3 Haircuts That Make Your Face Look Thinner
News flash: Contouring with reckless abandon isn’t the only thing that can make your face look more sculpted. (Which is excellent news considering we’re all about the highlight now anyway.) Makeup aside, the right haircut can also transform your face shape for the better. When snipped correctly, your hair can swing and frame your face in a way that makes rounder faces look narrower and adds subtle definition.
“When getting a haircut, the number one rule someone with a round face should take into account is to stay away from blunt lines,” hairstylist Tyler Colton tells us. “Hard lines tend to look very young and make your face appear rounder than it is.”
With that in mind, we asked him and hairstylist Amy Bradbury of Kennaland BK to share the top three haircuts that sculpt and slim your face. If you’re looking to make your face look slimmer, bring one of these photos to your stylist. Scroll through to see the haircuts!
This post has been updated by Amanda Montell.
Colton suggests opting for a lob at least three inches below the chin. “It can extend down to your collarbone, and make sure to ask your hairstylist to add some shattered layers to help define your face,” he says. To add separation and definition to your lob after styling, we suggest a spritz of Amika’s Un.Done Texture Spray ($24).
“I recommend bangs if you’re trying to draw attention to your eyes,” Bradbury says. “Sideswept bangs are ideal for downplaying the roundness of your face.” If you’re styling your bangs into a deep side part, warm up a flexible styling pomade like Leonor Greyl’s Éclat Naturel Styling Cream ($46) and pat your palm lightly at your part to keep your bangs in place without weighing them down. Then, run the leftover product through your strands for added shine.
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In the end, it’s less about your face shape and more about finding a haircut that suits you. “Make sure your stylist takes the texture of your hair, your styling routine, and your personal style into consideration before making any cut decisions,” Bradbury says. “At the end of your day, your haircut should make you feel confident.” Word.
Want more haircut inspo? These are the all-time best haircuts for thin hair!