If you’re the owner of an oval-shaped face, count yourself lucky. Often almost perfectly symmetrical, with a good bone structure and ideal proportions, we think it’s safe to say that there aren’t many hairstyles and cuts that won’t suit you. Though, of course, we’re sure that you don’t just want generic looks that will just “do”, because why settle for a run-of-the-mill hairstyle when your versatile face type can carry off pretty much anything! If your only request is to keep the length, here are 10 uber on-trend long hairstyles for oval faces to try now.
Long hairstyles for oval faces: 10 Trendy looks
1. Poker straight
If the spring/summer 2016 runways were anything to go by, it’s time to ditch the curlers and dust off your good old hair straighteners again. Because, for a large handful of fashion designers, this season was all about super sleek, poker straight locks, reminiscent of those we saw back in the ’90s. And although these slick, straight hairstyles tend to be less forgiving on rounder and square faces – especially if you also have very fine strands – oval-faced ladies can pull them off without difficulty. While the likes of Jonathan Saunders and Versace kept it simple with a centre-parting, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t experiment with more unusual styles, like at Mary Katrantzou.
2. Beachy waves with long, dramatic layers
As summer approaches, yet again we find ourselves longing for those boho-esque, beachy curls. Those with oval faces should really maximise the advantage of having such a flattering bone structure by having long, dramatic layers cut into casually tousled, undulating waves (think: Jessica Biel). This will help accentuate the natural-looking textures and boost movement while also retaining that effortlessly exotic look, perfectly pitched for sunshine season.
3. Micro bangs
Another popular hair trend on the SS16 runways was micro bangs. Seen at Christopher Kane, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, we’ve got to admit it’s not the easiest look to pull off. But what do you know – it works a treat on oval-shaped faces! If edgy is what you’re after, then these teeny-weeny fringes may well be worth giving a go. Work them into a cool and casual long shaggy cut for a directional, retro-inspired outcome.
4. Super sleek low ponies
If you hadn’t already noticed, simpler hairstyles truly triumphed on this season’s runways. And the minimalist low ponytails we saw at Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Dior were no different. Yet another hairdo that’s not so flattering on rounder or more square-structured faces, but works wonders on classic oval shapes. Don’t forget to accessorise your simple low pony with delicate velvet ribbons or satin bows for extra sartorial points.
5. Voluminous side-swept waves
An increasingly popular choice for the red carpet, these glamorous, voluminous side-swept waves have been road-tested by just about every long-haired A-lister you can think of, including Blake Lively, Rita Ora and Eva Longoria. Not only can the big Hollywood curls help to inject a subtle sensuality – as well as add definition – the deep side-parting can work wonders with oval faces, too.
6. Side-swept straight locks
Not a fan of manicured waves? No problem. The deep side-parting trick works with super sleek straight hair, too. Model-of-the-moment, Gigi Hadid, portrays this look perfectly with her blonde ombre locks, which have been swept over one shoulder and neatly held in place with a wet-look gel for more fashion-forward results. The perfect pairing to a sharply-tailored suit, don’t you think?
7. Statement parting with braids
You may have worked it out by now, but extreme side parts make the perfect match for oval-shaped faces. Thanks to its ability to draw the eye away from the centre, a deep side-parting can help lend a more contemporary edge to the classically symmetrical silhouette of oval faces. For an even more striking outcome, add a flat braid (like a French or a Dutch) on the side – it will also help accentuate that cool, experimental part.
8. Curved bangs
Lucky for you, having an oval-shaped face also means you can pull off just about any fringe. And the slightly curved bangs are the most flattering of the lot – as seen on the likes of Liv Tyler, Jessica Biel and Naomi Campbell. Hitting right on the brow bone, and almost blunt in shape, this softly rounded bangs-style is great for balancing out elongated proportions, too. Be sure to ask your stylist to cut in very subtle piecey layers for a softer, more natural-looking overall results.
9. Side fishtail braid
Braids are back with a bang this year, and the fishtail is one of our personal favourites. Do like model Joan Smalls and inject a pinch of contemporary coolness to an elegantly pretty fishtail plait by sweeping to one side. Weekend-worthy and red carpet-ready, is there a hairstyle that is as versatile? We don’t think so.
10. Low messy bun
For those searching for the perfect summer party ‘do, look no further than the low messy bun. This look is simple and eye-catching for everyday wear, but for extra special occasions, we love it paired with glamorous, bouncy waves and set to one side for an ultra elegant outcome. What’s really great about this sophisticated hairstyle is that it works for oval-faced women of all ages, too.
Take advantage of these trending long hairstyles for oval faces and leave your friends envious of your styling switch-ups!