33 Awesome Hairstyles To Hide Or Cover Up Big Foreheads

There's nothing a good hairstyle can't do, including covering up what you want to hide.

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Having a prominent forehead doesn’t always mean you have to pick a hairstyle with a full-frontal fringe. There are some phenomenal hairstyles for big foreheads that can take the attention off your front and divert it to your amazing features like beautiful eyes, high cheekbones, sensual lips, or chiseled jawline. Big forehead hairstyles can include various options such as bangs, layers, side-swept styles, and updos. This article lists some hairstyles that can conceal a large forehead, so you never have to hear lame jokes or snide remarks again. Keep reading to check out our top picks and get ready to head to the salon. Scroll down for more info!

protip_icon Before You Get Started

Maintenance: Bangs that cover your forehead are high maintenance. Wash them regularly and trim them every 2 to 3 weeks to maintain their shape and length.

Face Shape: Forehead-masking hairstyles are suitable for all face shapes. But they are especially great for longer faces as they balance out their proportions.

Hair Texture: These hairstyles are versatile but may require some styling gels or creams to tame the flyaways if your hair is super curly or frizzy.

33 Fabulous Hairstyles For Big Foreheads

One of the best ways to mask a big forehead is to get bangs or fringes. You can pair them with different hairstyles to accentuate your cheekbones and jawline.

Licensed hairstylist and beauty entrepreneur Jessica Shults says, “Bangs are such a classic way to get a makeover. The Bardot bangs are currently my favorite go-to when my clients want a transformational style. The Bardot bangs look great on every face shape, and compliment all the facial features. They are typically parted in the middle, opening up the face, while leaving a beautiful veil over any unwanted forehead. I always use a volumizing spray on damp hair before I blowdry. I then use a texture spray on dry hair to help hold and fluff the hair without it looking sticky.”

All that expert styling advice deserves to be experimented with! Scroll down for our list of the best haircuts for big foreheads, and try them out.

1. Curtain Bangs

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Need a style that hides your forehead and does a lot more? Curtain bangs are for you. Along with covering up your forehead, this trendy hairstyle highlights your gorgeous cheekbones and brings out your best facial features. What’s more? It looks flattering on all face types!

What You Need

  • Volumizing mousse
  • Round brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Texturizing spray

How To Style

  1. Get a haircut with curtain bangs.
  2. Prep your washed hair with some volumizing mousse.
  3. Divide your hair from the center part and separate the bangs.
  4. Blow dry the rest of your hair while brushing it outwards with a round brush.
  5. Take the bangs and blow dry them while brushing them upwards.
  6. Release the bangs from the brush and let them fall freely at the sides.
  7. Spritz on some texturizing spray to complete the look.

2. Messy Pixie

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If you have a pixie cut, your forehead will never stop you from being the gorgeous queen you are! The best part about this hairstyle is that you can cover up your large forehead within minutes. Just do what Joey King did and let those curls fall on your forehead for a chic look. You could pair this hairstyle with undercuts for a unique look.

What You Need

  • Volumizing mousse
  • Round brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Shine spray

How To Style

  1. Get a layered pixie haircut.
  2. Prep your washed and damp hair with a dollop of volumizing mousse.
  3. Blow dry your hair while brushing it out with a round brush.
  4. Let the front hair fall on your forehead.
  5. Gently run your fingers through the front hair.
  6. Finish off the look with some shine spray.

3. Side Knot Bun

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I’m sure umpteen people must have advised you till now to get your hair cut in bangs to cover your big forehead. But you don’t have to! With a little bit of clever positioning of your hair at the front, you can create an elegant updo that can even be worn by a bride on her wedding day!

What You Need
  • Round brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Texturizing spray
  • Teasing brush
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Smoothing serum
  • Fine toothed comb
How To Style
  1. Blow dry your washed hair while brushing it down with a round brush.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. Leaving out the front section of your hair from the side of your hair with more parting, tie all your hair in a side ponytail.
  4. Wrap a thin section of hair from the base of your ponytail to hide the hair elastic and secure it with a bobby pin.
  5.  Spray texturizing spray all over your ponytail.
  6. Tease down all the hair in your ponytail.
  7. Use a fine-toothed comb to gently smooth down the hair without losing its volume.
  8. Create a loop with your ponytail and pull its tail through the loop to create a knot bun.
  9. Pick up the front section of your hair that you had left out earlier, lay it flat against your forehead, pull it back, and pin it on the opposite side of the ponytail.
  10. Roll the tail of your ponytail, wrap it around the bun, and secure it with bobby pins.
  11. Apply a bit of smoothing serum on your fine toothed comb and run it carefully through your hair to give it a neater look.

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If you have a broad forehead with medium to long straight hair, a side-parted ponytail will be the right choice for you.

4. Pin Up Curly Bangs

Your large forehead should not stop you from looking like the gorgeous retro pin-up girl that you’ve always wanted to look like. This high ponytail style makes use of a curling iron to create super cool round faux bangs that cover the top half of your forehead.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Sectioning clip
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Hair elastics
  • Teasing brush
  • Hair pins
  • Cloth headband
  • Medium hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Section away the hair at the front of your head, between your temples.
  3. Tie all your hair at the back vertically into 3 ponytails.
  4. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all the hair in your ponytails.
  5. Use a teasing brush to tease down the hair at the base of your ponytail to add more volume to it.
  6. Remove the sectioning clip from the hair at the front and brush out all the knots and tangles from it.
  7. Holding your curling iron horizontally, wrap all the front hair around it, starting from the ends right up till the roots.
  8. Hold the curling iron in this position for a few seconds.
  9. Pull out the curling iron carefully without unraveling the hair around it.
  10. Insert bobby pins into this rolled up hair to secure it to your head.
  11. Tie your cloth headband around your head, behind your faux bangs.
  12. Spritz on some hairspray to set your hairdo in place and finish off the look.

Jessica Shults offers some pro advice on handling curling irons, “I like to make sure the curling iron is between 200-300 degrees. If the hair is healthy enough to hold the heat, I wrap my fingers around the hair that is wrapped around the iron. Once it gets too hot to touch with my fingers, that’s my sign to get it off the hair.”

5. Fake Bang Top Knot

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Creating fake bangs has never been easier. All you need is a hair elastic and a few bobby pins to create bangs that will cover your wide forehead. So, you get all the benefits of bangs without the actual commitment of cutting your hair. What’s not to love?

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Smoothing serum
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant all over your washed, dried hair.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, straighten all your hair until it is poker straight.
  3. Tie all your hair into a high ponytail.
  4. Pick up 1/3rd of your hair from your ponytail, fan it out, and place it over your forehead to create your faux bangs.
  5. Pin the bangs at the top of your head with the help of bobby pins.
  6. Roll the rest of your ponytail into a bun and secure it to your head by inserting bobby pins in it from all directions.
  7. Run your straightening iron over your bangs once more and apply some smoothing serum to make them look sleeker and more real.

6. Faux Side Swept Bangs Curly Bun

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It’s amazing how much you can do with clever placement and pinning of hair to cover your broad forehead. This curly top bun makes use of faux side swept bangs to create a stunning hairdo that is perfect for prom.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Wash your hair a day before you need to style it. This offers a better hold on the style.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Run your fingers through your curls to open them up and give them a messy look.
  4. Pick up the hair at the front of your head, between both your temples, and tie a hair elastic about halfway down.
  5. Making sure that the top half of this front section is laying flat against your forehead, flip the bottom over to one side and pin it right above your forehead, under the top half, to create your faux side swept bangs.
  6. Tie the rest of your hair into a mid-level ponytail at the back of your head.
  7. Split your ponytail vertically into 2 sections.
  8. Roll the first section into a messy bun and secure it down with a few bobby pins.
  9. Repeat the previous step with the second half of the ponytail.
  10. Spritz on some light-hold hairspray to set the hairdo in place and finish off the look.

7. Wavy Side Swept Bangs

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Emma Stone always knows what she’s doing with her hair. She goes from blonde to red to brown without missing a damn beat. So it’s no surprise that she’s a pro at dealing with her big forehead. Here, she has gone for some simple side swept bangs and relaxed waves pinned up on one side to create a chic and easy look.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • Straightening iron
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some side swept bangs.
  2. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  3. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, curl the lower half of all your hair.
  4. Straighten your bangs and sweep them to one side.
  5. Run a wide toothed comb through your curls to give them a way texture.
  6. Pull back the hair on the opposite side of your bangs and pin them back.
  7. Spritz on some light hold hairspray to finish off the look.

8. Super Messy Half Bun

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Honestly, when was the last time anyone saw Zooey Deschanel’s forehead? Because homegirl has had them bangs for the longest time now. And why wouldn’t she? They work like a charm to hide her large forehead completely and make her look like the quintessential girl next door. And the messy half bun on top is perfect for those days when you just can’t muster enough effort to dress up too much.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in long straight asymmetrical bangs that go past your eyes.
  2. Prep your hair with some texturizing spray.
  3. Tie half of your hair into a ponytail at the top of your head.
  4. Roll your half ponytail into a super messy bun and secure it to your head with the help of bobby pins.
  5. Slightly part your bangs down the middle with your fingers to prevent them from falling into your eyes and finish off the look.

9. Super Swept Faux Bangs

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If Gigi Hadid is doing something, you know damn well that it’s at the peak of high fashion. Here, she has gone for a subtle beehive look with lots of texture and swept all the hair at the front on one side to cover her forehead. Cute, effortless, and works best on someone with a big forehead and round face.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Teasing brush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Spritz on texturizing spray all over your hair.
  2. Tease down the hair at the crown of your head.
  3. Leaving out the hair along your hairline, smooth back the hair at the front of the head over the teased hair with a fine toothed comb.
  4. Pin this hair down at the back of your head with the help of bobby pins.
  5. Placing the hair along your hairline to lay flat against your forehead, flip it to your left side and pin it down behind your left ear.
  6. Spritz on some light hold hairspray to set the do in place.

10. Shaggy Bob And Bangs

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Ugh, remember when Taylor Swift went all in with her Anna Wintour hair look?

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Thank God, those days are behind us. She ditched those straight cut bangs for this textured shaggy bob and slightly side swept bangs to make a chic and edgy style statement. This style works best for someone with an oval face and big forehead.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Texturizing spray
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in a shaggy bob and straight bangs.
  2. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  3. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, roughly straighten all your hair.
  4. Spritz on lots of texturizing spray all over your hair.
  5. Shake out your hair with your hands and flick your bangs over to one side to create a super texturized and messy look.

11. Center Parted Layered Bun

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If you have a diamond-shaped face like Vanessa Hudgens and a wide forehead, getting your hair cut in some layers is the best option for you. Hudgens has put up her hair in an adorable updo at the back and framed her face on both sides with the first layer of her hair to make her forehead and cheeks look smaller.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some layers.
  2. Spritz on some texturizing spray all over your washed and dried hair.
  3. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, curl the lower half of all your hair.
  4. Part your hair down the middle.
  5. Leaving out the shortest layer of your hair at the front to frame your face, tie the rest of your hair into a ponytail at the back of your head.
  6. Roll this ponytail into a messy bun and secure it to your head with some bobby pins.
  7. Pick at your hairdo to make it as messy as you want and spritz on some light hold hairspray to finish off the look.

12. Ultra Sharp Bangs Top Knot

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Listen, we all want to look cool and edgy and badass. So, thank God, we have Kendall Jenner to school us in the art of looking gorgeously intimidating. This sharp straight cut bangs look paired with a vertical top knot is surely not for the faint-hearted.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Smoothening serum
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in bangs that graze your eyes and are longer at the sides.
  2. Apply heat protectant to all your washed, dried hair.
  3. Picking up 2-inch sections of hair at a time, straighten all your hair.
  4. Leaving out your bangs, tie all your hair into a super high ponytail at the top of your head.
  5. Roll your ponytail into a neat bun.
  6. Fan the bun out with your fingers to give it a fuller look.
  7. Apply some smoothening serum to your bangs to give them a sleeker look.
  8. Spritz on some light-hold hairspray to set the updo in place and finish off the look.

13. Sleeked Down Side Part

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Sometimes doing the simplest of things that can make a huge difference. Take this hairstyle sported by Selena Gomez, for example. By just parting her hair on one side and sleeking down the hair across the top of her forehead, she has managed to hide a good portion of her forehead and still look effortlessly stylish. This hairstyle works best on someone with a round face and a large forehead.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • Smoothening serum
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed and dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Part your hair on one side.
  4. Rub some smoothening serum all over the teeth of your fine toothed comb.
  5. Use this comb to sleek down the hair at the front.
  6. Pick up the hair in the front at the side of your parting with more hair, lay it flat against your forehead, and pin it behind your ear, under the hair at the back.
  7. Repeat the previous step on the other side of your parting.
  8. Run your fingers through your curls to open them up and finish off the look.

14. Blunt Bangs Half Updo

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It’s hard to believe that someone as beautiful as Hannah Simone could also have a problem with her forehead. But she has dealt with her problem in the most glamorous way possible by going for some dense straight cut bangs that graze her eyebrows. To keep all the focus on her chic bangs, Simone has pinned back the rest of her hair in a half up/half down look.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Smoothening serum
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some straight cut bangs that are longer on the sides.
  2. Apply heat protectant all over your washed and dried hair.
  3. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, straighten all your hair.
  4. When straightening your bangs, turn the iron slightly towards your head to give them a more rounded look.
  5. Comb back the hair at the back and tie half of it into a ponytail.
  6. Apply some smoothening serum to your bangs to get rid of any frizz and finish off the look.

15. Swept Aside Straight Cut Bangs

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Some people don’t like sticking to just one style. They want to try out versatile styles and do something new with their hair every day. If you’re that kind of person, you could do what Hannah Simone did with her bangs. She threw all her hair in a simple flat top bun and swept her straight cut bangs to one side to make a more demure and conventional style statement.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Smoothening serum
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some straight cut bangs.
  2. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  3. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, straighten all your hair.
  4. Leaving out your bangs, tie all your hair into a ponytail right at the top of your head.
  5. Roll your ponytail into a bun and secure it to your head by inserting bobby pins into it from all directions.
  6. Part your bangs on one side and apply some smoothening serum to them to make them look sleeker and finish off the look.

16. Two Tiered Bangs Ponytail

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Dascha Polanco sets fire on every red carpet she steps onto. Here you can see her slaying the style game with some two tired bangs and a simple low ponytail. The highlight of this look certainly has to be the lavender silver color of her hair that is to die for.

What You Need
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Straightening iron
  • 1.5-inch curling iron
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in straight-cut bangs that are longer on the sides.
  2. Gather all your hair and tie it into a low ponytail.
  3. Pick up a thin section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the base of your ponytail to hide the hair elastic from view.
  4. Secure this wrapped-up section of hair under your ponytail with the help of a bobby pin.
  5. Run your straightening iron a few times over your straight-cut bangs to set them in place.
  6. Curl your longer side bangs by just wrapping their lower half around the curling iron so that they softly frame your face.

17. Curly Bob And Straight Bangs

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If you’re an old soul at heart and want to go for a more vintage look, here’s a hairstyle that will serve you well. The super straight and long bangs lie perfectly against the model’s eyebrows, hiding her broad forehead completely. The curly bob at the back creates a beautiful contrast with the straight bangs. People with a more square-shaped face and long forehead can go for this look.

What You Need
  • ½ inch hair rollers
  • Hairspray
  • Bobby pins
  • Straightening iron
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in straight bangs and a long bob.
  2. Leaving out your bangs, insert hair rollers in all your washed, wet hair.
  3. Leave the rollers in your hair until it dries completely.
  4. Spritz on some hairspray all over your hair before removing the rollers.
  5. Pull back the hair beside your bangs and pin it back behind your ears on either side.
  6. Straighten out your bangs until they are poker straight to finish off the look.
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Tyra Banks, Uma Thurman, and Angelina Jolie are some famous celebrities with big foreheads.

18. Short Layers

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Bangs are not your only option when it comes to choosing a hairstyle for your long forehead. Layers can also do the trick. You could take some style inspiration from Rachel McAdams here. She has gone for some short layers cut in her medium length hair and has parted her hair down the middle. The result is that the first layer of her hair creates a curtain bangs look that drapes on both sides of your face and hides a huge portion of your forehead from each side.

What You Need
  • Round brush
  • Blow drier
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some layers.
  2. Part your wet hair down the middle.
  3. Blow dry your hair while brushing it down with a round brush.
  4. Turn the round brush towards your head when you are blow drying the ends.
  5. When blow drying the hair at the front, pull the brush back and behind your head to make the ends curl backwards and away from your face.
  6. Run your fingers through your hair to add some volume to it and finish off the look.

19. Choppy Bangs Bun

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Have a cute heart-shaped face that is being overshadowed by your big forehead? Take some hair inspiration from our very own ‘Gilmore girl’ Alexis Bledel, why don’t you? Bledel has gone for some choppy side swept bangs with jagged edges and paired it with a simple bun to create an understated yet elegant look.

What You Need
  • Volumizing mousse
  • Round brush
  • Blow drier
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some choppy bangs.
  2. Apply a dollop of volumizing mousse to your washed, wet hair.
  3. Blow dry all your hair while brushing it out with a round brush.
  4. Tie all your hair in a mid level ponytail.
  5. Roll your ponytail into a bun and secure it to your head with the help of bobby pins.
  6. Shake out your bangs and roughly part them on one side to finish off the look.

20. Voluminous Loose Hair

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You don’t always need to go for elaborate haircuts and styles to hide your big forehead. Naya Rivera proves this best with her hair done up in big bouncy curls parted on one side. Her hair is sexily falling down one side of her face and looking super sultry.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • 1.5 inch curling iron
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Smoothing serum
How To Style
  1. Apply heat protectant all over your washed and dried hair.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections of hair at a time, straighten all your hair.
  3. Curl the lower half of all your hair.
  4. Part your hair on one side.
  5. Rub some smoothing serum all over a fine toothed comb and use it to sleek down the hair at the top of your head, on the side of your parting with more hair.
  6. Flip that hair forward so that it falls across your face.

21. Fishtail Front Headband

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Don’t let your broad forehead keep you from letting out your bohemian free spirit. Go for a trendy fishtail braid that straight up cuts across your forehead to hide it from view. Leave your wavy hair down, throw on a floaty floral top, and you’re good to go!

What You  Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair brush
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Sea salt spray
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with lots of texturizing spray.
  2. Brush all your hair back.
  3. Pick up a huge chunk of hair from one side of your head and tie it into a ponytail.
  4. Split this section of hair into 2 sections.
  5. Fishtail braid these 2 sections of hair by alternately picking up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to the inner side of the other section.
  6. Keep repeating the previous step until you have fishtail braided right till the end, and secure it with a hair elastic.
  7. Cut off and remove the hair elastic at the top of your braid.
  8. Place this braid across the top of your forehead and pin it down above your ear on the opposite side.
  9. Insert some more bobby pins along the length of the braid to secure it in place.
  10. Spritz on some sea salt spray all over your hair to give more texture to it and finish off the look.

22. Front Summer Braid

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When it comes to hairstyling, there is so much room for experimentation. Check out this unconventional front braid, for example, that has been pinned across the forehead instead of above it. It’s a totally cute way to hide your wide forehead without cutting any of it.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Apply some heat protectant all over your washed, dried hair.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, straighten all your hair.
  3. Pick up a big chunk of hair from one side of your head and spritz texturizing spray all over it.
  4. Split this section of hair into 3 strands, simply braid it right till the end, and secure the end with a hair elastic.
  5. Loosen and pull apart the braid from its center to make it look wider.
  6. Place the braid across your forehead and pin it down wherever it naturally ends on the opposite side of your head to finish off the look.

23. Long Bangs Ponytail

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A common misconception about bangs is that you need to cut off a good length of your front hair to get them. But Dakota Johnson’s long face framing bangs that sweep off to the sides beg to differ. Paired with a simple ponytail, they make for an effortlessly chic look.

What You Need
  • Hair brush
  • Smoothing serum
  • Hair elastic
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some straight cut bangs.
  2. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your washed, dried hair.
  3. Rub some smoothing serum between your fingers and run them through your hair to make them look sleek and shiny.
  4. Gather all your hair into a ponytail at the back and tie it with a hair elastic.
  5. Part your bangs on one side and pull out some longer strands of hair from either side to frame your face.

24. Halfway Braid

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Oh, Sophie Turner. I can always count on you to flaunt a really cool hairstyle with your simply cut long hair. Here she has gone for a braid that starts from halfway down the length of her hair, leaving the loose hair at the top to frame her face and cover her forehead. Iconic.

What You Need
  • Hair brush
  • Sea salt spray
  • Hair elastic
  • Leather string
How To Style
  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your hair.
  2. Spritz on sea salt spray all over your hair and scrunch it with your hands to give it a wavy texture.
  3. Part your hair down the middle.
  4. From halfway down the length of your hair, start doing a simple 3-strand braid.
  5. Once your braid has reached the end of your hair, tie it with a hair elastic.
  6. Wrap and tie your leather string around the hair elastic at the end of your braid.
  7. Pull out a few strands of braid from the front to frame your face and finish off the look.

25. Disheveled Milkmaid Braid

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If there’s one thing this Olsen twin knows how to do, it’s rocking a completely disheveled look. Mary Kate Olsen has ditched her hairbrush and gone for some super messy milkmaid braids to make a boho-style statement. She has pulled out random bits of hair to frame her face and finish off the look.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Spritz on lots of texturizing spray all over your hair to give it a super texturized look.
  2. Part your hair down the middle and divide all your hair vertically into 2 sections.
  3. Do a simple 3 strand braid on each side of your head with the 2 sections.
  4. Pull apart and loosen your braids to make them look messy.
  5. Place your left braid across the top of your head and pin it behind your right ear.
  6. Repeat the previous step with your right braid.
  7. Insert more bobby pins along the length of your hair to further secure them in place.
  8. Pull out strands of hair from the front to frame your face and finish off the look.

26. Smoothened Down Half Updo

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Here’s another half updo that will work flawlessly to reduce the size of your forehead. Naya Rivera has parted her hair to one side and smoothened down some of her front hair over her forehead to cover it. And that’s it! So simple, yet so effective!

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Smoothing serum
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Picking up 1 inch sections at a time, straighten all your hair.
  3. Part your hair on one side.
  4. Rub some smoothing serum all over the teeth of your fine toothed comb.
  5. Use your fine toothed comb to slick back the hair in the front (on each side of your parting) and pin it at the back of your head.
  6. When slicking back the hair on the side of your parting with more hair, make sure you fan out your hair so that it lies on top of your forehead.

27. Knit Headband Ponytail

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Sometimes we all need a little bit of help from hair accessories when our hair is not behaving like it is supposed to. A knit headband can be of great help on those days. Tying your hair in a ponytail and throwing on a thick headband can help in drawing attention away from your large forehead.

What You Need
  • Hair elastic
  • Wool knit headband
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some side swept bangs.
  2. Leaving out your bangs, tie all your hair into a ponytail at the back of your head.
  3. Part your bangs on one side.
  4. Pull out some longer strands of hair from the sides to frame your face.
  5. Put on your knit headband right behind your bangs to finish off the look.

28. Ballerina Bun

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Not all of us can go through years and years of committed practice to become professional ballerinas. But hey, at least you can look like one! This cute ballerina bun with dense two-tiered bangs in the front will help hide your broad forehead in the most adorable way possible.

What You Need
  • Hair donut (large)
  • Hair elastic
  • Straightening iron
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some blunt bangs.
  2. Tie all your hair into a high ponytail.
  3. Insert the end of your ponytail into the hair donut.
  4. Start rolling your hair donut up the length of your ponytail while simultaneously wrapping your hair around it.
  5. When you have rolled your donut up till the base of your ponytail, it should stay fixed in place.
  6. Straighten out your bangs and spritz on some hairspray to finish off the look.

29. Swooping Bangs Half Updo

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Want some bangs that blend effortlessly with your long hair? Then take a page out of Angelina Jolie’s look book! Jolie has gone for some short bangs that swoop down her forehead in the most graceful way possible and pinned back the rest of her hair to create a red carpet ready look.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 1.5 inch curling iron
  • Teasing brush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Smoothing serum
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in short side swept bangs.
  2. Prep your washed, dried hair with some heat protectant.
  3. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  4. Tease down the hair at the crown of your head.
  5. Rub some smoothing serum over your fine toothed comb.
  6. Smooth back the hair at the front and sides of your head over your teased down hair.
  7. Pin all your slicked back hair at the back of your head with the help of some bobby pins.
  8. Wrap your bangs once around the curling iron and curl them.
  9. Part your bangs on one side to finish off the look.

30. Messy Side Ponytail

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Trust Kate Bosworth to put in the least effort and still look the most stylish at any event. Here, she has gone for a texturized side ponytail look that gives off a super relaxed vibe. And to hide her forehead, she simply pulled out some hair from the front of her head. THAT’S IT!

What You Need
  • Sea salt spray
  • Hair elastic
How To Style
  1. Spritz on sea salt spray all over your hair and run your hands through it to give it a wavy texture.
  2. Roughly part your hair down the middle.
  3. Tie all your hair into a low ponytail and flip it over one shoulder.
  4. Pull out a 2 inch section of hair from one side of your parting to frame your face and finish off the look.

31. Scrunched Up Hair

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Not gonna lie, this is probably my favorite look on this list. This super texturized hair can be achieved by just following a simple hair scrunching method. And if you like to add a bit of character to your hair, do what Mary Kate Olsen has done here. Deeply part your hair on one side and throw in an accent braid in there to create a hippie effect.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Towel
  • Hair elastic
How To Style
  1. Spritz on texturizing spray all over your washed, wet hair.
  2. Flip your head forward so that all your hair falls in front of you.
  3. Using a towel, scrunch your hair for about 45-60 seconds.
  4. Keep repeating the previous step every 10 minutes until your hair dries completely.
  5. Flip your head forwards and backwards a couple of times to add more volume to it.
  6. Part your hair deeply on one side, making sure that the front section of your hair falls over your forehead.
  7. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from near the nape of your neck and split it into 2 sections.
  8. Fishtail braid this hair by alternately picking up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to the inner side of the other section.
  9. Secure the end of your braid with a hair elastic and pancake it to finish off the look.

32. Side Messy Bun

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Looking for a hairstyle to pair with your pretty summer dress? Look no further! Try out this messy side bun sported by Summer Glau. Instead of worrying too much about bangs, Glau has pulled out the front section of her hair and let fall down her face to cover her forehead.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Straightening iron
How To Style
  1. Get your hair cut in some long layers.
  2. Prep your washed, dried hair with a few spritzes of texturizing spray.
  3. Part your hair on one side.
  4. Leaving out the front section of your hair on both sides of your parting, tie all your hair in a low side ponytail.
  5. Roll your ponytail into a messy bun and secure it to your head with the help of some bobby pins.
  6. Run your straightening iron a couple of times over the hair at the front to smoothen them down and finish off the look.

33. Short Layered Bob

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A short, layered bob hairstyle is a trendy and versatile choice for those who are seeking a chic and low-maintenance look. This haircut typically features hair that is cut into a sleek, graduated shape with shorter layers in the back and longer layers in the front. Its short length provides a youthful appearance as it falls over the forehead.

What You Need

  • Heat protectant spray
  • Blow dryer
  • Straightening iron
  • Hair serum
  • Hairspray

How To Style

  1. Start with clean, dry hair or apply a heat protectant to damp hair.
  2. Blow-dry your hair using a round brush to add volume and create a smooth finish.
  3. Use a flat iron to straighten your hair, focusing on the layers for a sleek look.
  4. Comb through your hair to ensure it’s evenly straight.
  5. Apply a hair serum to eliminate frizz and add shine.
  6. Finish with a light-hold hairspray to maintain the layered bob hairstyle.

Infographic: 4 Ways To Style A High Forehead

While some people are born with naturally large foreheads, others gradually experience it due to a receding hairline caused by aging, exposure to pollution, or medical conditions. A high forehead can make people self-conscious since it is a prominent feature of the face. Elaborate hairstyles that obscure the forehead are a great way to cover up the area and make a fashion statement.

However, if you are bored of your bangs and want to change things up a bit, there are other cool ways. The key is to divert attention away from your forehead to other features and elements around your face.

Check out the infographic below to know more.

4 ways to style a hgih forehead (infographic)

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Having a very prominent forehead can be frustrating, especially when people constantly come at you with jokes and remarks targeting that feature. Instead of feeling bad, take this opportunity to experiment with hairstyles to see which one would look better with your face shape and big forehead. The best hairstyles for big foreheads are styled with side-swept bangs, faux bangs, and other fringe styles as they cover your forehead and draw attention to the lower half of your face. Scroll back up, pick your favorite hairstyle, and try it out for yourself!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any hairstyles that should be avoided for individuals with big foreheads?

Yes, hairstyles like the middle part, sleek, straight hairstyles, and high ponytails—anything that might accentuate the size of the forehead should be avoided.

How can I choose a hairstyle that will flatter my face shape and forehead size?

It’s important to select a hairstyle that balances your features and highlights your greatest qualities for it to suit your face shape and forehead size. Here are a few helpful tips:
• Analyze your face shape.
• Consider the size of your forehead.
• Seek advice from a hairstylist.

What are the best bangs to get if you have a bigger forehead?

A full straight fringe completely alters how your face is perceived, making it the best option for people with large foreheads and longer face shapes. This effect is enhanced by dark hair color and a slightly wavy texture to the hair.

Can I grow long hair with a big forehead?

If you have a big forehead, you can have any length of hair. The key is to achieve face framing and a fringe to balance the look. However, avoid sleek long haircuts as they may not suit you.

Can I still wear my hair up if I have a big forehead, or will it make my forehead look even bigger?

You can wear your hair up but try to avoid wearing it in a sleek style. Try a side ponytail if you want to go with one. Although top knot buns might not be your thing, a low bun with just a hint of tousling will look fantastic on you.

Can I wear a middle part if I have a big forehead, or should I stick to a side part?

No. A center parting is much too symmetrical and will only highlight your large forehead, so simply parting your hair on the deep side is a fantastic solution.

Key Takeaways

  • Bangs are an excellent way of covering big foreheads while accentuating your best facial features.
  • These hairstyles require regular washing and trimming every 2-3 weeks to maintain their shape and length.
  • Hairstyles such as messy pixie, shaggy bob, and layered bun can help cover up big foreheads quickly and easily.
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Discover quick and stylish hairstyles that help flatter big or broad foreheads. Check out the video to learn tips and tricks to create the illusion of a smaller forehead.

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