Hair Styles Can Make You Look Thinner

The start of a new year means that many women and men will be signing up for the gym, starting a new weight loss program, and looking for the magic trick to lose the weight they put on over the past year and especially over the holidays. What they may not realize is that choosing the right hair style and color for your face shape can create a more slimming look.

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Thick, heavy hair that is long and hangs around your face can actually add to the appearance of a double chin. Women who tend to carry excess weight on their face and neck need to be careful not to pick a style that is going to create shadows around the face, as this only enhances the appearance of your extra weight, especially around the cheeks and neckline. You need to find a style that will not be heavy on your face. Depending on your face shape, your stylist can help you pick a style that will seem to take some weight off of you instantly.

If you have a round face, think of a modern bob that comes a little bit beyond the neckline. A modern bob should be shorter in the back and longer in the front. Keep this style sleek with a good quality flat iron. Women with round faces who want to keep their hair a little longer should consider long layers with some wave. Short layers only make hair fuller, which adds to the roundness of your face. If you have curly hair, make sure it is not “big” hair! Curly hair tends to get big and often takes on the Cocker Spaniel ear look (flat on top, heavy on the bottom) if not cut properly.

Some women with a long shape may also find a slimming style in a few different ways. A chin length bob with a little volume will help round out the face without adding extra pounds. Consider adding some long bangs – long bangs that you sweep to the side are good for slimming while short bangs will give you a choppier look that tends to add pounds to your look. Look for a curly style that frames your face with light layers of curls. Ask your stylist to thin out your curls to avoid a heavy look around your face.

For the square shaped face long hair is great! Try going for a look that has layers starting at the jaw line to thin out the area below your chin to help reduce the shadowing that can cause the look of extra weight to show up. Another great look for the square face is a short bob, avoid the blunt cut bob or blunt bangs – these will only make your square face look heavy. Instead try a layered bob or a modern bob that is short in the back and longer in the front. You can pair up your bob with long bangs that are swept to the side.

For the best results, ask your stylist to help you choose a hair style that will help you look thinner! Your stylist has the knowledge and skills to help you pick out a great new look that will have everyone wondering how many hours you have been spending at the gym!

Anastasia is a salon hair stylist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Out of town appointments welcome.
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