Ask any hairstylist about the best type of fringe for round-faced people and they'll likely answer with either long, choppy bangs or side bangs. Either of these styles have their own transformative powers, but side bangs are the definite go-to for more low-key coverage. And before you ask—no, we definitely aren't talking about the heavy side-swept kind everyone used to wear back in their emo days!
By far the best thing about side bangs is that it's the queen of face-framing. Regardless if it's your cheeks, forehead, or jaw that needs some shaping, this fringe style can easily get you there. And for someone with a round mug, thats the kind of versatility that'll never do you wrong.
Below, we round up 10 flattering haircuts with side bangs that are perfect for round faces:
1. Wispy curtain bangs
Thanks to its face-framing perks, curtain bangs are a perfect fit for round faces in general. If you get the wispy kind, for one, the long strands will fall softly on the sides of your face, softening the appearance of prominent cheekbones and giving the illusion of a longer mug. You'll love it if you prefer a barely-there fringe!
2. Face-framing curtain bangs
For those of you who don't mind a hair-on-the-face moment, a more full-on version of curtain bangs should suit you! As seen on the image below, this look will provide even more coverage than a simple wispy fringe. When styled in outward-facing waves, this cut will make the lower region of a round face appear more oval-shaped and soften a prominent jawline.
3. Classic curtain bangs
As you can probably tell, there are multiple ways to rock curtain bangs on a round mug. And if the ones above aren't your vibe, you can always opt for the OG version of the look. In K-beauty, that means the fringe will cascade downwards from a center part towards the cheekbone, and then flip towards the ear. This style is typically recommended for faces that are wider around the forehead and cheeks since it helps subtly frame those areas.
4. Faceline bangs
Think curtain bangs are too short? Opt for faceline bangs instead. This K-beauty technique patterns the ends of your fringe to the shape of your jaw to complement your face. Aside from providing side coverage, it'll also help give round faces an illusion of a stronger jawline without having to create a harsh blunt cut.
5. Layered lob
Layers are the way to go if you want the effect of bangs without actually getting them. For a round face-tailored look, ask your stylist to create face-framing layers in addition to precise cuts all over your locks. Try combining this with a below-the-jawline or long bob cut, too, since these can provide a flattering contrast to your face by veering away from a round shape.
6. Hush Cut
The hush cut is basically a more low-key take on the shag. It's a great base for some side bangs because the multitude of layers will help your fringe blend in seamlessly with the rest of your locks. Of course, it'll also add some effortless texture—perfect for fine hair that needs some extra puff.
7. Long wispy bangs
While technically not a side bang, a long and wispy fringe can easily be transformed into one just by parting it in the middle. You'll basically have two types of bangs in one! To cop it, have your natural fringe fall at least a half-inch below your eyebrows. This gives you more wiggle room for sweeping the hair to the sides and prevent it from bouncing right back.
8. Pixie cut with side bang
Many round-faced folk are intimidated by the concept of getting pixie cut, and we totally understand. But here's what they're not telling you: Wearing this short chop with a side part and a soft side bang will have you literally covered! This combo works because the partition "cuts" the roundness of the face to create a more angular look, while the bangs help frame your cheekbone.
9. C-curl bob with side bangs
Side bangs can also make the intimidating length of a bob more flattering on a round mug. Like the examples above, the strands will graze your cheekbones to give a softer look to the sides of your face. For a dainty feel, go for a length that's an inch or two below your chin and curl them inwards when styling!
10. Long blunt side bangs
Let's be honest—bangs can be quite a handful in terms of styling and maintenance. That's why if you just want to have shorter sections for just-in-case situations (e.g. updos that need face-framing strands), blunt side bangs are the way to go. Because these aren't shaped to be an actual fringe, you can easily blend it with the rest of your locks when you don't need it.
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