155 Short Haircuts for Round Faces (with Tutorial)


Portrait photography, makeup artistry and professional hairstyling all have one thing in common – they thrive on facial shape analysis, assessing facial features and determining how to best showcase admirable face features and how to hide unwanted face features. And, one of the most common facial features that disappoint women is round faces and the hairstyle is one of the areas which are highly modifiable to remedy the problem. While hiding the face with long hair looks the obvious and easy way out, the less likely problem solver short hairstyle is actually the more effective option.

Short haircuts for round faces create an illusion that the face and neck are long because there is no other strong vertical structure from which the face and neck can have a point of reference for comparison. By having curls around the crown instead of the usual sides, and having graduated layers with transitioning shades of color, the neck looks slender and elongated. By keeping the sides of the hair as close to the face as possible, it gives the impression that the face is thinner than its actual width. Gentle waves incorporated to the short haircut   a thinning effect to the face. Finally, fringes in short haircuts are great neutralizers to round faces. They can be passively used to simply stay pointed  can frame and give emphasis to strong features like jaw bones, strong chins and head temples that give dramatic shape to the face instead of emphasizing on roundness.

What You Should Do and Avoid with Short Haircuts for Round Faces

Non-hairstylists women are not aware of the nuances of the short haircuts for round faces, nor can they imagine a more apt hairstyle than their obvious choice, long hairstyles. If they were only informed, they should have reaped the benefits of short haircut, which includes the illusion of elongating the neck and faces of round faced women.

  • Many round-faced women simply adore the flattering looks that short hair achieves by echoing the shape of their faces and framing their cherub cheeks.
  • The rule of thumb to determine a round face is if the width of the face almost the length of the face.
  • Typically the hair length of the short cut should fall a few inches from the chin or longer.
  • Jaw-length bobs should be avoided with short haircuts for round faces because any blunt cut a thin will add to face roundness.
  • The hair length, if it is short, actually increases the width of round faces even more, but it is the styling that gives the illusion of slimness.
  • The short haircut is effective in reducing face roundness even when styled as soft and curvy to the face, or through the blunt cut across the hair ends.
  • Sometimes, the front part of the short haircut provides the slimming effect to the face. Keeping them loose with light strands helps give the cheekbones more definition and de-emphasize the rotund face.
  • Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr is the perfect specimen when looking for inspiration and real life proof that a short bob can make a round face thinner. The supermodel has a short haircut with off-center parted beach-like waves with blunt cut and ornate updo that contribute to a creative thinning effect that even long lock would envy.
  • Gentle wavy hair deflects the rotundity of the face, fortunately if you have natural wavy and curly hair. For those who are not so blessed, the curling iron is your friend to help you obtain wavy hair.
  • Avoiding certain hairstyle nuances substantially makes rounded faces thinner, if you have the tips. Firstly, center parting of the hair should be avoided at all cost, because it does not flatter a rotund face. Second, straight fringe should not be tolerated, because it covers the forehead and will highlight the roundness of your face. If you wish to have a bangs, have it at the side or use shaggy and pointed ones. Third, do not rely on hair volume to make your face look less rounded. This will not work in your favor; rather go for short haircut with great face-thinning styling techniques.
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Boost Your Confidence with Short Haircuts for Round Faces

Shortcuts for round faces have been in existence already for a longest time. However in terms of treatment, there is still an open door for new variants and clever tweaks to accommodate the face-thinning capability of the hairstyle. Some of the previous techniques include blunt fringes, asymmetrical parting of the hair, voluminous top or sides, short back with long front hair, textured and many others. Consider the following when choosing your face-elongating hairstyle:

  1. Straight and Divinely Parted Short Haircut

This badass short haircut suits women with corporate looks and ambitious power trips. Women should look totally in control with the sleek and modern look that the hairstyle brings. Even without intricate features, the simple deep side part of the hairstyle manages to conceal bulging cheeks that add more roundness to the face. The volume of hair added to the roots makes the face appear more elongated.

  1. The Hip Pixie

This pixie cut utilizes side parting to visually neutralize the broad jaw and chin lines. The subtle spikes on top of the head add volume to the hairstyle which has the effect of elongating the face. This edgy yet feminine hairstyle best suits hip and cool personalities.

  1. The Mohawk Pixie

The Mohawk may not be a typical women hairstyle, but so is a pixie cut. And the combination of the two, will surely rock the scene especially when worn by female. Only strong willed -women can boldly parade this cut as a form of self-expression, unmindful of socially imposed rules and norms. The way the short haircut works in relation to round faces is the drawing away of attention from the face, and instead focusing upwards to the spiked Mohawk.

  1. Sleek and Straight Short Bob

This hairstyle is versatile enough to be worn at school, office or even in the home. There is little maintenance or cost involved in the upkeep of the haircut. With clever styling, using blunt trimming as face-slimming device, the roundness of the face is substantially lessen while the chin and neck are effectively accentuated to steal attention from the rotund face.

  1. Blonde Short Shag Bob

The romantic air with short hair is possible with this hairstyle, thanks to the soft and feminine curls. This look is so obvious even if the short shag bob immediately draws attention even from afar. This shag also draws enough attention to deflect the attentive eyes on the rounded face as it now looks thinner. This hairstyle is also comfortable and easy to wear.

  1. Short Bob with Pointed Edges

With very straight short hair textures and pointed hair ends at both sides, the round face has no chance to show its full rotundity, as all the strong horizontal takes the attention away from the face. The sharp hair ends in perfect symmetry to each other, also provides a strong illusionary device to make your neck and face look longer. This hairstyle is a sure bet for women with rounded faces.

  1. Short Cut with High Bun

This haircut does not entirely have the looks of an edgy because of the girlie bun created from not so short hair at the back, just barely able to form the bun from the hair length. The choppy bangs provide contrast to the bun while at the same time emphasizing the face through clever framing. Once the expressive eyes and sculptured cheekbones become obvious, the roundness of the face becomes less obvious. This hairstyle is wearable in many occasions and situations.

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  1. Side Parted Curly Pixie

This short haircut is simply amazing, with edgy look provided by voluminous hair with plenty of curl and tease action. This hairstyle also proves that the best hairstyle is what works best, even if some rules of hairstyling should be broken. The rule of hairstyling which discourages voluminous hair for short cuts is not followed here as the gorgeous curls with messy look effectively thin the rounded face. The side parting follows hairstyling rules to the point. This hairstyle is so natural that you can simply use your hands to tousle the hair in beautiful randomness.

  1. Asymmetrical Short Bob

The asymmetrical short bob rises from the ranks of being just a hairstyle for round faces but crosses the path to being one of the trendiest cut today. The short from the back and long in front hair juxtaposition is a feast looking at. The asymmetrical cut covers part of the face making it look thinner and partly mysterious. Hip office girls and cool teens are the best admirers of this hairstyle.

  1. Short Bob with Side Swept Fringe

Bangs or fringes are allowed as roundness neutralizer with short hair, as long as they are side swept and not covering the forehead. Allow the bangs to end diagonally exactly below the cheekbones for strong visual impact and almost magical face lengthening effect. As with all shorts bobs, the length does not matter as long as the face-thinning hairstyle techniques are sound and effective.

Short Haircuts for Round Faces Tutorials that You Wish You Have Known a Long Time Ago

For those women who tried wearing long hair to hide their round faces without satisfactory results, all is not lost since you can still convert to short bobs without difficulty. These tutorials are easy to follow but the results are amazing.

  • Short Cut with High Bun

Celebrity Kendal Jenner loves this hairstyle, and you can now enjoy the hairstyle as much as she does by following this tutorial carefully.

Step 1: Prepare the materials you need: texturizing spray, heat protectant serum/spray, fine toothed comb, straightening pins, bobby pins and light hold hairspray.

Step 2: Wash your hair clean with thorough rinsing to remove all chemical residue of the shampoo. Dry the hair and apply some heat protectant and texturizing spray.

Step 3: Straighten your short hair, 1 inch section at a time until you cover all the hair area.

Step 4: Gather all your hair, except the bangs, into a wonderful bun at the top of your head, securing it by bobby pins all around the circumference of the bun.

Step 5: Smoothen and arrange your bangs into pointed structures that create thinness to rounded faces, using your hand and a fine-toothed comb.

Step 6: Finish off with light hold spray to add shine and secure the hairstyle in place.

  • The Milkmaid Braided Short Hair

The braid looks intricate to steal the onlooker’s attention away from the round face, but is not difficult to install. The good news is that you can have the hairstyle, following this few simple steps:

Step 1: Prepare the materials that you will need: texturizing spray, hair elastics, U pins, bobby pins and medium hold spray.

Step 2: Prepare your hair by washing with your favorite shampoo, allowing them to dry and then applying some texturizing spray.

Step 3: Part your hair at the middle, creating two sections of hair with equal amounts of volume.

Step 4: Set aside a few strands of hair at the front that you will later use as wonderful hairline decorations and flowing-down-the-face graceful strands. These formations will substantially help in reducing the roundness of your face.

Step 5: Braid both side sections of your hair to form the milkmaid hair material, and secure them with hair elastics to form two beautiful pigtails.

Step 6: Collect the two pigtails and place them on top of your head like a headband, and pin it just directly above the right ear, creating the characteristic milkmaid look.

Step 7: Utilize some U pins and bobby pins along the left braid to hold the headband hair structure more securely. Cover the pins with a coat of hairspray before using, to give them tooth to avoid slipping out of the hair during hairstyle installation.

Step 8: Repeat the previous step, this time on the right braid.

Step 9: Finish off with minimal spritzes of medium hold hairspray; just enough to secure the braids and add some shine.

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2017 Trending Short Haircuts for Round Faces That Are Likely to Become Future Classics

For 2017, these haircuts are a boon to women with rounded faces. They not only hide unwanted rotund issues with the face but also provide hip styling that makes them the center of attraction in gatherings.

  • Asymmetrical Pixie with Shaggy Cut

Usually, trendy hairstyles bring clever tweaks the make wearers stand out in a crowd. Nothing could go wrong for you if you try this pixie with asymmetrical configuration this year, when the hairstyle is at peak popularity. The shaggy-cut bangs with pointed strands that echo at the both ears provide the sharp neutralizer to a round face.

  • Graduated Pixie Hairstyle

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In any structure, tone or color gradation effectively leads the eye of onlookers to explore with curiosity and admiration, the hair in this instance. The graduated bob is not a novel hairstyling technique, but the way it is employed with short haircuts for round faces like this pixie haircut, brings freshness that elevates this hairstyle as a hip and trending hairstyle for 2017. The clever modification to this hairstyle involves a more curved back stacked with voluminous layers of hair.

Celebrities that Rocked Social Media with Short Haircuts for Round Faces

Celebrities are like specimens, they are always under the microscope of curious lookers. Of course, with celebrities, it is their outward appearance including their hairstyle, which always gets the attention of the public. Two female celebrities really stand out when it comes to short haircuts for round faces, and they continue to amaze their millions of fans worldwide with their haircuts.

  1. Ginnifer Goodwin

Her name in real life is Jennifer Michelle Goodwin and she is the American actress who is best known for playing Margene Heffman in the television drama series Big Love (2006-2011), Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard in the exciting fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011-2017) and Judy Hoops in the children Disney animated film Zootopia. Her other film achievements include appearing in major roles in He’s Just Not Into You, Mona Lisa Smile, Something Borrowed, Killing Kennedy and Walk the Line.

Apart from her immense popularity as an actress, she is also widely regarded as the queen of the pretty pixie. Ginnifer has no equal when it comes to wearing flattering short hairstyle. Her choppy bangs break up the roundness that is so unwanted by many women, while giving volume to the top. One of her hair styling trade secrets is to leave tiny bits of hair strands in front of her ears as additional style and face-thinning feature.

  1. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer, whose real name is Jennifer Shrader Lawrence, is one of the very few actresses who has the distinction of being considered as the highest paid actress during a certain period of time, in 2015 and 2016. The film that she starred in grossed over $5.5 billion in U.S. and worldwide showings. Prestigious award giving bodies acknowledged her achievements and influential prowess that she was named Times’ 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2014 and 2016.

Pretty Jennifer is concerned not for all beauty only. She is an advocate of timely social issues which she passionately supports, like feminism and gender equality. She also finds time for less serious activities like hairstyle experimentation. She is a short bob convert and wears them ever so convincingly. She correctly assessed her face to have a round shape and remedied this with dramatic bangs and highly textured hair to create lots of angles that deflect the roundness of her face. Now, her face looks more oblong than round, and she never regretted embracing the short haircuts for round faces, not even for a moment.



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