A widow’s peak — a distinct point in the hairline — can be frustrating, especially when you have naturally curly hair. For most of my life, I hated my widow’s peak. I cut it off at age five and tried to hide it with not-so-flattering bangs when I was twelve.

Eventually, I learned to accept my widow’s peak as part of my natural beauty at around the same time that I accepted my natural curls. Over the years, I have collected several tips and tricks to enhance my curls without exaggerating my widow’s peak. Here are the most important:

  1. Avoid a center part. A widow’s peak is situated around the center of the forehead, so center parts only exaggerate the V. If you have a shallow widow’s peak you might be able to pull it off but if you’re sporting a deep V, you’ll want to sweep your hair to the side or smooth it back.
  2. Pin it up. If you air-dry your curls, you’ll want to pin up the top section of your hair. This keeps your hair from flopping on either side of the widow’s peak, drawing more attention to the V shape.
  3. Hairspray is your friend. After a few hours, the curls around my widow’s peak tend to wither. To keep them looking fresh, I pin up the top section of my hair and add a little bit of light hairspray.
  4. Try a new haircut. If you have a true heart-shaped face, a widow’s peak, a wider forehead or a prominent chin, try a haircut with volume around the chin. Soft layers that fall by your cheeks and your chin are stunning and they will draw attention away your forehead.
  5. Be you. Stunners Marilyn Monroe, Milla Jovovich, Vanessa Williams and many others have rocked the widow’s peak. Why shouldn’t you? Your widow’s peak is uniquely you. Embrace it!

How do you rock your curly widows’ peak?

Claire Aviles

Claire Aviles is a graduate from Boston College, where she earned a BA in English with minors in Economics and in Music. She is the Marketing Events Coordinator at a software company in Boston and has been contributing to NaturallyCurly for over two years.

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