21 Flattering Short Haircuts for Oval Faces

Short haircuts for oval faces

Short haircuts for oval faces are cuts that complement oval face shapes, such as a rounded chin and wide cheekbones. If you have an oval face, getting a short cut for your hair allows you to choose which feature of your face you want to highlight. Cut it in layers, dye with highlights, or pair a fringe with your short hair.

First things first – you own an oval face if you have wide cheekbones and an overall rounded shape that’s more in length than in width. Among all face shapes, it’s easiest to style an oval face because any cut will almost always look flattering!

With a perfect face ratio like that, you really can have it all! Depending on your facial features and personality, you can opt for layers that frame your face, angles that highlight your cheekbones and jaw, or bangs that hide a long forehead.

Consider your hair texture because it adds a lot to the structure of your cut. If you need more inspo, take a look at how beauty superstars Ciara, Ashley Graham, Kim K, and Rihanna enhance their symmetrical faces with a fitting short haircut!

The power is really in your hands since you’ve got plenty of options to pick! So to our lucky oval-faced ladies, here’s a collection of the most popular short haircuts for oval faces!

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Cropped Cut for Long Oval Faces

short haircut for long oval faces
Instagram @anaa.favaron

Having an oval-shaped face is a blessing from the skies! The very versatile shape takes on any short hairstyle very well. Like this spiky pixie undercut, longer faces experience a flattering effect thanks to the strategic side-swept bangs.

Neck-Length Hair for Round Oval Faces

short haircut for round oval faces
Instagram @chrisjones_hair

Enhance those rounded edges with a wavy style. This short bob on an oval face shape has long strands that help emphasize a more elongated feature, achieving a well-balanced look.

Medium Short Cut

medium short haircuts for oval faces
Instagram @kaduoficial_

Ladies with the oval shape of the face will kill any fashion style by having this medium short cut on an oval face. The faint but voluminous waves create an illusion to make a face seems skinnier. One can always be party-ready when pulling off a hairstyle like this.

Short Inverted Bob for Thick Hair

short haircut for oval faces and thick hair
Instagram @beauticole_

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Ruiz
Hair Stylist @ Rae Talbot Salon in Castro Valley, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is my example of a textured, short A-line bob cut. My favorite thing about this look is how it can either be a clean, structured bob with a simple classic blow out while easily transforming into a more organic, tousled finish.

My guest had very thick hair; therefore, a lot of texturizing and weight removal was a must. I achieved this airy bob using a variety of slide cutting and deep point cutting. She liked the “messy” look, and in my experience, that is the preferred outcome for most clients today.

To finish off this bob, I enhanced her natural wave by using my hands to mold the waves in place as I blow-dried the hair with little to no brush action. After being 100% dry, I finished this look off using the Kevin Murphy product “Touchable” (a light-weight spray wax), which gave her this lived-in end result. I believe this is a desirable look for many clients looking for a low-maintenance short cut while feeling playful and airy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for this look is to know that styling is always going to be a factor. Whether you have short hair for an oval face or a certain hair type, the result of your daily look cannot all be relied on your haircut alone. I strongly do believe this is a great cut and style for any face shape or lifestyle. The shortness in the back provides easy styling and easy maintenance for a busy lifestyle while having the length in the front provides a flattering angle for any face shape that requires length to be added.

For face shapes that need to remove length to the face, a bit more shape through the sides is recommended, similar to the work done here. Product to achieve this look on the daily is a necessity. Anything to give control to the hair, protection and touchable movement is where you’re going to see the details of this haircut come to life.

What I used here was all Kevin Murphy. I pre-washed with Maxi. Wash to remove any previous build up on the hair, following with Young.Again.Wash, which is an ultra-rich and moisturizing shampoo to revive brittle hair that has been through the wringer, whether it be because of chemical causes or natural ones.

For conditioning, I used Young.Again.Rinse which also has an ultra-rich consistency to smooth the hair and to add extra fatty acids and proteins to rebuild the hair. For wet products, I used Anti.Gravity is an oil-free spray that adds volume and reduces oil build-up from the scalp. It removes static and helps control the hair weightlessly. Finally, for dry products, I used Touchable, which is a lightweight spray wax that helps mold the hair for ultimate texture.

Short Wavy Hair

short haircut for oval faces and wavy hair
Instagram @angelaloveshair

Have you ever been thinking if the mixed oval face and wavy hair can give a pretty and decent style? Fix your gaze on this and give yourself enough time to be mesmerized. This messy-like waves on a neck-length bob cut and jet black hair color prove that simplicity can turn into elegance in no time.

The Best Short Cut for Over 40

best short haircut for oval faces over 40
Instagram @beth_haus

Q&A with style creator, Beth Jarvis
Hair Stylist @ Haus Salon in Minneapolis, MN

How would you describe this look?

I love cutting this short haircut! I love how versatile and flattering this cut is on so many face shapes and hair textures. It feels short and sleek while at the same time, being youthful and feminine. It’s a great shape for adding fullness and volume to fine hair. Soft swept bangs are a great way to bring attention to the eyes and cheekbones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anytime you’re going shorter with a cut; you’re looking at cutting it more frequently – a client should consider that when deciding on a length. This shape styles easily, though, so you could be saving time on your morning routine. This was quickly blow-dried with Oribe’s Maximista Thickening Spray at the root and finished with a little Oribe Dry Texturing Spray to add volume and hold without being too stiff.

Short Pixie Bob for Straight Hair

short haircut for straight hair oval face
Instagram @mariedee_hair

Q&A with style creator, Marie Fleuristin
Hair Stylist @ The Cherry Blossom Salon in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look?

I would call this a grown-out pixie or shaggy pixie. My favorite thing about this short hairstyle for an oval shaped face is it’s very versatile.  You can put it in the back of your ears to expose your beautiful facial features, or you can wear it wet for that trending wet look. My rule of thumb is if I love the way it looks wet, then I know it will look fab when it is blow-dried.

For clients with thick hair (like the one pictured), I like to razor cut to add softness around the face and for the hair to be wispy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this haircut for any woman who is tired of keeping their hair in a ponytail and looking for a change. I can recreate this cut on any face with some adjustments to fit the person’s profile.  This can be worn wavy, wet, blow-dried, and messy depending on the texture.

One thing to consider is the curlier the hair, and the more prep is needed to achieve this look. If you have thick hair, your stylist will need to cut it using a razor, scissors, and thinning sheers. I recommend a good blow dry leave-in spray, texture creme, and a light-hold hair spray. My favorite is from KMS or Goldwell.

I recommend applying some light products after washing and then following with a paddle brush and blow dryer. I like to air dry it a bit first for to at least 70 percent dry then proceeding to use my flat brush. I blow dry forward towards the face and then push it back, which will help me in finding the natural part. I finish with texture creme and light hair spray. I like to let my clients play with their hair while they’re in my chair until we find the perfect placement.

Short Hair for Black Woman with an Oval Face

short haircut for oval faces black female
Instagram @mahrithemaven

Oval face shape is a known versatile shape, and black ladies out there having this face shape can rejoice as much! A versatile face shape combined with rich colored skin is the perfect combination of exploring various styles and looks.

Short Haircut for Fine Hair

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Mears
Hairstylist @ Tangles Hair Salon in Cold Lake, AB

How would you describe this look?

This short cut is so versatile! The styling opportunities are endless, as she can wear it smooth and sleek (like in the photo), messy and full of volume, styled as a pompadour, or pieced out and choppy!

It’s cut with a 45° graduation on the sides (up to the temples) and back (up to the occipital bone), leaving the top section out. The undercut is to ensure she gets more volume on top and less on the sides. The top is it shorter in the crown area to longer at the fringe area, allowing for an A-line effect!

The color we chose to do only enhances the cut! The purple we put in on an angle to show through the layers and to add a bit of dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is great for anyone with a round or oval face shape, who has fine hair. As far as styling goes, I find it’s quite easy to do.

Depending on what you’re going to do will alter the product you put in it. I’d suggest mousse and some form of smoothing cream or oil. For more volume, I’d blow-dry with a brush to help get the hair off the scalp. If you want something sleek, then I’d smooth out with a flat iron. If you wanted messy with volume, I would curl the hair with a flat iron or curling iron, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you want it a bit pieced out, I will put some wax or pomade through to break up the hair.

I think this style is great for anyone! Short hair for oval faces is super easy and fast to do. My suggestion if you are looking to go short, make sure you ware prepared for it! But if you want it, I’d say go for it!! Hair is a wonderful thing; it always grows back.

The Best Curly Hair for an Oval Face

short curly haircut for oval faces
Instagram @mouseybrowne

Q&A with style creator, Tara
Dry Haircutter @ Mousey Browne in Sydney, Australia

How would you describe this look?

It’s a lip-length bob on waves. It’s a versatile short bob shape that can work for many different hair textures. You don’t have to commit to having a part with this look, as it’s designed to be flipped from side to side all day long.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This short hairstyle for an oval face can be easily styled with a leave-in conditioner and sea salt product on damp hair left to dry naturally, then flipped around. It’s great for someone with an oval face wanting a low maintenance style with a wow factor.

Very Short Cut for Over 50

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Velez
Hair Stylist @ EPIKA Salon and Boutique in Clermont, FL

How would you describe this look?

This short cut for oval faces is a feathered pixie with curtain bangs. My favorite part about it is all the soft texture and the fringe. This is her natural color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

First, I would say this cut is all about softness and shape. All I recommended my client to use is Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray at her root to give her body and lift. We also used the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Mousse to hold the shape when she blow-dries. I suggested she used her hands to move the hair around her face and shape her fringe when she blow-dries.

This cut is great for someone with an oval face who has fine-textured hair because it lays so nicely. Anyone can pull this haircut off if they’re confident with themselves and know how to style!

Super Short Cut for Plus Size Oval Faces

short haircut for plus size oval faces
Instagram @stephydoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Daniel
AVEDA Color Coach & Master Stylist @ Stephanie Daniel in Richmond, VA

How would you describe this look?

This is a classic pixie cut for oval face shapes using modern barbering techniques. My client is very low maintenance and requires her style to be fast and easy to take care of. It has an androgynous quality while still being soft with no harsh lines.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Take your hair type into account when picking this short hairstyle. How much time and energy are you willing to devote? This client’s hair type is straight, fine, and medium-density with no definitive part. Styling is relatively quick with a light hold gel and pomade for definition after it’s fully dry. Just 5-10 minutes tops from wet to styled!

Short Pixie Cut

short pixie haircut for oval faces
Instagram @headcandy_salon

Short haircuts for oval faces will look flattering with a short pixie cut. Getting this look is an effective way of telling people how you can slay short haircuts for oval faces as easy as ABC. Try this and be prepared to hear lots of compliments starting from day one.

Sassy Haircut on Short Hair

short sassy haircut for oval faces
Instagram @salonzuberenz

This is a short and sassy haircut for a strong, sassy spirit you got in there! A naturally brunette-colored hair appears so glorious on a short hair that is almost pixie, paired up with long sided bangs curled to put on texture and volume on the style.

Jaw-Length Bob for Chubby Oval Faces

short haircut for chubby oval faces
Instagram @culturedwisdom

There is a difference between wants and needs, but this short haircut on an chubby oval face is something that you will both want and need if you have an oval shape of a face. Ideal for chubby oval faces is this perfectly cut neck-length bob. By creating a little wave at the front part of the hair, it gives very subtle texture while keeping the back hair looking fine and straight. The stylist Wisdom Campbell from Durham, NC, said he “styled with Oribe Straight Away, Royal Blowout, and Dry Texture Spray” just to come up with this gorgeous look.

Short Bob Cut with Bangs

short haircut with bangs for oval faces
Instagram @xelamack

Q&A with style creator, Alexandra McDonald
Hairstylist @ Atelier by Square Salon in Las Vegas, NV

How would you describe this look?

This is a classic short bob with blunt fringe and layers. This cut never goes out of style! I love the versatility of a bob. There are countless ways to cut it, wear it, and style from the length, amount of layering, and type of fringe.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for women with short hair and an oval face would come from letting a client know how to maintain this cut at home. I always explain the maintenance that goes into each haircut I provide. With blunt fringe (or any fringe, really), they need to know how to blow dry them properly. I want to make sure that this client knows the level of commitment something like this takes and know that they are comfortable with that.

Short Blonde Hair

Q&A with style creator, Sandy Autry
Master Stylist @ Grateful Head Salon in Demorest, GA

How would you describe this look?

I see this short hairstyle on an oval face shape, and it gives me life. It’s sophisticated, classy, and funky-sassy at the same time. The platinum color sets off this cut and shows off the fade on the sides and back.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be aware of the maintenance for not only the cut but also the color. Platinum hair like this is best maintained every 4-5 weeks. The cut requires a fade every 4-5 weeks also.

Styling possibilities are endless, as you can wear it straight, wavy, or curly. Have fun with it! Volumizing powders, dry texturizing sprays, and fiber wax can be your best friend.

Short Layered Haircut for Over 60

short layered haircut for oval faces and over 60
Instagram @lizthomasoc

Q&A with style creator, Liz Thomas
Hair Stylist @ David Salon in Costa Mesa, CA

How would you describe this look?

I would call this short hairstyle a shattered bob. I did the cut and color on this client. This client was a total transformation I foiled her entire head with highs and lows using all Goldwell colors. The short layers make the highs pop.

My favorite part about this look is the cut because she has straight hair. I gave it some texture and movement, and it just feels fun. I remember Kerri says, “I just feel like myself again.” She had such a fun, spunky personality that she needed her hair to match with.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This type of bob is best for fine, straight hair. If you have any type of curl, it will need more time for styling and the use of a straightening cream. It would just give you a different look. I used a mousse and finished dry with a spray wax to hold the textured look both made by KMS.

I would recommend this short layered haircut for women over 60 who have again straighter hair and struggle with achieving volume. This look can be customized depending on face shape, but this short haircut is best for oval-shaped faces. If you like to wear your hair back and up, this is not the style for you.

The Pompadour Short Cut

natural short haircut for oval faces
Instagram @capelli_april

Q&A with style creator, April McNabb
Hair Stylist @ Capelli Salon in Birmingham, AL

How would you describe this look?

This short cut with an oval face is fresh, modern, and free. I love the fact she went from shoulder length to a pixie.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel like petite features look good with shorter hair. Just have the courage to take that step. Sometimes shorter hair does take more work because you can’t put your hair in a ponytail, but I think short hair can be anywhere from fun, sleek, to funky!

Medium to Short Cut for Fat Oval Faces

short haircut for fat oval faces
Instagram @tessera.techniques

A perfectly textured and volumized style on this short haircut is indeed a work of art. These loose waves on vibrant copper hair perfect for fat oval faces will give peace on earth because there is, at least, one thing we can all agree on — this bob is envy-inducing.

Chin-Length Haircut For Thin Hair

short haircut for oval faces and thin hair
Instagram @emilyewright

The undercut on this straight bob is a great short haircut for women with oval face shapes. The side-part gives volume to one side which thin hair needs.

Short Bob Haircut

short bob haircut for oval faces
Instagram @rebecca_inthelab

Due to the versatility of the oval face, any cut will do them good! This short bob with blunt bangs elongates the face and provides a frame where the face is refreshingly presented.