What Kinds of Hair Bangs Are for a Round-Shaped Face?

Bangs that graze the eyebrows are recommended for a round-shaped face.

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Bangs have been around in a big way since Twiggy rocked the runway back in the 1960s. And in these modern times, bangs are still a bang-up hairstyle trend. Just look inside any fashion magazine for proof. Even round-faced Hollywood stars, including Kirsten Dunst, are sporting bangs these days. Fringe may be just the 'do addition you need to flatter your face and dazzle admirers. The following bangs styles make the cut for a round-shaped face.

Choppy Bangs

You may have gorgeous cheekbones and bone structure, but the fullness of your round-shaped face can hide them. “Marie Claire” recommends choppy bangs paired with a haircut with face-framing layers to add balance and create the appearance of cheekbones. Because a thick curtain of bangs can accentuate the roundness of your face, go with choppy, piecy bangs with some forehead peeking through. “This will make your face look more oval,” says Dustin Landes, a stylist at Hot Heads Salon in Denver.

Sideswept Bangs

Bangs parted on the side and then swept over your face are recommended for a round face by “Cosmopolitan.” The reason: they elongate the face by creating an arc. And because the side part piles your bangs higher on one side of your face, it creates height. This instantly makes your face look longer, says Landes.

Feathered Bangs

Wispy feathered bangs that are long on the sides can give the illusion of an oval shape by hugging the sides of your face and hiding its fullness. This look can also create angles, breaking up the roundness of your face, says Landes. Go for the look of Farrah Fawcett in the original TV version of “Charlie Angels."

Eye-Skimming Bangs

Are your eyes your best feature? Play them up! “Cosmopolitan” recommends eyebrow skimming bangs as a round-face fix. Landes says bangs cut just below the eyebrows will also put the spotlight on your peepers and help disguise your lack of prominent cheekbones. Have your stylist leave the bangs longer at the sides to elongate and flatter your face.


Take full advantage of your new fringe by pairing it with a flattering 'do. Steer clear of a super-short pixie hairstyle, which can accentuate the roundness of your face. Dustin recommends medium-length or long hair to elongate your face. Talk to your stylist before taking the bangs plunge and ask for a style to flatter your face shape. You may need to experiment with several kinds of bangs until your find the perfect one for you.

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Dustin Landes; hairstylist at Hot Heads Salon; Denver, Colorado

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