Widow’s Peak Styling Guide & 12 Hairstyles for Widow’s Peak Hairlines

Embrace your unique detail.

If you’re interested in hairstyling, you’ve probably heard of ‘widow’s peak’ hairlines. Not familiar? It’s a name for a hairline with a V-shaped point on the forehead.

They often get a bad rep because they can be challenging to style. However, if you have one, there’s no need to worry! There are plenty of cute styles perfect for you.

We’re breaking down everything you need to know about the widow’s peak and its causes. Plus you’ll discover 12 of our favorite hairstyles for widow’s peak hairlines.

What is a Widow’s Peak Hairline?

Widow’s Peak Causes

So, you’ve determined that your v-shaped hairline is a widow’s peak. Now, you’re probably wondering, did something cause the hairline, or can I do anything to help it? Sometimes, a widow’s peak can result from hair loss, but it’s usually down to genetics.

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

Widow’s peak genetics (inherited from your parents or family) can also cause this condition. And it is more noticeable in some people than others.

12 Hairstyles for Widow’s Peak Hairlines

It can be challenging to style a widow’s peak but don’t let that stop you from trying new styles. Check out some of our favorites below.

1. Headband Braid for Widow’s Peak

Woman wearing a braided crown half updo.
Wearing a headband is a great way to style your widow’s peak.

A headband braid is a great way to show off your widow’s peak while keeping your hair out of your face.

Start a French braid just above your ear on one side of your head and then move across the top, adding pieces from only the front side of your head. It’s so easy to do, even with a widow’s peak!

2. Slicked Back Bun with Widow’s Peak

Woman with dark brown slicked-back bun.
Highlight your v hairline with a sleek bun.

Embrace your widow’s peak with a slicked-back style. Brush your hair into a high ponytail, and apply TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel to smooth any bumps and create a sleek and smooth base for your bun. After securing 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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A zig-zag hairline is perfect if you want to conceal your widow’s peak.

If you want to cover up your v-shaped hairline, try a zig-zag part! This unique way to part your hair will make this type of hairline less noticeable. Finish off with a mist of Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray.

4. Keep it Natural

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No need to hide your widow’s peak! Wear it loud and proud.

Sometimes, just wearing your hair down and being proud of your widow’s peak is the best style! If you have naturally curly hair, use TRESemmé One Step Styler Curls Crème-Gel to enhance your natural curl pattern, hydrate your locks, and provide an all-day hold without stiffness.

5. Messy Bun

Woman with a widow's peak wearing a messy bun.
A messy bun will take the attention away from your hairline.

Never underestimate the power of a messy bun! Going for that cute but casual look has never been easier. Simply brush your hair into a ponytail on 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 it.

6. Half Updo

Woman with widow's peak wearing a half updo.
This pin-up hairstyle is so pretty!

We love how flirty and fun a high-half updo look can be. If you find your peak too intense and want to experiment with a slightly straighter look, remove a small section next to the lowest part of your hairline.

7. Bob With Widow’s Peak and Fine Hair

Woman with bob and widow's peak.
If you have fine hair and a widow’s peak, go for a bob!

If you have short, straight, fine hair, work your peak into your bob by parting it just to the side of the peak. Your peak anchors your part, making for a clean and crisp look.

8. Centre Part

Woman with retro, medium-length balayage hair.
A center part is your ally if you have a widow’s peak.

Since the v-shaped hairline is usually centered on the forehead, parting your hair in the middle is a solid choice to give you a symmetrical and fabulous look.

9. Long Ponytail

Woman with widow's peak wearing a long blonde ponytail
We’re obsessed with the long ponytail hairdo.

Make your peak the star of the show with a sleek pulled-back ponytail. The v of your hairline will look like the anchor to keep the ponytail in place. Hold any rebellious hair down with a strong spray like TRESemmé Extra Hold Hair Spray.

10. Side Swept Bangs

Woman with curled hair and side bangs.
Side bangs are great at concealing your v hairline.

If you want to conceal your hairline, moving some hair around will do the trick. With some styling, you can create side-swept bangs that naturally hide your widow’s peak but highlight your eyes and face shape.

11. Short and Curly

Woman with brown wavy Bixie haircut.
Use your curls for volume. Photo Credit: @melissathehairwizard

If you have naturally curly hair and a widow’s peak hairline, take advantage of your curls and shape them into a short or tousled cut. It can help soften your face and create a feeling of fullness.

12. High Bun

Woman with widow's peak wearing a high bun.
Style your hair up in a bun to highlight your hairline.

Highlight your heart-shaped face with a nice high bun. This hairstyle is perfect for any time of day and can quickly turn into a stylish look for the evening.

Widow’s Peak Treatments

Hair Removal Treatment

Hair removal is a more extreme version of getting rid of this hairline. And it’s a treatment that’s becoming increasingly popular due to various celebrities having it done. Permanent hair removal can take up to eight sessions or more to remove all the hair. It can be very costly, but if you want to eliminate the hairline, this is something to look into!

As for shaving? Shaving the hairline is a no-go, as achieving a straight hairline can be very difficult. It may also cause stubble on your forehead and will probably 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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