17 Feminine, Super-Flattering Short Hairstyles for Long Faces

Eunice Lucero | 29 April 2016
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Styles that balance out narrow features are your BFF.

Long faces have a reputation as being one of the most interesting facial shapes to work around, given their dimensions. Also referred to as an oblong face shape, long faces are characterized as having high foreheads, wide cheekbones (but a narrow facial width) and strong, sometimes squarish jaws. There are also true oblongs, who have the same dimensions but have a rounder chin. Some consider this facial structure the hardest to work with, but looking for short hairstyles for long faces is a challenge we won’t shy away from as we consider these dimensions truly unique and distinctive in their own right. A lot of our celebrity #wcws were born with this facial shape, and have been nailing style after style, so really, the possibilities are endless!

In the past, longer faces have erred on the side of caution. They have always beeen privy to simple haircuts that don’t do much for their features. Thankfully there are so many cool short cut ideas that can fuse wonderfully with your sense of style that includes everything from layers to angles to volume that definitely do bring out the best in longer, sharper facial features. With the new year, it’s time for a change so get ready to take some inspiration from some of our favorite short hairstyles for long faces.

Click through the gallery for some of our favorite short hairstyles for long faces:

Short Hairstyles for Long Faces

the rounded shag for short hairstyles for long faces
The shag is unique and directional. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Rounded Shag

A short shaggy crop with long bangs and some layering near the chin has an overall softening effect. What once was a throwback to the ’80s, has quickly become one of the  go-to  short hairstyles for long faces. Vertical flips on the sides can add some width to a narrow face, while the layers at the jawline feminize any angles you may have in that area. Fine, limp hair gets a boost from a mousse before blowdrying, like Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse.

DOVE STYLE+CARE VOLUME AMPLIFIER MOUSSE

 

short hairstyles for long faces like a stacked bob
A stacked bob widens where you need it most. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Angled bob

Another chic short hairstyles for long faces is the short bob  that has layers around the hairline that angle downwards rounds out your strong jaw, while tapering some length off of your cheekbones. Some smart stylists pair this with long, side-swept bangs for an even softer effect. Don’t go for too much graduation at the back though, as this can make you look top-heavy. A light leave-in conditioner, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Leave-In Conditioning Foam, provides softness and shape.

NEXXUS HYDRA-LIGHT STEP 3 LEAVE-IN CONDITIONING FOAM
short hairstyles for long faces via a fringed pixie
Give your forehead some texture to break up all that negative space. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Fringed Pixie

Whoever said that long faces should shy away from pixie cuts definitely hadn’t met the right stylist. Cropped cuts, especially when rendered with piecey, Tinkerbell-like bangs, minimize a high forehead while keeping the overall look breezy and fun. Be careful to not ask for too much layering on the crown, as this can create an illusion of more weight up top. A revitalizing dry shampoo such as TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo, keeps the look tousled, airy and bouncy.

TRESemmé FRESH START VOLUMIZING DRY SHAMPOO

 

white hair short cuts for long faces
Take your pixie to the side for some serious volume.

4. Short, Angled Pixie

It’s a total misconception that there aren’t any cool short hairstyles for long faces, especially with options like this short, angled pixie. Not only do you get the short hair you’re going for, you can get an angled chop that defined your long face. The mega volume is a bonus as you place your hair on your preferred side, creating body and bounce to your hair without too much length. For some molding action, use the S Factor By TIGI Creamy Molding Wax to style your hair! Apply to the roots and fluff out for a voluminous look, or twist between your fingers for a piecey effect.

S FACTOR by TIGI CREAMY MOLDING WAX
short cuts for long faces small afro
We have been loving the teeny weeny afro that’s sure to go strong in 2017.

5. Teeny Afro

The teeny weeny afro was a hit in 2016 that we are sure to be seeing more of in the new year. We love how this short crop isn’t too heavy as it focus on a tight cut around your face. This draws the focus to your eyes and neck while also adding depth to your long face.

short hairstyles on long faces via a blunt fringed bob
Blunt bangs: popular with street-style mavens and modern Egyptian seductresses everywhere. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Blunt-fringed bob

Another way to upgrade your regular bob is to ask for the Cleopatra fringe. This breaks up your features, effectively shortening them and making your face look more symmetrical. As for your bob haircut, keep it neat, with long layers around the chin. We love how texture makes the look infinitely cuter and more modern though—emulate by tousling in some texturizing cream, such as Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte.

BED HEAD BY TIGI MANIPULATOR MATTE CREAM

 

short hairstyles for long faces with an ombre
Lighter hair need the mid-cheek gives the illusion of fullness. Photo credit: Dvora

7. Wispy ombré

Another sure-fire hit, a wispy ombré bob tricks the eye downwards and has a widening effect where your color starts to lighten. When it comes to short hairstyles for long faces, an ombré with loose, rich-girl bends are a contemporary way to break up any seams in your color, and the overall look is fresh, up-to-date and effortless-looking. Keep your hue fresh and bright-looking with a glossing product, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Glossing Tonic.

 

short hairstyles for long faces via rounded bangs
Rounded bangs are a modern match for the lob. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Rounded bangs

Those with sharper long faces can look to a full, rounded fringe to effectively make their features look more delicate. To get these particular kinds of short hairstyles for long faces, ask your stylist for bangs that are slightly longer at the temples to create a more oval shape, and leave your length down to your chin or collarbones—the less tapered, the better—for a look that’s more balanced out. Style by blowing it out with some mousse to impart long-lasting body, like TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse.

TRESemmé 24 HOUR BODY FOAMING MOUSSE

 

short hairstyles for long faces via a feminine boy cut
The smooth boy cut is a masculine-feminine study in contrasts. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Smooth boy-cut

Like a pixie cut, but with long, peek-a-boo bangs brushed to one side, this refined boy-cut has a mod, gamine effect that highlights your best features: a strong eye-and-cheekbone area. Bring these to the fore by asking for barely any layering at the crown, and have the sides long enough to tuck behind your ears for a feminine touch. A low-key hair wax, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxpand+ Volumizing Whip, is enough to provide shine and definition to your layers.

NEXXUS EXXPAND+ VOLUMIZING WHIP
blunt bangs are awesome on short cuts for long faces
Break up your long face by rocking short bangs.

10. Blunt Bangs and Pixie Cut

One of the easiest ways to ‘break up’ the length in a long face is to add some awesome bangs. We adore blunt bangs and the pixie combo that’s retro (hello, 1980s), stylish and super cute! For styling, use some of the Catwalk By TIGI Root Boost Spray to get all the volume your hair needs to rock this look. Just spray into wet hair, then blow-dry for volume.

CATWALK by TIGI ROOT BOOST SPRAY
inspiring lob: short cuts for long faces
A lob is a gorgeous cut with some length.

11. Stacked Lob

Want a slightly longer cut that is still on the short side? Go for this super fun stacked lob. It’s shorter in the back which makes it perfect for summer (no sweaty neck action!). The extra length in front means you can do all sorts of different styles, like going for this super deep side part. The side part helps to create faux side bangs, giving your face more dimension.

bob short cuts for long faces
A cut that’s all about volume will rock on your long face.

12. Voluminous Bob

One easy trick for making short hairstyles for long faces more flattering is to amp up the volume. Adding a size boost all around keeps your long face from looking longer. Use the Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse on damp to wet hair to help get your hair to new heights.

DOVE STYLE+CARE VOLUME AMPLIFIER MOUSSE
short cuts for long faces we love: the buzz cut
Go for the ultimate short chop.

13. Buzz Cut

For the ultimate in short chops, go for a buzz cut. As the supreme minimalist hairstyle, this is one crop you want to make sure that you are ready for. Get inspiration from online hair galleries, ask people who’ve gotten buzzed tons of questions and go to a salon for a consultation. You can also go for a semi-buzzed chop or a side buzz. Just be sure that you’re ready to have your gorgeous face be the star of the show for a few months.

deep side part short cuts for long faces
A deep side part adds depth to your face without adding bangs.

15. Deep Side Part

Want to break up the dimension of your face without getting bangs? Then the deep side part is definitely for you. This no-commitment style allows you to give your long face a more evened out look that you can style from one side to the next. Basically the best haircut ever!

angled pixie short cuts for long faces
Yes to two-length haircuts!

16. Two-Length Haircut

You love long hair and short hair, so why not go for a cut that showcases the best of both worlds! Two-length haircuts are all about dimension as they create depth to one part of your face. Go for a long bang-like layer on one side of your head and then a shaved undercut on the other!

short cuts for long faces fluffy pixie
Fluffy and free!

17. Fluffy Pixie

For someone who is prone to wearing their more naturally, this look is for you. We love how the fluffy pixie creates some natural volume that can shape your long face. For some defined waves, be sure to apply some mousse to your damp hair and go!

 

Which of these short hairstyles for long faces are you raring to try?