10 Trendy Hairstyles And Haircuts That Make Your Face Look Slimmer

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10 Trendy Hairstyles And Cuts To Make Your Face Look Slimmer

05 March 2018
photo of woman with tapered pixie haircut
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Everyone knows the feeling of having their stylist turn them around to face the mirror after a haircut and being absolutely traumatized. Your hair looks nothing like you imagined it would and the blunt bangs make you look like a chipmunk instead of a movie star.

Now, you’re desperate for a haircut that makes your hair (and your face!) look good. Thankfully, we’ve rounded up 10 haircuts and styles that make your face look slimmer. We’re positive the only thing you’ll feel when your stylist turns you to face the mirror, is glamorous.

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Face Framing Layers

Long locks are flattering on everyone, which is why they’re the go-to haircut for ladies hoping to create the illusion of a slimmer face. When your long strands lay lifeless against your face, it brings attention to the roundness of your face instead of your gorgeous strands.

Ask your stylist to cut a few face-framing layers to give your strands some much-needed volume. Your newly weightless roots will make your hair the center of attention and instantly help your face appear slimmer.

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A-line Bob

If you like the face slimming effect of long locks but aren’t interested in actually having long hair, an A-line bob is perfect for you. The angled cut creates the illusion of a slimmer face. Ask your stylist to allow the hair framing your face to hit just at your jawline and go as short as you’d like in the back.

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Side Swept Bangs

If you’re already satisfied with the length and shape of your hair but are looking for a styling solution to create the illusion of a slimmer face, consider bangs.

While blunt bangs can make round faces look a little squat, side swept bangs move the eyes diagonally across your face. The angled fringe helps make your face appear longer and therefore thinner.

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Blunt Lob

If you’re looking for an on-trend cut that is also going to make your face appear slimmer, a blunt lob is perfect for you. Many women who opt for face slimming haircuts steer clear of blunt styles for fear the harsh lines will highlight the fullness of their face, but opting for a slimming A-line cut quickly solves that dilemma.

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Tapered Pixie

Many women rely on long locks to create the illusion of a slimmer face, but some short styles are seriously flattering. If you’re looking to go super short, consider a tapered pixie with lots of texture. Ask your stylist to cut piecey bangs to frame your face and taper the sides of your hair above your ears, bringing attention to the peaks of your cheekbones for a very slimming effect.

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Ballerina Bun

Gather your hair at your crown and secure it with an elastic. Place a foam or fabric hair donut and the base of your ponytail and begin to wrap your hair around the donut, making sure the donut isn’t visible through your hair. Once all of your hair is tucked, use a few bobby pins to hold the bun in place.

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Teased Ponytail

If you want your ponytail to not only look great but also make your face look slimmer, you’ll need to impart some major volume in your style. Begin by backcombing 1-inch sections of hair near your crown, gently combing the hair toward your roots.

Once you’ve teased the front section of your hair, gently comb the top layer of hair over the teasing to cover the backcombed roots. Secure your ponytail in your desired position and set the style with a medium hold hair spray.

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Tousled Half Up

Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant before wrapping it around the curling wand. Hold each section of hair to the wand until it’s just heated through.

Continue curling 2-inch sections of hair until you’ve finished your entire head, raking your fingers through the hair to loosen your curls. Then, gather the ringlets from the front half of your hair and secure them with a clip at the back of your head. Set the style with a medium hold hairspray.

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Side Swept Fishtail Braid

Gather all of your hair on the left or right side of your head and secure it in a loose ponytail. Divide the ponytail into two equal sections. To create the fishtail effect, take a section of hair from the outside of left ponytail and cross it over to the right. Repeat the process on the opposite side, taking a section from the outside of the right ponytail over to the left.

Continue crossing the opposite sections of the hair until you reach the end of the braid, then secure it with an elastic. Once the braid is secure, remove the elastic from the nape of the neck to give the braid a seamless look. Pancake the braid for a voluminous effect.

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Deep Side Part

We know switching where you part your hair doesn’t seem like much of a style, but it’s a quick and easy way to elevate your look and make your face appear slimmer. Much like side swept bangs, creating a deep part gives your face a slimming effect as it sweeps across your face.

Now that you have 10 foolproof haircuts and styles, you’ll never experience that dreaded mirror reveal ever again!

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