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If you’ve ever wished your round face was just a little less round, the ever-rising popularity of contouring has likely served you well. The ability to alter the appearance of your face shape with a bit of makeup is nothing to turn your cheek to—it’s practically magic. Of course, there are other options out there. Besides makeup, the way you cut or curl your hair could aid in changing how you look. The appearance of round faces can be slimmed and lengthened with the help of the right hairstyle. We’ve found six hairstyles that are perfect for round faces. Pick your favorite hairstyle for round faces below.
Before you start chopping your locks, be positive that your face is really round. Round faces have a shape that’s surely circular, with full cheeks and a soft jawline. Still not so sure? Get crafty with a mirror and a dry erase marker. Stand in front of your mirror and use the marker to draw (don’t worry, they wipe right off of mirrors!) the outline of your face. See a circle? Well, there you go!
Long layers are essentially the most foolproof way to wear your mane, and round face shapes are no exception to the rule. By growing your locks longer and adding subtle layers, you can lengthen the look of your face without ending up with limp-looking hair.
How to style it: Sport a sleek and straight style that draws the eye down, creating length. Start by spritzing your strands with a heat protectant, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, then break out your flat iron. Finish things off with a shine spray.
Super-short hairstyles can seem scary when you have a rounder face, as cuts that sit close to the scalp aren’t known for being the most complementary. While there are ways to do it right (more on that, next), there’s also the option to go shorter while maintaining a bit of length. Choose a lob that stops right atop your shoulders—trendy without being too tightly cropped.
How to style it: Make waves with a lob that has some shape. Allow your hair to partially dry post-shower, then apply the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to damp hair. Scrunch to define waves, then finish air drying for a look that embraces natural texture. No heat required!
For those with round faces who are particularly partial to short hair, that doesn’t have to be a problem. While any old pixie might not be quite right, all it takes is leaving your hair longer on top to transform a short cut into one that works for a round face. Ask a stylist to give you a pixie that has lots of volume at the roots; the added height will have your face looking tall (read: less round) in no time.
How to style it: Anyone can have hair with lots of volume—with the right styling routine. Cleanse and condition your hair with a volumizing hair care system, containing a shampoo and conditioner. Try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner. While your hair is still wet (just towel-dried), work a mousse, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, through your hair, focusing on the top of your head.
When you want to start rocking bangs, it’s important to find bangs that suit your face shape. Blunt bangs will only emphasize a round face, while a wispy, layered fringe can help create new curves and structure that round face shapes may lack.
How to style it: Styling bangs doesn’t have to be a major struggle. Spray bangs with the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray, then use a round brush and blow-dryer to give them body.
The classic bob isn’t for everyone. Blunt ends that fall near your chin will only serve to make a round face and cheeks look fuller. No thanks! Of course, that shouldn’t put you off bobs for life there are other choices for your cut. A bob that’s angled, with hair that’s longer in the front and shorter in the back, can help to give balance to your face. Yes, please.
How to style it: Round faces are often seeking sharp cheekbones, and the same can be said for their hairstyles—it’s all about those angles. Keep styling simple, using a styling cream, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream, for a carefree look.
Realized your face isn’t round? Find the cut and style that are right for you, with our article, Chop, Chop: These Are the Best Fall Haircuts for Every Face Shape.