebrities share your face shape and hair texture because what looks good on them might look good on you.

Once you know what celebrity shares your face, you can be on the lookout for their hairstyles as they change over the month and years to get a good idea of how you might change your own look. Always consider hair texture, however, because your curly hairstyle won't look the same in a style as a celebrity's naturally straight hair.

Don't miss 20 Celebrities With Round Faces

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Can You Get Away With This Super-Short Hairstyle?

Toni Braxton. Paras Griffin for Getty Images

The rulebooks on face shapes say a woman with a round face would never look good in this cut. Well, that's just not true, because Toni Braxton has a round face and she looks AWESOME.

The key to this cut is in the neck. If you have a short neck, it's not going to look as good as it would on women with long, elegant necks.

More on face shapes:

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Ginnifer Goodwin's Perfect Pixie

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin. Getty Images left by Michael Buckner, right by Frederick M. Brown

If you've followed this slideshow, you know by now that pixie hairstyles are super flattering on round faces (Ginnifer Goodwin, pictured here, has a round face). Pixie hair is becoming more and more popular as more celebrities get their hair cut into this boyish-yet-still-feminine-style.

“The softness of a sweeping side bang and the wispy hair in front of the ear work together to frame the eyes,” says stylist Rodney Cutler in Glamour magazine.

The pixie may seem like a wash-and-go type of haircut, and it is. However, you will need trims every five to six weeks. This cut is also best for women without kinky, curly hair, says Cutler.

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

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Size Matters When It Comes to a Pixie

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Pixie haircuts that hug the skull look great on some women, but not everyone. This cut works best on women with long, elegant necks, like Kris Jenner.

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.

Petite, thin women also look great in this cut (think "Amelie"). Tall women can pull off this cut (think Charlize Theron, Jamie Lee Curtis and Audrey Hepburn, who was surprisingly very tall for her day). If you are tall and have a boyish figure, you could look like a pinhead with a pixie cut. If you're carrying extra weight and have a small skull, the pixie might not be right for you either. You need more body up top to balance out your body below the neck.

Get inspired with these galleries:

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A Great Cut on Evan Rachel Wood

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

I love this cut on Evan Rachel Wood.

Find out what short hairstyle work on other face shapes including oval, long, square and heart-shaped in my article Short Hairstyles for Women: Which Cuts Would Suit You Best?

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Which Short Styles Work With Your Hair Texture?

Alicia Quarles. Larry Busacca // Getty Images

Almost every woman (with very few exceptions) can wear short hair. The secret is finding the right cut for their face shape and hair texture. Here, I'll help you figure out which hairstyles suit you best.Here are a few tips to consider when it comes to short hair and hair texture:

  • If you have straight, fine hair, you're in luck. A short hairstyle will be easy for you to maintain with little fuss. Invest in a good volumizer so your hair doesn't fall flat.
  • If you have wavy hair, you may require a blowdryer and flat iron on occasion, but many short styles look amazing naturally wavy (including the pixie!).
  • Coarse or curly hair? Reconsider your quest for short hair. Curly hair tends to frizz up when cut short and it can make hair too triangular. Coarse hair needs length to weigh it down. Try to stay a couple inches lower than the jaw.

See 10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Hair Texture.

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Why Your Body Type Matters in Picking a Hairstyle

Charlize Theron. Jason Merritt for Getty

If you're blessed with great shoulders, a nice jawline and a long neck, a short haircut will be flattering on you. If you have a short neck, a double chin or wide shoulders, you're better off with a hairstyle that falls at least an inch below the chin. The long bob trend is hugely popular now and hits right at this perfect point.

When you get your hair cut, point out your best features to your stylist and don't be afraid to mention the ones you'd like to play down or camouflage. For example, I don't love my big IMAX forehead so I like to get blunt bangs or side-swept bangs when I get my hair cut. I do love my neck, which is long, and my jawline, so a bob works great on me.

Learn more in How to Tell if You'd Look Good With Short Hair

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Super Short and Boyish

Rose McGowan. Valerie Macon for Getty Images

This is a really cute boyish haircut on Rose McGowan. But would it work for you? I'll help you figure out the best short hairstyle for you in How to Tell if You'd Look Good With Short Hair.

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A Lovely Version of the Classic Bob Hairstyle

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

This is a classic bob hairstyle that actually works on a round face. Read more about bobs:

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The Mussy, Unstructured Bob

Cameron Diaz. Pascal Le Segretain // Getty

Cameron Diaz is proof rules are meant to be broken. Usually classic bobs that hit right at the chin don't look good on round face shapes, but this particular bob looks fantastic on Cameron Diaz, who has a natural round face. 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.

Read more about Diaz's short hairstyle, which she had for awhile in 2012. Turns out she was so traumatized by her cut, she burst into tears.

The bob is a classic hairstyle that never goes out of style but this season's bob is mussy and unstructured and has a bit of edge to it. These tousled bobs all seem to end at the chin or just below it. Add in blunt bangs or fringe for a really edgy look.

So who can wear the bob?

  • Anyone with a nice jawline and neck will look good in a bob.
  • If you have a round face, a longer bob is typically a better option for you.
  • As for hair texture, bobs work best on thin to medium hair. I usually recommend women with super coarse or curly hair stay away from short cuts because curly hair tends to pouf out on you, but this gallery of short curly hairstyles proves the right short cut can work well on curly hair.

See a photo gallery of today's hottest bob hairstyles and find out which short hairstyles work best on round face shapes

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Are You Shampooing Your Hair Correctly? Bet Not.

Michelle Williams. Photos: left by Michael Buckner/Getty Images, right by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

If you really want great-looking hair, you should learn to shampoo your hair properly. It turns out most of us break many shampooing rules when we step into the shower. We don't wet our hair enough, we don't focus enough attention on our scalps and we don't rinse out our conditioner.

Learning how to shampoo my hair correctly literally changed my life. My hair has never been shinier and silkier. Find out more in 9 Mistakes People Make When Shampooing Their Hair.

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Another Great Pompadour

A model walks the runway at the Tuba Ergin show during MBFWI presented by American Express Fall/Winter 2014 on March 10, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for IMG

If you have a round face and are considering other lengths, not just short, don't miss my most popular gallery of all time:

Flattering Haircuts for Round Face Shapes