27 On-Trend Hairstyles for Long Faces

All Things Hair | 29 June 2017
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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

hairstyles for long faces lob hat
A haircut doesn’t need to be edgy, for the style to be. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

bangs for hairstyles for long faces
Extra long baby bangs are the best. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

shaggy hairstyles for long faces
Get the texture and volume you need. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

edgy bangs on hairstyles for long faces
Fun but edgy, right?

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!

bob hairstyles for long faces
Equal parts thoughtful and devil-may-care, this cut works your angles to the hilt. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

curly wedge hairstyles for long faces
Back it up, girl: It’s all about the back and nape texture in a triangular wedge bob. Photo credit: Dvora

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.

long bangs hairstyles for long faces
Proportion is key: Even out the bluntness with lengths that kiss the collarbones (some punky lipstick can’t hurt either). Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

side parted hairstyles for long faces
Side details cut in all the right places. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

length shag hairstyles for long faces
The new girl on the block: the Cali-girl shag. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

full bangs hairstyles for long faces
Full bangs on long hair, always a good idea.

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.

waves hairstyles for long faces
Disco waves take you from funkytown to fab city in minutes.

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.

bangs on long hairstyles for long faces
Add bangs to create width on a long face. Photo credit: Dvora

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.

wavy hairstyles for long faces
Wavy layers create dimension is one of the best hairstyles for long faces. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

layers hairstyles for long faces
There are tons of options on how to style your hair when you’re over 40.

14.Wavy Ends

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.

bob hairstyles for long faces
A modern way to rock a bob. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

angled pixie hairstyles for long faces
Angled cuts are a great way to enhance your long face.

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!

lob hairstyles for long faces
A directional cut that’s super trendy. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

mullet hairstyles for long faces
Go for it! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

round cut hairstyles for long faces
A rounded cut looks stunning on long faces. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

curls hairstyles for long faces
Curls look stunning on long faces.

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.

side bangs hairstyles for long faces
You can’t go wrong with side bangs paired with loose waves.

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.

straight hair hairstyles for long faces
Straight hair on long faces can really make your look ‘pop.’ Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

crown braid hairstyles for long faces
A style that fashionable conceals your forehead. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

pigtails hairstyles for long faces
A fun style you can create in minutes. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

headband hairstyles for long faces
A fierce look to rock on your long face.

 

 

25. Headband

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.

curls and bangs hairstyles for long faces
An edgy way to soften long faces.

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.

bob scarf hairstyles for long faces
Rock a bob with a twist.

27. Scarf

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.

Looking for more of the best hairstyles for long faces? Check out these cool hairstyles for long faces to wear on Thanksgiving.

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