When I was a kid, I had a habit of hiding under tables at family gatherings – all to avoid the pinching fingers of elderly aunts who just couldn’t resist my big, chubby cheeks. Unfortunately, as I got older, I haven’t lost the cheeks. I’ve been cursed with a round face and chipmunk cheeks.
Fortunately, I’ve learned over the years that the right hairstyle can make all the difference. If you’ve got a round face, changing your hair can actually help elongate and slim your face so it doesn’t look quite as full. The next time you visit your stylist, here are some options worth considering.
Long, Mixed Layers
When you’ve got a round face, any hairstyle that lengthens the look of your face is your best bet. Longer styles tend to be more flattering since they draw the eye downward, but a long, layered ‘do is especially pretty for a round face because the layers pull attention away from the widest part of your face and make it look slimmer. Make sure that the shortest layer starts below your chin, though, or you’ll only wind up emphasizing the roundness of your face. Mixing the length of your layers is also flattering for a round face, particularly if you have your stylist angle them away from your face.
If you’ve got fine or thin hair, long styles may not be the best look for you – but finding a shorter style that works with a round face is not easy. A classic bob isn’t very flattering with a round face, but you can have your stylist to tweak it so it’s slightly longer than usual. A long bob that ends several inches below your jaw has the sleek, sophisticated look of the classic style, but it’s much more slimming for a round face. You can also ask your stylist to incorporate some choppy layers near the back and sides to add texture that helps draw the eye downward.
Side Swept Bangs
Strong, blunt cut bangs are a bad choice if you’ve got a round face because they only make it look shorter and wider. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip bangs all together – long, side swept bangs are perfect for slimming down a round face. Because they sweep across your forehead to one side, the bangs create an arc that helps elongate your face – and as a bonus, side swept bangs also draw attention to your eyes so you’re sure to turn a few heads.
When you’ve got a round face, curly hair is hard to pull off because it can get poofy and create a round shape that accentuates the fullness of your face. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with boring, pin-straight locks. Soft waves can add texture and volume to your hair without adding too much bulk around your face. If your hair isn’t naturally wavy, use a large curling iron or hot rollers to add big, loose curls that you can finger-comb into soft waves. Make sure your hair is long enough for waves, though. If it hits your shoulders or above, adding waves can create that dreaded round shape that accentuates the fullness of your face.