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I want to transition… but how will I hide my big forehead!?

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I got this question from Mya…

First and foremost, I love this site. I check it out everyday, everyone featured is absolutely beautiful but unfortunately, I haven’t gone natural just yet. I would love to but the one thing stopping me is my insecurity about my large forehead. I’ve been teased about it since I was a little girl and now I wear bangs to cover it up. Are there any styles I could try when I do transition or ways I can detract from what’s up top?”

Awww, lol. Have any of you had this concern? What kind of transitional styling would you recommend?

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intelligentbeauty
intelligentbeauty
10 years ago

Sorry you feel that way:-( But remember transitioning into a naturalista requires a mental transition of your mind into acceptance of one’s natural beauty (hair and all). God doesn’t make mistakes;-) However, maybe I can help you. I have transitioned for 1 yr before becoming a natural chica and wore various styles to blend the 2 textures. I would suggest roller sets, swooped bangs with clips, and even twist n curl out bangs. You are welcome to check out my fotki for more ideas if you would like: http://www.fotki.com/intelligentbeauty.
HTH

Melinda
Melinda
10 years ago

Mya, foreheads are in style girl, Tyra Banks, Sade and Melinda to name a few!! I love my forehead! Girl sport your forehead AND your beautiful mane!

Maureen
Maureen
10 years ago

Don’t hide your forehead, I think you shouldn’t be focused on what other people say about you, define your own beauty. For some time, I thought I had a big forehead too. I tried to cover it up slightly, but didn’t like the forced look I ended up with. One day I went: screw it, I like my big forehead! Now I just let it all hang out. I’ve even been told by guys that they love my big forehead. So don’t be insecure, flaunt it 😉 I’ve worn my hair straightened and I personally think it’s easier to hide a… Read more »

Stephanie
10 years ago

I felt the same way. I grew up with people talking about my forehead and I was really insecure about it even to this day. But like intelligentbeauty, transitioning is about more than become natural but accepting your natural beauty. In just 3 months of wearing styles without bangs, I have fell in love with my wide forehead. It’s just a matter of finding your confidence. So find a style that you love and don’t let your forehead hold you back!

NinaG
NinaG
10 years ago

LOL had to comment when I saw ‘forehead’. When I had straightened hair, I used to hide my forehead under swoops and bangs. Detoxing from tv, magazines, etc. that try to tell me what beauty is has help a lot. I literally am not concerned with my forehead anymore. I agree with intelligentbeauty about the mental transition; it’s definitely a process and I wish you all the best going through it!

Diana
Diana
10 years ago

I laughed so hard when I saw the question (in a good way, tho). But like one of the ladies said, i would do swooped bangs with clips.
But again, try your best to feel comfortable with who you are, hair and forehead included.
Good luck chica!

natica
natica
9 years ago
Reply to  Diana

hello i just wanted to know a few style or a way i can transition too because i have 2 scars on my forehead and its make me look very ugly but i do want to fo natural

luvshea
luvshea
10 years ago

I definitely would not focus on what others have to say growing up everyone told me I had a big head so unconsciously I began to believe that so I always thought I couldn’t have a short cut…I went to a natural salon to BC n I remember da stylist tellin me I will have a short cut..In my head I thought well if I don’t like it or I don’t look good I can always wear a weave…when she was done my 1st reaction to myself was omg my head is not as big as everyone was sayin and… Read more »

Bee
Bee
10 years ago

Love your forehead, don’t hide it! I used to hide mine for years, but now I love it. It sets you apart, makes you look younger (trust), more importantly, it’s part of you. If you choose to accept your natural hair texture, it will follow that you love your natural forehead…;)

Lovely
Lovely
10 years ago

I laughed when I read this question because I also have a big forehead, I sometimes call it my eighthead, LOL! I used to try and cover it up, but I’ve learned to stop worrying about what everyone thinks.

Shanika
Shanika
10 years ago

Mya,

Girl, my friends call me “Big Head”…and it’s in love. LOL…they love my 5–6‑7 head! People will focus on what YOU focus on. If your concerned with your forehead others will feed of that and be concerned with it as well. YOU need to be in love with yourself.…..once you do that.….everyone else will follow suit! Be confident in the beauty God blessed you with. Frame that forehead with a little baby hair and get your natural on!!!

NuPointofView
NuPointofView
10 years ago

While I don’t have any tips, I can definitely understand where you’re coming from. I was also teased for my big forehead as a child, and while I was relaxed I tried everything to hide it. Since my straight hair was so flat and limp, in reality, it only made it worse. I’ve found that the volume and thickness of my natural hair is more flattering to my features (yes, big forehead included!) even when it’s pulled back.

Meika
Meika
10 years ago

the best advice I can give you is learn to love it. Like you I have a large forehead, which I affectionately call my eighthead, and I used to be very self-conscious. The first time I went natural I would press my hair once a week to hide my dome which led to heat damage. I really can’t say what changed in me, one day did a wash and go slapped on a head band and kept it moving.

In time you will learn to love all of your perfect imperfections.

B
B
10 years ago

I have a big forehead. It runs in the family. It is just who I am. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you have to hide who you are. Kids tried to give me a hard time about it when I was younger. I wasn’t having any of it. They quickly gave it up. If you learn to be comfortable with who you are, people see that. Do what you need to do. I have to be aware of my proportions when I style my hair. Some styles just won’t work with a prominent forehead. So I don’t do… Read more »

curlycoliypuffy
curlycoliypuffy
10 years ago

I too have a big forehead and have always been teased about it. To make matters worst, I have a birthmark the causes a dime-sized bald spot on my hairline, which I feel draws more attention to my broad forehead. I wore bangs to cover both the birth mark and my forehead! As intelligentbeauty said, transitioning is also a mental process. At first I was uncomfortable with pulling my hair away from my face during my transition days. However, I have been natural for three years now and I don’t even think about it anymore. I know it is easier… Read more »

Freda
Freda
10 years ago

As women, we tend to find and want to hold onto the one or two things that we dislike about ourselves. I say let it go! I agree that transitioning and deciding to wear your natural hair is a mental transformation as well as physical. Before I BC’ed I thought of so many reasons why I shouldn’t cut my hair but as time progressed and I opened my mind to the idea that I’m beautiful just the way God made me those reasons didn’t seem to have much weight. I said the same thing, “my forehead is too big,” and… Read more »

Christlie Julien
Christlie Julien
10 years ago

Mya i have the biggest forehead int he world..my brothers call me 10 fingers lol but u just have to embrace it…flaunt the forhead..especially with natural hair!!! There are natural hair bangs that u can play with but that is up to you..you need to go natural FIRST lol then you will determine what will work for you…Truthfully, I realized that pulling my hair back and showing my forehead makes me look way better then with natural bangs. GOOD LUCK!!

Stacy
Stacy
10 years ago

I’m with Melinda. Girl rock you forehead like an accessory, that is what makes you uniquely you! And if you still feel that way when you are all the way naturally textured grow some bangs..LOL. Shoo, I have a big nose but who cares, my sense of smell is INCREDIBLE, my son calls me the detective.. LOL

Fatty B.
10 years ago

girl, big foreheads are where it’s at! i used to get teased for my forehead [look how the light glistens off that thang lol: http://www.fileden.com/files/2009/8/16/2545803/highpass.jpg%5D too! i would wear my scarf down to my eyebrows until i realized that people are ALWAYS going to have something negative to say.
intelligentbeauty hit the nail on the head with her tips! don’t worry about what the foolish ones say! at the end of the day, how AWESOME will it be to say you didn’t let fear of other ppl’s opinions DICTATE how you live your life??

Jada07
Jada07
10 years ago

Girl, embrace that forehead! It just means you’re really smart! LOL. When I was little I always got teased about my forehead. I wore bangs for the better part of elementary and high school but by the time I got to college I really didn’t care anymore. My mom would always say I had so much courage because she couldn’t do without her bangs (we have the same forehead.) As Maureen mentioned, it still gets attention but now it’s compliments. If you just can’t do it, try to start growing your bangs out now because with curlies comes SHRINKAGE! The… Read more »

CAllMeQueen
CAllMeQueen
10 years ago

I STILL DO. I FEEL LIKE IT’S THE ONLY THING HOLDING ME BACK IN FULLY EMBRACING MY HAIR BC WITH THE LENGTH THAT I HAVE NOW, IT ISN’T EXACTLY LONG ENOUGH. SO I ALWAYS WHERE A HEADBAND OR HAVE WORN WEAVES IN THE PAST. ITS AN PERSONAL INSECURITY THAT I KNOW I HAVE TO GET OVER BUT.……IT’S HARD 🙁

Kallista
10 years ago

While I was transitioning I was really paranoid about not being able to hide my forehead as well. I wore the same black scarf everyday trying to cover it up. Eventually I lost the scarf one day and was forced to go out in a headband. I got a lot of compliments that day, and realized my forehead wasn’t as bad as I thought. Embrace you’re forehead (or 5‑head, lol). If you need to distract people’s attention from it, try hoop earrings, and colorful headbands & scarfs. Accessories are the best. hope that helps 🙂 I’m sure you’ll see that… Read more »

thelady
thelady
10 years ago

I have a big forehead too. Don’t try to hide it, embrace it. If anything trying to have flat hair or straight hair just makes your head look bigger. I’ve found my big round afro hair to be very flattering. Shorter hair and hair that points out draws attention to the eyes.

Constance
Constance
10 years ago

Hey girl, my forehead is huge and I currently am transitioning too!!

Well, I co-wash, detangle, and condition as usual. And when I put thick cornrows in my damp hair (about 10 total) I make sure to do one framing my face. WHen I undo the braid, that one framing my face works well as a bang! Hope that helps!

Jasmyn
10 years ago

I’m currently transitioning with a big forehead, and I’ve noticed that my big hair levels out the large forehead. As an alternative, you can always do protective styling with a sew-in (side swept bangs are WAY better than the typical Chinese bangs, IMO) or a wig with bangs.

Mia
Mia
10 years ago

I agree, you should learn to embrace your fivehead like me and the other bold ladies.
In the meantime, there’s twistout bangs and swoops like everyone else said. I like the scarves idea too when it’s not too hot for those.

KurlyK
KurlyK
10 years ago

Embarce you special features. I got teased in high school about my big forehead, pointed nose, big hips, blah blah blah. When I look back, it was all just envy. They want what you have!! How boring the world would be if we all looked the same. If your forehead is big, and so what!!! Is it a crime? Will you get arrested by the anti-big-forehead police. Nope.
Love yourself babe! As I quote a previous blogger, the Good Lord makes no mistakes. Good luck.

Cristine
10 years ago

MYA!!! OH MY GOSH WE HAVE THE SAMEEEEEEEE PROBLEM!! when I read this I SCREAMED {hence the caps lol} because i know EXACTLY what you feel. Im 6 months in TODAY 🙂 & I’m so happy. It’s a stuggle b/c some days I hate buns, or flat twists, or corn rows because that means my forehead is exposed. BUT let’s be real — it needs to BREATHE some times 🙂 gotta keep it pretty 🙂 One of my friends who is natural now (transitioned with weaves) used scarves and headbands when she cut off the last of her relaxer (her hair… Read more »

Jennifer
Jennifer
10 years ago

Girl, I’ve got a big forehead, big face and just a big head in general, LOL, I was also teased about my head throughout school. I used to cover my forehead with bangs, swoops, whatever I could.…..but like the other ladies said sooner or later you’re gonna have to embrace that forehead girl. You can’t keep it hidden under hair forever. But until you reach that point I suggest twist outs and bantu knot outs and just pin the hair to cover your forehead. I have definitely learned to love my forehead and I also just don’t care what other… Read more »

Brianna
Brianna
10 years ago

Wow. It’s funny how you can feel so alone when you’re actually in the same boat as soooo many other people (w/teasing & insecurities, etc). I’ve been stressing over this issue for all of my 18 years & I still tend to worry about it nowadays. I’m currently transitioning with kinky twists & my last relaxer was in June of 2009. (Almost a year!!) I’ll probably be taking out this “batch” of twists in a month and don’t know what to do with my real kinks underneath. I don’t feel as if I can pull off any good styles with… Read more »

Courtney
Courtney
10 years ago

Lookin to transition well look no farther!! Come and check me out @ Too groovy Hair salon In Atl and Check out my facebook!! Hope to see you soon!!

adrib
adrib
10 years ago

I’m with Melinda! Big foreheads are TOTALLY in style. (Thank you, Tyra Banks!)

Titiana
Titiana
10 years ago

Until the hair grows out you’ll have to deal with having your forehead somewhat on show. You need to work on ways to accept yourself and make natural hair work for you. If your forehead is a spot you’re not particularly happy with and you can’t change it then think of things that you can change when you go natural that would boost your confidence. How about buying accessories i.e scarves, headbands, earrings, necklaces that will take the attention off your forehead. Think about wearing make up, buying new clothes, changing up your personal style to give you something else… Read more »

Lexi
Lexi
10 years ago

Hey Mya! I just wanted to let you know that a fried of mine had the same issue. She was always teased about her forehead and grew to be very self conscious about it. Then one day a miracle happened! She went natural! One thing that she would always tell me is that it was so strange that once she went natural, it all made sense. Her forehead didn’t seem so big to her because with wearing her hair natural, she felt that the balance had been restored. Her permed hair had always been thin and she was notorious for… Read more »

Neuza
Neuza
10 years ago

I had to comment as well because I have had issues with my forehead since i was younger, being teased all the time certainly did not help, but i didnt start feeling secure about my hair and all until I locked my hair and after having had locks for 6 years I love me…all of me, including my tyra forehead and i embrace it lol.…..maybe going natural will help you embrace it all…so don’t let that stop you from going natural…good luck!

Yogi
10 years ago

I’m a natural with a big forehead and I was teased as a girl too by family, friends & others. I used to try to hide mine with a bang during my relaxed days…but girlfriend I embraced my forehead and I wear my hair pulled back all the time. I see tyra banks and sade sporting their big foreheads and millions of people think they are beautiful. Its apart of you so own it..once you embrace it…it won’t matter what people say anymore. Still to this day I hear comments from men, I don’t know, about my forehead being big… Read more »

Mya
Mya
10 years ago

i really hadn’t known how many people felt the same way lol so thank you all so much for the help.i have only recently started transitioning and even better than hair style ideas, you have given me much more valuable advice in embracing my features. thank you all once again.

laceebia
laceebia
10 years ago

I’ve only been transitioning for a few weeks, but I’ve been doing the braid outs. Instead of braiding my hair straight to the back I do an off center part and braid a couple of braids on the side. I don’t use them to cover up my forehead, but it does help to frame my face a little, so that my forehead isn’t just OUT there, LOL. Hope this helps.

African Mami
African Mami
10 years ago

Oh my!!! God just blessed you mighty extra.…atleast thats what I say about mine. I am a natural and for the most part I usually pull my hair back, and rock my forehead as if it were the best thing after sliced bread! Again, just be confident and thank God for having blessed you mighty extra!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah to us FOREHEADIZZ!!!!

Loving
Loving
10 years ago

You can get roller sets, twist and braid outs with swoops in the front. When you go natural and want to wear a puff, put curly bangs in the front. The same way you pull of the relaxed styles, you can do that with natural hair, it will just be textured. Get on youtube and start searching, their are naturals on their with large foreheads that pull it off beautifully!

Refreshing...
Refreshing...
10 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Not only do I have a big forehead, I also have a “high hairline (high on the sides as well as the back)”…For years I’ve worn wigs, weaves, braids and whatever else to cover them. And I’m tired of them all. The past few years my hair has gotten longer, it’s past my shoulders due to the fact that it’s always “protected”. But with the perms about 3 times a year it’s not getting any thicker. So at 35, I’m ready to go natural!!! I must say I am scared to death as to… Read more »

Neelie :^)
Neelie :^)
10 years ago

Like you ‘refreshing’ I have the same forehead issues as well as the high hairline on the fron and sides. What’s a girl to do! I am currently in my thrid month of transitioning and I really worry about how I’ll ‘look’ as a natural and what people will think. It’s refreshing to see hw manyothers have the same insecurity, but like you my sis, I have it to the third power! I am just trying to train my mind to accept me for me…and understand that beauty begins within. I also know that I have to get past this… Read more »

dieta do impostao
8 years ago

Now i’m superb from financial preparation, along with presenting advice about climatic conditions to shop for certain objects or maybe reduced. how can one take up a web site providing this advice?.

Lenita
Lenita
7 years ago

I too have a big forehead,and I always used bangs and I’m insecure about going natural. I’m transitioning right now, 5 month post relaxer. I guess I’m just waiting to see how it turns out, if I dont like it I will relaxe my hair again????

Chloe
Chloe
7 years ago

I HAVE THE SECRET! For hiding a high hairline/large forehead. I honestly just figured this out recently, but here I go… When I was younger I was constantly teased for my SIXHEAD (no, not even fivehead, the kids jumped straight to six), and that always made me feel self conscious about my face. I eventually decided to cut my hair in a straight across bang that same year to hide my seemingly enormous forehead. That was over six years ago, and I had always had some kind of bang ever since. I decided to transition about a year ago or more,… Read more »

Jasmine
Jasmine
7 years ago
Reply to  Chloe

OMG Chloe lmao…I have the same situation but never thought about this method…sounds interesting, i will definitely try it out 🙂

Tre
Tre
7 years ago

@Chloe could you post a picture?

charla
charla
7 years ago

Hey Chloe!!! **************Pictures please!**************

This sounds like a great idea. So far, I’ve been natural for 3 years. I wear protective buns almost 50% of the time. I hate showing my forehead. As a result, I have damaged hair from straightening my bangs so much. I need to find a better way!

leenthetruth
leenthetruth
6 years ago

I would advise 3 steps that are crucial to personal and aesthetic (natural hair) growth. 1. Learn to love and embrace the way you naturally were created. Why begin natural hair journey, if you cannot appreciate your uniquely created face? Be an inspiration to yourself, work hard on self confidence, and not just you will admire your features but others will respect and appreciate little physical differences. 2. Look through YouTube and google for pictures and videos of hair styles pushed to the front of face near forehead. Also look to all things Africa, there is much head wrapping and… Read more »

BreAnn
BreAnn
6 years ago

I have a big forhead as well. I was teased from Elementary all the way through high school by both family and peers it has even happen in college some. My entire life ive been caution about my hairline. I use to be call dvd player and when the movie all about the Benjamins came out the scene where mike epps says “you’ll never find a hairline like mine” tore my world apart the kids tore me down extra hard. Even now that Ive been transitioning to natural for over 1 yr, I still have issues. But for the most… Read more »

Jack
Jack
6 years ago

I cut bangs or section a portion of my front hair and make bangs. I either wear my curly texture as is or do a braid out or twist out (left in overnight for better definition), finger coils or define curls with gel. I do the rest of my hair in whatever style, but usually a bun or something pulled back to keep it less complicated.

Charlene
Charlene
6 years ago

I have always had a high forehead and still feel very self-conscious about it. So I just wear bangs (mainly to the front side) so that it’s not showing too much. Ever since I had my hair relaxed, my sides are also very thin and somewhat balding. Anyone with any advice on how to grow the sides back please let me know. Also, I curl my bangs to off-set the big forehead.

Val
Val
6 years ago

Wow, I feel like we all just discovered that we all belong to an unspoken sisterhood of women with big foreheads. I too was teased all my life by friends and family. I always wore bangs. During windy days I hated when the wind would blow hard and lift my hair up off my face and expose my forehead. I hated that I couldn’t wear certain hairstyles comfortably like other girls because it wouldn’t look good on me. It was a lifelong battle. Before I went natural almost 2 yrs ago I convinced myself that I can’t keep hiding any… Read more »

abs
abs
6 years ago

i’ve wanted to transition for years but never did until 5 months ago, because of the same forehead issue! I’m glad to see I’m n to the only one lol. I’ve cut most of my relaxed hair to the back n sides n left about 2–3 inches of relaxed hair to the front and middle just so i can do a side curly bang with flex rods. Its working for me so far maybe some of you can try it.

Alexandra
Alexandra
5 years ago

My forehead was one of the things I was bulled for in high school. When I left my old school and Started to take care of my hair naturally my sophomore year, I did a lot of Hairstyles with the sides pinned and my hair on top, this actually enhances your forehead Instead of bringing attention to it. Also, if you style a curly fro, bring a few strands in front to soften it.

Hope this helps, email me for questions aeugene15@yahoo.com

Lee Seul
Lee Seul
5 years ago

I feel you, i also had a big forehead until now they keep on insulting me, i hate it when my bangs blown up by the wind and because of that i can’t walk straightly :/

Malia Etana Asale
4 years ago

I used to be ashamed of my big forehead too, but now that I’ve matured, I realize that we were conditioned to hate the things that “white” society deems undesirable (hips, lips, butt, dark skin, forehead, etc.) Now, look who’s getting injections? Your forehead is a part of you and it only adds to your uniqueness and beauty. Don’t hide it! Expose it and love it! Let those internal emotions associated with your past go! Why do those people get to have a say in how you perceive yourself? Let your beauty shine!!!

annejasons
annejasons
4 years ago

LOL — been there done that but I got over my insecurity. I had a marley bun yesterday and my hashtag was bigforeheaddontcare

Kay
Kay
3 years ago

Chloe is right about the edges. Edges are thinner with relaxer. I suffered from the same ridicule and had the same concerns about going natural. I did it anyway with a TWA. I improvised with gels and hair thickeners on my edges bringing my hairline down on my forhead. Over the years being natural, my edges thickened and filled in and for some reason my hairline has lowered making my for head shorter. I’m so glad I went natural I continue to wear a TWA. With confidence

Jozette
Jozette
2 years ago

Yes I also have a large forehead and at 25, I stated screw it! I did the big chop and I love it. I just don’t worry about my big forehead. I just do what I want to do with my hair. Good luck!

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