Types of Haircuts for a Round Face

Actress Kristen Dunst sports lovely lock layered locks and bangs that frame her face shape.

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You have a round face shape if your chin and forehead are symmetrical and the width of your cheekbones is balanced with the length of your face. In general, ladies with round face shapes have soft angles, which makes sassy, voluminous short haircuts very flattering and face-framing. Celebrities with round face shapes include actresses Kirsten Dunst and Cameron Diaz and singer Kelly Clarkson.

Short Hair

Cute, short haircuts with loads of volume flatter round faces, helping frame and emphasize this shape. For a trendy short hairdo, go with a chic bob with sharp ends with bangs, which creates angles that don't generally exist for round face shapes. Another flattering short haircut for round faces is a choppy, layered pixie cut, which also helps add dimension and downplays roundness.

Medium-Length Hair

If you don't want to go with a super-short cut but don't have long locks, consider a medium-length cut with layers to produce the illusion of angles. Layers are key to a medium cut for a round face -- hair without layers will emphasize the fullness of this shape. You can also trick people's eyes by merely switching up your part. A slightly off-center part will deflect facial roundness, as will a center part, which can make your face appear longer.

Long Hair

If you have long, flowing locks and don't want to lose inches, choose a style that falls to your chin or longer. Long hair can create the appearance of having a longer face, which downplays roundness and gives you more of an oval look. If you're craving a change but only want a subdued difference, try adding bangs, which look especially flattering with long hair. Longer, softly layered or feathered bangs will work best, minimizing the fullness of your cheeks.

Turn Up the Volume

Whatever the length of your hair, the biggest secret in choosing the right cut for a round face is one that pumps up the volume. A hairstyle with extra oomph complements a round face by giving it angles and the appearance of contoured shape that naturally doesn't exist for round faces. Hair products can help amp up the volume of many haircuts, so consult with a stylist about which ones will work best with your unique look and haircut.

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