Hairstyles to Make a Thin Face Look Wider

Sport a set of blunt bangs like Taylor Swift, seen here at the 2010 American Music Awards, to make your narrow face look wider.

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If you have a narrow face, the last thing you want to do is make it look even thinner. Every girl's got her issues, right? Rather than making your face look pin-thin with the wrong hairstyle, choose one that flatters your face so you always look your best. With the right hairstyle you can instantly add width to your thin face and won't be able to stop checking yourself out -- that goes for everyone else, too.

Blunt Bangs

Break up the length of your face by adding blunt bangs. Make sure they hit between your brow and upper lash line to instantly create the illusion of more width. Keep your bangs styled straight so they maintain the blunt look, so no curves or harsh angles here. Blunt bangs cut this length cover your whole forehead, so some of your face length is camouflaged, making your face look rounder.


To create beachy waves in your hair, style your hair into a couple of large braids while it's damp; taken them out once it's dry. Go over your hair with a paddle brush to loosen your hair and get the relaxed, beachy waves you're after. Part your hair down the middle to create a better balance with your face, adding width with the voluminous waves on the sides of your head, rather than elongating and narrowing your face with a side part.

Bouncy Curls

Big, bouncy curls add mega-volume to your hair, creating width on a thin face. Now you just have to get the lift you want, which you can achieve with some jumbo-sized hot rollers. Leave the rollers in your hair until they're completely cool, then remove them and spritz over your hair with a flexible-hold hair spray to keep those curls in place.


An asymmetrical style works well on narrow-faced beauties, as long as you keep the angles dramatic and the length shorter. Rihanna is a good example of a girl with a thin face who rocks an asymmetrical style, and does it well.


Teasing your hair around the crown area instantly adds volume and lift on the top and sides, widening your narrow face. You can tease your hair before creating any style by spritzing hair spray on the underside of your hair at the roots and combing the hair backward with a backcombing brush. Work in sections and go back over sections as needed.

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