Q: What is a slimming haircut? I'm overweight with a round face and my hair is straight and just over shoulder length. A friend told me that I could look slimmer with the right haircut. Should I cut my hair
short or grow it even longer for a slimming effect?
A: Okay. The basic rules of creating a hairstyle for a round face (or heavy-set face) are all about creating vertical emphasis to convert the “round” to “oval”. This means that the hair should have volume in the top
section and possibly length at the bottom, but have minimal (or at least significantly less) volume at the sides of the head.
This could mean a short hairstyle with volume along the top of the head, and tapered layering along the sides (perhaps with elongated perimeter lengths). It could also mean a layered
style with the top layers puffed up and a gentle inward bend along the sides and bottom to help the hair lie closer to the head and face. Or, it could be a more classic shag style with high-volume at the top, and
feathered layers that gently flick outward along the sides.
The specific styles can vary as much as your stylist’s creativity allows. Just remember that you want to avoid elements of the styling that create horizontal emphasis and you should be just fine.