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Hairstyles For Widow's Peaks

How to Work With Your Widow's Peak Like a Pro

A widow's peak is a dominantly inherited V shape that dips down along the hairline. Female celebrities Marilyn Monroe, Alyson Hannigan, Fran Drescher, and Kourtney Kardashian all have widow's peaks, along with Keanu Reeves, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Colin Farrell on the men's front. Perhaps you have this genetic trait, too. If so, uncover some tips and techniques for making it work below.

  • Let it be: Your widow's peak makes you uniquely you, so why hide it? When choosing a hairstyle, focus on your overall face shape instead, whether it's heart, square, oval, or round.
  • The true heart: Speaking of shapes, a true heart-shaped face will have a wider forehead, pointier chin, and a widow's peak. In this particular case, choose styles that give volume around the jawline, avoiding cuts that provide fullness around the temples. Also, steer clear of blunt bangs, which can look too severe.
  • Banged up: Side parts and soft, swooping bangs are perfect ways to work with your widow's peak. Also, fun, spiky bangs blend nicely with a descending V hairline, providing a stylish, face-framing effect. You can also add a few swooping rounded curls to the mix to provide a softening effect along your hairline.
  • Hair removal: If you absolutely must create a straighter hairline, avoid shaving, which can leave an obvious stubbly line. Instead, consider tweezing, but don't go overboard.
  • Spitting hairs: Your widow's peak might act like a cowlick, causing unwanted splitting along your hairline. To coerce it to behave, start with damp hair, and focus the airflow from your blow dryer down toward the peak, tautly pulling hair over and around it to blend.
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Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
That's great it works for you, christysaladino. How often do you have to maintain it?
christysaladino christysaladino 5 years
I HAD a widows peak, he he he. I easily tweezed it and it was gone. Now I can have the bangs I wanted!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Good tip, catyo! I love that idea.
catyo catyo 6 years
I have a widows peak as well. It is hard to work with it but Farah Faucet bangs work great. It minimizes the Eddie munster look, so ive been resembled to.
midnightdog18 midnightdog18 6 years
I have a widow peak nd it's big one it comes down near my eye brows. But i love my widow peak some people just be hatin on it. But i dnt care wat ppl think.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Hi Anonymous! Check out our video on finding a hairstyle for your face shape: And then from there, I'm sure your stylist can come up with something that suits your widow's peak and hair texture, too. Good luck!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Bearpaw, it sounds like you are in school. Trust me, a lot of people aren't very mature at that point, and they're pretty insecure themselves -- that's why they're picking on you for something that isn't even worth teasing! My guess is that when bullies see that you're hurt by the teasing, they keep teasing you about your widow's peak. Stand tall and ignore it, because they're just sad people inside. For what it's worth, I have also heard people say that widow's peaks make the head look like a heart... and it has always been used admiringly or as a compliment. But overall, you shouldn't let others' opinions color your self-image one way or another. I promise that if you can love and accept your appearance, teasing won't matter. And Chinwe, no, it isn't bad luck to have a widow's peak. I'm sorry for your loss.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
i think it makes my hair line look more feminine... its nice and small so i don't look like the Count from Sesame Street or that kid from the munsters...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I have one, too. It's medium size -- not small, not big. Truthfully, I think it's overshadowed by my other features (my eyes, cheekbones, lips, etc.). It doesn't stand-out.
SalescoopCat SalescoopCat 8 years
Widow's peaks are beautiful! Just look at Marilyn in that picture! And since they are genetic-- and there is really no true way of getting rid of them, embrace them. Confident women, especially those who love everything about their body (or their hair line) are simply a-w-e-s-o-m-e :)
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I technically have one, but it's really not noticeable at all. I was just watching Eraser with Vanessa Williams (smokin'!) and she was workin' hers as well.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
I have a very prominent widow's peak, a cowlick on the right side, and a receding hairline. Damn barber can never get it right. I just put a lil creme fiber in my hair and let it do its thing. I get compliments often, so I guess it's looking pretty cool.
MissSophia MissSophia 8 years
And all this time Ive been pronouncing it 'Windows Peak" LOL.
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