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Best Hairstyles for Long Face Shapes: 30 Flattering Cuts


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Long Face? Don't Go Too Long
Best Hairstyles for Long Face Shapes: 30 Flattering Cuts

Adrianne Palicki

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If you've landed on this slideshow, you probably think you have a long face. Long faces are basically faces that are quite a bit longer than they are wide. With such a face shape, there are haircuts that look good and hairstyles that look not so great on you. Use these guidelines when considering a hairstyle:

  1. The most flattering haircut ever on a long face shape is shoulder-length. It's the perfect length (somewhere between chin and shoulders), and it's super trendy, too. I mean, how amazing is this hairstyle on actress Adrianne Palicki?
  2. Your goal is to create width.The very best way to do this is with waves, like those on Palicki.
  3. Consider getting 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. 
  4. Your part matters. A lot. Your best bet is a side part, which makes your face appear wider. The trendy center part is super popular at the moment but will make your face appear even longer than it is. Leave them to the square and round faces.
  5. Chin-length bobs are also ideal for you because they create the illusion of width.
  6. 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. 
  7. Consider the uber-trendy long bob, which is very flattering on a long face. The length is perfect. Ask your stylist for an "A-line Long Bob" where the back is about 1 1/2 inches shorter than the front. 
  8. If you like short hair, avoid short layers that add volume on top. Don't spike up your short hair. 

In this gallery, I show off 20 gorgeous hairstyles for women with long face shapes. You'll find a wealth of information. Have fun browsing and learning!

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