If you have a round or chubby face, you might want a hairstyle that makes your face appear slimmer. Experienced hairstylists usually know which styles are most flattering to different face shapes, but knowing which styles complement you will help you and your hairstylist choose the best style for a chubby face.

Wispy Bangs

Straight, blunt-cut bangs aren’t the best for chubby faces, as they’re too severe. Instead, opt for off-center or sideswept bangs that fall to your eyebrows. If bangs are too short, the roundness is emphasized. Wispy bangs are a good choice, instead of thick bangs.

Bangs can work with a variety of hair lengths and textures, but generally look better on straight or wavy hair. Anyone with very curly hair should skip the bangs, as you need a more uniform length all over.

Off-Center Part

If you like wearing a part in your hair, part your hair on the side. Center parts only emphasize chubby faces. Your hair should be parted 1 to 2 inches off-center for the most flattering look.


Volume on top of your head elongates your face. You don’t want volume on the sides of your face, as this will only make it look rounder.

If you don’t have bangs, wear your hair off your face, directed to one side, instead of straight back. If you’re growing out your bangs, this is a good way to add height to your crown area. For long, straight hair, keep the sides closely brushed to your head. For curly hair, wear an off-center part and direct your curls to the side.


If your hair is curly, a great cut is crucial for minimizing a chubby face. A rounded cut (or curly Afro) is going to make your face appear rounder. Good haircuts for curly hair leave volume on the top of your hair, while minimizing volume on the sides. Ask your hairstylist for a cut with long layers. It’s better to let your hair reach shoulder to past-shoulder length, as this gives the illusion of a longer face.


If you prefer short cuts, focus volume on the top and keep your sides closely cropped.

You can wear the latest choppy style; just make sure your stylist cuts in long layers and directs them to one side. Your choppy hairdo should stop around ear-length for an elongating effect. Otherwise, wear your hair past chin length.

References and Resources

All Things Hair Online: Face Shapes