Hairstyles for High Foreheads & Thin Hair

Christina Ricci knows that full, blunt bangs masks thin hair and a high forehead.

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If you have a high forehead and thin hair, you're dealing with a couple of different issues. Every girl always wants to look her very best; for you, styling your hair to cover up even part of your forehead makes a difference and creates the most proportionate face shape. This also creates the illusion of more volume in your hair at the same time, so you get to kill two birds with one stone.


A straight style can accentuate a large forehead if you have a center part, but not if you have a set of full, thick bangs cut straight across your forehead. Work a bit of smoothing balm through your hair -- including your bang hair -- before blow-drying, to get it nice and sleek. If you still have any wave in your hair, go over it with a flat iron.


A tousled style gives you a really haphazard, effortlessly-chic style. Styling the hair at the front of your head over your forehead helps cover up part of your high forehead, giving you a more even face proportion. This hairstyle works best on medium to short hair -- a bob or shaggy pixie cut in particular. Scoop up a bit of pomade, blend it up between your hands and work it through your hair. Just shake your hands through your hair a couple of times to get that messy, roughed-up look.

Sideswept Curls

Styling your hair into big curls -- and getting a side-swept style to boot -- creates a lot of width in your hair, drawing the attention to the sides of your face rather to your forehead. A large-barrel curling iron is what you need to get those big curls, after parting your hair far off on one side. Pull your hair over the opposite shoulder and slide a couple of large bobby pins in over your hair at the back of your head to keep the hair from sliding back over to the other side.

Glossy Knot

You don't have to be afraid of putting your hair into an up-do, even with a high forehead. To mask the size of your forehead and build up mega-volume in your hair at the same time, tease your hair around the crown to start. Part your hair to one side, sweeping the hair at front across your forehead. Leave a large loose tendril out at the front, on the side opposite your part, and run some shine-enhancing serum through your strands before securing it in a tight bun shape at the back of your head.


To make the most of your thin hair with any hairstyle, use the right products. Stick with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner -- only applying conditioner onto the ends of your hair to avoid creating buildup and weighing down your already fine hair. Working a small dollop of volumizing mousse through your mane before blow-drying doesn't hurt either.

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