What Hairstyle Looks Best on a Woman With a High Forehead?

Overview

When it comes to creating a striking, flattering look, you hairstyle is key. If you have a high forehead, you have a few options that depend upon your face shape. Pull your hair back and study your face in the mirror to determine if you have a long, oval face or a square face with a wider forehead. If you cannot distinguish your face shape, take an eye pencil and trace the outline of your face onto the mirror.

For a Long, Oval Face

If you have an oval face, you have a high but narrower forehead. Rock a hairstyle with bangs that softens your features and shortens your face. Wear your hair long or short but trim your bangs with a blunt cut. They should cross the line of your eyebrows, making your face appear wider. If your bangs tend to frizz or get flyaways, smooth them with pomade and press them with a straightening iron.

For Square Faces

A high, wide forehead matched by a strong jaw line means you have a square face. Your goal is to soften all those angles. Skip the manicured bob that stops at your chin, seeming to point to your strong jaw. Go with a tapered bob instead. The softer waves and chunky, asymmetrical layers that subtly taper past your jaw line have a feminine look. Wispy bangs frame your face and soften the line of your forehead. If you have thin, flat hair, chop the ends with a razor to give this look more movement.

Side-Swept Bangs

Whether you have curls or bone-straight locks, wearing side-swept bangs breaks up the long lines of a high forehead. This look works well with close-cropped dos as well as super-long styles, as long as the hair at the crown is long enough to sweep over the top of your head. Part damp hair deeply on one side. Work volumizing mousse through the hair as you sweep it to the other side of your head. If your side bangs refuse to behave, clip them in place with bobby pins.

Layered Locks

Not all layered hairstyles work with high foreheads. Go with medium or long hairstyles that allow you to integrate layers at the eye and cheekbones. Having layers at these two spots creates strong, horizontal lines to combat the vertical line of a high forehead. Make your layers appear fuller by spritzing them with dry shampoo spray or styling them with volume-enhancing mousse. Finish this look with a side part or bangs, but skip the long, streaky highlights that narrow your face.

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