Of all the face shapes, the round shape might be one of the hardest to work with. It’s not a bad face shape by any means, but guys with round faces have a few less styles to choose (as opposed to guys with oval or square faces).
However, it’s easier than you might think to find amazing haircuts for guys with round faces. But first, you need to determine if you have a round face, and if you do, there are some key stylistic points to understand.
How to Determine Your Face Shape?
If you’re unsure what face shape you have, check this article which provides a thorough method of determining your face shape. Generally, a round face has soft features instead of prominent angles.
If you have a round face, you’ll want to avoid certain stylistic elements while embracing others. The key is to add volume while avoiding bulk. Adding volume will add more dimension to your face and give it more angles to work with.
Avoid center parts and long hair that goes toward the temples, as these elements add width to the face. You’ll also want to avoid buzz cuts, since they add more roundness to your head. And if you like long hair, don’t go too long, since long hair will also add width.
The idea is that the hair is shorter on the sides and longer on top. The hair on top should have good volume to it and be styled upward. Counterintuitively, undercuts don’t always work with round faces. They can actually accent the roundness, so we recommend not choosing an undercut.
Our collection of haircuts for guys with round faces help to add angles and dimension to the face. With those tips in mind, here are our favorite haircuts for guys with round faces:
The pompadour’s slicked-back style makes it one of the trendiest haircuts for guys with round faces. Tall pompadours are especially ideal because they add a ton of volume to your hair. Shorter pompadours can also work if you have haircut restrictions (for example, in a workplace) or if you simply like the shorter style.
How to Cut: The sides should be buzzed with any razor length––we recommend a #2 or #3 for short pompadours and a #4 or #5 for longer styles. The top of your hair should be at least 3 inches, though it can be longer. Your hair should also be tapered so it fades into your neck.
How to Style: Styling the pompadour is a 3-step process. First, apply a few generous scoops of pomade to damp hair. Comb your hair backward (all the way down your neck), evenly distributing the pomade. Second, if you want a part, now is the time to make one. Third, use the comb to lift the hair at the front of the head. Lift it upward and backward using a rolling motion. For more volume, you can blow dry your pompadour upward.
The faux hawk is a nice choice if you like more adventurous hairstyles. This will give you incredible volume and add angles to your face. We recommend showing pictures to an experienced stylist to get this cut.
Like the pompadour, you can modify the faux hawk to be more extreme or more conservative, depending on your preference.
How to Cut – Faux hawks don’t explicitly require any certain lengths or types of cuts. However, you will need medium-length hair (at least 3–4 inches) to get a good, noticeable faux hawk shape. The sides and back should be shorter, but the exact length is up to you. The shorter the hair on the back and sides, the more the faux hawk will stand out.
How to Style – Have some hair product at the ready. You can use pomade, gel, or wax, but make sure your product of choice has a good, firm hold to it. Start by applying the product to damp hair. Comb it in, then comb the hair on top of your head straight up. Form the faux hawk shape by pressing the hair together. Add any spikes or other embellishments as you wish.
If you’re looking for an edgy way to add volume but don’t like the faux hawk style, try adding some spikes to your hair. It’s an attention-grabbing style, but it’s definitely not for everyone.
When spiking your hair, you can define the spikes however you’d like. This can result in tall spikes or more messy, tousled spikes.
How to Cut – Like the faux hawk, a spiky style doesn’t demand any specific haircut. The most important factor is the length. If you want more dramatic, standout spikes, you’ll want a longer haircut. If you want more subtle spikes, go for a shorter cut. Many haircuts can be spiked well, so you can get something like a side part and then spike it.
How to Style – The styling process is crucial. You’ll want a hair product with a firm hold; for most guys, a medium pomade will do the trick. This works best with straight (or straightened) hair. Apply product to your hair and distribute it by either running your fingers through your hair or using a comb. Then, create the spikes.
For shorter spikes, simply grab a small portion of your hair and style it upward. For longer spikes, you’ll need to approach your hair in sections, tying up your hair with ties or clips. Work on one section at a time, starting from the root and styling upward.
The side part is perhaps one of the most flexible haircuts for guys with round faces. It gives a timeless look that complements almost all outfits and personal styles.
It can also be paired with other styles on this list, like the pompadour or the basic round face haircut. It’s a versatile concept that you can adjust to your liking.
How to Cut – The side part is a universally recognized haircut that’s easy to get. You’ll want about 2 to 4 inches of hair on top of your head to make the parting easier. The sides should be buzzed, and the exact blade length is up to you (we recommend #3 to #6). Also, ask for a taper (also known as a fade) on the sides and a tapered neckline.
How to Style – You’ll need a pomade with a medium hold. Apply it to your damp hair. The more pomade you use, the shinier your hair will look.
Next, choose a point at the back left or the back right of your head, depending on which direction you want your part to go in. Comb all of your hair backwards to this point. Then comb the sides down. Add a little hairspray if needed, and you’re done.
One of the more edgy cuts, the vertical haircut is a surefire way to get volume and lots of it. You’ll need a good bit of high-quality pomade or wax to make this happen, but it’s worth it if the look is what you’re after.
The vertical style is also something you can use with a variety of haircuts. Try experimenting and see what you like.
How to Cut – Since the vertical haircut is all in the style, you can get a vertical look with a wide range of haircuts. If you want the vertical haircut as your everyday style, we recommend getting a standard haircut; that is, long on top and short on the sides. The undercut and side part haircuts are both good options in this category.
How to Style – You’ll need a pomade with a good hold (and maybe some hairspray). Work the product into your damp hair, then begin styling. You can use your fingers or a comb to tease the hair up into a vertical direction. You can finish off with a little hairspray if you’re going for an especially tall style.
High volume haircut
It’s all in the name! If the vertical haircut isn’t your cup of tea, you might enjoy the high volume haircut. Like the vertical haircut, this style can also be applied to other haircuts, so try out different combinations.
How to Cut – This is another hairstyle that’s not totally dependent on the type of haircut you get. Since you’re going for volume, you’ll want at least 3 inches of hair, but the longer your hair is, the more potential volume you’ll have.
How to Style – There are a few hair tricks you can use to get the most volume possible. Styling with a blow dryer is a surefire way to get more volume out of your hair. Blow dry your hair in an upward direction after you’ve applied the product. Remember, your hair should be slightly damp, as this will help your hair move around more easily.
Another way to get volume is by creating texture in your hair. Tousle your hair before you blow dry it to get extra mileage out of your hair.
An asymmetrical style will add dimension and depth to your hair while also creating a strong point of visual interest. There are plenty of asymmetrical cuts and styles to choose from.
It’s important to apply the concept of asymmetry to the side part referenced above. By parting your hair an inch or two off center (to either side), you’ll de-emphasize the roundness of your face. Short sides also help with this (but we recommend symmetrical sides).
How to Cut – You have a lot of options for asymmetrical styles. Some are wild and stylish while others are more subdued and classy. Usually, the sides and back are cut normally, while the top is cut asymmetrically. It’s important to work with a good stylist and provide pictures of the style you’re after. Since asymmetrical haircuts tend to be more trending hairstyles, we recommend you visit a good men’s hair stylist (not a traditional barber).
How to Style – Depending on the intensity of your chosen asymmetrical haircut, you’ll need different types of hair product. If you go with a more toned-down style, a pomade or gel with a medium hold should work well. For more extreme styles, you’ll need to look into other products, such as styling creams, waxes, and pastes. These will allow you to retain a lively style while not losing the finer details.
If you like having a fringe as a main feature of your hair, then you’ll definitely want to go with an angular fringe. The angles will add an extra layer of dimension to your face and detract from its roundness. If you have a longer, rounder face, this style will especially suit you, since the fringe will help your head appear shorter.
How to Cut – The sides and the back can be cut to your liking. If you’re in doubt, start with a #4 clipper (about a half inch of hair) and go up or down from there.
Of course, the important part is the fringe. Tell your barber to cut your bangs at an angle, and ask for variation in length. The result should be a somewhat asymmetrical, messy fringe that looks good worn down or tousled.
How to Style – Since an angular fringe is more of an element than a style, there’s technically no styling required. However, you can use some light gel or wax to fix your fringe into place. Otherwise, you can style your hair as you would for any other style.
This iconic fifties hairstyle is a great hairstyle for men with round faces because it adds sharp angles to your face, which helps to fill it out more. That said, the flat top might not be your style of choice, and it doesn’t work with all round faces. But if you like it and think it will work for you, then you’re in luck, because it’s a simple style to get.
How to Cut – The sides and back should be clipped using a fairly short clipper setting (from #2 to #4 is a good range). Ask for your hair to be clipped in a straight line to create a flat surface. Then, your stylist should lift up all of your hair and use a clipper over comb technique to create flatness across the head. Your hair should get shorter as it approaches your crown.
How to Style – A good hair wax or gel will help the flat top haircut look its best. Simply work the product into damp hair, then brush or comb your hair upward and backward.
Side swept bangs
This style borrows elements of the side part and angular fringe hairstyles to create a third option. The side swept bangs will add asymmetry to your face and give you a flexible style.
How to Cut – As usual, the sides and back should be clipped short, but the exact length is up to you. The fringe is the important part here. You’ll want the bangs to have some variation in length, and you can even sport a choppy fringe if you like the look. The important factor is to have somewhat long bangs that you can sweep to one side.
How to Style – You may not require any styling products to get good side swept bangs. Simply comb or tousle your fringe to either side. If necessary, add a little gel, wax, or hairspray to fix it into place.
This one’s technically a hairstyle, even though it’s not the hair on top of your head! While it is bending the rules a little, a beard can add some nice visual contrast to your face, especially if you avoid a round-looking beard.
How to Cut – This part is easy––just let your beard grow!
How to Style – Now you can trim and style your beard. A great option is a close-cut beard with hard lines that appears very angular and boxy. This will offset the roundness of your face and add more dimension.
Asymmetrical Messy Fringe
High Volume Brush up
Angular Fringe and Beard
High Volume Undercut
High Volume Hairstyle
Undercut and Beard
Textured Angular Fringe
Spiky Brush Up
Side Swept Textured Fringe
Side Swept Messy
Brush Up High Volume
Side Part Skin Fade
Brushed up Undercut
High Quiff Hairstyle
Side Swept Short Fringe
Elegant Quiff Hairstyle
Daniel Radcliffe comb over
Make the most of a round face
It’s easy to find stylish haircuts for a round face once you know what to look for. These haircuts for guys with round faces are a guide to inspire you and lead you to a style you love. Try mixing and matching some of the styles, like a pompadour with an asymmetrical side part.
When in doubt, ask for extra length on top and short sides. You can modify it and style it in any way you like. And as always, be sure to take pictures to your barber or stylist to get the most accurate cut possible.