The Best Hairstyles for a Face With a Low Forehead

Katie Holmes, who has a low forehead, styles her hair away from her face at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in LA.

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Every girl has parts of her face she'd rather not show off. If you've got a low forehead, that just means you don't have a lot of space between your front hairline and your brows. A low forehead doesn't have to be that noticeable, if you style your hair right. Covering up your forehead with your hair will only take up space on your already small enough forehead, so it's important to choose the right hairstyle to leave you with the nicest overall face proportion.

High Bun

For a style that gets your hair up and out of your face, try a high bun. You want a loose, effortlessly chic look, so skip the gels and hairsprays. Instead, work a texturizing cream through your tresses and rake your hair together into a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Wind the ponytail hair around clockwise a couple of times to make a twist in the hair, and form it into a messy, knotted bun shape around the elastic. Secure the bun in place with a couple of bobby pins.

Horizontal Chignon

For a unique twist on the basic chignon style, try a horizontal version. Smooth a glossing product through your hair to give it some shine. Pull it back into a tight ponytail centered at the back of your head, just above the nape of your neck. Fold the ponytail straight up vertically against your head and slide a couple of bobby pins in over the hair, at about the halfway point from one end of the ponytail hair to the other. Fold the loose hair back down so it covers over the pinned up hair, creating a rectangle shape. The ends of your hair should cover over the elastic; pin them into place just below the elastic, and add a few in up top too, so your geometric, horizontal chignon style stays put.


An Afro is a fab hairstyle for thick, coarse, curly-haired gals. It creates a lot of volume around the top and sides of your head, which opens up your face and doesn't cover your forehead at all. If you've got tight curls, you can rock this look right -- and with surprisingly little styling time involved. Blend some hair gel between your hands and run it through your hair while it's still damp. Use a blow-dryer with a diffuser attachment to get your curls dry without turning them frizzy. Use a little bit of shine serum to add sheen, but skip on all other hair products so your style stays looking really natural.

Swept-Up Sexy

A swept-up sexy style is romantic, chic and sultry. It's an ideal hairstyle for a gal with a low forehead, because it pulls the hair up and away from the face. Rub some mousse into your hair to create texture, then tease the hair around the crown of your head. Once you've got some volume built up, part your hair to one side and pull back even sections of hair on both sides of your part to the back of your head. Pin it in place and flat iron or curl over the ends of your hair.

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