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Hair Tips to Make You Look Slimmer

Looking your best is in the details.

March 20th, 2012

Tags: Hairstyles
Hair Tips to Make You Look Slimmer

You've reached your goal weight (or you're getting close) and you eat well, sleep well, and exercise. But you still don't look as thin, facewise, as you feel. Well we've got some hairstyle information here that may just help you shave off those extra few visual pounds.

Long Layers

Long layers that are vertical-shaped, not horizontal, can elongate your face shape. Layers should not be too short nor too wide. Curls can shrink a considerable amount when cutting layers, so be careful about the length.

Hair should ideally fall somewhere between the bottom of the ear and the top of the shoulder. Just like clothes, the structure and length of your hairstyle can work in your favor.

Change is Good

If you haven’t changed your hairstyle in awhile, find a photo of a new style and get your hair cut. A bad hairstyle can make you look 10 years older.

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When it comes to improving our appearance, we are always searching for the fastest way to reach our goals. While quick fixes often fail, even the slightest change in your hairstyle can produce noticeably positive effects.

Find a salon in your area using NaturallyCurly.com’s handy dandy Salon Finder.

No-No to Traditional Bob Style

Certain bob hairstyles will add a few pounds instead of visually subtracting pounds. If you want your face to look slimmer, wearing a bob hairstyle that frames your face will call more attention to that roundness. Also, if you have a double chin that you’d rather hide, a chin-length bob will draw the eye right to your problem area.

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Chin-length bobs also tend to add volume on the sides of the head, which will make your face look even wider. Instead bring your bob above chin level to draw eyes upward or consider an asymmetrical bob cut with the back short and the front being longer than your chin. When hair is all one length, it tends to make the face look fuller.

Bangs and Side Parts are Slimming

Long, side-swept bangs are great for hiding a high forehead. Steer clear of blunt-cut bangs. Full, straight-across bangs will reduce the overall length of the face. Stick to wispy, side-swept bangs to perk your style up without compromising your efforts.

Sweeping your bangs or any long layers diagonally to the side breaks up and softens a round face, and accentuates your cheekbones.

A side part will also help to de-emphasize your face’s circular symmetry. The deep side part is a stylish way to wear your hair up or down, and can help elongate your face.

Avoid Pyramid Head

Add volume at the top of the head. It will draw the focus to your eyes as well as your forehead. Flat hair on the top of your head or “pyramid head” does not have any face-thinning qualities.

Use duck bill clips along with a diffuser to dry your hair. This will lift hair at the roots and add needed volume to the crown of your head.

Hair Accessories

Hair accessories can also help a hairstyle stand out and make you appear slimmer. Placement is the secret when it comes to using hair accessories to your advantage. If you place the hair accessories near the base of an updo or as close to the crown of your head as possible, you will achieve a more elongated look.

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