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 40 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: Straight Collarbone Lob
Who doesn’t love a super sleek bob cut? If you want to give it a try too, think one straight line cut just above the collarbone. It’s a smooth, elegant take that is also totally easy to style — just grab a flat iron and straighten out any rogue texture. A sleek lob works to slim the appearance of a rounder face by creating the illusion of a longer, thinner face shape.
#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: Cute Warm Bronde Combover Bob
The right bob haircuts for round faces need to have proper face-framing layers. In this picture they are cut just beneath the chin. A combover side part creates additional volume up top, which can be helpful for fine hair. It’s a shape that’s sweet and fun without being too childish.
#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: Tousled Grunge-Style Bob
An asymmetrical style can be the perfect solution to lighten up the weight of thick hair or boost the volume of fine strands. With a side part and the length of one side a bit longer than the other, use a curling wand to create messy waves for a carefree finish. Dip dyed tips show off your creativity — and you can cut them off as your hair grows out!
#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: Sleek Straight Collarbone Cut
There’s nothing as chic as a no-nonsense, stick-straight bob — plus it works to thin out rounder faces. To achieve the look, start styling your hair when it’s wet: comb it perfectly straight and then use hair gel in a downward motion to lock in the shape and add hold and shine. This will work for naturally straight hair.
#10: Disconnected Wavy Gray Bob
Sometimes, the goal of bobs for round faces isn’t to slim, but to play up a bubbly, youthful face. For this task, a wavy, layered approach is best. Ask your stylist for disconnected choppy layers that can be curled without looking too uniform. A lighter hair color like steel gray can really emphasize the fun, tousled texture.
#11: Blunt and Choppy White Blonde Bob
Blunt and choppy cuts are the epitome of cool-girl hair. A platinum blonde base with seemingly haphazard layers feels edgy and modern, and those shorter pieces up front allow for a few shaggy, in-your-face bangs moments.
#12: Teased Deeply-Parted Lob
For this textured lob style, create a deep side part and curl large sections of hair with a 1.5” wand. Be sure to leave the ends of the hair out of the wand, so the result is one large wave that hits at the temples and falls vertically down, elongating the round face. Tease the top for a little extra oomph, and the look is good to go!
#13: Sexy Gray Peek-a-Boo Bob Style
Bob hairstyles for round faces can use bangs to slim the face shape. Dramatic side bangs like those in the peek-a-boo style thin out the face by virtually cutting the visible area in half, and creating a sexy yet sophisticated profile.
#14: Angled Brunette Bob with Bronze Highlights
This straightforward bob features an angled a-line shape with long feathered side bangs. Bronze highlights add some interest to an otherwise simple, classic cut.
#15: Short Curled Bob with Layers
Curling a bob can change the shape of the cut, since it can shorten length and add volume. This style features a middle part and large curls that start midway down the shaft. To get the look, alternate the directions of each wave either towards or away from your face, so they stay disconnected and don’t morph into one wave.
#16: Sassy Straight Copper Red Bob
An inverted bob for round face delivers a sleek and slim silhouette when styled straight. Plus, a bold hair color like a fiery red paired with the classic cut updates the style and makes it more current. Keep it modern and use a flat iron to make sure all the hair is perfectly straight, and finish with a shine-enhancing serum.
#17: Medium Brunette Shag Hairstyle
For a shaggy lob, go with a middle or slightly off-centered part and loose, effortless waves. Use a salt spray all over the hair to boost texture, and curl strands loosely, so that the ends stay straight and retain their length.
#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: Choppy Lob with Bangs for Fine Hair
Fine hair works well with cuts that create more texture using layers, and a choppy lob does so without requiring much from hair’s natural shape. A lob that hits right at the collarbone with classic straight-across bangs looks best without a ton of weight, making it the best pick for particularly thin hair types.
#22: Short Frizzy Blonde Bob for Fine Hair
A short bob for round face that features an asymmetrical cut and edgy texture is very striking. Go for a bleached razored style with darker roots and use texturizing pastes to emphasize volume; embrace frizz and create a one-of-a-kind style.
#23: Choppy Peek-a-Boo Bob
Choppy layers at the bottom of an otherwise uniform bob put a fun twist on a standard cut, and an effortless look like this becomes easy to achieve. After washing the hair, let it air dry and wrap pieces around your fingers in twists as it does, to create a subtle wave at the tip that doesn’t appear too stylized.
#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: Cute Side-Parted A-line Bob
A-line bobs are notoriously classy; when paired with sleek styling and discreet highlights, the cut feels perfectly balanced. Spritz a shine spray to enhance the radiance of dark hair, and if necessary, use a flat iron to embrace the famous turned-in tips.
#26: Tousled Bob with Eyebrow-Skimming Bangs
This bob with bangs for round face is designed to keep things fun and fresh. When hair is all one shade, choppy layers add interest without dramatically altering the shape. The tousled look is a wake-up-and-go style that is particularly cute when paired with a flirty fringe.
#27: Textured A-line Burgundy Bob
If your hair has natural texture and wave, ask your stylist to cut layers that work with this motion, not against it. This a-line bob has a somewhat zig-zag shape towards the front thanks to the sideswept bang angled backwards and face-framing layers that grow longer towards the chin.
#28: Grunge-Style Charcoal Bob
For sexy, easy waves, braid your hair before going to bed and unravel the plaits when you wake up. Shake it out for a texture that’s got bounce without seeming crimped or rigid. Dark roots are grungy and cool when tips are kept super light, and doing it all in a black-to-charcoal fade adds a punk rock touch.
#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: Short Scrunched Bob
If a long bob for round faces isn’t your style, try something chin-length and wavy. To make sure it doesn’t feel too polished or over-styled, use a cream or mousse instead of a curling iron to scrunch layers into easy waves. Dry shampoo can also be spritzed throughout the crown for lift and extra movement.
#31: 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.
#32: 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.
#33: 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.
#34: 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.
#35: 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.
#36: 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.
#37: 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.
#38: 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.
#39: 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.
#40: 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.