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Best Hairstyles for Long Face Shapes: 20 Flattering Cuts


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Long Face? Don't Go Too Long & Add Some Waves
Best Hairstyles for Long Face Shapes: 20 Flattering Cuts

Adrianne Palicki

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Not sure if you have a long (oblong) face shape? Find out what face shape you have. See other flattering haircuts for oval, long and square faces.

If you, like me, have a long face shape there are hairstyles that look good and hairstyles that look bad on you. Here are some rules when considering a hairstyle for a long (or "oblong" face shape):

1. If you have straight hair, you can create more width with bangs. Bangs make your face appear shorter because they cover up a particularly large forehead. You can wear anything from blunt bangs to long, side-swept bangs. Learn more in Best Bangs by Face Shape.

2. Chin-length bobs and cuts are also ideal for you because they create the illusion of width.

3. Long, straight hair is typically a no-no on a long face shape because it drags the face down. However, you can break this "no long hair" rule if you have waves or curls. A lot of body adds width to the sides of the face.

4. Consider the uber-trendy long bob (as seen here on actress Adrianne Palicki), which is very flattering on a long face. The length is perfect, as is her soft waves. Ask your stylist for an "A-line Long Bob" where the back is about 1 1/2 inches shorter than the front.

5. If you like short hair, avoid short layers that add volume on top.

Find out which short hairstyles are flattering to long faces.

See more flattering haircuts for oval, round, square and heart-shaped faces

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