26 Ultimate Short Hairstyles for Long Faces

Achieving a more oval, neutral appearance is the goal of every face shape, and here the mission is to make a long face appear wider. Check out these short hairstyles for long faces that are perfectly flattering.

Tailored Bob

Tailored Bob hairstyle Instagram @virdesalon

Q&A with style creator, Amy Virde
Owner / Hairstylist / Color Educator @ Virde Salon in Tacoma, WA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a tailored bob with intentional color placement. I love this look because it is very clean and sleek. Through customized cutting and thoughtful color placement, it effortlessly accentuates her features. By keeping her overall length above her shoulders, we draw attention upward to create the illusion of shortening the length of her face. A side part helps balance her overall look.

This precision bob is tailor cut to suite her texture and density. I added dimension and fullness to her sides by intentionally placing her hair color. The darker colors at the top of her head soften her face, and the subtly lighter colors on her sides increase the width of her face and make her style appear fuller.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If your face is long, you need both a cut and color that will flatter your face shape. Remember there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to hair. Heads are shaped differently, hair patterns vary, and texture and density play a part. Trust your stylist to help you make the right decisions and customize your look.

Luckily, there are some simple rules that can help guide you. You want to add dimension and fullness to your sides to help shorten the length of your face. The area between your eyebrows and mouth should be the widest part of your cut, and also where the lightest colors should be placed. Keep the overall length of your hair above your shoulders to draw attention upward. A side part or fridge will also help balance your overall look.

Layered & Textured

Layered & Textured hairstyleInstagram @hairbymakaylao

Q&A with style creator, Makayla Olmstead
Owner @ Bloom Hair Studio in Vancouver, WA


How would you describe this look?

This look has lots of movement and is very versatile. It can be worn forward or pushed to either side.

This client has lots of hair with some natural wave, so I really layered it out and added lots of texture to minimize bulk. This look can be smoothed out or worn with her natural wave.

My favorite thing about this look is the added structure of the bang juxtaposed with the texture in the layers. Short bobs are trending this season, so I’m excited to create more looks like this!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Some advice I would give to a client considering this look is to make sure you find someone who is confident in cutting short hair to give you this type of style. Also, make sure that your schedule and budget allow you to come into the salon for a shaping every six to eight weeks.

Beyond the frequency of cuts, this style is pretty low maintenance in regard to day-to-day styling. You can spend as much or as little time styling this look as you like! It is a good fit for someone who doesn’t have a ton of time to spend styling.

This cut is suitable for straight, wavy, thick or medium densities. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with thin hair or someone with a round or square face shape. Product selection entirely depends on the hair type, but right now my favorite texturizing product is Bedroom.Hair by Kevin Murphy.

Blunt Bob with Precise Bangs

Blunt Bob with Precise Bangs hairstyleInstagram @andydoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Alexandra Somoracki
Hairstylist & Color Specialist @ Kevin Alan Salon in Long Branch, NJ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a blunt, chin-length bob with straight, precise bangs.

My favorite thing about this look is that it’s absolutely timeless and it will always look on trend thanks to its clean, contemporary lines paired with classic shape.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I used for this look were focused on smoothing and control. I love Oribe’s Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream. Beyond that, a quick mist of Oribe’s Superfine hairspray sets the bangs in place and keeps those pesky flyaways at bay that could ruin the sleek appearance.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for straight to wavy-haired clients (or curly clients who plan to blow out their hair every day). Because of the sharp lines in this style, rounder faces are especially suited to it because the combination creates balance.

Because of the heavy weightline at the ends, this cut normally needs to be trimmed once every six to eight weeks to keep it looking clean and fresh. Besides that, it’s easy and low maintenance, and it’s my absolute favorite cut to perform.

Edgy Yet Professional

Q&A with style creator, Kelsey VanderEnde
Hairstylist @ Michauds Salon and Spa in Cloverdale, B.C., Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as edgy yet still professional. Once she decided to grow out her gray, we wanted to do something a little more on the fun side.

I love this look because it allows her to wear her natural curl and still dress it up a bit by adding her own curl to it. It allows her to cut down her styling time, but will still have her hair looking done up.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Because she has natural texture, we used a smoothing cream. For this look, I used Smooth Down from Redken. Another product you can use to recreate this look are texture creams. These products will allow you to blow dry with a diffuser and then add some curl in the front.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to someone who would like to have a quick and easy styling time and doesn’t mind visiting the salon a little more often to keep up with the look. This haircut is also for someone who wants to wear their natural texture, yet still feel done up.

This look is ideal for someone with a round, oval, or a bit longer of a face shape as it will highlight the best features of those shapes.

Undone Texture

Q&A with style creator, Lexi Warren
Hairstylist @ Brush Studio Salon in Camarillo, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a great look for someone who wants a little bit of an edgier, undone style and enjoys using texture. I love that this cut is sassy but very stylish.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

We used all Davines products to create this style. We started on damp hair with It’s A Volume Mousse from root to end, and followed with a rough blow dry using just the fingers and light round brushing for lots of volume.

We then curled with a flat iron for bend and finished with It’s A Dry Texture Spray and It’s A Strong Hairspray, piecing out the hair for undone texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is great for clients with all densities and textures of hair. It would be easy to blowout frizz or style with curly hair, making this look unique to each client. This is also a great style for someone with naturally wavy hair because you wouldn’t need to do much heat styling if cut correctly and you had the right products!

If you have a rounder face that you aren’t fond of accenting, you could do this look a tad longer to draw attention below the jaw as well.

Updated A-Line

Q&A with style creator, Denise Ealy
Stylist / Colorist @ Tops Salon in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as an updated version of a classic a-line bob. I love the angle from the back to the front and the texture on the interior layers. The full bangs give it a updated and youthful look.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This client has thick, wavy hair. I used Enjoy leave-in conditioning spray and straightener. I finished the look with Alfaparf Cristalli Liquid and Kenra Hairspray 25. I blew it out with a large round brush and smoothed it out a bit with a flat iron to control flyaways.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for a client who has time in their lifestyle to blow out and flat iron their hair. A client could wear this haircut either smoothed our or worn naturally wavy. It is a great cut for both a business professional and a casual woman.

It would look great on either thick or fine hair and this classic cut suits most hair types. Most face shapes could support this haircut, though the full bangs would look best on a longer face shape.

#1 Sarah

Written by Shannel Mariano

The silhouette of this style balances a long face shape by giving it an overall rounded feel.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to clean, damp hair.
  2. Elevate sections of hair on the sides of the head with a large round brush while blow drying. This will create volume on the sides of the head.
  3. Blow dry the rest of the head with the least amount of elevation as possible.
  4. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Try Bamboo Volume 2-in-1 Volumizer to boost your hair’s volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#2 Michele

Written by Shannel Mariano

Flipping hair outwards creates width and flatters longer face shapes.

Short Hairstyle with Flip for Longer Face ShapeStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA
Short Hairstyle with Flip for Longer Face Shape SideStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to clean, damp hair.
  2. Blow dry sections of hair with a medium round brush, flipping the ends out.
  3. Flip the ends of the layers even more using a flat iron or a curling iron.
  4. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Blowout Creme will allow hair to follow the shape of a round brush, making it easier to flip hair out.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#3 Phyllis

Written by Shannel Mariano

The way the longer side of this cut lays gives a narrow face an appearance of more width. The shorter side hugs the face giving that side a round silhouette. The fringe covers the forehead, making the face appear shorter and wider.

Short Hairstyle with Fringe for Long FacesStyle by Amy Weirich, Makeup by Jason Kellly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH
Short Hairstyle with Fringe for Long Faces BackStyle by Amy Weirich, Makeup by Jason Kellly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to clean, damp hair.
  2. Elevate sections of hair on the longer side with a large round brush while blow drying. Do not include the hair on top of the head.
  3. Blow dry the rest of the head with a styling brush, using the least amount of elevation as possible.
  4. Smooth sections of hair on the top of the head with a flat iron, then slightly flip the hair on the longer side outwards.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Spray will give hair texture and prevent strands of hair from clumping up.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#4 Ann

Written by Shannel Mariano

The horizontal fringe of this bob not only draws attention to the eyes, but also covers the forehead, making the face appear both shorter and wider.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to clean, damp hair.
  2. Using a styling brush, blow dry the fringe from side to side to get rid of any cowlicks.
  3. Elevate sections of hair on the sides of the head with a large round brush while blow drying. This will create volume on the sides of the head.
  4. Blow dry the rest of the head with the least amount of elevation as possible.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Try Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist to give your hair some extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#5 Bay

Written by Shannel Mariano

Having hair pushed away from the face really opens it up and prevents it from looking any narrower than it already may be. The way the hair is pushed back from the face in this hairstyle also creates volume on the sides of the face. This makes the face appear wider. Having a fringe covering the forehead makes the face appear shorter and wider.

Short Hairstyle with Fringe and VolumeStyle by Sandra Carr, Makeup by Jason Kellly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush, focusing on creating volume on the sides by elevating sections as you blow dry. Try to not create volume on top of the head by trying not to elevate sections here as much as possible.
  3. Tuck hair behind the ears.
  4. Set the hairstyle with a hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray will give hair long-lasting hold without the crunchy feeling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle well.

#6 Marji

Written by Shannel Mariano

The sides of this haircut are cut short. The top is layered with longer pieces falling over the short sides, giving it a lot movement and an edgy feel.

Short Layered Hairstyle with MovementStyle by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH
Short Layered Hairstyle with Movement SideStyle by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray will protect hair from the heat of an iron up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#7 Cleta

Written by Shannel Mariano

The very front of this pixie is left longer, allowing it to function as a fringe. It covers the forehead, making the face appear shorter and wider.

Pixie Hairstyle for Long FaceStyle by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH
Pixie Hairstyle for Long Face SideStyle by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Spray will give hair texture and prevent strands of hair from clumping up.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#8 Star

Written by Shannel Mariano

This bob has more volume on the sides than on top. Its silhouette also gives the face a more rounder feel.

Bob Hairstyle with VolumeStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a large round brush, really focusing on creating volume only on the sides of the face.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth just the ends with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Spray will give hair texture and prevent strands of hair from clumping up.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#9 Margaret

Written by Shannel Mariano

Having hair tucked behind the ears really opens up the face and prevents the hair from making the face appear narrower. Wearing a side part instead of a middle part also prevents a face from looking narrower.

Short Hairstyle Tucked Behind EarsStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA
Short Hairstyle Tucked Behind Ears BackStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Tuck hair behind the ears.
  6. Set with a hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray will give hair long-lasting hold without the crunchy feeling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#10 Laura

Written by Shannel Mariano

The side part, the fringe, and the volume on the sides of the face makes this short hairstyle really work for longer face shapes.

Short Hairstyle with Volume and Fringe for Long FacesStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Set with a hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray will protect hair from the heat of an iron up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#11 Cathy

Written by Shannel Mariano

The glam curls on this bob create massive volume on the sides of the face.

Short Hairstyle with Curls for Long FacesStyle by London Hair

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Curl sections of hair with a curling iron.
  5. Loosen and expand the curls by combing fingers through the hair.
  6. Scrunch curls while misting haispray to expand curls even more and to set them where you’d like them to be.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray will give hair long-lasting hold without the crunchy feeling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#12 Kathryn

Written by Shannel Mariano

This really short asymmetric bob works for longer face shapes thanks to the fringe that covers the forehead. Covering part of the face horizontally makes the face appear shorter and wider.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray will protect hair from the heat of an iron up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#13 Jan

Written by Shannel Mariano

Here is another really short hairstyle that works for a long face shape thanks to the fringe. The kind of layering this haircut has emphasizes the roundness of the head, making the face appear rounder. The curves of the perimeter of this haircut also help to make the face shape appear rounder and softer.

Short Hair with Fringe and LayersStyle by Hair Styling Efe

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray will protect hair from the heat of an iron up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#14 Condi

Written by Shannel Mariano

Having texture, especially when the ends point outward, help make a hairstyle suitable for longer face shapes.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron, encouraging some ends to point away from the face.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Spray will give hair texture and prevent strands of hair from clumping up.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#15 Nikki

Written by Shannel Mariano

This short hairstyle features a long, disconnected piece on one side and a long side-swept fringe.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Set the hair with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray will protect hair from the heat of an iron up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#16 Laura

Written by Shannel Mariano

Creating texture allows hair to expand and create width.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture while fluffing up the hair with fingers.
  6. Set the hair with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Spray will give hair texture and prevent strands of hair from clumping up.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#17 Pamela

Written by Shannel Mariano

Here’s another example of a hairstyle that works for a longer face shape because of the ends pointing outwards. The side part and side-swept fringe also makes the face appear shorter and wider.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Use a flat iron to bend the ends and flip them out.
  5. Set the hair with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray will protect hair from the heat of an iron up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#18 Dana

Written by Shannel Mariano

Naturally wavy texture can also add width to the sides of the face and make it appear wider.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Dry the hair with a diffuser or air dry.
  3. Set the hair with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Anti-Frizz Curl Defining Cream will encourage curl formation and a frizz-free finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#19 Mary

Written by Shannel Mariano

This hairstyle ends below the chin and above the shoulders. It has a full and choppy fringe.

Short Hairstyle with Choppy FringeStyle by Leslie Williams, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture while fluffing up the hair with fingers.
  6. Set the hair with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray will protect hair from the heat of an iron up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#20 Tina

Written by Shannel Mariano

A long fringe and curls definitely make this hairstyle work for a long face shape.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Curl sections of hair with a curling iron.
  5. Loosen and expand the curls by combing fingers through the hair.
  6. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray will give hair long-lasting hold without the crunchy feeling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

Contrary to popular belief, there are so many short hairstyles that flatter a long face. No matter what length you are going for, just remember that the goal is simply to make the face appear wider. Have fun!