The Best Hairstyles for Pear Shaped Women

Alicia Keys' pear-shaped body is smokin' with longer locks.

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What if you could look like you've shed a few pounds without dieting or even working out? Well, you can -- by simply rocking the right hair cut. Pear-shaped cuties often have large hips, full thighs and major junk in the trunk. This extra volume can show up in their faces, too. Having a complementary 'do; however, can make your face look slimmer and better than ever. You just have to know what to ask for.

Your Face Shape

Although your pear-shaped body plays a role in which haircut you should don, your face plays an even bigger factor. Pear-shaped gals often have "balanced" faces, in which their faces are proportioned. In other words, the only areas that seem to have a bit of weight are the cheeks, chin, neck and the area between the eyebrows. Unbalanced faces, or "closed-set" faces, have features that look crowded because of the extra weight around them. Although it's possible for a pear-shaped mama to have such a facial style, it usually shows up on apple-shaped bodies. Once you determine your face shape, you can figure out which style looks best on you.

Long and Lovely

Women who are trying to look a bit more slim should avoid short haircuts like a plague carrier: Short, blunt hairstyles accentuate facial fullness, which means short is definitely not an option for you. Instead, go longer. Balanced faces look slimmest with hair that hits at the shoulders or below. Close-set faces are flattered by moderate-length 'dos, such as those that sit around the shoulders or collar bone area. Hair that rests on the shoulders or below help to make a face look longer, which in turn makes it appear more svelte as well.

Layered Locks

No matter which face you have, it will benefit from some layers. Face-framing layers fall around the outside of your face, resulting in a slimmer appearance. Ask your stylist to create layers that start around your mouth and work their way down throughout the rest of your mane. The result? A voluminous 'do that is full of body and a gorgeous face that looks like it shed a few pounds.

Hair Height

Love that bump Beyonce often rocks? If you've got a balanced face, go for it. The added height makes your face look longer, which creates a slimmer appearance. Gals with close-set faces, however, should stay away from the added height, as it typically exaggerates a larger face.

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