Top 12 Hairstyles for Plus Size Women Ranked for 2021

Choosing the right haircut is like choosing a new pair of clothes. It has to be favorable, fashionable, and make you feel good. 

Every woman is different in terms of complexion, height, and body weight. Typically, plus sized females have rounder face shapes. For round shapes, it’s advised to go with styles that elongate the face versus styles that add pounds to one’s appearance. 

In this guide, we’ll focus on the top 12 most attractive hairstyles for plus sized women. Let’s dive in!

1. Straight Hair

There is something about straight hair that makes any woman look very well put together. For plus size females, this hairstyle is a game changer. 

Do you prefer short, medium, or long hair? If you don’t feel comfortable with a super short style, consider this medium style with a center part. Framing the face inwards toward the chin creates a long and narrow silhouette that suits plus size women nicely. 

Regardless of your face shape, you can’t go wrong with straight and sleek hair.

2. Side Swept Bangs 

Straight bangs are a big no for round faces because they accentuate the fullness of the face. Instead, opt for side swept bangs like shown in this image. The colors of this style include a soft purple with dark grey undertones. Talk to your colorist to see how you can recreate this different yet stunning look.

3. Messy Curls

You know that look some women wear that looks like they just rolled out of bed? Surprisingly, they pull it off well, making us wish our hair looked just as good in the mornings. 

We’re here to tell you that these perfectly messy curls aren’t due to genetics! Most women have to style their hair to achieve this look.

Why would you want to create messy hair? This particular hairstyle adds definition to the face and hides facial fat around the cheeks and chin. It’s also very easy to style and looks nice the day of, but even nicer the day after! 

4. Side Swept Pixie 

A pixie with diagonal bangs works great for chubbier faces. Women are always amazed at how easy this hairstyle is to maintain. All you have to do is comb through your hair in the mornings or blow dry it for a little bit of volume. 

Not in love with this pixie cut? There are endless pixie options to choose from with looks ranging in color, length, and style. Your colorist will be able to discuss different options with you during your consultation. 

5. Bohemian Braids

If you have long hair and haven’t considered bohemian braids, now is the time to do so. This hairstyle looks sophisticated and difficult to achieve. However, with just a little bit of practice you can get it down pat.

Bohemian braids are bold, dramatic, and versatile. To achieve this hairstyle you will want to divide hair into several sections and braid each one. You can wear your hair down or up. If you choose to wear it up, consider knotting it. To do so, take some braids from the crown area and create a bun on the top of your head. This will add height to your figure making any plus size women look slimmer.

6. Blonde Curls

Blonde hair will forever be in. While some are born with it naturally, others go through rigorous hair appointments to get silky, blonde locks. If you have blonde hair (or any other color for that matter), create some subtle curls. This will hide excess fat on the cheeks, making the face look leaner.

Curls are also a very playful hairstyle. You can add as much volume as you want or experiment with different colors. This is one of the most popular hairstyles for plus size women because of the adorable look and the boost of confidence that comes attached!

7. Mushroom Bob

This may not be the first hairstyle you consider, but hear us out. Mushroom bobs have been around for decades. This style offers volume up until the ears. From here, the lower portion of hair falls a few inches below your chin. This makes your face appear longer and leaner. If you want to spice things up even more, add some soft layers.

8. Half Up, Half Down

This hairstyle looks well put together and is very easy to achieve. You can wear your hair straight or curly (whatever you prefer). Then, create a bun either at the back of your head like shown or at the top of your head. We prefer buns at the top of the head for plus size women because it elongates the face. 

9. Side Angled Cut

Make a statement with a side angled cut hairstyle which is kept fairly short with a razorback. This cut is perfect for thick, straight hair. The side parts will slim down round faces and hide double chins. It is a trending hairstyle that you can wear gracefully and with confidence. 

Consider adding some natural highlights to add dimension and long side swept bangs. This is one of the top hairstyles for plus sizes who want short hair without compromising style.

10. Sock Bun

This sock bun look can be worn to the office or on a night out with friends. It’s stylish, chic, and a sock bun only costs a couple bucks. You can even make your own out of a sock (hence the name) and wrap your hair around it to create this effortless look. It’s a great look for plus size women because high buns make faces look longer, lessening the roundness of the face.

11. Shaggy Brunette Bob

Dark hair that is styled with wavy curls and a combover swoop help hide a heavier chin area. How? Well, it lifts the viewers eyes to the top of the head. This is also a great option for hair that’s thinning in the crown area as it adds lots of volume. 

12. Sleek Short Cut 

Short hair with side swept bangs looks gorgeous for round faces. Adding volume to short hairstyles is so easy. We recommend you do so because it will also help elongate the face. 

To add volume, use a large barrel round brush while blow drying your hair. You can also invest in a hot brush that’s basically a two-in-one. It will work as a brush and blow dryer giving you volume effortlessly and within minutes.

Final Thoughts 

We are all unique and come into this world looking different. The best plus size haircuts for you will be the one that makes you feel like the beautiful woman that you are. When deciding on your look remember the following: 

  • Avoid heavy straight bangs. They will create a horizontal line that will wide your face visually.

  • Elongated locks work best. Regardless of the style you go with, elongated locks on the sides of your face will look best since it will slim down your face.

  • Consider side swept bangs. Any diagonal line style across your face makes it look longer visually.

  • Volume is your friend. Any volume at the top of your head also elongates and slims down your face. 

Hairstyles for plus size women will have them feeling good and confident. We hope you have found a style you like and resonate with. Is there one that catches your interest but don’t know if it will look good on you? Talk to your hairstylist for further help, however, you won’t really know until you try!

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