Curly short hair for round face 2018

With additional reporting by Alexandra Owens

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Long, Kinky-Curly Layers

Kerry Washington has always been a natural beauty and. Case in point: these curls, honey. They cascade past her shoulders and the shorter layers around her face add a beautiful softness to the look. We needed answers for her secret weapon to keeping this hair full and lush, so we went to Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, who has been Washington's hairstylist for over a decade. “When it came to the hairstyle, I felt like she needed volume and texture,” she said of the actress's kinky curls. “The layers opened up her face and added movement to her hair."

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Fringe and 'Fro

The bangs soften and frame the face while drawing attention to the eyes. In order to slay this look like Yara Shahidi, take notes from hairstylist César DeLeon Ramirez, who has worked with the Grown-ish star. “I really can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting a regular trim every six to eight weeks. Especially if you have a very specific cut with a very specific shape that you want to maintain and keep fresh.”

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Long Beach Waves

Nobody does beach waves like Blake Lively. Nobody. Hers look hydrated and add balance to her face by narrowing and softening around her chin. Play up those tousled strands and enjoy the freedom to shake things up by retaining moisture, specifically when the weather changes. “Summer, with the harsh sun and heat, tends to dry out your hair,” says Ramirez. “So as you transition out of the season, it’s important to do some deep moisturizing to get hair hydrated and healthy.”

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Art Deco Waves

Take this flapper-inspired look for a spin and modernize it with feathery, voluminous curls. Maintain this Old Hollywood style by having ends cut bluntly. If you have a high forehead, fan out curls for definition and a touch of creative flair, as you see here on Janelle Monáe. “Reduce volume at the crown and increase volume around the chin. This will create more balance and will soften the sharpness of the chin area,” Ramirez suggests.

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Soft & Scrunchy With a Bang

Get that wash and go appeal like Laura Dern's wavy, shoulder-length hair. Scrunching is the major key to a perfect air-dried look, making sure the product leaves a lustrous finish. Dern’s piecey, side-swept hair proves a little bang goes a long way. This should be your go-to if you have fine hair, but are looking for a boost.

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Shoulder-Length Layers

Direct your attention to how full Melina Matsoukas’s curls are. This shoulder-length haircut is a classic. It provides facial symmetry from all angles by opening up and framing your face, plus it lets you have volume without your hair getting too big. If you like your hair a bit longer, beware of shrinkage. “You should consider not cutting off too much because with curly hair, the length can be tricky or deceptive,” warns Sturdivant-Drew. “Meaning you could cut off more than you would like because hair stretches when it’s wet.” Ramirez advises, “curly hair should be cut dry.”

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Classic Pixie Cut

Forget everything you've heard about short curly hairstyles. Halle Berry's tough, feminine crop works on nearly any texture and isn't as high-maintenance as you'd think. Ask your stylist for a graduated pixie style. "You don't want a precision cut," says Morgan Willhite, creative director at Ouidad. "It should be longer on top to show off the texture and choppiness." Let it dry naturally and use a frizz-control product, like, to give the top separation and shine. Just be sure you want this style before you cut it all off: "When your hair is that short, you can't hide behind it," Willhite says. Getty Images

Sculpted Pixie Cut

This fierce style comes in so many variations, but the shape in which Taraji P. Henson rocks it is what sets it apart. This tapered cut brings dimension to her face with the short sides and flourishing texture up top. This cut is also a good one if you’re in the process of reviving your curls from heat damage and you’re not afraid to snip away layers of transitioning hair.

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Wavy Lob

Emilia Clarke may curly play a woman who dances with dragons on television, but nothing is more fire than always serving a good hairstyle. This shape is fitting for someone with looser curls or waves, who loves body and a bit of bounce. Depending on your texture, you may have to reach for your curling iron with this style to give a little zhoosh. “In between cuts though, you can help maintain healthy hair by using the right products,” says Ramirez. “Especially when it comes to heat styling. Make sure to use heat protecting products.”

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Corkscrew Curls

They say you can’t have everything, but actress Julia Garner has naturally flawless skin and fantastically tight curls. Separate them for a fluffy, sassy look. Here’s a hack from Ramirez: “With an oval-shaped face, you have more versatility, just make sure to keep an overall balance. Opt for a cut that will play up the volume in your curls to fill out where your face may be most narrow. With this shape, you can even pull off shorter cuts.”

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Modern Afro

No, this isn't the same Afro your auntie rocked back in the day. 's is an update on the iconic ’70s style. "It's a refreshing silhouette," says Lorraine Massey, co-owner of Devachan Salon. This works better on coarse, tight textures than loose curls because you need the volume to get the fullness. "This is a modern, precision Afro," says Willhite. "It's a teardrop shape: round at the top and tapered at the ears to hug the jawline and give it more shape." And while this style best complements a round or square face (long face shapes tend to be exacerbated by the silhouette), it doesn't have many other rules — just make sure it's properly hydrated with a leave-in conditioner so that it has a healthy sheen. We like.

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Blended Bangs

To get Marion Cotillard's soft, wavy look, ask for very light layers along the bottom of the hair and blended bangs that fall to mid-eyebrow. "These bangs can suit a lot of people because they're side-swept and not too short," says Massey. While tight curls and coarse hair might have trouble with this beachy look (unless you're willing to blow it out every morning), it's perfect for loose, wavy hair with a fine texture.

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Curly Shag

Because this cut is about controlled chaos, it's best for women with a looser curly texture, as seen here on Rihanna. "People often think using a razor is a total no-no with curly hair," says Willhite. "But when you want to achieve a piece-y, shaggy look like this — which is fuller towards the roots and wispier at the ends — a is the best strategy." To avoid letting this style get frizzy, skip this look if your hair is super textured, as this works better for looser curls. Use a serum or pomade, like, when hair is damp and let it dry naturally — don't touch it. Getty Images

Long, Wavy Layers

Because of the length and layers, people with naturally wavy or loose curls like Kate Hudson can pull off this look well, says Willhite. The cut enhances the hair's natural softness. Keep the layers below the chin so curls don't get too bouncy. According to Massey, women with fine, less textured hair might have a hard time with this cut (unless they're willing to spend their mornings with a curling iron). A light spray gel, like, adds texture without weighing strands down. Getty Images

Long Curls

Taylor Swift's curls are best suited for fine, wavy hair. Ask for a long, layered haircut with short, angled layers at your jaw to create a side-swept look in the front. If your waves are falling flat, use an enhancing gel while the hair is wet. To control frizz, use the diffuser with your blow-dryer.

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Tight Curls and Steep Layers

Don't be afraid to go big with your curls, like does. "Getting it big with a diffuser is what's fun about [this look]," says Willhite. Ask for long and wispy (not blunt) layers using a slide-cutting technique. "If you put too many layers at the top, it will get too curly — you want it to be softer around the face," she says. Use a hydrating product like leave-in conditioner, and when hair is dry, go over random pieces with a curling iron to give your curls extra definition.

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Long, Loose Waves

Sarah Jessica Parker is practically the poster child for curly hair, and with good reason: Her polished waves are both smooth and bouncy. "Her face shape is long but the long hair length works because it has volume," says veteran hairstylist Kim Kimble. "Having width in the hair gives hair life and movement so it has a story." Make it a good read by using the.

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Cascading Curls

You know that lioness vibe you desperately try to achieve and make it look as if you didn’t try at all, but you really tried it all? Actress AnnaLynne McCord has mastered this fierce style. "AnnaLynne’s natural curls and the volume created by her sweeping layers around her face bring attention to her eyes," states Sarah Potempa, the inventor of the who has worked with Emily Blunt, Lea Michele, and Hailee Steinfeld.


Triangle Cut

Bringing a whole new definition to the term "go big or go home" is This is Us star. The angled shape avoids flatness at the roots while booming with curly ‘fro goodness. Hairstylist Vernon François recommends his. “It’s packed with nourishing ingredients that moisturize and revive hair, like mongongo oil, which has sun-protection properties, coconut oil which softens, and MiruStyle CP, which is a styling agent that encourages curls’ spring factor.”

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Textured Bob

We’re always here for a playful, messy bob. What we like most is although this is a blunt cut, Orange Is the New Black star Selenis Leyva's ends look really healthy, preserving her wave and body.

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Pinned Curls

Sometimes a little frizz is a good thing. Operative word: little. It works for Tamera Mowry-Housley along with the slight side part that helps to separate curls, creating a fuller and more polished look. "This hair [style] is flattering because it highlights the features of the cheekbones and eyes," notes Wallace.

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Tousled Bob

Model Arizona Muse may be known for strutting on the catwalk, but she should also be recognized for her wonderfully. Tym Wallace — who has tossed the hair of stars like Taraji P. Henson, Brandy, and Zendaya — suggests this look can work for everyone. "This hairstyle works well on, as well as all facial shapes because [it] gives volume to the overall face, enhancing cheekbones and eyes."

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Lush Layers

We always knew mermaid hair was possible, but this is beyond. Supermodel Joan Smalls is serving major almost-waist-length layered ringlets that fittingly frame her face. Can you imagine how epic a hair flip Boomerang would be?

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Bouyant Banging Curls

When Gabrielle Union decided to start flossing her natural, we knew we’d have hair envy, but this isn’t even fair. "She has a round, sort of heart-shaped face, so having a voluminous soft curl hairstyle with a deep side part works great," states curl slayer Chuck Amos, adding, "it distracts your eye from seeing the roundness of the face; having a slight bang alleviates any 'rounded facial' feelings you have about your forehead."

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Diamond 'Fro

What the stunning Viola Davis did with this style still has us shook. We're simply mesmerized by the sheer volume and symmetry of her ‘fro. According to Amos, "the diamond shape cuts in at the temples and at the jawline, while stopping at the neck, [making] an oval face to look less oval and more round."

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Layered Afro

The glow up is real. Actress Sydelle Noel crushes her opponents in the Netflix original series Glow and takes no prisoners with this arresting coif. The shape of the cut is contoured to her face with smaller curls beginning at the top then gradually getting longer towards the bottom.


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