Styles that balance out narrow features are your BFF.
Long faces have a reputation of being one of the most interesting facial shapes to work around, given their dimensions. Also referred to as 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. 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 and may have succumbed to simple haircuts that don’t do much for their features. Thankfully, especially these days, 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 volumizing hacks that definitely do bring out the best in longer, sharper facial features.
Get ready to take some inspiration from some of our favorite short hairstyles for long faces. Read on:
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 our 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 blow-drying, like Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse.
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.
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.
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, but you can also get an angled chop that defines 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.
5. Teeny Afro
The teeny weeny afro is still a hit and we are sure to be seeing more of it in the coming years. We love how this short crop isn’t too heavy as it focuses on a tight cut around your face. This draws the focus to your eyes and neck while also adding depth to your long face.
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.
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 Color Assure Glossing Tonic.
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.
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 Exxpand+ Volumizing Whip, is enough to provide shine and definition to your layers.
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: It’s retro (hello, the 1980s), stylish and super cute!
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.
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 Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse on damp to wet hair to help get your hair to new heights.
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.
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.
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.
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 damp hair, and go.