Women with round faces or chubby cheeks sometimes feel that they have to wear their hair long or add extensions to draw attention away from a plumper visage. But, sometimes all of that hair can weigh you down and look somewhat dated. Bobs are definitely the style of the moments, especially their shoulder length varieties, which still offer length, beautiful silhouette and the desirable slimming effect. Whether you are a blonde or brunette with wavy hair or straight tresses, there is a bob hairstyle that won’t overemphasize your round face. Check out our top 30 options below.
Best Bobs for Round Faces
If you wish to make your face appear slimmer with a bob haircut, go no shorter than a chin length in front. It can be a stacked bob with shorter nape, angled bob, graduated bob or longer bob – lob. Choose an off-centered or side part – they won’t make your face chubbier.
#1: Classic Blunt Bob
When you are blessed with gorgeous facial features and you want to make them the focal point, opt for a blunt haircut. It will allow your eyes to pop without any distractions. Plus, a clean-cut chin length style can work for any occasion.
#2: Short Bob with Heavy Side Bangs
If you are craving for a short cropped cut, but are scared about it turning out unflattering for your face shape, this is the look for you. It allows you to have the effect of a pixie cut with the face-framing benefits of a bob.
#3: Stacked Short Curls
It is no secret that large rollers can provide shorter cuts with the needed volume and fancy curly texture. While the idea may seem dated, you can put a modern spin on it by adding sultry side bangs. Sweet caramel highlights add dimension and keep the style from feeling too full.
#4: Asymmetrical Bob for Round Face
A chin-length asymmetrical bob in a bright blonde hue is sweet and very stylish. It is an ideal look for a woman with a bubbly personality. Plus the side part helps to disguise a plumper face.
#5: Messy Jet-Black Curls
Shorter hair can also be curled with the right tools and styling. Showcase soft, finger-combed waves instead of tight, poodle-like curls for a look that is current and relevant. Plus, it won’t contrast with your fashion-forward blunt bangs.
#6: Wavy Mid-Length Shag
Lobs are some of the most flattering face-slimming haircuts for round faces. And when the front sections are elongated and styled with a messy wave as this sassy shag exemplifies, you get a moderately voluminous hairstyle that, at the same time, slims your face.
#7: Edgy Violet Bob with Side Part
Pulling off short bob haircuts for round faces can be particularly tricky. But hear us out when we say that styling your hair in a concave fashion (meaning that the hair curves inwards) can be exactly what’s needed if your cut is textured. An edgy color like violet or red can also sharpen softer facial features.
#8: Curly Brown Bob for Thick Hair
Being born with naturally coarse, curly hair can often feel like simultaneously a blessing and a curse––while your locks are voluminous, you’re also subjected to unruly frizz. Our solution? Try incorporating large, swooping curls with a large barrel iron and use a smoothing pomade or serum. Or scrunch your locks with a curl enhancer for natural frizz-free curls.
#9: Brunette Bob with Babylights
If choosing between a middle part and a side part for round faces, the latter is better. However, every rule has its exception, as this cute centre-parted lob demonstrates. A middle part helps to highlight your naturally symmetrical features, and if there are some longer face-framing pieces, it works.
#10: Bleached Bob with Red Root Shadow
If you haven’t tried a root shadow before, you most definitely should. And although it’s commonly found with brunette-to-blonde hues, there’s no reason it can’t incorporate more eccentric colors. This red-to-silvery blonde pairing is absolutely perfect with the textured long bob cut for round face.
#11: Side Sweep for Round Face
What other tricks can you use when styling hair for a round face? Layered, soft waves help to give your strands a waterfall-like, cascading effect and pull the eye downwards. A side sweep adds height to your face shape and introduces a fun asymmetrical detail which is also a big plus.
#12: Short Feathered Black Bob
Contrary to popular belief, short bobs with straight bangs are not contraindicated to round faces. The key recommendation for bangs is they mustn’t be heavy. Opt for razor-cut layers and face-framing strands that curl inwards, towards the chin.
#13: Short Side-Parted
This cut proves that bob hairstyles for round faces can be both feminine and sweet while fashion-forward and edgy. Just a slight touch of purple adds a pinch of modern spice to the look that could be referred to as classics, while razored layers convey some extra softness to the otherwise blunt bob.
#14: No-Frills Medium Lob
Not all lobs need to be fused with unicorn colors or wild, asymmetrical cuts to be cool. Sometimes, the most adorable long bobs just need to be layered with a few minor highlights or lowlights to be perfect. Side-swept bangs elongate your face, while the blunt bottom cut helps to sharpen your jawline.
#15: Undone Wavy Bob for Round Faces
Going from black to blonde (especially the platinum or silvery kind), while somewhat difficult, isn’t entirely impossible. Discuss with your stylist the best route for a gradual buildup of platinum. Oftentimes, that may require a few additional follow-up appointments to get the color just right. As for the cut, a shag always bears the right amount of edge needed for a round face.
#16: White Blonde Bob for Thin Hair
One of the biggest mistakes any woman with a rounder face shape can make when choosing a cut is assuming that long automatically means better––which is far from the truth. Bob haircuts for round faces, especially when paired with a bright hue, are especially flattering for this type of looks.
#17: Sleek A-Line Lob
Asymmetrical, graduated bobs are the perfect type of cuts for women with wider faces. Not only do they draw increased volume and height in the back, but the longer, face-framing layers in the front help to narrow the face. In addition, we love this model’s soft brown base color and subtle highlights.
#18: Dramatic Sideswept Bob
The most flattering component of this asymmetrical bob is the side part with a mind-blowing sweep that offers just the right amount of sexy and sassy and directly thins the face.
#19: Sleek Midnight Black Bob
We all remember Victoria Beckham (or Posh Spice) pioneering the jet-black, sleek a-line bob (like the one pictured here) in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. And although her face is narrower than this model’s, the actual look itself is incredibly flattering for anyone seeking classy bobs for round faces. Pair with a dark rouge lip for a modern dramatic look.
#20: Asymmetrical Brunette Bob with Waves
Asymmetrical cuts with varying lengths are ideal for full faces. On the model, the volume of the hair is shifted to one side thanks to the deep part and sexy eye-covering bang. Flip hair outward with a large barrel iron for a fun, flirty Farrah Fawcett appearance.
#21: Bob with Beachy Waves for Round Face
One way for thin-haired gals to pump up volume and texture? Requesting an inverted bob cut (like the one seen here) and creating beachy waves with a flat iron. To enhance volume and achieve an undone appearance, massage a light volumizing powder into the roots.
#22: Dusty Rose Bob with Razor Cut
Bob haircuts for round faces can often feel a bit too structural when they are cut bluntly. But with an ashy blonde or dusty rose color, in addition to soft layers, that harshness is turned into soft edginess. The best part about rocking a sweet, soft pink with a root fade is that the root growth––especially for brunettes––comes in naturally and effortlessly gorgeous.
#23: Silvery Blonde Lob with Waves
There’s no doubt that the grey hair trend is mega cute. But it’s also safe to say that silver locks tend to look slightly better in filtered Instagram or Pinterest photos. The best way to jump on the trend without looking like a grandmother? Choose ashy and platinum mixes that best suit your skin tone.
#24: Balayage Lob with Gentle Curls
Looking to give your medium-length bob a bit more movement and life? Gentle, mid-shaft waves are the best solution. Balayage helps to emphasize the flowing nature of curls even more, giving the feel of depth to thinner, finer strands.
#25: African American Side-Swept Lob
The key to styling bobs for round faces in the most flattering way possible? Introduce asymmetry and vertical/diagonal lines into your hairstyle. This dramatic sweep and descending wave work in tandem for elongation.
#26: Technicolored Bob with Bangs
You don’t have to use asymmetry to lengthen your face if this style does not strike your fancy. A choppy chin-length cut will do just as well. A pop pink bob hairstyle for a round face can be slimming with a little extra color within the middle to direct the eyes up and perceive your face as a slimmer one.
#27: Reddish Gold Waves
Here is an edgy alternative to a sweet strawberry blonde hue. This color blends bold red and shimmering golden blonde for a truly head-turning color combination. The ombre from red to warm blonde gives the illusion of long hair by drawing the eye down, and the waves keep the style from looking too flat.
#28: Angled Style in Two Versions
Curls are not forbidden for chubby faces, as you can see at this photo. If you want a simple style, opt for a sleek side part with a slight curve at the ends. The curled bob hairstyle for a round face elongates your visage. And as for curls, they look flattering if they are not too voluminous.
#29: Inverted Haircut for Round Face
Plus-size women might feel as though they cannot wear short cuts because they emphasize the roundness of the cheeks, but that is why these exaggerated inverted layers are so genius. The stacked layers create a lot of fullness in the back to balance out the roundness of your face.
#30: Stylish Bob with Highlights
This style creates texture with snipped layers, not curls. If the cut is too tame for you, add in pops of eye-catching color. Purple highlights of two shades manage to be fun without seeming too childish.
The roundness in your face should not deter you from trying the popular bob look. With layers, colors and a confident attitude, this is a flattering hairdo for any woman.