Widow’s Peak Tips + 5 Looks We Love for This Hairline

Embrace your unique detail.

Chances are, you’ve heard of the term ‘widow’s peak’ thrown around, especially in the hair industry. Macabre references aside, a widow’s peak is, quite simply, a hairline with a V-shaped point on the forehead. In those without a widow’s peak, the hair grows straight across.

In some cases, the temples tend to go in prematurely and leave a V shape in the middle of the forehead. However, this shape can also be present in women and children as a more acute point and not necessarily as a result of hair loss. Widow’s peaks are usually inherited, with some being more noticeable than others. Keep scrolling to learn more about this hairline and how you can style it!

The term widow’s peak is said to date back to the 1840s. It gained its name as it’s supposed to look like the peak of a widow’s hood and was said to signify that your husband had passed away. The name still stands today (without the somber references) and with the right tricks, can be effortlessly styled, regardless of what your face shape is.

While it may seem a little difficult to style a widow’s peak; a quirky hairline doesn’t have to scare you away from any styles. There are still plenty of ways to switch up your hairstyles depending on your desired look for the day.

Headband Braid for Widow’s Peak

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A true example of a widow’s peak. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

A headband braid is a great way to show off your widow’s peak and keep your hair out of your face! All you have to do is start a french braid just above your ear on one side of your head and then move across the top of your head, adding in pieces from just the front side of your head. This style is also great because it’s so easy to do even with a widow’s peak!

Slicked Back Bun

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Slick everything back!

To embrace the widow’s peak, use a slicked-back style. Brush your hair into a high ponytail, and apply TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel to smooth out any bumps. This gel will help you create a sleek and smooth base for your bun. After you have secured the ponytail, wrap it around itself to create the bun and then secure it in place!

Zig-Zag Part for Widow’s Peak

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Try out a new part!

If you’re looking to cover up your widow’s peak, try a zig-zag part! This is a unique way to part your hair that will make this type of hairline less noticeable. Finish off with a mist of Love Beauty and Planet Light Hold & Frizz Control Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Light Hold Hair Spray.

Keep it Natural

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Sometimes natural is the way to go!

There’s nothing wrong with keeping your hair natural. Sometimes just wear your hair down and being proud of your widow’s peak is the best style to do! If you have naturally curly hair, use Suave Curl Defining Cream to enhance your natural curl pattern and add moisture to your hair.

Messy Bun

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Never underestimate an undone look!

You can never underestimate a messy bun! Going for that cute, but still a little messy look as never been easier. All you have to do is brush all of your hair in a ponytail towards the top of your head and secure it in place. Then, wrap the ponytail around itself to create a bun and use another hair tie to secure that in place. To enhance the messy look, leave a couple of pieces of hair out of the bun to frame your face, and let your baby hairs free!

If all else fails…

Hair removal is a more extreme version of getting rid of a widow’s peak. And it’s a treatment that’s becoming more and more popular due to various celebrities having this done. Permanent hair removal can also take up to eight sessions or more to remove all the hair. And as for shaving? We think shaving the hairline is a no-go. This might cause stubble on your forehead and most likely draw more attention.

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