Forget plastic surgery and Botox—if your face is a little on the round side, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get that long, slender profile. Simply try out a few of the best hairstyles to make your face look thinner.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Long Bob

Emma Stone's Long Bob
Emma Stone’s Long Bob

 

 

When Vidal Sassoon invented the bob, he probably wasn’t trying to elongate any faces, but that’s exactly what he did. The long bob is probably one of the best hairstyles to make the face look thinner, so anyone with a round or heart-shaped face should try one out. If you’re feeling a little shy about lopping off all your locks, you can try on a wig to get an idea of what your face will look like with a bob. Or, you can ask your hairstylist to pin up your hair and give you a faux bob. The only caveat to this cut? Don’t opt for a chin-length bob.

 

Keira Knightley's Chin-length Bob
Keira Knightley’s Chin-length Bob

 

 

 

These bobs can draw attention to the neck and jawline, and if you’re already struggling with a double chin or extra roundness in your face, a chin-length bob is not an ideal style to make the face look thinner.

 

Hairstyle for Round Face Shape
Hairstyle for Round Face Shape

 

Hairstyle For Pear Face Shape
Hairstyle For Pear Face Shape

 

Hairstyle For Oblong Face Shape
Hairstyle For Oblong Face Shape

 

Hairstyle For Diamond Face Shape
Hairstyle For Diamond Face Shape

 

Hairstyle For Inverted Triangle Face Shape
Hairstyle For Inverted Triangle Face Shape

 

Hairstyle For Square Face Shape
Hairstyle For Square Face Shape

 

2. Highlights

Shading and adding dimension can help make the face look thinner—ask any Photoshop expert! This includes the colour of your hair. Adding some subtle face-framing highlights is one of the easiest hairstyles to make your face look thinner.

 

 

Subtle face-framing highlights make your face look thinner.
Subtle face-framing highlights make your face look thinner.

 

 

Your stylist should be able to help you with highlights that would suite your face best. If you want to try out some highlights at home, go a shade or two lighter in the pieces of hair that frame your face. The highlights will create vertical stripes that force the eye to look up and down, making your face look thinner.

 

Popular Hair Highlights 2015
Popular Hair Highlights 2015

 

 

 

3. Products that Add Volume

When you create volume and mass in the area around your face, your face will automatically look thinner. One of the easiest hairstyles to make the face look thinner is the teased look—this works best on hair that isn’t too long or short and has plenty of layers.

 

Adjust Your Hair Volume
Adjust Your Hair Volume

 

 

There are plenty of shampoos on the market that add volume and shine. Opt for a lightweight conditioner that doesn’t weigh the hair down. The styling products you use will also affect the shape of your hair. Try a mousse or gel that is made to add volume and only apply it to the roots of your hair. Applying too much product at the ends will weigh your hair down.

 

4. Shaggy Bangs

Add a little length to your face and make your face look thinner by adding layers in your bangs. A side-swept bang or feathered bang will instantly elongate your face.

 

The Fringe Styles
The Fringe Styles

 

 

Avoid heavy bangs or blunt bangs that cut across your face. This will only make your face look wider and enhance an already round-shaped face.

 

5. Side Part

While Cleopatra was able to rock the centre part with style and class, anyone who wants her face to look thinner should opt for a side part. This trick will soften the rounded edges of your jawline and create the optical illusion that your jaw is longer than it is. It can also help to highlight your cheekbones.

Try This Hair Trend
Try This Hair Trend

 

 

The best part about the side part is that is works well with layering and adds a lot of natural volume to your hair. While most stylists insist that the natural part is the one that looks best on your face, going against your natural part will add volume and texture to your hair, making your face look thinner and your neck longer. You may also interested to learn about v shape facial lift serum.

5 Hairstyles to Elongate Your Face