10 Slimming Hair Tricks To Ask Your Stylist For
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By Morgan Olsen
Looking a few pounds slimmer might be as easy as getting a new haircut or color. We asked celebrity hairstylists to give us their secrets for achieving a defined face. From soft side bangs to vertical highlights, check out these top ten tricks.
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If you have or are considering bangs, forgo a blunt, short fringe. "I recommend long, soft-sweeping side bangs that will elongate the face," says hairstylist Mika Fowler. To ensure you don't go too short, ask for wispy bangs just long enough to tuck behind your ears.
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If you usually part your hair to one side, try switching it to the middle. The centered look will "help create the illusion of defined cheek bones," says Fowler. If a center part looks too severe, add body to your hair with curls to help soften the look.
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Here's a flattering way to try the ombre trend: Keep the top of your head lighter and work in the darker color near your ears. Although this isn't the typical ombre technique, which is usually dark up top and lighter at the tips, it still gives you that color gradation while "working to define the jaw line," says Fowler.
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Vertical highlights instantly add light and dimension to your face. "To keep your face looking slimmer, keep your hairline lighter and brighter than the rest of your hair," says stylist Whitney Olson. Ask your color specialist to concentrate the lightest highlights near the front of your head. No matter how light or dark you're going, this trick will add a natural glow to your face.
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When you splurge on a blowout, request that your stylist finish your hair with a good tease and a healthy spritz of hairspray. "Don't make your hair too straight. The bigger the hair, the thinner your face appears," says Olson.
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If you want an updo, ask your stylist to put your hair in a high bun or topknot. "This works by adding height and stretching the face and eyes upward—almost like a face lift," says celebrity stylist Josue Perez.
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Long layers flatter almost everyone, particularly those with rounder face shapes. If you're getting a layered style, make sure that the pieces of hair framing your face lay just under your chin. "This will counter the wide angle on your face, giving a longer oval-face appearance," says Perez.
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Curly-haired girls should ask their stylist to tame the curls that frame their face. "Try to avoid going too curly in front pieces close to the roots. Start the curl from the side of the mouth passing the chin," says Perez.
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If your hair frizzes up in humidity, stylist Helen Chaldranian suggests a temporary smoothing treatment using a keratin-based product, like Trissola Solo. These treatments are supposed to "remove frizz and unnecessary bulk on the sides that make the face look fuller" without compromising your hair's natural volume. "A bit of bounce and volume, combined with smooth, shiny hair framing the face, gives an overall sleek and slim appearance," she says.
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Sharp bobs that lack movement can weigh your look down. Request a cut that allows your hair to grow out while still looking healthy. "If you are going for a bob, get it cut shorter in the back and longer on the sides, which will help to elongate the face," says Chaldranian.
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