While there is a lot to be admired about finding a signature hairstyle that suits your lifestyle, wearing it with confidence, and even dreaming about levels of success that bring a hairstyle named and recognized solely for you, we’re always supportive of finding new ways to experiment with your look. There are many different hairstyles for face shapes and each of them work to flatter your unique face structure in various ways. When it comes to finding and learning how to create braided styles that flatter long faces in particular, we’ve rounded up some inspiration. Each of these styles flatters your unique face shape in different ways and they’re easy to create.
Perfect for the times when you need a change of pace and a break from your regular look, braided hairstyles are both beautiful and impressive and a must-have skill in your hair arsenal. Keep reading to learn more about how you can master different hairstyles for face shapes that’ll help you learn what braids will flatter your long face.
Different Hairstyles for Face Shapes: Long Faces Edition
1. Fanned-Out Dutch Braids
I have distinct memories of mastering double dutch braids that paired perfectly with my private school uniforms growing up. The now popular fanned out technique brings this school girl classic into your adult years by amping up the dimension of the braid. This style pulls your hair away from your face to let your high cheekbones shine while the fanned out strands keep the look from becoming too harsh. The key to creating this style in the most flattering way is to direct the braid straight back parallel to your part instead of working at an angle. Finish off with a mist of Bed Head by TIGI Flexi Head Strong Flexible Hold Hairspray to hold the look in place.
2. Two-Styled Braid
Combine two braiding techniques into one unique style with this dutch and fishtail braid combination. Start with a deep side part and create a dutch braid that extends to just underneath your ear. Wrap a half-inch strand of your own hair around the base to finish off that braid and immediately begin a fishtail braid. This style takes some time to master but the right hair gel, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel, will make your braid stick while making your job a little easier.
3. Halo Braid
The trick to creating a halo braid that softens your sharp features is setting it back a quarter of an inch. A tiny peek of unbraided hair will take the intensity down a notch and keep this braid daytime-friendly.
4. Loose Three-Strand Braid
An oldie but a goodie, this classic three-strand braid is the ultimate laid-back hairstyle choice. Whether you’re currently rocking bangs or not, pulling out a few loose strands around your face is the best way to create an easy look that flatters and frames your best features. Add some texture by applying mousse, like Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse, to your damp hair and let it dry overnight.
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