18 Most Flattering Long Hairstyles for Round Faces (2021 Trends)

Long hairstyles for round faces

Long hair is super trendy and versatile. Longer lengths are flirty, feminine and can be worn up or down a variety of ways. Women with round faces can still pull off a longer hair with the right cut and styling. If you’re looking to add volume as your hair gets longer, consider adding in layers. Below,  you’ll find some of the best long hairstyles for round faces that will slim your face and enhance some of your best features.

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Long Layers

long layered haircut for round face shapes
Instagram @eastonhair

Rock out a flowing mane by taming it with multiple layering! Now you can enjoy being a long-haired gal with a multitude of styles that you can explore.

Loose Curls with Side Bangs

Loose Curls with Side Bangs
Instagram @asavoie33

Q&A with style creator, Autumn Savoie
Stylist / Makeup Artist @ Platinum & Company Beauty Bar in Manhattan, KS

How would you describe this look?

This is one of my most favorite looks for a bride. It’s soft, romantic, modern, and flattering for many different face shapes and hair types. With the right combination of product, curl, volume, and pinning, this beautiful style transforms the bride into a timeless classic for her memorable day. I love how the color accentuates the style and the style accentuates the color.

My favorite aspect of this style is how it is very timeless. This bride will be able to look back on her wedding day for years to come and still see amazing beauty and style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Bridal trials are a must and one of my favorite parts of the bridal process. The bride comes in with many ideas, and together we create the perfect hairstyle that will make her day that much more perfect and memorable. This specific bridal style is great for many face shapes and hair textures. The beautiful bride had a slight rounder face, so I pinned and shaped her hair around her face to help slenderize the shape just a bit.

The volume in the top and bottom of the style help to elongate the shape of the face by creating a more oval appearance. By sweeping her hair over her forehead, I was able to create softness but also help to camouflage some of the height of her forehead which in turn also helped the over face shape to appear more oval and slender.

Longer Textured Hair with Curtain Bangs

Longer textured hair with curtain bangs on a round face
Instagram @yukistylist

I love to think of this style as the modern-day version of a long layered cut with added long curtain bangs. Try asking your stylist to keep the brightness around your face by adding babylights near the front hairline – somewhat similar placement to where young girls have their particularly blonde natural “sunlights.” Highlighting these areas on any natural blonde is a popular coloring technique.

Round face shapes can be improved with the addition of bangs or framing around the face. It typically can soften a strong check-bone or jawline, yet can create more flare for those with round or oval face shape.

I recommend a roost boost for gaining volume when styling this area of the hair, and possibly a sticky serum or wax (Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine for example) towards the tips to keep fringe bangs from becoming “box-like” or heavy.

Super Sleek Hair with Longer Bangs

Super Sleek Hair with Longer Bangs
Instagram @phoebeelise

Q&A with style creator, Phoebe Elise
Hairstylist @ King’s Road Salon in Salt Lake City, UT


How would you describe this look?

This look is a polished shag. It has the same layering pattern and fringe as a shag but cleaner and longer. My favorite thing about this is the fringe. I just love how it frames her face and gives her the ability to wear it straight across or parted for a more casual look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is fairly low maintenance aside from touching up your fringe in the morning. I like to wet, then use a little leave-in conditioner to make the hair more pliable. My favorite is the Nourishing Detangler from Emera. Then blow dry in a criss-cross pattern to break any cowlicks or bead head so the fringe will fall across the forehead evenly.

Brightening Layers

brightening layers for round faces with long hair
Instagram @malcolmcleavoncuts

This is a long layered haircut. I love the depth at the roots and how the color fades and lightens up around the face to brighten her complexion. The long layers help to wear it naturally without being too heavy.

If you want low maintenance,  use R+Co’s detangle spray and moisture cream on damp hair. Dry the hair with your fingers until about 80% dry, focusing on cowlicks and lifting the hair off the roots and where you want to create volume. Once almost dry, smooth the hair with a round brush.

Long Straight Hair with Long Layering

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Goforth
Hairstylist @ Avanté Salon & Day Spa in Mansfield, TX


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this as a rooted balayage look. It is great for guests who want to stay blonde without having the normal six to eight week upkeep.

My favorite thing about this look is the seamless blend from root to end. You can still be a blonde without having the harsh growout/demarcation line!

Any advice for someone considering it?

In order the achieve this look, I did tiny babylights all over in foils with Framesi lightener + 30 vol. I balayaged all of the ends leftover with the same lightener + Olaplex so her ends would be brighter. I let all of that process until it lifted to a very pale yellow. I then rinsed out the highlights with Oligo blue shampoo to cut any brass prior to toning. I toned her roots (about the first two to three inches) down with 1/2 6N + 1/25N in Redken for about five minutes while leaving the hairline out around her face for that bright pop of blonde. I then toned the ends with 9V + 9P in Redken to cut any leftover brass.

This look is great for someone who wants a lower maintenance hair color. There are many different versions of this color, but it can be done on many different hair types. I recommend good haircare at home with a heat protectant and oil for moisturizing the ends to keep the integrity of the hair. Investing in a good shampoo and conditioner is also very important.

Effortless & Natural Beachy Look

Q&A with style creator, Whitney Lynn Williams
Colorist / HMUA / Davines Educator @ Head and Heart in Lexington, KY


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as an effortless, natural, beachy look. The highlights are placed and meant to bring brightness and dimension to the natural hair color. The light pieces in the front pop and bring emphasis to the face, while the lightness at the bottom brings attention to the length.

The cut is blunted on the ends to make the hair look fuller and thicker, while the layers are shattered and seamless by taking weight out of the interior. I wanted the cut to feel lived-in and effortless.

My favorite part about this look is the different layers of dimension with the color and the way the color flows. It makes the client shine, enhances her hair color, and even adds a little bit of texture to a simple style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When considering this look, it is important to consider the tone of the color and its placement. Correct placement will ensure that the color grows out naturally and frequent touchups aren’t always necessary. Choosing the correct tone of blonde is also really important. The wrong tone can bring out unwanted colors and features in the skin, especially if it pops next to your face.

This color and cut are meant to be long-lasting, easy to style (with options), and effortless, so it’s perfect for the minimal styler or the on-the-go woman. The cut (depending on texture), should encourage volume and movement at the right parts of your face to create angles, but it should have a strong line so it lengthens a rounder-shaped face.

Bouncy Layers

bouncy layers for round faces
Instagram @hairbyashleyfillip

If you are considering this look, first make sure you have enough hair to accommodate the necessary weight removal needed to create all the various layers in this swelling technique. This particular cut works best for women with dense hair and a round or oval face shape.

When it comes to styling this look, blow-dry with a round brush and prep the hair with a volumizing mousse, a heat protectant, and amplifying blow-dry cream.

This look is very versatile because it leaves enough hair on the head to allow for a sleek and professional top bun by day, and big, glamorous curls by night. Also, this look can easily be pulled back into a ponytail for those on the go and in need of a quick ‘do.

Soft & Natural Layers

soft and natural layers
Instagram @bree.thehairco

Opt for a soft, natural look in layers. It’s perfect for those who want length and a “pow-wow” look!

If you want a look that’s easy to maintain and looks good when it’s down or in a ponytail, this cut/style is for you. This look is also ideal for those who crave movement in their hair but want to maintain the length.

When creating this look for a client with a round face, the layers in front should start a few centimeters below the chin.

Softer Upkeep

Softer Upkeep hairstyle
Instagram @shelby.hair

Q&A with style creator, Shelby Harper
Hairstylist @ Euphoria Studio Salon in Frenchtown, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This look is for a client who loves to be blonde but wants a softer upkeep or lower maintenance growout.

My client travels from Virginia to New Jersey a few times a year to get her color and cut done, so the overall goal is to keep it as blonde as possible but have the color last until the next time her schedule allows her to travel back. She still gets compliments MONTHS after her service!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love the long, swept back bangs for almost any face shape, and the fun part is changing the length to customize the cut for each client. For this look, we kept the bang longer because of her round shape and also so she can flip from side to center part when necessary!

She is a mom of two young kids, so the length also helps for an easy top bun or pony. This look is simple to style on a daily basis or can easily air dry with the layers and face frame!

The styling for this look was done with Arrojo Styling Whip, Set and Style Spray, Working Spray, and a Bionic 1 1/4-inch curling iron.

Long Modern Shag with Side-Swept Bangs

Modern Shag with Caramel Waves hairstyle
Instagram @mindilyn

Q&A with style creator, Mindi Chapanian
Stylist and Educator @ Aveda Richard Michael Salon in Costa Mesa, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a long modern shag with soft caramel waves. I love the effortless style this look provides. It complements any texture and is customizable to fit any face shape.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A shag is perfect for anyone who desires a low maintenance, modern silhouette. I recommend using products that enhance natural texture while simultaneously controlling frizz such as Aveda’s Nourishing Styling Creme.

This look can be styled very easily by air drying or with light blow drying. I also love enhancing the ends with a curling iron!

Middle Part Long Bob

Middle Part Long Bob
Instagram @tangledupwithlana

Balance your face shape with a matching center-parted lob! It’s simple yet effective in making you look cute all day!

Classic Long Hairstyle with Beach Wave Texture

Classic Long Hairstyle with Beach Wave Texture hairstyle
Instagram @ramieliyaho

Q&A with style creator, Rami Eliyaho
Hairstylist @ Square Salon in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a classic long hairstyle with texture and movement. My favorite thing about this look is the texture and how it creates movement to give a natural, soft look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would advise using a heat protecting product before smoothing the ends. Add Loreal Hollywood Waves Siren Waves on dry hair, then use a 1 1/2-inch curling iron to create soft beach waves, alternating the direction of each curl. Next, use Loreal Next Day Hair generously to create the textured look. Finish with a small dab of Loreal Mythic Oil to create separation on the ends.

I wanted to keep the bang a bit long so it can go into a ponytail and to get a soft face frame. Her hair type is thick and between straight and wavy. I did a dry point cutting technique to get more texture and movement.

This haircut works well on medium to thick hair and for women that like natural soft texture and movement. The bang can be shorter or longer depending on the face shape and lifestyle.

Natural Waves with Swoop Bangs

Natural Waves with Swoop Bangs
Instagram @hairbyevasf

Q&A with style creator, Eva Rodriguez
Haircut Specialist @ Hair By Eva in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would call this a long layered with a swept bang. I love how it balances out her face shape. On a fuller face, having a little bit of height at the top and fullness near the temples balances out the fullness in the cheeks and jawline.

The swept bang (as opposed to a traditional bang that lays fully across the forehead) leaves an opening on the forehead that adds length to the face, giving the rounder face more of a diamond silhouette. The waves moving away from the face add body and softness to the whole look. It’s modern and romantic at the same time.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style actually translates well onto a wide range of face shapes. The only must on the round face is to keep the bang swept and open on one side. The traditional bang across the forehead will shorten and box in a round face.

When styling, start out with mousse for hold and lift especially at the roots. Blow dry upside down until 90% dry then finish with a medium-size round brush by rolling the round brush all the way to the roots then releasing by twisting the brush loosely, leaving a big loop curl at each section. Give the hair a couple of minutes to cool before running your hands through it and finish with a very light dry, working spray.

The second drying method is to use mousse and a heat protectant spray all over, dry 100 percent and then go back in with a 2-inch curling iron or wand and wave the hair away from the face. Allow cooling for a few minutes before running your fingers to soften and blend the waves before finishing with a very dry, working hairspray.

If you happen to have a natural wave in your hair you can try a no heat method. Using your favorite wave encouraging cream, gel, or mousse throughout the hair and twisting sections back with your hands while the hair is damp and scrunching periodically while it air dries can also give you a pretty finish.

The most important part of getting this look is in the haircut. A solid architectural foundation in the shaping of the haircut is going to make your day to day styling doable.

Long Waves with Long Bangs

long ways with long bangs hairstyle for rounder faces
Instagram @eastonhair

Opt for a lengthy and shaggy cut with fringe! This hair fits perfectly on girls with soft facial angles and a cute smile.

Low-Maintenance Layers

low-maintenance layers
Instagram @nothingobvious

Opt for long layers and longer face-framing. It looks really great on girls with very long hair.

Girls with curly/wavy hair will like this style because it is so low-maintenance. The hair won’t look super bulky at the bottom, instead, it will be moving in more defined waves/curls. When they want to air dry their beautiful locks, some hair oil or cream for curl/texture (or even a salt spray) will be a great styling product.

Shorter Face Frame

Long hair with face-framing bangs for round faces
Instagram @randa.rivera

This long shag with bangs is very trendy right now. The shorter face frame in the front helps open everything up and give the look more movement.

Given the varying lengths throughout the cut, I recommend it to anyone who naturally wavy hair. Use a leave-in conditioner and argan oil when the hair is wet, and a styling paste after the hair is dry for hold.

Sunkissed Long Layers

Q&A with style creator, Anessa Espana-Reid
Owner / Stylist @ Elevate Salon in Griffin, GA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This long layered cut with rooty balayage highlights beautifully frames the face and is a great way to create an optical illusion with any face shape. The dimension the highlights give against a darker base can help “contour” the face by drawing attention to areas with lighter pieces and creating shadows in other areas to give depth.

This look is sunkissed and natural, like a little girl’s hair lightened in all the right places. The most wonderful thing of all? It has a gorgeous growout with minimal upkeep!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I always recommend a sulfate-free shampoo for any hair that has been colored. It really helps maintain the color longer. As for styling products, I really love “It’s a 10” on the ends of lightened hair as a heat protectant to seal and help with the overall integrity of the hair.

Kenra Uplifting Foam is awesome for giving airy volume at the roots and Redken Velvet Gelatin blow dry gel was used mid-shaft to ends to smooth the cuticle of the hair, to give it memory, and for a cushy bounce. We finished off with Kenra 13 for a lightweight, movable hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for heart shaped and round faces. The long layers slim and frame the face while the highlights and lighter ends make the face appear longer. Also, for anyone wanting to ease into highlighting or hair color, this is a way to do it while looking natural and not too obvious.

This look is great for college students, ladies who love the organic “rooty look”, or anyone that just wants something more low maintenance than an every four week appointment. They are all in love with this style!