What are good sunglasses for big heads

The big head struggle is real!

Have you also experienced glasses that are too small and the temples pinching your head? This situation is really annoying, isn't it? “The lifestyle temples are too slippery for me to wear up on my forehead when not using the glasses. I use the sports temples exclusively to keep them from falling off while I have my glasses pushed up.” 

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Many people are frustrated because they can't buy the right glasses for their head size. The big head struggle is now being acknowledged. To help these confused people, this article will give analysis and advice on how to find the right glasses for big heads. 

How can I know if I have a big head?

According to Wikipedia, one study in the United States shows, the average adult head circumference to be 55cm (21 3⁄4 ) in females and 57cm (22 1⁄2 in) in males. Another study conducted in the UK shows a slightly different result: with the average female head size being 55.2 cm and the average male head size being 57.2 cm.

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Simply put, as long as your head circumference exceeds the range of 55-57cm, you probably belong to the large-headed population.

What to Consider?

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Nose size

To choose the fit sunglasses, you need to consider your nose size. If you have a short nasal bridge, you may need to purchase a pair of glasses with a narrow bridge. Bridge width is the measurement of the shortest distance between the inside of the lenses. Bridge width matters in that it's a part of your frame width, however, bridge widths don't vary all that much. They tend to range from 14 mm to 24mm, usually less (so the difference is relatively small). If the bridge of your glasses is too small, your glasses will pinch and they will be sitting too high on your nose. By contrast, if the bridge of your glasses is too large, the frames will continue to slide down your face.

Face width

This is the most important part of choosing sunglasses for big heads. It determines whether the glasses can fit you well and the comfort when you wear them. If you are with a wide face and high cheekbones (which means you may have a heart-shaped face or a diamond-shaped face), you must take face width into consideration when purchasing the sunglasses. Many people with heart-shaped faces (the bottom of their face is slimmer), will find their temples are wide apart. So what is the parameter of face width for big heads?

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To get a good wearing experience and even make sunglasses a plus for you, you need a pair of sunglasses that are 2-3mm wider than your face. For example, if your face is 145mm wide, you may need to take a pair of sunglasses with a 147mm frame width.

How to know the parameters of the glasses?

Usually, the inside of the temples is marked with some parameters of the glasses.

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glasses parameters

Are Oversized Sunglasses Suit Big Heads?

I find the parameters of an oversized one, we can just take it for example. Frame Width: 145mm, Temple Length: 155cm, Lens Width: 55mm, Lens Height: 46mm, Bridge: 18mm, Frame Weight: 21 grams.

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If we compare the parameters of each brand, we will see: the oversized parameters of each brand are not the same. Compared to other brands, the frame width I showed will be smaller. But its bridge is big. This means that if you have a wide face, but a narrow nose bridge, oversized glasses will be difficult to meet your needs.

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