Flatter your face shape: Pretty hairstyles for long faces

Find out which hairstyles would work perfectly for you and your face shape!

Your face shape is always one of the most important things to consider when deciding on hairstyles and haircuts. The perfect style could be very unflattering on the wrong face shape as it could draw more attention to the wrong areas instead of balancing out your features. If you have a long face, your goal is to make it appear shorter and add the illusion of width with your hair. And contrary to how you probably often feel, you’ll never go short of style options because there are a lot of hairstyles for long faces that complement your best features. We’ve got them right here (you’re welcome!) so just keep reading and start pinning!

Hairstyles for long faces you’d want to try

bangs hairstyles for long face
Fringe hairstyle for long face. Credit: indigitalimags.com

1. Bangs

Bangs are great for women with a long face because it helps break up the length and conceal the wide forehead. Go for a fringe that covers a third of your face—it’s the perfect length because it provides the best possible proportion, and balances your features.

2. Loose updo with face-framing tendrils

Avoid updos or ponytails that are sleek and tightly pulled back. Go for undone updos instead, leaving a few wispy strands around the face to create the illusion of width. The tousled look is sexy and romantic, and most importantly, it works perfectly with your long face shape.


Editor’s tip: Create tousled and textured looks with TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. Hairstyles for long faces are all about body and this gives your locks exactly that, plus it separates your hair fibers for natural, tousled movement.

3. Wavy & side-swept

You want your face to appear wider so break symmetry with diagonal lines and waves. Asymmetrical or side-swept bangs and soft waves easily do the trick because they add width the sides of your face. Never wear your hair super straight as the vertical lines would add even more length, which is the last thing that you need.

Editor’s tip: For waves that bounce beautifully, use Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Shampoo and Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Conditioner. It nourishes hair, leaving it soft and smooth, and gets rid of tangles without weighing your hair down.

curly hairstyles for long face
Flat on top, curly at the bottom.

4. Curls at the bottom, flat on top

Body and volume should be kept at mid-lengths all the way to the bottom, while the top should be flatter. Hairstyles that have volume on top can stretch your face, adding even more height and making your face look even more disproportionate. However, curls on the rest of your hair, especially by the sides of your face gives you the width that you want.

shoulder-length hairstyles for long face
Shoulder length-cut. Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Shoulder-length cuts

Medium length cuts always look great on everyone, no matter the face shape. In the case of a long face, it looks best when hair is kept ‘til the shoulders because going too long would draw the face down with the vertical lines it creates by the sides of the face.

Not sure what face shape you have? See this article that will help you figure it out!