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How To Get Rid Of A Widows Peak

Updated on November 28, 2010

If you don't know what a widow's peak is, it's that bit of hairline that dips down over the forehead. They are often in the center of the forehead (but not always) and they can vary greatly in terms of size and shape. They can be found on both men and women, as well as vampires and werewolves (you remember Eddie Munster, right?). If you look the image to the right, you'll see that some widow's peaks can actually be quite attractive. That one is quite large, though, and not one you'd want to get rid of; and it would be rather an involved process if you tried. Therefore, before you go plotting the removal of yours, you should first take a moment to assess it and determine whether or not getting rid of your widow's peak will add to, or detract from, your appearance.

Sexy Widows' Peaks

Jude Law and Mia Sara are just two examples of famous celebs with lovely widow's peaks. If they removed theirs, it would probably alter their appearance to the point you'd wonder why they'd bothered. This is especially true of the large widow's peaks (as I mentioned previously) which take a lot of maintenance and can look strange during the between stages. Joaquin Phoenix has a sexy widow's peak too, as does Hayden Panetierre -- though hers isn't very obvious.

Not-So-Sexy Widows' Peaks

If you're reading this article, you probably feel that your widow's peak falls into this category. You're not alone in this -- there are a number of people who get rid of their widow's peaks, and George Clooney is one of them. If you watch Walk the Line, you'll see that Joaquin Phoenix got rid of his for that movie, as it would be hard to do that Johnny Cash pompadour with a widow's peak. I'm sure there are a number of famous women who do the same, but are, perhaps, less open about doing so.

Plucking Your Widow's Peak

This is the method I recommend most, and it's the one I've been using since I first started getting rid of mine. The process is similar to plucking one's eyebrows.

  1. Determine what your new hairline is going to be, and create a horizontal part. Take a good look in the mirror and make sure this is where you want the new hairline to be.

  2. Get your tweezers and tweeze from the bottom up. As with the eyebrows, you want to move downward to upward -- do not start at the top, because you may find that you actually want to remove less hair than you initially thought.

Yes, it will sting a bit, but over time it will hurt less and less. Some things to note:

  • Because your hair will grow back more finely each time, this can make your hairline appear to be thinning, should you choose to let it grow back in at some point. This is why you should err on the side of caution when first experimenting with the new hairline. If you do happen to overdo it the first few times, don't worry, the hair won't be noticeably thinner yet.

  • In the beginning, your widow's peak will look similar to your eyebrows when growing back in. In other words, there will be times when you might have a spec or two that is too short to pluck. Wait it out; it's not that noticeable. (Five years down the road maintenance will only be needed occasionally.)

Shaving Your Widow's Peak

This appears to be the option men tend to choose. If you're a woman, I don't recommend trying it -- you'll be blunting the edge of the hair just like you would do while shaving your legs, which could make the appearance of new hair look far darker and more noticeable than with plucking. If you're a man, it's probably a simple thing to do this during a morning shave, but women should really consider plucking.


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