Hairstyles for Big Foreheads

By Meredith Jameson

People with large foreheads can complement their features with the right hairstyle, but not all hairstyles are suited for those with above-average foreheads. However, some haircuts can suit a large forehead well and will either help mask the size of the forehead or frame the face. Always consult a hair-care professional with any questions and discuss your desired look with your stylist before having your hair cut.

A woman with bangs across the forehead


The most universally flattering hairstyle for large foreheads is bangs. Cutting the bangs at eyebrow level straight across will bring attention to the rest of the face and will camouflage the forehead. Layered bangs along the forehead and down to the chin can frame the face and may be a softer look. Long bangs can also work for men, especially when the bangs are swept sideways on the brow.

Side Part

Parting your hair on the side will bring attention to the hair and not the forehead. Another trick is to part the hair on the side and bring the hair across the forehead. Secure at the side of the head and fasten into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. This creates the illusion of bangs but can be done with longer hair without cutting bangs.

Long Layers

Long layers will add volume to your hairstyle and will draw attention to your hair, not your face. Add further volume by creating waves or curls, pulling the eye away from the forehead and toward healthy, shiny hair.

Short Styles

A short haircut can provide balance to a large forehead, especially if layers are cut around the front of the face. Spiky hairstyles can also draw the eye away from the face. Add volume with styling products or tools to provide lift and movement to the hair.