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The best hairstyles for oval and round faces

14 November 2019 | By Leigh van den Berg

Whether you’ve got an oval- or round-shaped face; there’s a hairstyle for you, and a celebrity who rocks it. We look to the stars for some inspo.


Consider your face shape before getting a new hairstyle and you’ll be celebrating when you leave the salon, not shopping for a new fedora. Here are few flattering styles that will play up your prettiest features. 

The oval advantage

Famous faces 

Beyoncé, Charlize Theron, Tyra Banks, Uma Thurman, Jessica Alba

An oval-shaped face is considered ideal in that it can pull off any hairstyle. Lucky you!

Cuts that work 

•    Long, short, curly, straight – whatever style you pick you’ll be sure to look good, so the world’s your oyster. 
•    If you’ve been blessed with sexy curls, keep them sleek and well defined with a few spritzes of John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Daily Styling Spray. 
•    If you want to create spirals without the commitment of a perm, consider a long, curly weave. 

Cuts that don’t

Nothing really. Consider yourself free to experiment.

Round and proud

Famous faces 

Miley Cyrus, Chrissy Teigen, Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Lawrence

Women with round-shaped faces are blessed with soft, feminine features.  Longer styles are particularly flattering as they streamline the face.

Cuts that work 

•    A style with face-framing layers that ends a few centimetres past the chin is particularly flattering for this face shape. 
•    Texture-wise, smooth, sleek hair tends to elongate and flatter a round face best. To get the look, start by blow-drying your hair poker straight. Next, run a flat iron through the lengths and finish up with a few quick spritzes of a finishing spray. If you’ve got ethnic or very curly hair, consider using a relaxer kit such as Dr. Miracle’s No Lye Relaxer Kit. You can then achieve your desired length by using straight hair extensions. 
•    Gentle waves can also help detract from the roundness and soften your cheeks, provided they’re longer in length.
•    As “Once Upon A Time” star Ginnifer Goodwin proves, women with round faces can still rock a pixie. Just avoid volume on the sides of your head, as it may make your face appear chubby.

Cuts that don’t

Avoid anything that stops right on your jawline, has too much volume on the sides, or comes with a heavy fringe (this will only make your face look rounder or shorter).


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