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Katherin Jenkins has a Round Face

Katherin Jenkins

Hair styles for round faces, a dilemma even for celebrity hairdressers

Round faces are the most misunderstood and miss-diagnosed of all face shapes. I’ll bet about 75% of you reading this post, who think you have a round face . . . don’t. That’s about the percentage of women who get it wrong in my class, Finding the Right Hairstyle for You!

“I’m ROUND!!!” is how the disappointed woman will announce her perceived round face shape. It is said, in such a way, as if having a round face shape is a failure of sorts. How did round face shapes get such a bad rap? (I think because it is wrongly equated with being overweight.) Round face shapes can be the most exquisite and lovely faces of all. Women will quickly misdiagnose their round face shape, after a small weight gain, say, or after a long winter of indulging in a multitude of sins. But, a small weight gain usually won’t change an oval face shape to a round face shape. Bone structure is the most important factor in the geometry that makes up our visual face shape.

A weight gain though is all too quick to stare us back in the mirror, everywhere, including on our faces . . . Yikes! So, it’s easy to understand how this kind of misnomer happens. In our own critics eye, we may indeed look more round, when in truth, the weight gain has just made the face shape a fuller oval, heart, rectangle or whatever face shape we’ve had since puberty.

Not many women have truly a round bone structure. A round face is a perfectly symmetrical shape after all. The characteristics that go into making a face appear round are, rounded jaw line, widest part of the face being at the cheeks and ears, a face that is close to being as wide as it is high.

The underlying bone structure may allow for fuller looking cheeks. Also, if the eyes are big and round, this adds to the illusion of looking like more of a round face. I am certain some round faces can be the most exquisite and lovely faces of all, there are many gorgeous celebrities with round face shapes. There just aren’t many people who have round face shapes. Another reason is that a round face shape alludes softness . . . and here’s the proof!

Isabella Rossellini has a round face shape

Isabella Rossellini

Drew Barrymore has a Round Face

Drew Barrymore

Geena Davis has a Round Face

Geena Davis

So, what are the best hairstyles for round faces? Keep these basic hair design principals in mind:

Try:

  • Hairstyles with fullness and height at the crown
  • Soft waves
  • Off center parts
  • Asymmetrical hairstyles
  • Short hairstyles, swept off the face
  • Hairstyles that are longer or shorter than chin length
  • By layering the top to achieve fullness and keeping the rest of the cut relatively close to the face, your face shape will appear longer and narrower
  • Wispy, partial bangs work well and sometimes a short fringy bang

Avoid:

  • Chin length hair with rounded lines, that mirrors the rounded faces circular shape
  • Center parts – which can make the face look too round
  • Straight hair – which looks severe
  • Straight full bangs
  • Fullness at side of ears
  • A rounded haircut ending at the chin will certainly add weight to round faces. Because the widest part of your face is at the cheeks and ears, you need to avoid having the fullness of the cut here as it will make your face appear wider.

Check out for yourself the famous round face celebrities listed here by doing a Google image search and see what hairstyles celebrities are wearing and have worn. (Keep note in your search what hairstyles works and what doesn’t work for round faces.)

  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Christina Ricci
  • Geena Davis
  • Kelly Osborne

Even though their face shape can change from, smiling to not smiling and from different camera angles, these are celebrities with round face shape bone structure.You might also want to look at my article about face shapes I have a special section just for hair styles for a round face shape. For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.

 

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16 Comments »

  1. I have a round face and a center part, straight hair, fullness at ears, and a chin length haircut.
    It isn’t flattering, so therefore this article is amazing in helping me find hairstyles for round faces.

    Comment by amy — November 25, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

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  3. Thanks, for this article hairstyles for round faces. I definitely have a round face shape, and lately have been wearing medium length straight hair with straight full bangs – but it works for me! I get compliments all the time for my fringe saying that it suits me, and have never felt more comfortable with how my hair looks on me!

    Comment by Shaz — January 15, 2010 @ 1:18 am

  4. you dont have to stick to long or chin length when choosing hairstyles for round faces. even most websites and places say short crops arn’t a good idea but i have a round face and my hair is like rihannas where the fringe is long and the sides and back is short and it looks great on me and every comments on it.
    just go for what ever you want and if you don’t like hair always grows back.

    Comment by kat — November 2, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

  5. You’re absolutely correct about the bias. I would kill to have contributing writers from each of the non western hair types. Why don’t you write an article on the subject on the western bias of fashion journalism. I’d be glad to publish it for you.
    If you know of such writers, please have them get in touch. I would love to pioneer this much needed perspective.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — July 6, 2009 @ 11:45 am

  6. Center parts in long or at least shoulder length hair is actually very good choice for hairstyles for a round face as it creates two vertical lines thus slimming the face.

    The round face shape may be uncommon among Caucasians but it isn’t among people of Mongolid descent. Please keep in mind that all readers aren’t of a Caucasian Western origin. I often get the impression that it’s assumed by beauty advisors that we’re all Western in appearance.

    Comment by M.D. — July 6, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  7. nice information, i I’ve just realized now how choose right hairstyle with round shape

    Comment by Lala — May 13, 2009 @ 3:44 am

  8. i want to change my hair style alot

    Comment by sandy — February 17, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  9. Round and square face shapes are very similar because they are about as wide as they are tall. Sometimes whether the person is smiling or not, their face shape can appear more rounded or more square. You’ll find this with both Geena Davis’s face shape and Rossellini’s face shape.

    Also,depending what camera angle a shot is taken from, people with round or square face shapes can take on both shapes.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — February 2, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

  10. Geena Davis’s face is rather square than round :)

    Comment by Laura — February 2, 2009 @ 5:12 am

  11. Drew Barrymore’s face is round, but she is beautyful with any hairstyle

    Comment by Eleonora — November 6, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  12. These are the best match hair style for the round face person.

    Comment by Anne — September 10, 2008 @ 2:29 am

  13. I’ve just realized now that Audrey Hebern has round face too. Actually I think her face’s rather be heart face. Anyway, I’ll try the same hairstyle as her, heehee

    Comment by woopy — November 14, 2007 @ 10:32 am

  14. this is a good site to find information on but you do not show any pictures and that would be really helpful with being in my sisuation.

    Comment by ashley — January 18, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

  15. I think some of these celebrity round faced gals.. are anything BUT round shaped. Look at Julia Stiles, or Kirsten Dunst, Cameron Diaz. Those are round faced celebs!

    Comment by Dee — January 15, 2007 @ 3:17 am

  16. puzzled– find Rosselini’s & Geena Davis’s faces to look more square than round.

    Comment by Gwen C — April 16, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

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