What Is Considered A Big Forehead? How to Know if You Have One...

  • by Matt Phelps

While some individuals have low hairlines which never recede, others have large foreheads with hairlines that are receding.

If you want to know what makes a huge forehead or a little forehead, stick around because we're going to break down all of the study and science behind forehead size.

According to research was done by Sirinturk et al. (2017), the average height of a male's forehead measures 2.8 inches (7.1 cm), whereas the average height of a female's forehead is 2.4 inches (6 cm).

In most cases, the height of the forehead should be far more than these measures to be considered to have a wide forehead.

Theoretically, when a person's face is bigger, their forehead will also be wider.

However, the human eye is unable to detect this difference.

In the following paragraphs, I will describe the ins and outs of the research, how many finger lengths are regarded to be typical, whether or not having a big forehead is considered attractive, and how you might decrease the size of your forehead.



What Does a Typical Size for the Forehead Look Like?

In a study by Sirinturk et al. (2017) and published in the Journal of Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, the researchers compared the average size of the foreheads of men and girls.

According to the findings, the typical width of a man's forehead is 2.4 inches (6.1 cm) in height, with a standard variation of 0.4 inches (1 cm) (1 cm).

The standard variation for the size of a woman's forehead is 0.25 inches, with the average size coming in at 2.3 inches (5.8 cm) (0.6 cm).

The research focused only on one particular racial group in Turkey.

It would make logical that there might be changes depending on ethnicity.

Therefore more studies on the average forehead size by nation and ethnicity should be done to provide a more thorough response.

Nevertheless, we may use this as a somewhat accurate approximation.

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The typical contour of the face's forehead

The study looked at a variety of forehead forms as well as their averages, which is an interesting aspect of the research.

It placed foreheads into the following categories:



This is the appearance of a person's hairline on the top of their forehead, which resembles the rim of a circle.



Many in the industry refer to this as a widow's peak.

This is the place in the middle of the forehead that creates a triangle and the point where the left and right corners of the forehead produce a steep angle.

The result is that the centre takes on the appearance of the middle section of the letter 'M,' while the corners take on the role of the top.



This is the part of the forehead with the form of a rectangle.

This form may be more square than rectangular if the individual's face is on the thin side.



A round forehead is identical to an oval-shaped forehead, while a bell-shaped forehead is more oval-shaped.

The region in the centre of the forehead that resembles an egg is set farther back.



The sides of the forehead slope inwards or converge in the centre of the forehead, creating the impression of an upright triangle.

This kind of forehead is referred to as a triangular forehead.


The information above clearly demonstrates that men, compared to females, have a much higher frequency of M-shaped hairlines.

The disparity in percentages has been eliminated because of the rise of more triangular forehead types.

M-shaped foreheads are the most common facial feature seen in males, followed by hairlines that are either rectangular or round.

Only a small percentage of boys will have a forehead that is triangular or shaped like a bell.

On the other hand, women are more likely to have foreheads that are either rectangular or round, followed closely by hairlines that are either triangular or M-shaped.

Women have the lowest risk of having a hairline shaped like a bell.



How Many Finger Lengths Does the Typical Forehead Take Up?

The length of a person's fingers is a typical method of measuring used to approximate the size of a person's forehead.

On the other hand, it does not consider the fact that people's fingers come in various sizes.

The fingers of some persons are long and thick, whereas the fingers of others are slender and relatively short.

Consequently, it is not a trustworthy method for determining whether or not a person has a big forehead.

It is possible to arrive at a more accurate approximation by looking at the typical dimensions of people's fingers.

The National Health Survey found that the average width of a male's hand measures 3.5 inches (8.9 cm), while the average breadth of a female's hand is 3.1 inches (7.8 cm).

Both men and women have foreheads around the breadth of four fingers when they are at their typical size.

However, the hand size is a better standard to use than the size of the fingers.

If you want a more precise evaluation of the size of your forehead, you may use the measurements supplied in the article.

However, as a general rule of thumb, the breadth of a man's forehead should be around 80 per cent of the size of the whole hand, including the thumb.

Therefore, take the crosswise measurement from the thumb to the little finger.

Everything over this point is considered to be beyond one standard deviation, representing around 70 per cent of the total lengths of people's foreheads.

The situation is the same for females.

To determine whether or not you have an average-sized forehead, the breadth of your whole hand should be around 80 per cent of the size of your forehead.



Is Having a Large Forehead Attractive?

Women seem more physically appealing with a large forehead since this is a neotenous (juvenile) trait.

Rihanna, the singer, and Tyra Banks, the supermodel, are both examples of very beautiful women who have prominent foreheads.

For guys, smaller foreheads are often favoured.

According to the findings of Sirinturk et al. (2017), the shape of the forehead may suggest whether a person has a more masculine or feminine look.

Most women gravitate toward more masculine men, whereas most men choose more feminine women.

It was believed that men had more male foreheads that were rectangular or M-shaped, whilst women were thought to have more feminine round foreheads.

Other aspects, like the proportions between the various facial features and the sizes of those features compared to the rest of the face, may also play a role in determining whether or not a person is beautiful.

Males should have a lower face to cranial vault ratio since neotony is not an appealing trait in guys.

Therefore, the ideal male forehead should be more pointed and narrow than the ideal female forehead should be.

Watch the Looks Theory episodes devoted to male skulls and female skulls if you want to learn more about sexual dimorphism and the forms of the ideal human skulls.



How Can I Change My Forehead Size?

Unfortunately, the size of one's forehead is mostly determined by heredity.

However, altering how you arrange your hair might make your forehead seem smaller than it really is.

When your hair is pulled back into a ponytail under a great deal of strain, it can cause your forehead to stretch out, which will give the appearance of a broader forehead.

If you are going to put your hair up, you should do it in a way that is not too tight.

It is possible that doing so might be impractical for you if you participate in intensive activities such as sports or other activities.

In addition, you may let your bangs grow out and fall naturally on your forehead.

Because it hides your hairline, it will make your forehead much larger than it really is.

In this manner, your forehead won't have a distinct beginning or ending point.

Another advice is to keep your forehead from becoming greasy or shiny.

This would make people notice your forehead more than they typically would and cause it to stand out.

You should strive to have balanced skin by drinking a lot of water, eating the right foods, and using the right makeup on your face.

There are a variety of hairstyles that you may choose from that can help your forehead seem less prominent. These include:

  • A bob cut with straight bangs
  • Long deep side bangs
  • And among other things, a loose fringe


If you are interested in learning more, you could inquire with your hairdresser or barber.

They need to be able to collaborate with you in order to offer you a haircut that is well-balanced for your face.




A forehead that is bigger than that of around 70 per cent of the population is considered to have a big forehead.

This measures 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) in men, but it measures 2.4 inches (6.1 cm) in females (6 cm).

You may get a ballpark figure for this by using your hand. If it is higher than four fingers, your forehead might be considered big.

However, remember that this is just an estimate and that you may get a more precise reading by using a ruler or measuring tape.

Research has also shown that males and females have different average forehead shapes and that men find women with larger foreheads more beautiful.

Females with smaller foreheads, on the other hand, are seen as less attractive by men.




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