How to Get Over Forehead Insecurity as a Transgender Woman
If you are a trans woman who is insecure of your forehead and are looking for ways to “fix” it, you are not alone. In fact, the forehead is considered to be one of the blatant aspects on a trans woman’s face that may be vastly gendered by others.
If you feel the same way, it is likely that you considered two potential solutions- bangs or facial feminization surgery.
Many trans women often consider bangs as a way to cover up their foreheads. However, not many are aware of the fact that facial feminization surgery is a great resource to mitigate any insecurities or dysphoria that is associated with your forehead.
The reason why the forehead tends to be such a big deal is because of the fact that many trans women have square foreheads with eyebrows merely standing as lumps- this goes against the beauty standards society has set for women- round, small foreheads with pencil-thin eyebrows.
Since for many people whose birth gender is male, the forehead has sharp edges, it gives a masculine look.
This is attributed to testosterone, which seemingly bulks up the region lining the forehead. When you grow out your bangs, it becomes quite easy to hide the bulky parts on your face.
However, this particular solution may not satisfy every person. For one thing, dysphoria creeps up when you least expect it, and as long as you give it something to nitpick over, it will feed off your insecurities.
In addition, bangs may not always be practical, especially if you live in tropical regions with extreme humidity. Everyone who knows even a little bit about hair is also aware of the high maintenance requirements of bangs.
Facial Feminization Surgery, on the other hand, is a more permanent solution. In fact, many trans women have reported that they got rid of their bangs right after they underwent FFS.
This is great for women who want a solution that does not involve hiding a part of their face. However, not many trans women want to undergo FFS, but are insecure of their foreheads. In such a case, creative solutions are imperative.
If you do want to opt for bangs, please note that it is a tricky hairstyle that requires a lot of maintenance.
If it is too long or too short, it might end up making you self-conscious yet again, making the entire process counter-productive.
In addition, once you start growing out bangs, it is recommended to cut them out on your own, since making salon visits once every two weeks for a quick trim can be quite heavy on your pocket.
In addition, it is easier for you to work with your hair when you are aware of your insecurities instead of hoping a hairdresser understands your dysphoria.
Trans women have complex relationships with their faces- you might find yourselves hyper fixating on specific areas until you begin to hate them, while others remain completely unaware of the issue.
Therefore, working with your own hair to hide or mask your insecurities can be helpful when trying to mitigate dysphoria. Regardless of whether you choose bangs or FFS, the goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable in your own skin.
If you are not keen on going under the knife, bangs are undoubtedly a great option to cover your forehead and hide your perceived flaws. When you wear bangs, it does get easier to pass in social settings as well.
So, if you are someone who is insecure of her forehead, we hope this article has helped you explore your options. Good luck!!
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