Many plus-size women are on the search for a flattering, up-to-date hairstyle. Though plus-size women can wear many styles, the only hard and fast guideline for plus-size women is that hair should not be shorter than shoulder length. According to, shoulder length hair or longer balances out a fuller figure.

Long with Blunt Bangs

Lifeless long hair can make a full-figured woman look heavier. However, a plus-size woman can sport long hair if she’s got the right style. Take a page out of the hair diary of Reese Witherspoon. Reese’s 2008 style has turned into a staple for plus-size women. To get Reese’s look, ask your stylist for waist length hair with blunt layers and short, blunt, eye-length bangs. Reese’s style is simple to achieve; simply apply a shine serum to hair and flat iron for pin-straight hair. Apply a dime-size amount of pomade to your hands and slightly sweep bangs to one side.

Shoulder Length Bob

You don’t have to look like Heidi Klum to successfully sport a bob. Heidi wears a full-figure-friendly version of the bob, the shoulder length bob. A traditional bob features chin length hair and dangerously blunt angles, which don’t flatter a plus-size face. Take a cue from international supermodel Heidi Klum and opt for a shoulder length bob with soft angles. Ask your hairstylist for a shoulder length bob with an all around even length. To style hair, flip your head upside down and blow dry hair with a frizz fighting formula; this promotes volume at the top of your hair, which will make your face seem a bit slimmer. If your hair is naturally curly, it may still have some kinks after blow drying. To remove the kinks, go over the rough areas with a flat iron.

Wispy Layers

Plus-size women should steer clear of haircuts that are shorter than shoulder length. Anything shorter than shoulder length will simply accentuate the fullness of your body by making your head look smaller. Follow in the footsteps of plus-size beauty America Ferrera to get a sleek and sophisticated style. To get her look, ask your hairstylist for a mid-shoulder length haircut with wispy layers and side-swept bangs. To style, simply blow dry your hair with a shine serum to get America’s shiny tresses. After you’ve blow dried, finish off the look by scrunching the ends of your hair without product to get tousled waves at the ends.

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