5 Hairstyles That Make You Look Fat (and How to Fix Them)

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Your hairstyle can say a lot about you — and sometimes it can say some unflattering things. The wrong cut can accentuate the wrong areas in unintended ways, the shape of your hair being just as influential as the cut of your clothes.

When it comes to choosing your hairdo, your facial shape and body type are important factors. The following are some mistakes that could wind up making you look wider than you’d expect, and what you can do to fix them.

Short and Simple

While a pixie cut or straight bob might be the perfect complement to an angled pixie face, they’re not always the best choice if you have softer, rounder features. If cut wrong, short hair can give the appearance of a fuller face, which can make you look heavier than you are.

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How to fix it: Give your hair some height and dimension with short layers. The depth will lengthen your jawline, thinning your face.

Pulled into a Ponytail

When you pull your hair back, you accentuate your facial features. If you have a round face, that’s what you’ll be highlighting.

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How to fix it: Go loose and layered instead. A more relaxed look, or one that adds height, will help to shape your face and make you look thinner.

Straight-Cut Bangs

When cut straight across, bangs can shorten the appearance of your face. This can also cause it to look wider.

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How to fix it: Try side-swept bangs or a tapering cut to frame your face and give it more angle and length.

Tight Curls

Like super-short hair, tight curls can accentuate the roundness to your face and make you look heavier than you are. This is especially true in styles that add to the overall roundness of the head.

How to fix it: Try a slightly looser curl, or style to add height instead of width, which will thin the appearance of your face rather than widen it.

Big Hair

While a full head of hair can accent just the right look, a wide cut can widen the appearance of your face.

How to fix it: Go ahead and go big, but make sure the volume is accentuating the right places. Try an updo, or layer to lengthen and add height your features.

Whether you keep your hair long or short, curly or straight, the profile you create with it will influence the overall form of your appearance. Luckily, making the right choices can help you avoid sculpting your look in the wrong direction. Try one of the above fixes for yourself and see what it does for you.

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