Whether you prefer wearing your mane short or long, browsing haircuts for men with round faces will help you find a cut that suits you. Read on to see 30 trending cuts and learn which styles best suit your face.

Why Haircuts for Round Face Men Matter

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If your face is about as wide as it is long or your cheekbones seem to be the widest part of your face, the haircut you choose can make or break your look. Men with round faces need haircuts that visually slim, lengthen, and create angles around the face.

Since round faces don’t have the balance of oval faces, the sharpness of square faces, or the tapered chin of heart-shaped faces, they rely on a good haircut to fill those gaps.

But if you thought being a guy with a round face meant most haircuts won’t look good on you, we are so pleased to tell you that you’re wrong. Dozens of haircuts are perfectly suited for men with round faces.

We’ve compiled our favorites to show you examples of haircuts for round faces men will appreciate. Whether you’re itching to go shorter, want to keep your hair long, or just want something fuss-free and classic, we’ve got you covered.

See our top examples of haircuts for round faces (men edition) and learn what haircuts you should avoid at all costs in our guide. With a style for everyone, you’re sure to find a cut you love.

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30 Haircuts for Round Faces: Men

Men with round faces can visually thin and lengthen the face with any of these haircuts. Find the one that you like best and save the photo to show your barber! You’ll notice that these haircuts and styles focus on adding height up top or keeping the sides nice and short.

Drop Fade With Side Part

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Drop fades are great for round faces. The shorter lengths up front combined with a hard side part draws the eye upward to visually lengthen the face.

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Neat Brushed-Over Fade

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Keep things tidy with a brushed-over top combined with a shorter fade on the back and sides. It’s perfect for round faces because it minimizes volume on the sides of the head.

Close Cropped High Fade

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High fades are perfect for rounder faces because they keep the length super short on the sides. Keep the top close-cropped for a clean and tight look that slims the face.

Brushed Back With Classic Fade

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Fades are always popular, and paired with a longer, brushed-back top, it’s perfect for men with a round face. This cut slims the face by making it appear longer.

Volume on Top With Fade

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Guys with thick hair can show it off by concentrating all the volume up top. Have the back and sides faded to create a little contrast for a modern look.

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Curly Fade

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Curly hair can be a challenge for men with round faces. But as long as you keep the sides tight and leave the curl up top, it’s perfectly suited for this face shape.

Short Buzz Cut

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A buzz cut is a simple and effective way to create the illusion of a longer face. Thanks to the short all-over length, there’s no extra fullness at the sides and it’s easy to maintain.

Knotted Man Bun

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If your hair has reached the long bob length (somewhere between the chin and shoulders), you might be able to pull off a knotted man bun. With the hair pulled back, you get the same slimming effect as having short hair on the sides.

Brushed Back Top With Fade

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Keep your length on top and have your barber fade the back and sides short to visually lengthen your face. A little gel will keep your hair in position once you brush the top back.

Styled-Up Tight Fade

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You can always leave some extra length on top to expand your styling options with a fade. Keeping the hair very short before it begins fading on the sides and back gives this cut a neat, slimming look.

Choppy Faux Hawk

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There’s no easier way to create additional volume on top than a faux hawk! Layering on top gives the faux hawk a choppy look that can be worn casually or dressed up.

Up-and-Back Taper

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If you’ve already got the length, just have the sides and back tapered short. Use a little medium-hold styling gel to brush and style the top up and back.

Shaggy Long Bob

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Yeah, the long bob might be a term typically reserved for the ladies, but this specific length can work wonders on a masculine round face. Hitting just at the chin, the hair draws the eye down rather than to the sides to make the face look longer.

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High Drop Fade With Shaved Part

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If you want a unique fade that stands out, a high drop fade is your cut. The fade starts at the temples but gradually dips down toward the back. A shaved part finishes the look.

Slicked Back High Fade

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High fades start around the temples rather than midway down the head. The higher a fade starts, the more it visually lengthens the face. Brush the top back for a suave look that can be dressed up or down.

Mid-Length Top and Faded Sides

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If you prefer your hair longer on top, keep the length concentrated there and just below the crown for a look that’s round-face-approved. This fade starts high in the front and drops down around the back.

Curly Top Taper

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If you have curly hair and a round face, cut and taper the sides short to minimize fullness while leaving a little length on top to show off the curls. With a little facial hair to balance it, this is the perfect solution.

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Tousled Front, Tapered Sides

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Show off your hair’s natural texture by leaving the top long and letting it curl or wave naturally. Have the sides and back tapered to slim the style down for a round face.

Short Top High Fade

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Bump up a buzz cut a notch or two by fading the sides down to the skin. Start the fade up high near the temples for the best slimming effect.

Long Top, Tapered Sides

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For round faces, balance is always important. If you want to leave a little more length and fullness on the sides, you need to add extra length and volume up top to balance it out. This cut is a great example.

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Classic Fade With Hard Part

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Simple styles like this can be worn with any face shape, but this one is perfect for round faces. Close-faded sides and back keep the volume and fullness focused on top to make the face look longer and thinner.

Slick Pompadour With High Fade

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Dapper dudes with round faces rejoice, because this debonair style is right on the money. The fade starts high up to contrast with the long pompadour on top. The look is neat, clean, and a little edgy.

Tousled Front With Tapered Sides

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Get a rugged, casual look that downplays roundness with this tapered cut. It’s shorter on the sides to reduce fullness there, while leaving a little length on top to create messy texture up front.

Full Shaggy Top With Undercut

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Thick hair can be a challenge because it *wants* to puff out. Nip it in the bud by keeping the sides shaved short with an undercut and brush the longer hair on top back and over.

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Hi-Top Fade

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If you’ve got the length on top already, just have your barber fade the back and sides super short and trim the top for a vintage look that is coming back into style.

Long Brushed Back Taper

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Here’s a great “workaround” if you don’t like the idea of cutting the sides short. Keep them long enough to brush and style backward to create the appearance of shorter sides. Use a little gel or pomade in the hair to hold.

Short Classic Fade

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Sometimes simple is best. Keeping the hair short on top means less time to style (if you have curly or wavy hair, it’s even easier), and a classic fade beginning midway down the head ensures your face shape looks slimmer.

Shaved With Beard

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Round faces typically steer clear of shaved styles to avoid the dreaded “baby” look. But with a beard, the style is less rounded and more masculine.

Casual Pompadour Fade

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Pompadours require plenty of length to slick back and stay put, so if your hair is getting long, give this one a try. With a fade somewhere between classic and high on the sides and back, the volume on top draws the eye upward to visually thin your face.

Clean Brushed-Over Taper

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Tapered cuts aren’t as sharply contrasted as shorter fades, but they still reduce the volume on the sides of the head to slim the face. Brush the top over for a clean-cut look.

Tips on Haircuts for Round Faced Men

Now that you’ve seen a good sampling of haircuts for round faces men should go for, here are a few tips to help you get the best haircut that suits your face shape.

Consider your hair type and texture. Browsing photos of haircuts for men with round faces is really helpful, but you also need to consider how your own hair will look in the cut you choose. If you have highly textured hair (coily or curly), will it lay down the right way for the style you want?

Do you have any cowlicks or thinning areas that will affect the result? Does your hair tend to frizz, stick out, or lie flat to your head? Keep all of these things in mind when you’re looking for the haircut that will best suit you.

Avoid volume on the sides. Since the cheeks are typically the widest point of the face in round faces, you want to avoid any haircut or style with lots of volume or fullness on the sides. It will visually widen your face. Opt for close-cropped styles or fades to keep the sides short and help give your face a slimmer look.

Concentrate height up top. Guys with long hair and round faces can really benefit by playing up the volume on top. A little gel can help you style the hair on top up, up and back, or up and over to the side for more height. If you have natural curls or waves, that’s even better. Focusing on adding height up top visually lengthens the face to cut down on the roundness.

Avoid middle parts. While the classic 90’s look (middle part with curtain bangs) is coming back into style, it’s not a great idea for guys with round faces. Middle parts create an illusion of more roundness. Opt for a side part if you don’t like to slick your hair back.

Tread carefully with long hair. Men with round faces can wear their hair long attractively, but you need to be careful how you get it cut and style it. One wrong move, and you’re looking more like Jack Black and less like Leonardo DiCaprio (both have round faces).

Guys with curly hair should avoid wearing it long as curls add too much volume to the sides. Stick with a long bob length, somewhere between the chin and shoulders, and don’t opt for too many layers around the ears and cheeks to properly wear long hair with a round face.

Debra Carpenter
Author: Debra Carpenter

Debra is a Nashville-based content creator and strategist. As the daughter of a long-time hair stylist and salon owner, she’s spent most of her life as a guinea pig for new color and cut techniques. Writing for respected publications like Forbes and HuffPost, she’s committed to bringing her passion for great hair to the masses.