Braiding Hairstyles for a Round Face

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Whether you're having a bad hair day or are just feeling creative, braided styles are timeless and feminine. Not only do braids let you create a unique look, the right style can actually flatter and balance the shape of your face. For round faces, the ideal braid will lift the eye to prominent cheekbones and work to elongate the face. From half-up to modern updo, there's a braid hairstyle out there that suits your personal taste and the shape of your face.

Face Flattering Basics

Round faces are usually characterized by an even width at the eye, cheek and jawbone levels. You have a more rounded, less pointy chin and full, rosy cheeks. Your forehead is probably more wide than it is long, giving you the versatility of going with or without bangs. The most flattering styles to your face shape will either add height, create a focal point or both. Avoid a flat, center part without bangs to frame the face as it can add width and create imbalance.

The Edgy Braid

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Firm hold hairspray
  • 6 bobby pins

If you love pushing the envelope and trying the latest trends, go for an edgy half-up braided style. Start by brushing hair to smooth any knots. Then use your fine-tooth comb to create a deep part and flip hair to the side that is most comfortable. On the short side, take a small section of hair closest to the part with your comb. Create a slim French braid about 4 to 5 inches in length, or until it is just past your ear and secure with two bobby pins. Repeat twice more for three separate mini-braids that create a faux-shaved look on one side. This asymmetry elongates your round face and one bare side brings focus to the cheekbone.

The Sweetheart Braid

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Elastic hair tie
  • Maximum hold hairspray

If you love simple elegance and timeless style, go for the sweetheart french braid. You'll need bangs to pull-off this modified ponytail style. Start by brushing hair in the back, then brush your bangs straight forward. Using your fine-tooth comb, create a moderate part for your bangs on whichever side is more comfortable. This style of side-swept bangs should ideally only be as long as the cheekbones to draw the eye up and properly frame the face. Take the main section of your hair and start creating a classic French braid starting at the crown of your head. Leave as much loose hair as you like on the ends and secure with an elastic hair tie. If French braids aren't your thing, you can also pull hair into a ponytail and braid the ponytail, securing the end with another elastic tie.

The Modern Heidi Braid

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • 2 slim plastic hair ties close to your hair color
  • Firm hold hairspray
  • 6 bobby pins

If you frequently stop to smell the flowers and have your head in the clouds, try a romantic take on the Heidi-inspired Dutch braids. This style works best with hair longer than shoulder length. First, use your fine-tooth comb to part hair in the center from your forehead to the nape of the neck. Leave bangs or a few loose strands in front of the ears to frame the face. Using your two main sections, create one braid on each side starting just behind the ear and securing the ends with small hair ties. Flip one braid up and over the crown of your head. Use 3 of your bobby pins to secure the braid to your head, and repeat on the other side. This style adds height and elongates the shape of your face.

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