Did you know that long faces are the most regal of all face shapes? If you're looking for easy hairstyles to flatter your long face shape and accentuate your gorgeous facial features, you've come to the right place! However, before we discuss the hairstyles that'll best suit your face shape, here are a few important points to bear in mind:
If you have a long face shape like Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, Liv Tyler or Sarah Jessica Parker, your goal should be to create an illusion of width; the best way to achieve this is by going for waves.
You can also try bangs for your long face shape. A fringe instantly covers up the forehead and helps to make your face appear shorter in length. From blunt bangs to side-swept fringe, you have a variety of options to try out!
Hair part also plays an important role in making your face appear longer or wider. A deep side part is ideal for long face shapes because it helps to make the face appear wider. Avoid the middle part though, as it will only make your face appear longer than it actually is.
Want to make your face look shorter in length? Go for a bob haircut! A chin-length bob, an A-line bob or even a long bob will help to create an illusion of width!
If you have a long face, avoid sporting a long, straight hairstyle. However, this rule does not apply to women with wavy or curly hair because a voluminous hairdo always makes the sides of the face look wider!
Finally, if you have short hair, avoid layered haircuts that add a lot of volume on the top of your head. Also, don't spike your hair, ever, as it will only make your face appear longer than it already is.
Now that we've covered some important dos and don'ts about hairstyles for long face shapes, let's find out which on-trend and easy styles you can go for.
1. Shoulder-length hairstyles
We've already mentioned that it is not a good idea to grow your hair very long if you have a long face shape. Trade your long tresses for shoulder-length hair and try out loose waves or layers to create an illusion of volume. The shortest layer must be trimmed at chin-length to frame your jawline and make it appear less angular.
It is best to wear your hair loose to make your layers look more prominent. However, you can also create a deep side part and pin-up your hair on one side to make your face look wider.
When it comes to choosing a hairstyle for your long face shape, a bob seems like the best bet. Bobs are one of the hottest hairstyles of the season and thankfully, you can try out a variety of bob styles to flatter your face shape.
Go for a chin-length bob to create an illusion of width or a simple, low maintenance long bob. Bob haircuts that are shorter at the back and a tad longer in the front, ending just below the jawline, help to show off your gorgeous bone structure. Wear your bob with barely there waves at work or create a tousled texture for a party!
3. Hairstyles with bangs
If you have a long face shape, make bangs your new best friends!
Bangs help to cover up the forehead and make your face appear shorter, allowing you to wear your hair loose or tied up in a chic updo.
Blunt bangs, eyebrow skimming bangs and side-swept bangs are best suited for long faces. If you wish to wear your hair loose, pair your fringe with textured waves or sculpted curls to create an on-trend hairstyle for a party. If you want to tie-up your hair, try bangs with a side braid, a low chignon or a high ponytail!
4. Mussed up side-swept hair
Mussed up hairstyles are in and suit almost every woman with straight to slightly wavy hair. A disheveled hairstyle instantly adds volume to your tresses and takes attention off a long face shape. Don't want to go for bangs? No problem. Try a side sweep instead!
A side sweep that plunges on your forehead at an angle helps to draw attention to your eyes and makes your face appear wider. Pair it with your mussed up hair to create a runway-inspired hairstyle in minutes!
Spritz some tousle waves hairspray along the lengths of your tresses and scrunch them with your fingers to create a sexy, messy hairstyle. Don't forget to mist your hair with a good hairspray to set your style for longer wear.
5. Faux bob
The faux bob is another Fashion Week hairstyle, which is gaining a lot of popularity off the runways too! It looks gorgeous on women with long face shapes and straight, wavy or curly hair. A faux bob pinned at chin-length helps to add width to the sides of your face and flaunt your gorgeous neck.
You can make a faux bob with shoulder-length to long hair. Simply create a side part and pin your tresses at the base of your neck to create an elegant hairstyle that is ideal for a cocktail party or a night out on the town! Set your 'do for longer wear by spritzing some hairspray.
6. Short and curly hairstyle
A short, curly hairstyle flatters a long face by creating volume on the sides. This is a great hairstyle to wear just about anywhere!
If you already have curly hair, just get it chopped at chin-length and style it with a side part. If you have straight or wavy hair, here's what you can do – create a side part and spritz a good heat protectant hairspray all over your tresses to shield them from the damages of heat styling.
Divide your hair into 6-8 vertical sections and twist each section on a curling iron to create tight curls. Once the curls cool down, tousle them gently with your fingers to create a more natural, voluminous hairstyle and spritz some fine-hold hairspray to set the look for long wear.
7. Long layered hairstyle
Long, straight hair does not go very well with a long face shape. However, if you don't want to sacrifice the overall length of your tresses (we understand how long it takes to grow those tresses!), just add in some long layers to break the monotony of straight, plain and flowy locks and create a more on trend, choppy look.
When you go for a layered hairstyle for your long face, make sure the face-framing pieces are short and feathery. This will help to lend a smooth, rounded effect to your jawline. Create a gentle hair part for a more delicate look or pair your long layered hairstyle with bangs to cover your forehead and make your face appear less elongated!
8. Long, curly hair
Curly hair looks incredible on women with long faces. If your hair is naturally curly, you literally don't have to do anything to style it. Just make sure your curls are smooth, bouncy and without any frizz or tangles! However, if you have wavy hair, you can create tight curls to lend volume to your hair and create an illusion of a wider face.
An important point to bear in mind while going for long curly hair is that you should not grow your lovely locks too long, else they will start to weight your face down, making it appear longer. Typically, shoulder-length curly hair is ideal for long face shapes.
9. Pixies with lighter top hair
If you have a long face and want to try out a super short hairstyle, go for a pixie. However, do keep your top hair lighter so that it does not build volume or height and make your face appear longer than it actually is.
Avoid spikes, quiffs or pompadours – they too will make your face look elongated. Instead, go for asymmetrical bangs or a long, side swept fringe to mask your forehead beautifully and create a slightly angular, edgy look.
10. Loose Side braid
A loose side braid looks ultra-feminine and helps to divert attention away from a long face. You can create this hairstyle with medium-length straight, wavy or curly hair. Pair your loose, over-the-shoulder braid with long side-swept bangs to balance out the length of your face. This hairstyle takes less than 5 minutes to create and can be worn everywhere! Create a neat regular braid for work or plait your hair into a messy fishtail braid for a casual party look.