OK. Before we get into all of the great ways that women with round faces can rock a curly hairstyle, how about we define what it technically means to have a round face?
If, while growing up, your aunties pinched your cheeks while talking about how cute your “pie face” was, that’s definitely a clue. Someone with a round face is a person who typically has a relatively wide hairline and fullness in their cheeks. Actors Mila Kunis, Drew Barrymore and Taraji P. Henson have round faces. So do entertainers Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Queen Latifah. Even our former first lady Michelle Obama does. Clearly, if you have one too, you’re in good company!
Now that you’ve got a couple of names to drop the next time someone makes a pie-face comment, here are some ways to style your hair that will leave them in awe while they’re staring at you!
1. TWAs with tapered sides
Some people frown upon women with round faces rockin’ short hairdos, because their hairlines can make their forehead appear larger. But you know what? Music icon Sade has one of the most prominent foreheads around, and she’s one of the most beautiful women we know! Moral of the story? If you’ve got the confidence, wearing a Teeny Weeny Afro (give or take a couple of inches) and then adding some “edge” to it by tapering your sides can exude all kinds of sexiness. Women with round faces are some of the women who do it best.
2. Asymmetrical cuts
Someone else who has a round face is R&B songstress Fantasia. We don’t know about you, but one of our all-time favorite hairstyles that she’s worn is when she looked absolutely amazing with her asymmetrical bob a few years back. What we really love about this look is all of the wavy volume there is up top and the fact that the asymmetrical look gives you the ability to “camouflage” some of your forehead…if you’d like. Plus, since it’s really short on one side and longer on the other, it’s like having the best of two haircuts—all at once.
What is a lob? Basically, it’s a long(er) bob. While you might think this kind of cut looks best on super straight hair, we couldn’t disagree more. Take singer and style icon Rihanna, for example. She’s sported a curly lob (wig) before and between the ringlets and the flowing layers in her hair, it’s a style that’s romantic, flirty and uber-feminine.
4. High updos
If you’re rushing to work and you don’t have time to mess with your hair, no worries. How about a high updo? It’s a nice—and subtle—twist to the always-faithful ponytail. Just put out a few bobby pins, hair clips or big barrettes and pin your ringlets up. You can even add a bit of flair to your look by tying a scarf around your head like artist and philanthropist Alicia Keys has been known to do from time to time.
The reason why we absolutely love layers on curly hair is because it keeps curls from looking weighed down. And, if your hair is naturally fine, it can also give you loads of volume. Just make sure to keep your ends trimmed on a regular basis so that you can keep frizziness at bay. A nice example of layered curly hair is how songstress Solange wears her hair sometimes. It’s full and funky, and it complements round faces perfectly.
6. Faux hawks
Although faux hawks (fake mohawks) may not be quite as popular as they were a couple of years back, they’re so contemporary that they’ll never fully go out of style. Don’t believe us? Have you ever seen actor and activist-in-the-making Yara Shahidi’s take on one? Rather than shaving the sides of her hair, she braided them upwards and then let the top of her hair showcase her natural curls. On a rounded face this is ideal because the sleek sides will make your face appear more narrow. So will the cascading curls only being at the very top of your head.
Let’s literally go out with a bang with the help of one of our favorite entertainers Zendaya. We’re not sure who does curly hair with bangs better than she does! Off the top, it might seem like this is an impossible look to pass off, but the key is to avoid blunt bangs and go with textured ones instead. Also, diffuse your curls a bit to make them looser. The tighter the curls, the rounder your face will appear. As for the rest of your hair, long layers are a good idea; it gives the illusion that your hair is longer. Then you’re all set. The “cuteness” of a pie face combined with the sexiness of a full-grown woman! Perfect.
Do you have a round face? How do you wear your hair? Give us the scoop in the comments section below. And if you’re looking for tips on how to part your hair, based on different face shapes, check out this article.