Each and every one of us looks for a way to appear a little slimmer. Wearing all black or color block patterns can assist in this endeavor, surely using the right camera angles can help one shed a few pounds. Make-up artists use highlighting and contouring to help the face appear leaner but what can your hair do for you? The number of things a flattering cut can do for you, may just surprise you! The right haircut can make you appear slimmer while the wrong one can give the appearance of a few unwanted pounds.
When considering a face-thinning haircut, keep in mind that proportion and an oval shape appearance is the end goal. Think about the shape of your face. Cutting ones hair to accommodate their face shape can be one of the most beneficial ways to have a slimmer appearance. It can cheat the eyes and make the face appear slimmer than it really is.
Let us talk face shapes for a moment. If you are unsure of your face shape, stand in the mirror and use a marker to trace your shape out onto the mirror, now step back and see what shape you sketched out.
There are roughly ten different face shapes: Oval, Round, Square, Oblong, Long, Heart, Triangular, Inverted Triangle, Diamond, Rectangle but some shapes are relatively the same and thus follow the same guidelines for a slimming effect. Once you have an idea of what face shape you have then you can understand what to avoid and what to do to help trick the eyes into thinking they are seeing a slimmer face.
Round: The goal is to make your face appear longer by increasing length, instead of width. Height in the crown area and layers under the chin are a great way to elongate the face. A side part minimizes the roundness as well. Hair length should be roughly one and a half times longer than the width to create proportionate features. If you have a round face, you are in good company with the likes of Hollywood beauties such as Mila Kunis, Kirsten Dunst and Adele.
Round Shapes Avoid: heavy bangs and layers around the cheeks. Bob haircuts only draw attention to the roundness, emphasizing a double chin (if you have one). Chin-length bobs also insert volume on the sides, which makes the face look even broader (any sort of volume on the side will do this, including curls). Instead, contemplate a longer hairstyle that lengthens the face or a shorter pixie with a lot of volume on top.
Square/Rectangle: Keeping layers and hair close to your face reduces a stout jaw line. Side bangs adorn the face and instantly draw the attention to the eyes (instead of the angular jaw line). Texture, in the form of voluminous curls or jagged ends, giftedly downplay a strong jaw line. Square type of jaw lines fair really well with longer hair.
Square/Rectangle Avoid: bangs that are too blunt, which accentuate square jaws as well as the blunt cut bob style. The blunt cut bob with the ends hitting right at the chin only draw attention to the jaw line.
Long/Oblong: The goal with a longer face is to create width. Achieve this by adding voluminous curls or waves to the sides of the face. If you add bangs you basically cut the visible area of the long face in half and give the appearance of a shorter or smaller face shape. If you fall into the Oblong face shape, you are in a fabulous group with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank and Liv Tyler to name a few.
Long/Oblong Shapes Avoid: Short styles that add volume on top (like a pixie) and similarly long styles can make a long face look longer than it is. If you must have long hair, consider a perm for volume on the sides to make the face appear wider.
Heart/Inverted Triangular/Diamond: These faces all have narrow chins so you want to draw notice to the cheekbones and eyes. Do this by adding in a side swept bang and an off center part opens up the cheekbones. Do trim bangs vertically, rather than straight across. Lots of curls and texture around the neck area can help take away the focus from the narrow chin.
A bob style that hangs under the chin can give that area more width and help disguise the narrow chin. If you are set on long hair, have layers skim the cheekbones to emphasize them. Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci and Jennifer Love Hewitt all share the heart/triangular shape.