Widow’s Peak: What it is, Causes, and How to Style This Hairline

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If you’re interested in hairstyling or hair care, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the term ‘widow’s peak.’ If you aren’t familiar though, a widow’s peak is a  specific type of hairline that has a V-shaped point on the forehead. In those without a widow’s peak, the hair grows straight across.

This hairline often gets a bad rep because it can be a little more challenging to style. However, if this hairline sounds like you, there’s no need to worry! We’re breaking down everything you need to know the widow’s peak, what causes it, and how to style the hairline. Keep scrolling for more:

Widow Peak Causes

So, you’ve determined that the v-shaped hairline you have is a widow’s peak. Now, you’re probably wondering, did something cause the hairline or is there anything I can do to help it? In some cases, a widow’s peak can be a result of hair loss, but oftentimes it’s simply genetics.

When men experience hair loss, the temples tend to go in prematurely, which leaves a V shape in the middle of the forehead. However, women and children may find themselves having this hairline if they wear tight ponytail hairstyles often. Constantly pulling your hair back into tight ponytails and buns can cause your hairline to start receding at a younger age, which would leave you with a widow’s peak.

If your widow’s peak is inherited, this shape can also be present in women and children as a more acute point and not necessarily as a result of hair loss. When the widow’s peak is caused by genetics it can be more noticeable on some people than others.

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.

1. 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 only the front side of your head. This style is also great because it’s so easy to do even with a widow’s peak!

2. 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!

3. 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 TIGI Copyright Custom Complex Volume Finishing  Spray.

4. Keep it Natural

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Sometimes natural is the way to go!

Sometimes just wearing your hair down and being proud of your widow’s peak is the best style to do! If you have naturally curly hair, use SheaMoisture papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Milk Gel to enhance your natural curl pattern, hydrate, and provide an all-day hold without a stiff feeling.

5. 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 has 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.

6. Half Updo

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A cutesy half updo is a perfect style.

We love how flirty and fun a high half updo look can be. If you find your hairline to be a bit intense and want to experiment with a slightly straighter look, take out a small section of hair right next to the lowest part of your hairline. This will create the illusion that the sides of your hairline are lower and create a straighter appearance.

Hair Removal Treatment

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. This can end up being a very costly treatment, but if you really want to get rid of the hairline, this is something to look into!

As for shaving? We think shaving the hairline is a no-go. It can be very difficult to achieve a straight hairline when shaving the widow’s peak. Shaving might cause stubble on your forehead, and most likely draw more attention.

From slicked style to half-updos, there are so many ways you can style your V-shaped hairline and fully embrace it.

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