If you have a round face you may think that bobs are off limits, but the classic shape can work with the right details. Round faces, or faces that are wider than they are long, can be challenging to flatter. Many popular styles add width at the sides of the face, exaggerating the proportions of this face shape in an unflattering way. Even adding height at the top isn’t a simple solution; it can make the head look triangular instead of balancing width. What works better are clean vertical lines and soft diagonals which elongate and soften. Waves, deep side parts and asymmetric lengths are great options. Click the style notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin

Step: Adding angles is the best way to flatter a rounded face. Try a side part, asymmetric length, or a side swept bang to add diagonal lines.

Step: Keep length square. A-line bobs push hair forward, closing in the edges of the face. A straight across outline that falls below the chin will elongate.

Step: Add layers to taper the ends uniformly, removing bulk for a slimming effect.

Step: Style with volume and movement. Use styling whip to fluff up and curl enhancer to maximize natural texture.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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