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Haircuts for Long Face Shapes

A great cut is a powerful thing. Let your long face be your guide to the best look for you.

With sweeping cheekbones, a strong jaw line and raised forehead, a long face shape has historically been considered the most regal of all. And since it makes the strongest geometric statement from the group of face shapes, the right haircut is of vital importance.

“The different ways of cutting layers and bangs can have especially dramatic results on a long face. Make sure you do your research and find the most talented stylist in your area to cut your hair,” advises Guido, YouBeauty Hair Advisor.

Whatever your choice of cut, it’s strongly advised that you don’t allow hair to hang down in one solid length. Doing so will make the face look drawn and steal strands of movement, which can age a face and make locks appear lifeless. “Doing something with bangs is essential for a long face. Even grown out bangs that hit around the cheekbone give great definition,” says Guido.

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Liv Tyler

If you have straight or wavy hair
While short and long styles can look equally great on a long face, you’ll want to stay from the exaggerated versions of either side. “Avoid extremely long or extremely short cuts, as they tend to elongate your face even more,” advises Guido. A no-fail option is shoulder length, with lots of flowing layers cut into the hair. The shortest layers should begin at the chin for a fluttering cascade of movement.

Bangs can balance the narrow proportions of your shape by creating width that opens up and brings attention to your face. Classic bangs typically end at the point where your eyebrows end, but you can cut bangs further beyond that point on a long face shape, and even soften some layers into the outer portion of the bang for a seamless transition. With center tips that hit at the eyebrow, bangs bring a soft and flirtatious touch to your look. If you want to push the envelope or make more of a statement, a thick and blunt bang can prove particularly transformative.

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Courtney Cox

If you have curly hair
Great news: the rich texture of your hair is the perfect complement to your long face shape. “Curly hair is great for long faces because it adds width before you even do anything to it!” says Guido. Since there’s already volume at the crown of a long face, you’ll want to stay away from short layers, and instead look to longer layers to provide the ideal side balance. A curly length that hits just above the breast or below the collar bone looks especially stunning on long faces. 

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