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Want to look slimmer? Change your hair.

Ditching the stripes and wearing all black may help to create the illusion of a slimmer body, but it won’t do much to slim your face. However, a few styling dos and don’ts can highlight your best features and make your face appear slimmer as well.

Get the right cut. When done right, adding layers to your hair can highlight your cheekbones and bone structure to give the appearance of a slimmer face. The most important thing to remember is that your cut must be longer than your chin to elongate your face and create a slimming effect. Creating layers on hair that falls above your chin makes your face appear wider than it actually is. The reason you should avoid chin-length layers, is also the reason people with round faces should avoid chin-length bobs. Because bobs frame you face, they draw attention to the roundness of your face and accentuate problem areas, such as a double chin. If you insist on getting a bob, try an asymmetrical bob instead. Because asymmetrical bobs are longer on the sides, they won’t add unnecessary volume to your face.

Choose the best bangs. Bangs can be a gift or a curse to a round face. Wearing long or side-swept bangs not only hide a big forehead, they also accentuate bone structure and elongate your face. On the flipside, wearing straight or blunt-cut bangs make your face appear shorter and wider. If you insist on short, straight bangs, make sure they’re feathered, and about eyebrow-length.

Add a part. Not only does a side part add volume to your hair, it also accentuates your cheekbones, and creates an angular look that makes your face appear longer. Try adding a deep part, or parting your hair opposite your natural part to create a better effect. Avoid parting your hair directly down the center, which makes your face appear rounder.

Go big. If you’re trying to hide the roundness of your face, bone-straight hair isn’t the way to go. Since straight hair tends to frame your face, it calls more attention to the shape of your face. Add texture and volume to your hair by adding a few curls or waves. Although you may think that would make your face appear wider, the curls/waves actually add a natural weight that elongates your face and makes it appear slimmer. Adding a few highlights to your hair can also make straight hair appear more voluminous.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.