Hair styles that will make you look thinner
by SheKnows Beauty & Style Divas
WHAT SHAPE ARE YOU IN?
When looking for the right face-slimming haircut, the first thing to consider is the actual shape of your face. Round faces are roughly as wide as they are tall… and since you’re reading this, your face is probably rounder than you would like.
But whether your face is round, squarish, rectangular or heart-shaped, the goal typically remains the same: to make your face appear oval-shaped — length about one and a half times its width, with your jawline being slightly narrower than your forehead.
GET A LITTLE TRICKY
Erik von Spindler, a stylist at Lukaro Salon in Beverly Hills says the right cut can help trick the mind’s eye and make your face appear more slender. Layering is key for achieving that effect, he says, and there are also specific hairstyles to avoid.
“No bobs and no short hair,” says von Spindler. “Think vertical stripes on slacks or a dress as opposed to horizontal stripes.”
Stylist Shellye Bolton at Scottsdale, Arizona’s Spa Du Soleil, agrees. “I would probably not do anything too short, not do anything too wide, and have some fringing and soft lines around the face to conceal part of the cheek area and chin,” she says, adding that hair should ideally fall somewhere between the bottom of the ear and the top of the shoulder. A side part will also help to de-emphasize your face’s circular symmetry.
Bolton also notes that getting a cut that’s smoother and closer to the head can give the illusion of a thinner face. Another way to create the suggestion of length in the face by is adding some height to the top… but do so within reason. “Don’t get too big – none of the big Texas hairstyles,” she laughs. (That same “no” goes for avoiding the poofy, teased hair that was literally big in the eighties; and mullets are a big never — no matter where you live or what the era.)
FORGET THE BIG BANG THEORY
Both stylists warn women with round faces to steer clear of blunt-cut bangs – a straight-cut fringe across the forehead, or, as Bolton puts it:
“Don’t get the straight Buster Brown bangs of days of the old.”
While most stylists recommend against a hard line across the top of your head, you don’t necessarily have to avoid bangs altogether. “Pretty much every facial shape looks good with a little bit of a bang,” said Erin Fink, a stylist with Sachi Salon in Scottsdale.
COLOR YOU SKINNY
In addition to a flattering haircut, both von Spindler and Bolton suggest using highlighting and color creatively to help to make your face appear thinner. “Contrast is good because it creates shading, and shading is also slimming,” says Bolton. “So I wouldn’t put a big blonde hairdo on a very large woman. I would probably have some blondes mixed in with some browns for a sun-kissed look.”
Although Von Spindler said he turns to highlighting to add some depth and dimension, still, he suggests not placing too much emphasis on color.