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Read any magazine or Web feature about face shapes and you’ll quickly learn The First Commandment: *Thou Shalt Not Wear Short Hair if Thou Hast a Round Face.

Well ladies, this gallery proves that some commandments are meant to be broken.

Witness actress Jennifer Lawrence, pictured here. Lawrence has a round face and looks gorgeous in her wavy long bob. This cut works on her because in the first picture she wears her hair parted in middle so it falls like a curtain hiding the roundness of her face. It also just plain looks good on her.

The most flattering hairstyles for a round face shapes are ones that works with your hair texture while giving you the appearance of having a perfectly oval-shaped face.

Some things to consider:

  • Typically If you have a round face, your best cuts will fall a few inches below the chin and longer. But these galleries show that’s simply not always the case.
  • Short haircuts are tricky on round faces because many short cuts add width to the sides of the face — a no-no for round faces.
  • You typically want to avoid jaw-length bobs if you have a round face, especially if you were also blessed with a short neck. Any blunt cut at the chin will accentuate roundness.  Note that Lawrence’s cut here falls a couple inches below her chin (if blow-dried straight).
  • Gentle waves deflect the roundness of the face, so if you have natural wave in your hair (as most women do), allow your hair to do its natural “thing.” Scrunch hair as it dries so it retains some of its wave or help along the wave by wrapping hair around the barrel of a large curling iron.
  • Best Short Hairstyles for Round Faces 2015

Why Not Go Edgy, It Will Look Great on You

 Pink the singer. Getty Images

Every time I see a platinum pompadour in New York City I fall in love with it. There’s something so edgy and cool about the long, side-swept bangs that can teased and swept back or blown-dried to they fall across the forehead like Pink’s does in the picture on the right.

A hot hairstyle trend that is leftover from 2013, carried over into 2014  is the pompadour, also known as the quiff or the “fauxhawk.” This hairstyle — which usually features shaved sides and a puffy teased top that reminds me of a rooster’s comb — has become the cool hairstyle of choice for singers Miley Cyrus and Pink as well as a host of other celebrities.

Who can wear this look? Anyone with guts, really. This cut is more about attitude than your face shape, according to stylist Matt Fugate to the Glo website. This cut works best on coarse, thick hair. Fine hair will just fall flat without the help of a ton of styling product. A good stylist is adept at funky hairstyles and knows to follow the shape of your head rather than just your face shape when cutting a short, edgy style.

This is such a cool look and one that uniquely fits a woman with a round face because the pompadour worn up and back adds height and worn down adds angles.

Would You Look Good in Short Hair?

florence henderson short blonde hair
 Florence Henderson. Getty: Steve Granitz (l) and Jon Kopaloff (r)

The great news is almost everyone can get away with a short hairstyle. Some styles work better with certain face shapes and hair textures. For example, your haircut should give you the illusion of having an oval face shape. So if you have a round faceyou’ll want to elongate it, just as someone with a square face, would want to soften their jawline and someone with a long face (me! me!) would want to make their face appear wider.

I love this look on Florence Henderson because it’s not dowdy, flatters her face shape and brings attention to her beautiful eyes (which look to me to be done, but I don’t judge).

The 6 Hottest Short Hairstyles Right Now

Miranda Richardson
 Miranda Richardson. Getty Images: Tim P. Whitby and Jason Kempin

So now that you’re interested in short hair and you know that you can wear short hair and it will flatter your round face, which short hairstyle should you choose?

This year’s hottest short hairstyles are edgier and more modern than in years past. Stylish looks include long bangs with shorter sides, mussy shags and long bobs and even the pompadour, which some of the hottest celebrities of today are pulling off. You’ll see examples of all these trends in this photo gallery.

Some Rules are Meant to be Broken

 A guest, detail, is seen wearing a thrift-store jacket during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week TOKYO 2015 A/W at Shibuya Hikarie on March 20, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Alfie Goodrich/Getty Images

Typically, this is considered not a good style on a round face, but as you can see here, it is flattering on this woman’s face. So many times I’ve heard stories of a woman who wants a certain haircut but a stylist won’t give it to her because it’s not supposed to be flattering to her face shape. She has to search around to find someone  This is proof rules are made to be broken.

See my Photo Gallery of Asian Hairstyles for some amazing hairstyle inspiration from some of today’s hottest bloggers, models and “It Girls.”

Yes, You Can Wear a Bob, But Aim for a Long Bob

 Taraji P. Henson. Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty

I am usually of the opinion that round faces aren’t well-suited to bobs because a round face can look rounder with hair cut to the chin, encasing the head like a helmet. But you’ll see an example of a wonderful classic bob on Cameron Diaz later in this slideshow that challenges this theory. Diaz has a round face and looks great in her bob, which sadly, she didn’t keep for long.

Your safest best for a bob is to keep your bob longer than the chin, as actress Taraji P. Henson does in this picture. The good news is that long bobs have been popular for years and remain popular.

Pair your long bob with side-swept bangs, which create angles on your round face and you are guaranteed to look great.

Who Says Women With Round Faces Can’t Wear Their Short Hair Curly?

Camren Bicondova
 Camren Bicondova. Cindy Ord for Getty Images

When you have super curly hair you usually don’t want to go short. Short hair can frizz up on you more easily than long hair and you run the risk of major pouffy hair. The longer your hair, the more your curls will weigh hair down.

That said, the right haircut can work on curly hair. I mean, just check out this ADORABLE hairstyle on Camren Bicondova. She can pull it off and perfectly. But fair warning: not everyone can get away with this hairstyle. You have to carry it well. That means styling it so it’s not frizzy, wearing makeup so you don’t look dowdy and dressing stylishly so you don’t appear to have just woken up with a headful of unruly curls and threw just anything on.

The Best Pixies on a Round Face

Tai Beauchamp
 Tai Beauchamp. Araya Diaz for Getty Images

In my slideshow of The Year’s Top 20 Hairstyle Trends, I share a ton of gorgeous hairstyles of all lengths and textures. The good news is almost every trend will work a round face shape, you just have to get the right cut.

For example, the pixie typically doesn’t flatter a round face, but if you can elongate the face by wearing short bangs sticking up or grown down in a side-sweep, then the pixie can be gorgeous. Note that Tau Beauchamp’s pixie here is absolutely gorgeous on her round face. She’s able to wear the top sticking up a bit, which is edgy and cool and flattering at the same time.

The Shag Hairstyle is a Great Option for a Round Face


Search for “shag hairstyles” on the Internet, and you’ll find a lot of dated, rocker girl hairstyles with too many layers — mullet hairstyles gone bad.

The modern shag hairstyle is mussy, with choppy ends and the right amount of layering.

The beauty in the shag hairstyle is that it flatters all face shapes. To get that mussy, choppy look, you’ll want to use a salt spray (try my homemade recipe) or texturizing spray and scrunch hair as it dries.

Another Great Edgy Hairstyle: Very En Trend for 2018

Demi Lovato
 Demi Lovato. Getty Images: Taylor Hill (l), Gregg DeGuire (r)

It takes guts to get an edgy haircut like Demi Lovato’s here, but short, edgy cuts are one of the year’s hottest short hairstyle trends. They aren’t going anywhere.

As you will see from this photo gallery of cool, edgy cuts, the right cut can be very, very cool — and even sophisticated.

Whether you’re seeking a cut that’s sexy or funky or sweet, there are many, many cuts available to you. To find out what short cuts look best on you, I suggest checking out:

A Perfect Long Bob

 Model Jourdan Dunn. Samir Hussein for Getty Images

Long bobs are a gorgeous, safe bet when it comes to short hair and a round face. The length helps make a round face appear thinner, especially when hair is parted down the middle. Remember, the ‘curtain effect’ is so important. Hair that falls like a curtain on either side of the face slims it.

By the way, I realize this model, Jourdan Dunn, does not have a round face, but I LOVE her hair so much and it’s just so perfect I had to include it.

Another Example of a Great Pixie Haircut

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
 Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. Jeff Vespa for Getty Images

While many pixies are traditionally short all over, the modern pixie tends to be choppy and texturized with longer bangs that give you a ton of styling options, like this one Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

The pixie works best on:

  1. Women with thick, naturally wavy hair.
  2. It looks good on straight hair, too, as long as it’s not too fine.
  3. If you do have fine hair and want a pixie, you may need lots of product to add body.
  4. Women with heart-shaped, square and oval faces look best in a pixie.
  5. It’s a good cut for women with round faces, too, just make sure to keep the bangs long and style them forward as Cuoco-Sweeting does or up to create the illusion of length.

So What to Do When You Have Wavy Hair? Embrace it!

Betty Who
 Betty Who. Getty Images: (L) by Monica Schipper and (R) by Larry Marano

I am a fan of embracing your hair texture, otherwise you will be a slave to styling tools, like a curling iron if you have straight hair and want to be wavy or a flat iron if you have wavy or curly hair and want to be straight.

This funky, edgy cut seen here on Betty Who, an Australian singer-songwriter, is perfect for women with hair with some natural wave in it.

Try the “Graduated Bob”

 Yolanda Foster. Frederick M. Brown for Getty Images

I told you the bob was king (queen?) and it is. The graduated bob is one of the most popular versions. It is shorter in the back and longer in the front. Ask for the front to hit at least a couple inches below the chin.

A Great Look for Older Women

Kate Mulgrew
 Kate Mulgrew. Getty: Alberto E. Rodriguez (l) and Frazer Harrison (r)

While it’s a beauty myth that women over 55 must wear their hair short, the real marker for whether you should be wearing your hair short is whether it would be flattering to your face shape and hair texture.

In this photo gallery, The Best Short Hairstyles for Older Women, I feature my all-time favorite short hairstyles including bobs, edgy cuts, shags, pixie hairstyles and other random and gorgeous short haircuts. Some of them are on famous women, others are not. You’ll learn which cuts look best on your face shape and with your hair texture and you’ll get inspired by hairstyles featured on older women. Hey, the Internet doesn’t have enough content for mature women, but I sure do!

I love this hairstyle on actress Kate Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) because it adds height to the top and sides of her head. Just lovely.

Another Great Long Bob

 Tori Spelling. Jason Merritt

Stay away from the classic bob, which can look like a helmet on a round face. The long bob is universally flattering on all face shapes. The cut gives a round face angles and structure, which balance out soft lines. The length (2 inches or more below the chin) is the key to this cut. You want to elongate your face and keeping hair a bit longer draws the eye downward.

Some tips:

  • Get long layers cut in to add texture.
  • Cutting hair at an angle along the line of the jaw to make this cut less boring and more modern.

The Graduated Hairstyle

 Mary J Blige. Frazer Harrison for Getty

Graduated cuts, where the back is much shorter than the front, are perfect for round face because they allow the front to be a bit longer — always a more flattering option on a round face.

Note, the gorgeous sweeping bang here on singer Mary J. Blige.

Babylights on an Edgy Cut: Delicous

Julianne Hough
 Julianne Hough. Amanda Edwards for Getty imges

This is a great cut for a round face because of its long, side-swept bangs, which, if you’ve been following along, you’ll know are good for creating angles to balance out the roundness.

But what I love most about this hairstyle is the color. It’s a hot new trend called babylights. Babylights are delicate blonde highlights that are painted on in the balayage manner (as opposed to foil highlights). They are meant to give hair color dimension — much like a blonde kid’s hair at the end of summer — and look as natural as possible.

20 Celebrities Who Share Your Round Face Shape

Karen Gillan
 Karen Gillan. Getty Images: Stuart C. Wilson (l) and Ray Tamarra (r)

If you have a round face you are in great company, because so do these 20 famous celebrities. It’s always a good idea to know what celebrities share your face shape and hair texture because what looks good on them might look good on you.

Once you know what celebrity shares your face, you can be on the lookout for their hairstyles as they change over the month and years to get a good idea of how you might change your own look. Always consider hair texture, however, because your curly hairstyle won’t look the same in a style as a celebrity’s naturally straight hair.

Can You Get Away With This Super-Short Hairstyle?

 Toni Braxton. Paras Griffin for Getty Images

The rulebooks on face shapes say a woman with a round face would never look good in this cut. Well, that’s just not true, because Toni Braxton has a round face and she looks AWESOME.

The key to this cut is in the neck. If you have a short neck, it’s not going to look as good as it would on women with long, elegant necks.

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