Haircuts for a Round Face with Curly Hair

Round faces need styles that elongate features.

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Ladies come in all kinds of delicious shapes and sizes, so not everyone can wear the same haircut and look well-proportioned. To add even more flavor into the haircut mix, gals have different hair types. Finding a good haircut when you have a round face and curly hair is a toughie because the curls so easily can add width to the face. Good cuts for this combination are out there, though; you just need to know what to look for.

The Quest

Being blessed with a round face means that your features can look full even if you're on the waifish side. Understanding that the ideal shape in cosmetology is the oval, your goal with a round face is to elongate your features. This helps balance your look.

What to Avoid

Because your goal with a haircut is to elongate your round face, you don't want a haircut that adds width. Generally speaking, this means you have to swear off cuts around jaw length as though you're allergic to them. You also have to be careful that your cut doesn't hit directly at your cheeks and eyes, which is the widest part of your face. Blunt cuts are another no-no. A blunt cut means your hair is kept all one length. Straight lines sometimes can provide a good contrast to a round face, but with curly hair, blunt cuts end up giving you a pyramid effect with your hair looking widest at the bottom. Leave these styles to the straight-haired gals. Lastly, don't do bangs. These shorten your face, again making it look squished and wide.

The Best Cuts

Curly-haired divas with round faces tend to sparkle in cuts that are around shoulder length. This length not only draws the eye down a little but also provides enough weight that your hair isn't as prone to slip into "poof" territory. At the same time, it isn't so long that your curls get heavy and difficult to manage, and your curls falling gently around your shoulders looks sensuous.

Short Options

At the other end of the spectrum, you could go short -- but this is trickier because you don't want to hit the jaw or cheek area. The idea with a short cut for a round face and curly hair is to elongate your face from the top. You want to create the illusion that the direction of your hair is up. That means a cut that gives you volume at the top of your head.

Where to Part

Although center parts are viewed as lengthening and recommended for hair below the chin, with a round face, you're better off getting a cut with a off-center part. This helps break up the roundness of your features.


Because your hair is curly, sometimes you have to find a cut that removes some bulk from the sides to keep your hair and face from looking wide. Layered cuts work well for this. Try triangle layers, meaning that your stylist pulls hair from your crown straight up and cuts straight across. Then she pulls hair from the side outward and cuts it at a downward angle. Choppy layers through the back and bottom of your hair is another good option.

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