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You may have heard people advising women with round faces not to wear their hair short, because this hairstyle emphasises the roundness of their faces.

However, that is not true: you can wear short hair no matter the shape of your face – you just have to make sure that you find the right haircut that slims and elongates your face. The most flattering hairstyles for round faces are ones that work with your hair texture while giving you the appearance of having a more oval-shaped, longer face.

Here are some simple tips to take note of when you are getting your hair cut at the salon:

  • If you are getting bangs with your shirt hair, remember to go for layered bangs instead of ones that are straight or blunt cut.
  • When going for a short curly hairstyle for your round face, make sure to concentrate the curls near your crown instead of your cheeks.
  • If you want to keep your hair longer (e.g. lob), go for shaggy layers to elongate your neck and offset the roundness of your face.

Ready to chop off your locks? Take inspiration from these best short hairstyles that flatter round faces!

1. Textured lob


If you have wavy hair, use it to your advantage by getting a textured lob.

Hairstylists dub this the perfect hairstyle for round faces since it’s not too long or too short. It works best when you keep it a few inches below the chin, which makes the face appear longer.

To further contour your face, here’s a pro tip: ask your stylist for long, choppy layers to give your face the illusion of angles!

2. Sideswept lob


The side sweep draws attention away from the symmetry of a round face, while the length below the chin draws the eye down to elongate.

If you want to get this cut, you should ask your stylist to use a facial feature as a guide for where the hair parting should be—the iris or arch or edge of the eyebrow is usually a good gauge. Take IU as an example: her hair parting starts right above her left eye, and this adds an angle to her round face.

The perfect length for this lob would be somewhere between an inch below your chin to your collarbone. If you’re getting your hair layered, get your hairdresser to focus toward the ends and less around the face.

3. Blunt lob layered around the face


For thin hair that doesn’t have much volume, the blunt, layered lob is one of the best options. It doesn’t stick too closely to your face but instead falls loosely by the side.

If you find this a little too boring at times, you can change it up just by switching your part: part it off to the side and let some of it drape your forehead, or part it down the middle for a slimming frame on the face.

4. Sleek, middle-parted bob


If you’re all about low-maintenance hairstyles, this one will definitely work for you.

Instead of smooth and perfectly-layered ends, this sports super-sleek and shiny hair strands to make your hair look polished. In addition, the ends fall straight by the sides of your face, which lengthens your face shape and gives it the illusion of a slimmer cut.

Tip: A middle part is recommended for this hairstyle because it allows the shorter layers in the front to frame the face!

5. Slicked-back lob


The wet hair look has been in trend for some time, and if sporting long, wet hair seems a little too over-the-top, why not try it instead on short hair?

The slicked-back lob not only looks super chic, but also works wonders in making your round face look smaller. Take note that to make it happen, you need the lob to fall past your shoulders, which brings the eye downwards.

With your hair slicked back, you also don’t have to worry about frizzy hair puffing up on a humid day and in turn, making your face look even larger – score!

6. Tousled bob


While most people steer clear of doing curls on short hair, you can make them very flattering – if you do them correctly!

To rock short hair with soft curls, make sure your bob hits just slightly below the chin line to add some width in all the right places while covering some parts of your jaw to give you that desired V-shaped chin.

As much as possible, try to also get the curls in places where you would normally contour. This helps to soften the round edges without looking too angular, so it creates a more gentle and feminine look than the previous slick hairstyles.

7. Short & curly bob


Can’t get enough of curly hair? Go all in and get tight curls with a short bob!

With the right cut, this hairstyle can be adorable and sexy at the same time, even for those with round faces.

To pull it off, you’ll need lots of layers to reduce the volume. By creating lots of texture, it allows the hair to frame your face, with a lift at the root and waves accentuating your eyes and lips.

8. Bob with C-curls


C-curls are a double-edged sword for those with round faces – the right length will frame your face really well, but curls that are too short will make your round face even rounder, and curls that go beyond your face just don’t look as charming as they should.

To make this hairstyle work for you for a long time, cut your hair to a length in between your ears and jaw, and then have your ends curled inwards.

If you have a smaller face, you can consider getting bigger C-curls, but if you find that your round face looks big with voluminous hairstyles, pare it down with smaller curls.

9. Bob with S-curls


If C-curls are too much of a challenge (they can be very difficult to maintain as well), consider doing S-curls instead.

S-curls can actually work very well for round faces, as the arches in the S curl frame your cheekbones and takes attention away from your round jaw. That being said, you have to be careful about doing big S-curls – the ends should not curl upwards too much, or it may emphasise your face’s curves instead.

10. Sleek pixie


Many of us may have been tempted to try out a pixie cut at some point of time in our lives, and we say go for it!

This short hairstyle works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair – it looks good on straight hair, too, but only so long as it’s not too fine.

If you’re worried about not having your hair frame the round edges of your face, fret not. A solution for this is to get long asymmetrical bangs together with your pixie cut – they visually cut the broadness of your face, making it look narrower than it actually is.

11. Pixie with shaved sides


Just like with a deep side part, an asymmetrical haircut that sweeps over one side of the face makes a rounder bone structure look more oval.

This hair cut may take even more courage to attempt than other short hairstyles, but we think the chic look you get is definitely worth it!

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