Hairstyles for Big Foreheads

Updated November 21, 2016

People with large foreheads can complement their features with the right hairstyle, but not all hairstyles are suited for those with above-average foreheads. However, some haircuts can suit a large forehead well and will either help mask the size of the forehead or frame the face. Always consult a hair-care professional with any questions and discuss your desired look with your stylist before having your hair cut.


The most universally flattering hairstyle for large foreheads is fringe. Cutting the fringe at eyebrow level straight across will bring attention to the rest of the face and will camouflage the forehead. Layered fringe along the forehead and down to the chin can frame the face and may be a softer look. Long fringe can also work for men, especially when the fringe are swept sideways on the brow.

Side Part

Parting your hair on the side will bring attention to the hair and not the forehead. Another trick is to part the hair on the side and bring the hair across the forehead. Secure at the side of the head and fasten into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. This creates the illusion of fringe but can be done with longer hair without cutting fringe.

Long Layers

Long layers will add volume to your hairstyle and will draw attention to your hair, not your face. Add further volume by creating waves or curls, pulling the eye away from the forehead and toward healthy, shiny hair.

Short Styles

A short haircut can provide balance to a large forehead, especially if layers are cut around the front of the face. Spiky hairstyles can also draw the eye away from the face. Add volume with styling products or tools to provide lift and movement to the hair.

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Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.