16 Flattering Hairstyles for Long Faces

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Long Face? Don't Go Too Long With Your Hair

Adrianne Palicki
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Many beautiful women have a long face. If yours is a bit longer than it is wide, your hair's cut and style can flatter the shape and bring out your best features.

Some of the best hairstyles for a long face are shoulder length with face-framing waves, curls, or highlights. You can also go short or long, opt for a bob, and keep the style as sleek or as mussy as you like. If you add volume to the sides or cut in some bangs, you can give your face a more rounded or shorter appearance as well. 

Let's explore some of these options in action. The photos are sure to give you ideas for your next cut and style.


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Shoulder-Length Hair Is Flattering

Asia Argento
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The most flattering haircut on a long face shape is shoulder-length. You can add some face-framing layers, while keeping everything between your chin and shoulders. It's both a trendy and timeless look that offers you many styling options from day to day.

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If You Want to Go Long

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Long, straight hair is typically a no-no on a long face shape because it elongates the face even more. This hairstyle has the best of everything that flatters a long face: side-swept bangs, lots of layers that start at the chin, and it's not too long.

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Long and Curly

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You can also break the "no long hair" rule if you have ​waves or curls. A lot of ​body adds width to the sides of the face. If you have naturally curly hair, let it go natural or tame the curl with a curling iron and some light products.

For straighter hair, you will need to add some curl. Spritz your hair with setting spray and wind sections around the barrel of a medium-sized curling iron.

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Add Bangs

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Bangs can be your best friend because they can hide a big forehead, a common feature of the long face shape. They will also make your face appear shorter. If you want to keep your long, straight hair, bangs are a great option.

The best bangs for a long face are brow-skimming, side-swept bangs, or blunt bangs.

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The Gorgeous Lob

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When it comes to haircuts, chin-length bobs (or lobs), are ideal. They create the illusion of width, and they're also on trend.

The bob should end just below the jaw to show off your bone structure. The best bobs are also shorter in the back and angle down to the front.

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Go With a Side Part

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This is an incredibly flattering hairstyle on a long face. It's a shorter bob and the curls add width to the sides of the face.

Your part matters as well. You will notice that a lot of these styles have a side part, which naturally makes your face appear wider. The center part will make your face appear even longer than it is. That's because it lines up with your nose and straight down to your chin, creating a very long line.

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The A-Line Long Bob

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You can also ask your stylist for a long "A-line" bob in which the back is about 1 1/2 inches shorter than the front. The length is perfect for an oblong face and, with some wavy curls and highlights, the sides are really filled out.

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A Bob for Thick, Straight Hair

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This is a great cut for any face shape, but it's great on a long face and ideal if you have thick, straight hair. The bob is cut in at a great angle on the face so it shows off the slender bone structure. The long, side-swept bangs cover a large forehead and it's also fabulously mussy.

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A Shaggy Long Bob

Model Jourdan Dunn hairstyle
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The bob really is versatile and this is another great look you can get with the cut. It's a shaggier bob with lots of choppy layers and just enough wave to give it a distinct, modern style.

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A Chin-Length Bob

Nancy Pelosi. Alex Wong

This bob on Nancy Pelosi is nice and sophisticated and it has wonderful highlights. It's blow-dried so it curls under and looks great with or without bangs.

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The Curly "Fake Bob"

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The fake bob, such as this one worn by Rosario Dawson, is gorgeous on a long face. The waves add width to the side of the face. Also, pinning the hair under just at the chin shows off a long neck.

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The Shag Is Fabulous

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This shag haircut is not too short or too long, so it is perfect for a longer face. It's a simple cut that can be worn blown out or air-dried, which gives it a bit of natural wave. Simply ask your stylist to cut in choppy layers.

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For Straight, Thin Hair

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If you have stick-straight hair that's also thin, this is a great hairstyle for you. This one works because it's sleek, sophisticated, and short. You don't need loads of hair to get away with this look and the length is ideal for the face.

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A Changing Look

Olivia Newton-John
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These two cuts on Olivia Newton-John work beautifully on a long face. They also show how you can style a cut two different ways, so you can go from straight to curly whenever you like.

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Go Short, Not Tall

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If you like short hair, it's best to avoid short layers that add volume on top. You can see the difference the styling makes on singer Pink's beautiful, long face. 

When she wears her hair with side-swept, super long bangs, her face appears shorter. Yet, when she brings it up in a pompadour, her face looks much longer. Spikes will have the same effect.