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Hairstyles for round faces: The best cuts and styles for women

What gal doesn't want to look in the mirror and say "Dang! I look good!" At SheKnows, we know you want to put your best face forward so our team of Beauty and Style experts have set out to uncover the best beauty and style tips out there...

Hot hairstyles for round faces

Many women have round faces -- and, as the celebs below show, that doesn't mean they're fat! If you're one of those girls, what are the best hairstyles for you? Get some tips -- featuring advice from hair expert Karen Shelton of HairBoutique.com -- here!

Woman with round face getting haircut

Making the most of what you have

  • If you have a double chin, keep the hair around your face above chin level to draw the eyes upwards. The back may be grown a little longer -- a bob would be ideal.
  • If you have a short neck, a short cropped style will make a shorter neck appear longer. Long hair worn up will give the same effect. Well-placed highlights will also slenderize the face. Highlights that are woven around the face in an "angel halo" effect will also help an overly round face appear thinner.
  • Long hair can be worn just as easily as short- or medium-length hair as long as you wear your hair "forward" onto your face to create a more "oval" appearance. Don't be afraid to wear your hair any length that you like!
  • While you select your style, be sure to take into consideration the texture of your hair. If your hair is thick and coarse, you would do well with a style that benefits from the "bed head" look around the crown.
  • If you have curly hair, you can use the curls by letting them add height at the crown. You can also wear your curly hair longer, with the bulk of your hair pulled back behind your ears, or with just a very few ringlets along your face to minimize the fullness.

Breaking the rules

Camryn Manheim

Ghost Whisperer star Camryn Manheim (shown at right) is a classic example of someone letting her hair be the way she wants it to be and not following the strict rules for a round face.

Another celebrity who throws the rules to the wind is Baby Spice of the recently-reborn Spice Girls. Her very round face is often coiffed in styles that would not normally be considered the "perfect" style for her face shape -- but they still work!

One great way to find the best style for your face shape is to buy fashion, beauty and hair magazines and look through them for examples of hairstyles that you like and think would be flattering to your face shape and hair texture. Make a special hairstyle scrapbook of the styles you like best and then take the entire book to your stylist and ask them to advise you on some styles.

Enjoy your style

One thing to keep in mind is to find a style that you enjoy. There is no point is selecting "the perfect style" if it is impossible to maintain, it feels unnatural, or you just don't like wearing it.

One trend that is definitely emerging in the hair and beauty industry is individuality. If you see a style that you love and it doesn't fit the "rules," wear it anyhow -- or modify the style slightly so that it works well for your face.

The bottom line is to have fun with your hair. If you love your look -- whether it fits the rules or not -- you will look better because you'll be happy with yourself!

Need more ideas? See photos of celebrity hairstyles at the SheKnows CelebSalon! >>

Up next: More photos of hairstyles for round faces! >>

Read on to the next page to see our gallery of actresses with round faces and check out their hairstyles.

Photo credit: Nikki Nelson/ WENN

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