There are a lot of rules put on us as plus size women. Wear this color, avoid this shape, avoid this, only wear that. But the rules that frustrate me most are all about our hair. It's so hard to get the courage to make major hair changes. After all, unlike clothing, once you change your locks you're stuck with it for a looooong time.
Apparently, all plus size women should have shoulder-length hair with a side part and lots of layers to hide our double chins. But let's face it, there are a lot more options out there for our hair, and we shouldn't let age old “common knowledge” about our tresses dictate our decisions! Nothing will REALLY hide my chins or make my face look longer or leaner, so why hide it? Here are some of my favorite hair styles on curvy bodies that have inspired a trip to the salon.
Fringe For Days
I love bangs. They can take your look from flirty and cute to sultry and sexy in no time. It's all about how you cut em.
Amber Riley is rocking a straight, full bang. Yes, it does shorten her face a bit, but like I said, no haircut is going to camouflage who you are, so why not have some fun?! I love how her face is framed so dramatically here.
If you're not so into the dramatic bang, you can try a wispy, side swept bang a la Hayley Hasselhoff. You can add as much or as little hair to this type of bang, which makes it super versatile. It's great if you'd like to give a little more angular drama to your face.
Bigger is always better!
Jill Scott rocks her curly mane loud and proud. I love a head full of wild curls, and I especially love what it's doing for Jill. The balance of her hair to the rest of her frame gives her a large and in charge presence that's impossible to ignore. Hair this large can be a challenge though. Make sure you keep it out of your face to avoid the muppet look, and invest in a great conditioner and mousse! These products will help define your curls and keep frizzies at bay.
Color Knows No Size
The best thing about coloring your hair is that you can do whatever you want and if you don't like it, change it! So if you're a little too chicken to run to the salon for a life changing cut, try mixing it up with your color. Always wanted to be a brunette? Try it out! Subtle changes in the shade of your hair can alter the way your skin tone appears and give you a great glow (or make you look like a pale goth kid, which is cool too if you want it!).
Feeling really brave? Rainbow colors are all the rage right now. Grab a little pink and add it to the tips of your hair. Pull a Gaga and go bright blue! No one can stop you!
Or maybe just buy a wig. That works too.
But really, all that matters with hair is that you have fun. So you got a cut you don't like. It'll grow back!
Or really. Go buy a wig. It's fine, I won't tell.
Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.