In the realm of face shapes, having a thin face actually sounds quite desirable, no? However, never being happy with what we’ve got, there will still be those who complain about having said face shape and being unable to find a flattering style. Yet this is simply not the case…
While it may not all be model cheekbones and enviable jawlines, thin faces (i.e. long or oval shapes) have the benefit of suiting a wide variety of looks. So if a thin face is something that you’re self-conscious about, or you’re just interested to find out which styles are best suited to you (and why), read on.
1. Layered bob
Bella Hadid is a great example of how you can rock shorter hair with a thin face. By incorporating shorter pieces around the jawline, her bold bob helps to add volume around her face, while her choppy fringe helps to highlight her piercing eyes and plump pout.
Editor’s tip: Love Bella’s Michelle Pfeiffer-inspired look? To achieve this rolled-under effect, apply a volumising mousse (like the VO5 Extra Body Mousse) to towel-dried hair after washing, then use a round brush to dry your hair, curling inwards as you go.
Alternatively, if you’re ever in a pinch, you can also use your straighteners to quickly add a curl, it’ll achieve the same effect! Find out more on this in our guide to How to curl hair with a flat iron.
2. Parted bangs
Those with long faces can sometimes have larger foreheads, so fringes are an obvious option. If you’re after a look that does the job of downplaying a larger forehead but also looks on point too, parted bangs will seriously change your life.
Split bangs (more commonly known as Bardot bangs) not only draw the eye away from the forehead, but also act as you induction to grown-out, cool-girl hairdos.
3. Side fringe
The aim of any haircut for a thin face is to detract from the symmetry, so side fringes are perfect. Avoid centre partings as these can make a thin face look even thinner and instead take your inspiration from Jennifer Garner’s pretty side-swept style.
Her sweeping bangs cleverly flow across her forehead, giving the look an asymmetric look without completely covering her forehead.
Want to know what makes the well-loved lob such a great haircut for a thin face? Answer: it adds width. Cutting the hair to shoulder length helps to give the illusion of a fuller head of hair, as you won’t have any lifeless length pulling you down.
To take this even further, add loose waves (like Liv Tyler has done) as the wider the illusion of the hair, the fuller your face will look.
Editor’s tip: To emulate Liv’s wondrous waves, simply spritz some of the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray through hair after washing.
5. Rounded fringe
When it comes to styling a haircut for thin face, we could all learn a thing or two from Naomi Campbell. Rather than having a blunt, straight-across fringe, she has shaped and rounded her bangs to break up the length of her face, lifting her features. Who needs contouring, eh?!
However, if you are keen to rock the long hair look, layers are important, as adding detail around the face will trick people into thinking your face is fuller than it actually is. Remember not to go too short with the layers at the crown of your hair, as this will actually have the opposite effect by adding even more height. Clever right?!