How to choose a hairstyle for plus-sized women

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Certain hairstyles suit different face shapes. For example, those with long, thin faces should avoid long hairstyles that pull down their features, further elongating their faces. Conversely, plus-sized women should generally choose hairstyles that slim their faces. If you are a plus-sized woman, various hairstyles may suit your face and figure. With a few considerations, you can pick a hairstyle that works well for you.

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  1. 1

    Assess the shape of your face. While many plus-sized women have round faces, some have square or heart-shaped faces.

  2. 2

    Know that shoulder-length or longer hairstyles work best on round, square and heart-shaped faces. Longer hairstyles elongate these face shapes and offset fuller figures. If your hair is shorter than shoulder-length, grow it out for a slimming effect. Avoid overly long hair, as it can be overwhelming. Aim to keep your hair length between shoulder-length and midway down your back.

  3. 3

    Opt for side-swept fringe if you have a round face. These gently sloping fringe help to elongate the face, making it appear slimmer than it actually is.

  4. 4

    Choose soft layers if you have a square face shape. Layers add gentle femininity that offset your strong jawline. Avoid blunt-cut fringe, as they can accentuate your square face shape.

  5. 5

    Get shorter layers that frame the lower half of your face if you have a heart-shaped face. These layers will add fullness to the bottom of your face, thereby balancing the fuller, top half of your face.

  6. 6

    Wear your hair down. Wearing your hair up draws attention to your full face and neck. If you want to get your hair away from your face, pull the front of your hair up but leave the rest down.

  7. 7

    Stay away from short haircuts. Short cuts and styles highlight round, full faces. Conversely, longer hair has a nice slimming effect on plus-sized women.

Tips and warnings

  • Have a professional hairstylist assess which cuts work best with your face shape.

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