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.
Determining Your Face Shape
If you’re unsure what face shape you have, follow this guide by Birchbox. There are tons of guides out there, but this article provides a thorough method of determining your face shape.
Generally, a round face has soft features instead of prominent angles. Our collection of haircuts for guys with round faces help to add angles and dimension to the face.
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.
With those tips in mind, here are our top 8 favorite haircuts for guys with round faces:
Basic round face haircut
This haircut will give you the essential elements of a style that suits round faces. 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.
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.
To learn more about cutting or styling a pompadour, check out our guide to the pompadour hairstyle.