Let’s be real: Widow’s peaks tend to get a bad rap in the hairstyling game. Since they are known to grow outside of your regular hairline, it can seem like they exist only to mess up an otherwise perfect hairstyle. But the truth is, there are plenty of hairstyle trends that can complement a widow’s peak hairline, and we’ve rounded up some of the best ones. Below, we’re filling you in on the best widow’s peak haircuts for men and women.
WHAT IS A WIDOW’S PEAK HAIRLINE?
It’s only right that we give you all the details on a widow’s peak hairline before we show you how to style your tresses. While most hairlines are more rounded, if you have a widow’s peak, the hair at the center of your hairline forms a point.
Many people think that widow’s peak hairlines are reserved for men, but women can also have them. For some, a widow’s peak can be subtle and barely noticeable, while others may have one with a more prominent shape. You can also choose to draw attention to or away from your widow’s peak, depending on your preference. With bangs, a widow’s peak can be practically invisible, while a tight pulled-back style will make it a focal point of your look.
WHAT CAUSES A WIDOW’S PEAK?
Like it or not, the main culprit behind your widow’s peak is none other than genetics. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
Beyond genes, a widow’s peak can be a side effect of a receding hairline. When hair is receding, hair loss starts at the forehead and works its way up, which can lead to a V-shaped hairline. However, this does not mean that having a widow’s peak is necessarily a sign that your hair is thinning. Plenty of people have full manes and a widow’s peak, so don’t panic if you’re looking in the mirror and realizing we’re describing your hairline right now.
ARE WIDOW’S PEAK HAIRLINES BAD?
Widow’s peaks may not always get lots of love, but there is nothing wrong with having this type of hairline. Whether you’re working with short hair or a longer length, a widow’s peak won’t take away from your look. In fact, it can actually give any hairstyle a bit more edge. Really, once you find the perfect hairstyle to complement your look, you’ll be as good as gold. Speaking of which…
5 WIDOW’S PEAK HAIRCUTS AND HAIRSTYLES FOR MEN
Now that you know a little more about widow’s peaks, it’s time to find the right haircuts to complement your V-shaped hairline. Here, find some of our favorite widow’s peak hairstyles for men.
On the hunt for a hairstyle that’s practical and doesn’t skimp on style? The comb-over will suit your needs. An excellent option for men who covet minimal styling, all you need to do is comb your hair over on either side to call attention to your natural texture. If you’re game for taking this look to the next level, try out a tapered fade for the ultimate cool-guy aesthetic.
If you’re looking to add some spice to thin strands, an undercut will rise to the occasion. A popular haircut among men, the undercut gives the hair on top a fuller appearance while taking attention away from your hairline if that’s what you want. This look also comes in handy for any man that loves to try out various hairstyles, as it’s easy to wear multiple ways.
Interested in flaunting a polished look with little to no styling needed? Slicked-back hair will suit you. Perfect for men with medium and long lengths, this style takes minimal styling to new heights. Simply work a touch of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel, through your mane and brush your hair toward the back of your head to get the look.
4. THE POMPADOUR
Preparing for date night? A pompadour hairstyle will serve up the right amount of charm to leave your sweetheart swooning. This look is all about giving your look major texture and height for a winning combination. To style, work an egg-sized amount of hair putty, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty, through your strands, and shape as desired. Voila!
5. BUZZ CUT
In the mood for a super short and trendy look? Look no further than the buzz cut! This hairstyle keeps things nice and simple when you need to head out the door. The true epitome of a low maintenance look, there is no need to worry about using any styling products to pull your style together. Just wake up, shower, get dressed, and get ready to start your day.
5 WIDOW’S PEAK HAIRCUTS AND HAIRSTYLES FOR WOMEN
A widow’s peak shouldn’t get in the way of making a chic statement with your strands. Consult our hairstyle list below, so you can turn heads with ease.
1. CURLS WITH A SIDE PART
Can’t resist a voluminous hairstyle? Curls with a side part will do your mane justice. A great way to flaunt medium and long locks, you won’t be able to get enough of this sassy style. Simply add a touch of curl mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Mousse, to your strands, scrunch, and let air dry. Once fully dry, create a deep side part on either side of your head. Finish with a misting of a shine spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, and you’re good to go.
2. HIGH PONYTAIL WITH PIECE-Y STRANDS
One of the greatest things about a ponytail is that it can take you from day to night with ease. Not to mention, it’s super easy to pull together. Add piece-y strands into the mix to frame your face, and this look will take your flirty meter up a few notches. Start by separating a few strands from your hairline, then gather the rest of your hair on top of your head before securing with a hair elastic.
3. SLEEK HALF-UP PONY
Sometimes, it’s better to give your mane the best of both worlds. And that’s what the sleek half-up ponytail brings to the table. A chic way to rock an updo and flaunt your length all in one, it’s no surprise that this style continues to reign supreme. Divide your hair into two even sections and clip the bottom half out of the way. Add a small amount of hair gel to your roots and brush the top layer toward the center of your head. Gather your strands into a ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Release the bottom section, and your look is complete.
4. BALLERINA BUN
Speaking of updos, you can never go wrong with a ballerina bun. Equal parts stylish and clean-cut, this look easily checks all of the boxes. Sound like a style you’d like to give a go? Head on over to our article, How to Create a Super Slick Ballerina Bun, for a step-by-step tutorial.
5. NATURAL CURLS
Want to make your natural texture the star of the show? Natural curls won’t let you down. This hairstyle allows you to play with your texture and score a fresh out of the salon look all on your own. Simply amp up your curls with the help of the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Add a small amount of curl mousse and scrunch to enjoy your defined curls.
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