Bangs are quietly the best hairstyle if you have a round face shape – here’s the proof
#1 Whipped side bangs
If you have shorter, looser curls like Julia, tousled bangs with a bit of volume on top look absolutely stunning. Pro tip: Use extra hairspray to keep your cut and style in place.
#2 Flipped-Out Bob with Bangs
Amy’s disheveled bob adds so much texture and volume to the hair. This works so well for straighter, shorter hair types.
#3 Wavy or curly bangs
“If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, it might be time to try wavy or curly bangs,” says Hawkins. “This low-maintenance style is so cool, so effortless, and can give you a whole new vibe! Just make sure to cut your curly or wavy hair when it dries so it doesn’t shrink!”
#4 Short, piece bangs
This long, almost shag-like cut with layers and bangs really works for me. The short, thick bangs are also a nice touch and look good on rounder face shapes.
#5 Side-swept bangs
If short bangs aren’t really your thing, go for longer side-swept or face-framing bangs. Celebrity stylist Jamie Wiley is a fan. “A fantastic opportunity [for round face shapes] is a full side swept bangs,” she says. “Creating length and texture will offset the curve, so longer bangs and longer layers work best.”
#6 Blunt, Piecey Bangs
Blunt, piecey bangs à la Rihanna are always in. I love how they balance her face shape with a cut that hits just below the chin. It is the perfect length for faces with a youthful appearance.
#7 Classic Cut Bangs
Although Sydney has more of an oval face shape, I still think this style would look beautiful on rounder face shapes as well. The longer face-framing layers and classic bangs are so universally flattering. Try a smoothing pomade like R+Co’s Dart to tame flyaways.
#8 Short hair with bangs
Wiley also thinks it’s a good idea to add height and volume at the root if you’re styling short hair with bangs. “If you’re wearing a cropped style, think height, not width, when styling. Cutting above or below the jawline is ideal as it will balance out the roundness [of your face]. Cutting right at the jawline will draw attention to it. So over or under is key and adding waves or curls for added texture.”
#9 Mousse bangs and layers
Polko also emphasizes the importance of a simple styling hack. “Layering is super important for a round face shape, especially longer layers to create the illusion of a more oval face.”
I love Emmanuelle’s tousled bangs and layers here. They look so effortlessly chic.
#10 Wispy Curtain Bangs
Wispy curtain bangs are also another great look for round face shapes, but they can be a little more high maintenance, according to Hawkins. “They tend to get greasy faster,” he says. Spritzing dry shampoo like SexyHair Laundry Day Dry Shampoo ($21) onto a brush and then brushing your bangs will soak up oils and give your bangs a much-needed lift! A curtain rod that’s a little longer is also a nice low-maintenance change.”
#11 Baby bump
And what about baby bangs? I am here to argue fully in favor of round face shapes. It’s cute and just adds a touch of uniqueness without having to go all in on blunt or curtain bangs.
#12 Micro Bangs
I’ll admit that a microwavable pixie cut is cool. However, with the right stylist, you can make some magic happen for a rounder face shape.
#13 Long blunt bangs
Long blunt bangs with a few longer pieces on the side really frame a round face. They also go perfectly with a classic high bun.
#14 bouncy curly bangs
Shorter layers with bouncy, curly bangs look so cute. Curls already have a lot of natural volume, so this cut looks extra special with a headband.
#15 Textured bangs
“I love a textured bang for a round face,” says celebrity stylist Jennifer Korab. “Texture is important to help diffuse roundness and length because it sits well above the eye area, which can elongate the face instead of widening it.” Keep a texturizing product handy to ensure it stays in place.