Soften your long face with some of our favorite hairstyle ideas.
Long faces are a common shape usually characterized as being narrower across the cheeks and longer in the chin. When it comes to hairstyles for long faces, you’ll want a haircut or style that can define and enhance your face as well as a look that’s modern and in tune with your personality. Rest assured, there are tons of complementary options out there; the trick lies in finding the right cuts and styles that balance out your angles and put your best features forward. Read on to check out some of our favorite haircuts for long faces that you can easily rock this year.
27 Edgy Hairstyles for Long Faces to Check Out
1. Edgy Platinum Lob
Not too keen on an edgy cut? What about a style and color change? We love the subtly of this razor cut lob on bright platinum color. A great look for long faces, keep your hair styled around the face works to define and shorten a long face. When you’re styling bleached platinum blonde hair, incorporate hydration and color protection into your new routine. Try out the Bed Head By TIGI Dumb Blonde Toning Protection Spray that’ll work to help protect your hair from heat as it also works to fight brassiness.
2. Piecey Bangs
Like the idea of bangs but not the super full look? Try these thin, piecey bangs instead. Super thin bangs are less of a commitment and are easy to style away if you don’t feel like wearing them! Wear them pin straight for an edgier take on the long bangs look. To keep the heat styling on your baby bangs to a minimum, try to get a few days out of one style by keeping your hair looking clean! To refresh your bangs, use the Nexxus New York Salon Care Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist in between hair washings.
3. Shaggy and Extra Textured
We love the look of voluminous and texturized hair. It’s edgy enough to look cool, but keeps that volume to round out a long face. You could get this look a few ways! We suggest getting the voluminous texture by teasing your hair. You can tease up the lengths of the hair to make it look messy on purpose. For less volume but a just as textured look, you can use some of the Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.
4. Layered Bangs
If you want to make bangs look more edgy (and less sweet) try this cool layered bangs look. All you need is a high hold gel like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel. Then, section your bangs into even sections and mold together with the gel. This will hold together the bangs into the little sections to give you this cool look!
5. Chunky Bob
This is the rare occasion when a bob that’s cut straight across and with sharper layers looks better than one angled towards the front. For this look, longer faces can balance out their narrow facial structure with some weight on the sides of the face. A blunt bob cut between ear and chin-length is an ideal way to inject some heft at the cheeks as it deflects from your face’s longer structure. To style, dampen your hair with a texturizing spray and then air-dry.
6. Curly Wedge
Skeptical that this is the best hairstyle for long face? Hear us out: We think curls and waves are a genius way to add softer dimensions to an oblong face, especially when the ringlets are styled to add some feminine fullness at the nape and sides. Make sure your curls don’t go past too far from your chin, as this may add unnecessary clunkiness to your jawline. Define those city-girl curls with a styling product that loosely defines ringlets, such as TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel Cream.
7. Long Bangs
A chin-length haircut teamed with a full, French-girl fringe can shorten the perceived length in a long face. Bangs offer a horizontal break to your exposed features and shorten a high forehead, balancing out your face. Blunt bangs, in particular, can block off as much as 1/3 of your entire face. But make sure your bob grazes the upper part of your shoulders so the look doesn’t appear stunted.
8. Side-Parted Lob
Don’t let the “long” in long bob scare you away. We think that the most flattering hairstyles for long faces are, in fact, a variation of this style. Cuts that range from chin to shoulder-length offer the best proportions for your face shape. Instead of opting for a one-length cut, why not kick things up with a few cheekbone-grazing layers? These add some crucial width that will bisect your face—making it appear fuller and more proportioned with your forehead and chin.
9. Shoulder-Length Shag
In case you needed another reason to love “the Rachel” (and even if you didn’t), we’ll let you in on its appeal: The shaggy ends break up the length of an angular jawline, while the blown-out layers at the ears and mid-lengths give the illusion of fullness. Update this cut to a softer, more wash-and-wear version by asking your stylist more blended layers past the chin, but still long and kicky enough to play with—think more like cute flips and waves, and less like an inverted pineapple. Style with a lightweight mousse that helps define your cut’s structure and waves, like Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse.
10. Full-On Bangs
This style has your fringe hitting all the right notes—it simultaneously masks a high forehead while giving heft to a thin face. For women who can’t seem to sacrifice length, bangs are a great compromise to break up the length of your features and upgrade a current look. Just remember to have a clear contrast between your bangs and the rest of your layers; anything graduated will draw the eye downwards, and give an even more elongated feel.
11. Disco Waves
If you must wear your hair long, opt for a side part with groovy waves, à la the golden days of disco. Not only is this glamorous hairstyle a fabulous option for your evening cocktail party or formal affairs, it also opens up the sides of the face, giving it a softer, more feminine appearance.
12. Short Bangs and Long Hair
Can’t bare to part with your long hair? That’s cool! Simply add some definition to your long face hairstyles by adding bangs. We especially love this combo of short bangs and long hair.
13. Natural Waves
Rock your long hair with waves. We love how this allows your hair to take center stage, taking the focus off long faces.
While the traditional one-length cut is cute, we think an angled style is more sophisticated on older women with a long face. Those with thick or curly locks can use their natural texture to their advantage by adding in multiple layers. You can even include a side bang, which will create a natural dimension to your long face.
15. Wavy Bob
If you have waves or curls, a tousled, bouncy bob will give you a soft and sophisticated look to balance out longer faces. Consider chopping right next to the chin for a fresh, more updated look. Use some of the TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Cream to give your hair hold and control as it helps to define your waves and curls.
16. Asymmetrical Pixie
Short hair is typically associated with older women, but that doesn’t mean these cuts have to be boring! Add some chop layers throughout your hair and define even further with a short chop in the back and more layers in the front. The longer layers will add depth to your features as you test out a modern ’do. You might find that you need some hair gel to smooth out your pixie or create a subtle spike. Try some of the Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel whose formula can help you to combat frizz as it provides you some serious hold to create your own style. Plus, it smells amazing!
17. Shoulder-Length Lob
If you have strong and healthy tresses, why not wear them a little longer in your 40s? You can try out a one-length look or some mild layers, which can subtly soften your collarbone as they draws attention to your eyes.
18. Choppy Mullet
Yes, you can rock a mullet! We love how its multiple layers can work with your long face as you showcase this trendy style.
19. Cropped Cut
If you have thinning hair, a cropped cut might be the perfect solution. With a cut very close to your head, you can play with length in the front of your face —opting to go long or very short. We like this look with some bangs to balance out a long face.
20. All-Over Curls
Curls look incredible on long faces. The texture, depth and dimension can really bring out the features in your face as you embrace your natural texture. Use some Nexxus Styling Mousse Plus whose formula can provide your hair with volume and bounce.
21. Side-Swept Bangs and Waves
If you’ve never tried bangs in your life, you’re going to be amazed at how they accentuate your face. Opt for side-swept bangs that create an angle towards the left or right side of your face, creating a sophisticated and chic look.
22. Long and Straight
Maybe you probably haven’t switched up your hair since high school, and that’s totally cool. Those with long and straight locks can probably get away with this look. Maybe add in some layers as a simple way to spruce things up while also adding definition to your face.
23. Chunky Crown Braid
One of our favorite looks, a chunk crown braid is a great way to rock a trendy style as the bang area is covered up. Check out our crown braid tutorial to test out this look for yourself.
24. Playful Pigtails
Who says pigtails are just for the kiddos?! This playful look brings the pigtail closer to your face, taking the length off your face. Pair this with a wispy long bang and you have one simple yet cute hairstyle.
We are all about accessories and just love them in this updo style hairdo. Pull out a few pieces of your hair to soften your long face.
26. Bangs and Curls
We’ve mentioned the benefits of having bangs or curls to soften long faces and this style marries the two, resulting in an edgy look that really works on longer faces.
Another accessory that we adore are scarfs. They look especially darling on bob cuts as you let your shorter hair peek out as face-framing layers that also works to naturally conceal some of the length of your long face.
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