33 Flattering Short Hairstyles for Round Faces in 2018

Finding short hairstyles for round faces can be a challenge. Many people with a round face shape tend to avoid short hairstyles thinking it will emphasize the roundness of their face. With the right haircut, a round face is able to more than just pull off short hair — it’ll look amazing in it! Each of these hairstyles has at least one feature that makes a round face shape appear narrower. Have fun mixing and matching these to create the perfect short hairstyle for you!

How to Know If You have a Round Face:

  • The vertical and horizontal length of your face is about the same. From your forehead to your chin and then from cheek to cheek.
  • Your cheeks are full.
  • You have a less-pronounced chin.

If You Have a Round Face, Avoid These Haircuts:

  • Short bobs
  • Blunt cuts
  • Short hair with straight bangs
  • Sleek short haircuts

Tips for Choose Short Hairstyles for Round Faces:

  • Skip having bangs if you have a short forehead.
  • Stacked bobs will make your jaw-line appear sharper.
  • Ask for texture in your short hair, as it will diffuse the roundness.
  • To change the focal point away from your face, go with a deep side part.

Here Are Some Popular Short Hairstyles for Round Faces

Shaggy Cut with Balayage Color

Shaggy Cut with Balayage Color
Instagram @kelsievalenti

A messy yet chic straight lob can complement a round and full face beautifully especially when painted with a trendy brunette to blonde ombre. Add a full length fringe to elongate your face length.

Cute Short Curly Hair

Cute Short Curly Hair
Instagram @lucyjacobi

These messy waves painted with warm brown hues are perfection! The soft and effortless styling and cut past the chin balances the whole image, leaving an elongated yet voluminous look.

Lovely Stacked Bob

Lovely Stacked Bob
Instagram @loxbybrynn

Complement your face shape with this cut that’s long enough in the front to balance and give your look an edge, yet short at the back for less bulk. You can also spice up your straight hair with subtle red ends to complete the look.

Beautifully Braided Bob

Beautifully Braided Bob
Instagram @braids_vienna

Keeping your hair past the chin is a trick to make your face seem longer. This accessorized pretty hairdo can easily be done by anyone as long as you have enough creativity.

Sassy Short Cut with Blunt Bangs

Sassy Short Cut with Blunt Bangs
Instagram @styledbygabrielle

This super cute bangs effectively adds volume to the top of her head giving it the appearance of a more oval face. Aside from that, her baby pink jaw-length bob suits her fair skin and accentuates her make-up wonderfully.

Trendy Long Bob

Q&A with style creator, Caroline DeLauder
Stylist & Co-owner @ Form Salon in Towson, MD

How would you describe this look?

This look is a blunt slightly angled bob styled with a beach wave. I love this look because it’s very easy to achieve and is very flattering on most face shapes. I love the color because it’s soft and subtle. This time we only toned the existing blonde that we had foiled about 3 months ago.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for most people. It is low maintenance in color and style. It can easily be worn curly or straight without much effort. If your hair is naturally wavy try a curl cream to enhance the wave and keep the frizz away. I love Davines Love curl cream.

If you have straight hair you can blow dry it with a round brush to create volume or a paddle brush to make it sleeker. Try a smoothing cream to reduce frizz. I like Davines Love smoothing cream. Lastly, you can use a 1 1/4 inch barrel curling iron to add a beach wave to straight hair. This is a great cut because it is versatile and is easy for those who might not have a lot of time to style there hair every morning.

Stylish Asymmetrical Bob

Stylish Asymmetrical Bob
Instagram @xpanago_hair

Q&A with style creator, Chrisy Panagopoulos
Hairstylist @ Fiorio Cumberland in Toronto, ON


How would you describe this look?

I’d describe this look as chic, stylish, and dramatic. It accentuates the cheekbones chin and the neck which are all very sexy features for a woman. It’s a classic cut with a playful edge and can be worn styled or let your natural texture create its own shape.

I love how it balances sophistication and edge. It’s all about the attitude that goes along with the haircut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It takes maintenance, so you’d need frequent cuts to maintain the shape. That’s not to say it won’t grow out well.

Products and a blow dryer should be used to create a sleek smooth finish. A flat iron will define the graphic line of the angle.

If you are air drying, product to smoothen and define any natural texture should be used.

Long Pixie with Side Swept Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Viberg
Stylist @ Jensen & Co Salon in Reno, NV


How would you describe this look?

I love the separation and chunky texture of this pixie. It is playful and messy perfection.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Having the front longer makes this look universally flattering. I think people with rounder faces tend to think they can’t have short hair.

Keep in mind that you must stay on top of your trims (even if you decide to grow your hair out) in order to keep the shape and movement.

Igk Broken Dreams texture paste is an awesome styling product for this look.

Edgy Stacked and Angled Bob

Q&A with style creator, Antonia Ventimiglia
Hairstylist @ Bianchi’s Salon in Royal Oak, MI


How would you describe this look?

This look is a stacked and angled edgy bob with a lot of texture and movement. The color is a cool platinum blonde with heavy pieces of purple throughout.

My favorite part of this look is that it’s edgy and cool, but also so feminine at the same time.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for rocking this look is that you must be a cooler-toned person for this color. After going this blonde, I recommend a weekly healing treatment like L’Oreal Smartbond along with a strong thermal protectant for blow drying and styling. I love Kerastase Ciment Thermique because it literally fills in any weak spots of the hair to prevent splitting or breaking in the future.

This client should be getting a root touch up every four weeks with a haircut every other appointment, so this is a fairly high maintenance look. This look will flatter someone with a round face because it has some height and draws the eye upwards. The stack and angle in the back also give the illusion of a tighter jawline from the profile.

Tapered Pixie Cut with Long Bangs

Tapered pixie cut with long bangs
Instagram @dkatz_hair

Q&A with style creator, Dana Katz
Hairstylist @ House of J. Henry in Portland, ME


How would you describe this look?

This is a variation of pixie haircut. It is tapered tightly it in the back to give it a strong head shape. We left some length on top for movement and softness.

Any advice for someone considering it?

We used L’Oréal Tecni Art – Beach Waves to give it a loose dry texture. We then added Tecni Arts Lumi Controle to the ends for separation and shine.

This look would work well for anyone who wants to put little effort into styling daily but is able to get trims regularly.

Heavy Fringe Pixie with Hidden Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Bethaney Rose Tucker
Hairstylist @ New Vintage Beauty Lounge in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look?

This is a heavy fringe pixie with a hidden undercut. The back is blended to keep a feminine and more classic look.

My client has extremely (I mean EXTREMELY) thick, coarse, stick straight hair and she has a very shallow forehead. We wanted to create a short look for her that would work with those limitations.

Undercutting the bottom took a lot of unwanted hair out and allowed me to create a shape where I wasn’t fighting too much bulk on the sides. It also allowed me to get short around her ear without her hair sticking straight out! Undercuts don’t always need to show, sometimes they are used to create shape by removing weight.

We decided to keep the top of her hair and fringe a little heavy and forward to create length on her forehead. We made sure to add a lot of texture so there was still movement.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this style to someone who wants something bold, but not too edgy. It does require more styling because all of the hair is on your face. I styled my client by blow drying her first with Bumble and bumble Surf Spray for texture and grit, and finished with a wax pomade to piece out those bangs!

I believe anyone can wear this hairstyle as it is very fun and flattering. My advice to anyone who is asking their hairstylist for this look is to make sure you are working with someone who knows short hair. Not every stylist is comfortable with it, and this look specifically requires someone who is paying a lot of attention to detail and texture.

Versatile Textured Pixie with Side Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Clarissa Rivera
Advanced II Stylist @ Balance Salon Spa in Tampa, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is a versatile textured pixie. My favorite thing about the look is the disconnection at the mastoid process. I created a lot of internal movement so that the hair can be worn multiple ways. Even though it is a short haircut, it still maintains a feminine edge, which I also love!

Any advice for someone considering it?

The first question I ask anyone going shorter is how committed they are. It’s crucial to take into account the client’s lifestyle because a look like this does require maintenance every four weeks. On the plus side, it can practically style itself and you’ll be able to achieve a different look for every occasion using minimal product.

Of course, every face is different, so it’s important to highlight the client’s best features and curate a haircut that’s going to do just that. As you can see on my client in the photo, she has a beautiful smile that I wanted to make the focal point. We brought it in tight on the sides with a 3 guard and did a U-shape disconnect at the mastoid process, leaving the length longer toward the front and a ton of texture!

A client’s commitment level can definitely determine the length and shape of the final look. l always tell my hesitant clients that we can take more off at the next visit if they’re afraid to take the plunge right away, that way they feel like they’re on a journey to discover their hair’s true self!

Modern Textured Bob

Modern Textured Bob hairstyle
Instagram @hairby_brenna

Q&A with style creator, Brenna Graves
Stylist @ Bristles Hair Design in Charlottesville, VA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a chin-length, textured bob with a slight angle.

I love the way the strategic texturing gives the illusion of stacking despite the minimal layering. I feel that the soft, textured look rather than harsh angles is what makes this cut fun and modern.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would strongly consider face shape for someone who is wanting this look. For example, someone with a long face may want some fringe or framing around the cheekbone and down to soften the face. Someone with a round face may want to keep the length below the chin to elongate the face.

The texture of the hair would be another thing to consider. A razor cut would be a great option for someone with fine, straight hair that wants this look. My client pictured has medium coarseness with some wave, so I like to just use my shears and point cut, as well as slide cut down internal sections to manually take weight out. I find this method is the best for avoiding fuzzy looking ends on curly or coarse hair.

One thing I love about this look is the versatility. You can wear it messy with undone waves, or blow dry with a round brush for a more polished look. I like to use Design Me’s Puff Me at the root for instant lift and IGK’s Beach Club Texture spray to finish the look off.

Statement Cut With a Flirty Finish

Statement Cut With a Flirty Finish hairstyle
Instagram @rachelnbettis

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Bettis
Master Hairstylist @ Ulta Beauty in Logan, UT


How would you describe this look?

This bold asymmetrical bob is a statement cut with a flirty finish. That statement is really my favorite thing about it! This look is bold and flirty.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is better on straight to wavy hair. Give the hair a nice blowout with a volumizing cream like Redken’s Duo Volumizer and a thermal round brush.  You can sass it up by creating subtle waves on the heavy side with a flat iron or a 1-inch curling iron in big vertical sections.

I love to finish with a texture spray like Matrix Texture Builder. If you want a little more hold, try Redken’s Wax Blast 10.

Unicorn Purple Lob

Unicorn Lob hairstyle
Instagram @beauty_by_babs_

Q&A with style creator, Barbara Anne Davis
Cosmetology Student @ GTCC in Jamestown, NC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this as a unicorn lob. I created this look with edgy meets professional/chic in mind. The sleek angled cut gives you a sense of sophistication, while the color adds the perfect pop of personality.

Early on in cosmetology school, I was taught that when performing a consultation you should ask your client if they want their hair to whisper, talk, or shout. This style definitely raises its voice enough to be just below a shout! I think it’s really important that a person can express themselves through their personal style, and I feel the hair should be the part that ties it all together and makes their look fall into place.

I love this look for its versatility. You can have a smooth, straight bob, or a messy bob full of beach waves.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is very versatile and can be altered in ways to make it work for almost anyone. Inverted styles are classic and a version of this style can be fitting for a variety of face shapes. This cut is usually one I recommend to someone who has a round face that wants their hair shorter and lighter. People with round faces are told they cannot have short hair and it’s not true, you just need to work your angles. Inverted, vertical forward lines help elongate a person’s face and result in a slimmer appearance.

A person’s hair texture plays a huge part in deciding how to go about this cut. Is it fine, medium, coarse, or wiry? Is it straight, wavy, or curly? All of these things will change how you go about creating this same cut, how you layer it, where weight needs to be removed from the hair, and most importantly the styling for keeping this cut looking great after you leave the salon.

For a straight look, you will to blow dry the hair and use a round brush to direct the hair where you want it to go and also to bump it under. Go through with a flat iron if necessary. For beach waves, you can use your flat iron as well.

If you have lightened your hair to get this wonderful unicorn magic color, I highly recommend getting conditioning treatments and a good thermal protection product. Everyone should be using a thermal protection product if they are using any styling tool with heat, even a blow dryer. Healthy hair is happy hair!

Asymmetrical Bob with Cherry Red Color

Q&A with style creator, Lindsey Willis
Redken Certified Colorist / Master Specialist / Hair Cutter @ After FX Spa and Salon in Broken Arrow, OK


How would you describe this look?

This look is best described as an asymmetrical cut or undercut. It’s longer on the top to allow for different styles based on your mood.

My favorite thing about this cut is the versatility and funkiness you can achieve with it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for anyone wanting this style is to try it! Get some Redken Wax Blast or Mess Around, rub it in your hands, then apply it all over your hair to separate and make it funky.

Textured Inverted Bob

Q&A with style creator, Jennifer Christakos
Hairstylist / Owner @ Divine Beauty Boutique in Hatfield, PA


How would you describe this look?

This look is an asymmetrical and textured inverted bob. I love all the movement and texture we gave her so she can “funk it up” or keep it sleek!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This definitely not a wash and go kind of style. Someone considering this would need to have time to style their hair with a round brush. They would also need mousse or some sort of volumizer to give it some hold. Depending on the hair texture, a flat iron may be needed as well.

I absolutely love Amika Texture Spray as a finishing product, but a flexible hold hairspray will work as well. This cut and style can work on really any hair type, it just depends on how much work the client would like to do.

The look definitely needs to be kept up with trims every six to eight weeks to maintain the shape!

Textured Layered Bob with Wispy Bangs

Textured Layered Bob with Wispy Bangs
Instagram @hair_by_sweett

Q&A with style creator, Tonya Penrose
Hairstylist @ The Powder Room in Pensacola, FL


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

This look is fun and sassy and I love the bangs with it! They give a more modern look to a classic haircut.

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

I used Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner, Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost, and Paul Mitchell Extra Body Finishing Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

A textured, wispy bob softens the fullness of a face and the bangs draw you to the beautiful eyes. This client’s hair is thick but fine, but this style can be done on most textures of hair.

The cut is low maintenance and doesn’t take a lot of time to style. It can be worn straight, or throw some texture in to give the more beachy wave look that’s really popular right now!

This look needs to be reshaped every six to eight weeks to keep it fresh.

Messy Lob

Messy Lob hairstyle
Instagram @headrushdesigns

Q&A with style creator, Julie Holbrook
Stylist @ Ave Salon Fashion & Bridal in Ogden, UT


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

This is a slightly stacked lob with a little bit of an angle in the front. It has no layers except a messy interior layer.

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

I use Kevin Murphy products. To blow dry, spray Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity at the roots to get some hold and lift and spritz lightly through ends. Apply Smooth.Again to ends only if you have a frizzy texture or want a little extra hold for curls.

Finish with Bedroom.Hair. It’s a dry shampoo, spray wax and hairspray all in one. It gives that hold without adding weight or being to sticky. I also curled with Hot Tools 1-inch iron.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for those who have thick or thin hair with a fine texture. It works great straight or curled. There are no layers on top so it’s still easy to pull up, but has interior layers so you can still get texture and movement.

It works well on any face shape, you simply adjust where the front pieces hit. This look is perfect for those who only wash a few times a week and for those who wash every day!

Tight Fade Pixie with Blonde Highlights

Tight Fade Pixie with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @riahmai

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Nicole
Barber / Stylist @ Element 808 in Eugene, OR


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

This pixie style features a tight fade on the sides that gradually blends into a textured top. I love this look because it is very versatile and low maintenance.

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

To style this look, apply ADHwet (a medium hold light shine product similar to a pomade) to damp hair. Blow dry the hair forward and to the side using a brush or your fingers. Apply a small amount of ADHdry to finish the look and bring out the texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style to someone with a fast-paced life or someone who doesn’t want to style their hair so much. This look works well with pretty much all hair types.

Simple Neck-Length Bob for Straight Hair

Q&A with style creator, Caitlin Mergard
Designer @ Pump Salon in Cincinnati, OH


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

This is a blunt cut with a soft angle and no layering with minimal texture. I love the clean lines and simple silhouette.

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

Bumble and bumble has amazing products for all hair types. For this look, start with Save The Day serum on damp hair for heat protection and damage repair. Healthy hair is always key! Spray Thickening Hairspray from roots to ends to create fullness and soft hold. Rough dry hair 80% dry, then section and smooth with a round brush.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Finer hair types and those with chemical damage will love that the blunt ends make their hair look fuller. If you have both of those, this will probably be your favorite haircut ever!

Touchable Volume

Short Hairstyle for Round Face with Volume
Style by Megan Smiley, Makeup by Caroline Lease, Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

This rockin’ short hairstyle is tight on the sides and long on top. The top is styled up with a soft finish and serious height.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the top of the hair with a medium round brush, directing the hair upwards to create volume.
  3. Blow dry the rest of the hair with fingers.
  4. Apply a product for texture and volume.
  5. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

PowderFix Texture Powder by Color Proof will give the hair both texture and volume.

Swept Back

Short Hairstyle with Long Top
Style by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

This sexy short hairstyle is short on the sides with the hair at the temples left long. The hair on top is left completely long and disconnected from the sides and back. It is styled up and away from the face, draping over the hair on the back for a flattering finish.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the top of the hair with a medium round brush, directing the hair upwards and slightly to the side to create volume.
  3. Blow dry the rest of the hair with fingers.
  4. Apply a product for texture and volume.
  5. Rake fingers through the hair.
  6. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

LiftIt Color Protect Foam Mousse gives hair clean weightless volume with a “no product” feel.

Platinum Blonde Pixie Queen

Platinum Blonde Pixie Queen
Style by Peles Salon & Spa, Johnstown, PA

This pixie hairstyle features mainly uniform length layers throughout which works as a short fringe around the face. It is styled with the hair’s natural waves and some volume for an ultra feminine look.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Scrunch the hair to promote curl formation
  3. Use a diffuser a few inches away from the hair to dry.
  4. Apply a product for texture and volume.
  5. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

CurlyLocks Color Protect Curl Mousse will enhance and define the hair’s natural curl pattern, and protect it from humidity.

Tucked Sides

This haute short hairstyle has the sides sleek against the head and tucked behind the ears. The top is styled forward and up towards the face with beautiful texture.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the top of the hair with a medium round brush, directing the hair forward and upwards toward the front.
  3. Blow dry the rest of the hair backwards and flat against the head shape with a styling brush.
  4. Apply a product for texture and volume on the top.
  5. Comb the hair on the sides sleek against the head shape and pin it behind the ears.
  6. Set the entire style with hairspray.
  7. Remove the pins once the hairspray has completely dried and set.

Recommended Products:

All Around Color Protect Working Hairspray gives hair to hold that is touchably soft, shiny and vibrant.

Soft Bends

Short Hairstyle with Disconnected Sides
Style by David Bakey, Makeup by Jess Moss, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails

This flirty hairstyle is short on the sides, but definitely not clipper-short. The top is extra long and disconnected from the sides. It is styled forward, upwards, and slightly to the side. The top drapes over on side, but blends in visually. The hair has some bend for texture and some separation for a really cool and chic finish.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the top of the hair with a medium round brush, directing the hair upwards to create volume.
  3. Blow dry the rest of the hair with fingers.
  4. Use a curling iron to add some bend to sections of hair.
  5. Apply a product for texture and volume.
  6. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products: 

Weatherproof your hair and your styling work with HumidtyRx Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray. Just mist it evenly on your finished look and you’re set!

Flattering A-Line Bob

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Mendoza
Stylist @ Rock Paper Scissors Salon in Lake Mary, FL


How would you describe this look?

I did a balayage and shadow root, followed by a gorgeous mixture of hot pink and magenta in Joico intensities for the color. Her cut is an A-line bob with an undercut and lots of texture and movement. My favorite aspect of the overall look has to be the sharp, dramatic angle the cut has. The vibrant color only makes it pop more.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would suggest this look to anyone wanting a short, sassy, fun hairstyle. If you do not want to accentuate or enhance a round face, keep it below the chin. Anyone can pull off this look, as long as you wear it and not let it wear you. Give it a nice blowout, and a quick flat iron to get those angles just how you want them. Add a little bit of shine spray, and you’re out the door!

Modern Graduated Bob

Modern Graduated Bob
Instagram @emiliebhd

Perfect for a short face, this bob that’s short at the back and longer at the front has a natural slimming effect and gives dimension to the hairstyle. Styling it straight and simple offers that amazing shine that anyone can easily recreate at home.

Chic Chin-Length Bob

Chic Chin-Length Bob
Instagram @_rhiannonlee_

This textured short cut has a stunning dimension with those choppy ends and rough layers stacked at the back. Opting for a trendy balayage makes it easier to maintain and grow out.

Asymmetrical Bob

Asymmetric Bob Hairstyle
Style by Kristin Brown, Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Greenville, SC

Making a bob asymmetric adds more interest to the overall look and makes it extra stylish.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a large round brush.
  3. Smooth just the the middle to the ends of the hair.
  4. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops will remove frizz and add luminous shine to hair.

A Cute Short Bob with Long Bangs

A Cute Short Bob with Long Bangs
Instagram @constancerobbins

This charming pink bob can make round faces appear more oval because of the straight long bangs, while also accentuating the eyes and complementing fair skin.

The Best Deep Side Part

The Best Deep Side Part
Instagram @tracycroot

Q&A with style creator, Tracy Croot
Owner / Stylist @ TC Hair & Brow Studio in Fayetteville, NC


How would you describe this look?

This look is one of my absolute favorites! Simply put it as an A-line bob (also known as an inverted bob or graduated bob). I love that it is a classic cut and is totally versatile! It can be edgy, fun, or sophisticated, depending on the detailing of the cut and products used.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This can be pretty much for anyone! This cut works well with any face shape! It doesn’t require a lot of time and effort. For those with straight hair, you can wear it sleek and smooth or waved and tousled. For those with naturally curly hair, this is a fantastic shape for giving your curls a boost of style!

Teased Bob

Teased Bob Hairstyle Side View
Style by Emily Jackson, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

This bob is teased giving it extra volume. This height causes the face to appear longer and more oval-looking.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a large round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops will remove frizz and add luminous shine to hair.