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Five face slimming hairstyles

If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’s high on trend and also slims your face, here’s your tress guide to get it right. Those with round, fuller or a pear shaped face, should go for haircuts which tend to have a slimming effect.

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 12, 2012 12:11 IST
Roma Arora
Roma Arora
Hindustan Times

Tried out every facial exercise you know, and still can’t get the perfectly chiselled face you crave for? This summer shed the extra weight from your face by sporting the right hairstyle. Those with round, fuller or a pear shaped face, should go for haircuts which tend to have a slimming effect. These include asymmetrical bobs, soft curls, side-swept bangs and lots of layers. Try highlights, front fringes and super short hairstyles, and shun the straight ironed look to add shape to your face. So for a slimmed down face, try the five styles that beauty experts recommend.

Asymmetrical bobs
If you want to go for a short hairstyle this summer, try out asymmetrical bobs for a slimmer face. The regular bobs are chin length or even shorter, and they tend to add extra kilos to your face. Beauty expert Kanika Bhardwaj says, “Opt for an asymmetrical bob which is cut with the back short, and a front which is longer than your chin. The hairstyle helps in making your face appear longer and slimmer, and also highlights your features, such as the jawline.”

Crowning glory
Those with a round or fuller face, should go for a natural pouffy look, which makes the hair appear thinner and longer. Beauty expert Shival Ghai says, “Simply take out hair at the front —from the crown area, and pull it straight upward. Take the hair back and tuck them at the highest point on your head. Before pinning them, lightly push them towards your face to elevate the puff. The rest of your hair can fall straight if you have a broad face. In case you have a flat shaped face, tuck the hair in a high pony tail.” on

If you are ganing weight on your face, avoid pulled back hair or a central parting and go for side-swept bangs instead. Beauty expert Shikha Taneja says, "Side-swept bangs look great on someone with a round or heart shaped face, which is usually fuller at top." You can simply make your face look slimmer by going for long, side-swept bangs, as they take attention away from a wide forehead and highlight the chin and jawline. Keep them loose or tie them up in a neat and wispy ponytail.

Make it messy
Instead of a pulled back clean bun, that will make your face appear rounder and bigger, go for chic messy updos. “Some of the hair falling on the face, on both sides, will hide the extra flesh on the cheeks. Pulled back hair will make your neck seem longer and the face look thinner. This style can be achieved with straight or curly hair. Take all the hair up and make a bun, securing it with bob pins, and let shorter hair fall off naturally, with curls on the forehead,” says hair expert Neha Khanna.

Layers matter
Soft layers around the face help conceal your cheeks and the chin, making the face look slimmer. Beauty expert Blossom Kochhar says, “Medium hair with a lot of layers suit people with round and oval faces. The golden rule is to remember that round faces need a style that has longer layers that fall on your face and make it look slimmer. The style also makes the cheekbones look more structured.” Highlighting the hair also helps as it adds depth and dimension to your cut. The style brightens the face and makes you look younger and slimmer.

Hairstyles to avoid
If you want to make your face look slimmer with the help of a hairstyle, don’t go for very short or pixie cuts Poker straight hair does nothing to make your face appear thinner. Soft curls are a better option Avoid thick front fringes, as they tend to make your face look wide and rounder Slicked back hair should be avoided.

First Published: Apr 11, 2012 18:05 IST