5 Haircuts That Make Your Forehead Look Smaller

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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who are bothered about their forehead size and those who haven't given it a second thought. If you fall into the former category, we've got some good news. We spoke to George Northwood, A-list hairstylist extraordinaire, who's given us five key hairstyles that will give the impression of a smaller-looking forehead. More than a little clever with his scissors, the salon owner regularly cuts the hair of Meghan Markle, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Alexa Chung. He's famed for creating those cuts that look totally effortless yet stylish, especially if you just want to let it dry naturally. 

Meet the Expert

George Northwood is a professional hairdresser and salon owner with over 14 years of experience in the hair industry.

In our chat with Northwood, he explained that while this is a slightly niche area, forehead concerns are a big problem for his clients, and they often ask for help with it. Nodding your head in agreement? Keep reading for Northwood's incredible haircut ideas. From clever fringe work to creating the illusion of a smaller forehead with one surprising product, keep scrolling for the five best haircuts for big foreheads.

#1: A Deep Side Parting

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"Just parting your hair on a deep side is a great solution, as a center parting is too symmetrical, so it will only show off a big forehead. This is a great quick-fix if you can’t go to the hairdresser."

#2: A See-Through Fringe

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"A proper fringe will work, but you can’t make it very deep. If you’ve got a small forehead, you want to cut the fringe to make the head look bigger, so the opposite will be the case for a big forehead. You'll want to opt for a smaller cut—something like Caroline de Maigret, as her fringe is disconnected, and you can see through it."

#3: A Thicker Style

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"You really don't want to make the hair too high on top. Scrunch the hair for width, as longer hair will just make a big forehead problem worse. A dry shampoo, such as Redken Pillow Proof ($12), is amazing for adding width. Consider it your secret weapon for looking after your fringe, too. Always have a can of dry shampoo in your office drawer."

#4: A Bob Haircut

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"A shorter haircut is always better to disguise a bigger forehead. If you think your head looks long, then you need to create width in your hair. Therefore, you’re better off with a great bob, and maybe with a side-swept fringe."

#5: A Side-Swept Fringe

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"There are a couple of types of fringes that really work to make a forehead look smaller. A side fringe on a side parting will help with hiding a high forehead."

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