Q&A: What Hairstyle for Narrow Face and Thin Body

A reader asks…
I have long thin narrow face and long narrow thin body (6 ft
tall and 134lbs.) I would to get my hair cut short, but people around
me say, “no”. I am 49 y.o., but I look early 30. Your opinion would be


David, props to you for not completely ignoring your friends and just going through with it. While I’m not sure how long your hair is now (chin length? longer?) and what you’d consider short, I can tell you what would look best on you. Have you considered a “medium” haircut (around 3 inches)? If your hair type is wavy or has any body to it, you won’t run the risk of making yourself look thinner, but you can get away with a satisfying haircut or trim, anyway.

As a general rule, tall and thin people may look even slimmer wth a super short haircut like a buzzcut, but it also depends on how you wear it. If you already have a longer, more classic style cut but you slick it back for work, you can probably get away with a shorter haircut. That is, if everyone thinks you look good now. . .

Don’t forget that long, straight hair will also make you look taller and skinnier. Embrace styling products to add some body, no matter what hairstyle you end up choosing.


  1. chloe said:

    i am only 14 but am 6 ft tall i don’t enjoy being this tall but i keep my head high, i want to get my hair cut short but im not sure that it won’t make me look even taller, i have found some styles i like but aren’t sure about it, do you think it would be ok for me to have short hair?

    August 24, 2007
  2. editor said:

    Enjoy being tall! You’re one lucky guy and you’ll love it when you get older.

    If your face is small or narrow, it might be a good idea to have a bit longer hair; a “medium haircut” as Meieli suggested would be probably best in that case.

    August 25, 2007
  3. j.r said:

    im also 14, and im tall and have a medium build, but i’ve always thought my face was a bit round, unless i suck my cheeks into my mouth, which i cant do for more than 30 seconds. so does anyone know how i could make my face appear thinner? honestly, anything would help!

    September 28, 2007
  4. funnyguy said:

    just cut a part off your face,-kidding.i think there’s no way u can do it

    January 26, 2008

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