Hairstyles for a prominent nose

Updated April 17, 2017

There are many hairstyles that work well with prominent noses. The key to finding a style that works is to draw attention to features like eyes and cheekbones, and use volume to balance your nose with your overall look. Styles with height at the crown and movement through layers or waves, like those worn by Debra Messing and Sarah Jessica Parker, work best.

Hairstyles with Movement

Straight, blunt hairstyles create sharp angles against the face that can accentuate a large nose. Layers cut into mid-length or long styles will soften features and add movement that draws attention to eyes and lips. Similarly, wavy and curly styles add volume that widens the appearance of the face, which makes the nose appear smaller.

Volume and Height

Styles with height and volume on the top of the head draw attention upward to the eyes and help to balance a large nose with the rest of the face. Height at the crown is especially important for updos, as a flat, head-hugging updo will draw greater attention to all facial features, including a prominent nose. To achieve height and volume, set hair in large rollers or add volumizing mousse or root-lifting spray to wet hair and lift roots with a large round brush as you dry.

Strategic Highlights

Since highlights draw attention wherever they are placed, to draw attention away from the nose and toward the eyes, place highlights at eye level or higher. This can be done subtly by choosing highlights two shades lighter than your normal hair colour, or go for large chunks of much lighter highlights for attention-getting contrast.

Styles to Avoid

To flatter a prominent nose, mid-length to long styles are best. Avoid short styles like pixie cuts that emphasise facial features. Pin-straight styles also draw attention to large noses, as do styles that lie flat on the head and centre parts, so avoid these. Bangs can work well for a prominent nose, but opt for softer, side-swept styles over heavy, blunt fringe that cover the forehead and focus all attention on the centre of the face.

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Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.