If your hairline comes together in a downward V-shape down the center of your forehead, you have a widow’s braid hairline. Basically, it is high on the sides and low point in the middle.
In some people, the widow’s braid is quite distinctive, while others have only a hint of one. This can be more pronounced when you pull your hair straight back.
Whether your hairline is straight or a widow’s braid is mostly a matter of genetics.
Why is it Called The Peak Of Widows?
The term “widow’s peak” may be a holdover from 18th-century England. Tradition had it that when a husband died, his wife would wear a black triangular hat or hood with the point falling down the middle of the forehead.
Keep reading to learn more about the widow’s braid hairline, its role in popular culture, and how to highlight or downplay it.
Widow’s Braid Hair Causes
Let us tell you, the genetics of a widow’s peak and how or if it is inherited is not clear. It is possible that if you have a widow’s peak, someone in your family has one as well.
There isn’t enough research to conclude that a widow’s peck is the result of a dominant gene. It may very well be that multiple genes are involved.
Widow’s peak appears to be linked to certain genetic conditions such as.
|Aarskog syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that mostly affects males. Other symptoms of Aarskog syndrome include short stature and abnormalities of the face, limbs, and genitals. This condition is linked to the FGD1 gene on the X chromosome.|
|Opitz G/BBB syndrome, a condition that causes abnormalities of the midline of the body. This includes mutations of the MID1 gene, chromosome 22, or SPECC1L.|
|Donna-Barrow syndrome, which is caused by a mutation in the LRP2 gene. This can cause abnormal features of the eyes, nose, and ears.|
|Frontonasal dysplasia, a very rare condition involving abnormal development of the head and face. There are several types of frontonasal dysplasia caused by genetic mutations in the ALX 3, ALX4 and ALX1 genes.|
Let me tell you, in addition to inheriting a widow’s braid, you can develop a widow’s braid-like appearance later in life as your hairline begins to recede.
What is Reverse Widow Peak?
If someone has an inverted V-shape in one’s hairline, then it is assumed that they have an inverted widow braid. Let us tell you that, an inverted widow braid can also be due to a receding hairline.
Widow Braid Hairstyles
Usually, there’s nothing wrong with having a widow’s peak. On the contrary, it can be incredibly lucrative. Therefore, there is no reason to choose a hairstyle based on this attribute other than personal preference.
You can show off your widow’s braid by cutting your hair back or pulling it into a ponytail or bun.
If you’re not fond of your widow’s braid, avoid any style that involves sweeping your hair up and away from the forehead. Growing bangs can help soften your hairline.
You can emphasize the widow’s ponytail by twisting your hair to one side or parting your hair slightly off the center. Experiment by parting your hair in different places to find the most attractive spot.
Widow’s Peak Myth
Let us tell you that, despite some persistent myths, a widow’s braid is a type of hairline and nothing more.
Folklore would have you believe that a widow’s peak predicts an early widowhood. There really is no basis for this myth.
In television and movies, a widow’s braid is a characteristic of a “bad guy”. For example, both Dracula and the Joker have a widow’s peak.
Regardless of popular culture, you can rest assured that being a widow’s pinnacle says nothing about character or personality. Consider actors in “good guy” roles, like Marilyn Monroe, Keanu Reeves and Vanessa Williams, who all have major widow peaks.
This particular hairline is not a bad omen nor is it a flaw. It’s another thing you inherited from your parents, such as green eyes, naturally curly hair, or dimples.
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What if You Don’t Like Your Widow’s Braid?
If someone’s widow’s braid really looks complete, talk to your barber or hairstylist. An esthetician or doctor can also suggest hair removal techniques. There are some quick, short-term options:
|Electrolysis. This is an old-school method of removing individual hairs, using energy or heat, which can help prevent new growth. It is performed by dermatologists and others who have been trained and certified. It may take several visits to see optimal results.|
|Laser hair removal. Rays of light energy are used to destroy the hair follicles. This may take several times, but it can prevent hair from growing longer than many other methods. A doctor can help you understand the pros and cons of laser hair removal.|
|Tweezers. Hair plucking is a simple (though painful) solution that you can do yourself at no cost. If you don’t like the result, you can let it grow back. Otherwise, you can continue tweezing as each hair comes back.|
|Depilatories. These creams can remove unwanted hair and keep it away for a little longer than shaving. Choose products made for the face and follow the directions carefully.|
|Waxing. You can get a waxing kit at home or have it professionally done. Be sure to do a small test patch to make sure it won’t irritate your skin.|
Can I Shave it?
If someone definitely wants to shave their widow’s ponytail then they can. If you choose this option, you will need a lot of maintenance, especially if you have fair skin and dark hair. You’ll need a steady hand to avoid giving yourself a crooked hairline.
If you don’t want the hassle of dealing with the stubble on your hairline, it’s best not to use a razor.
A completely shaved head is another way to go.
Let us tell you that a widow’s braid is a distinctive, V-shaped hairline that usually runs in some families. Despite the myths, it is probably no more important than other genetic traits such as frizzy hair or a cleft chin.
Some people like to show off their widow’s ponytail and some want to show it off. Still, others barely give it a passing thought. What you do with your widow’s braid is a matter of personal preference.