Round faces are characterised by a full chin with wide cheek bones and round hairline.

Pic - Nancy Rao

Round faces are characterised by a full chin with wide cheek bones and round hairline.

 
 
 
 

Round Faces

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Round faces are at their widest at the cheeks with a full chin and round hairline at the forehead. The oval face is considered the perfect shape, so we always try to create that illusion when giving advice about face shape. Try some of these hair tips to help create the illusion of the perfect face shape with your hairstyle for the round shaped face:

  • With a round face the idea is to slim it down at the sides by changing the cut.
  • You can do this by keeping the sides close to your face and going for height on the top which will lengthen the appearance of the face at the same time.
  • Hair brought forwards onto the face in soft wisps is flattering with shorter styles. Try your hair cut above the chin with shorter layers at the front.
  • Avoid full fringes, as they will make the face look smaller and rounder. Don't forget to take natural texture and your facial features into account.

This look from Mark Woolley Uk may be a bit extreme for most of you but it would work to narrow and lengthen a round face!

This look from Mark Woolley Uk may be a bit extreme for most of you but it would work to narrow and lengthen a round face!

  • Avoid looks that are very rounded especially at chin length. Centre partings and croping your hair too close to the face will also not work for you.

This look from Anthony Nader @ Raw Hair in Sydney may look good here but is a great example of what not to do on a round face shape.

This look from Anthony Nader @ Raw Hair in Sydney may look good here but is a great example of what not to do on a round face shape.

  • Book, or drop in at your favorite or local salon and get a consultation. These are free of charge and will give you some great ideas that you can have a think about. If you have a decent printer, you can also print out some of our images and take them with you to see what the hairdresser thinks. Hairdressers really appreciate this as it gives them a starting point to say "yes, we can try this but your own hair is more wavy so will look more like this" for example. If you can't find pictures of what you want, take along a picture to show them what you don't want! We know this sounds strange but in the hands of an expert it will be obvious as to what you will like.

When talking to a hairdresser about a new cut, check out our section making sure your hairdresser understands what you want for tips. It can make a big difference to be able to tell your hairdresser exactly what you want.

 

 

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