40 Ways to Get Face-Framing Layers on Long Hair

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Getting face-framing layers for long hair is a way of cutting hair into various helps to slightly change one’s facial appearance and focus. Doing this can give your face a slightly different appearance. For example, a rounded face can appear elongated or soften the edges of a square-shaped face.

Senior hairstylist Lily Nguyen of Burnaby, BC approves of this idea. She states, “This is beneficial for women looking for volume or more of shaping to their hair.”

The ultimate rule is to always ask or start with a longer length. The layers would then be easier to style and maintain.

The face frame isn’t a wash-and-go type of haircut. Nguyen points out that “a haircut with curtain bangs and layers looks best when being blow-dried.”

There are various ways to cut framing layers and bangs, so consultations would be helpful. Set a meeting with your hairdresser prior to the cutting session.

“Tell your stylist how you would like to wear your hair, and they’ll educate you how to style it,” Nguyen advises.

If you’re looking for some ideas, here are pictures of the best ways to get face-framing layers for long hair!

Long Blonde Visible Face-Framing Layering with Fringe
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#1: Blonde Visible Layering with Fringe

A layered blonde hairstyle with a fringe is chic and versatile, flattering multiple face shapes and hair types. This style adds freshness and a modern look to long blonde hair through added movement and depth. Request layers that frame the face to highlight your facial features, creating a soft and feminine look. The fringe adds a touch of sophistication and can help to frame the eyes and highlight cheekbones.

Long Layered Hair with Blonde Money Pieces
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#2: Long Layered Hair with Blonde Money Pieces

Long layered hair styles with blonde money pieces create pops of color that add more dimension to your hair. Long shoulder-length layers accentuate the color and draw attention to the face.

 Face-framing layered cut showing the graceful transition to natural gray for older women.

#3 Face-Framing Layered Cut for Older Women

This face-framing layered cut elevates natural grays to a chic level. Perfect for mature women embracing their silver locks, the soft layers start at the cheek, enhancing an oval face. The multi-tonal gray adds depth, making it a stylish choice for those transitioning from dyed to natural hues. While striking, gray hair requires specific care to maintain its luster.

#4: Luscious Long Layers

Long, luscious layers can beautifully enhance the overall look of your hair. While long hair can often lie too flat, creating volume at the ends but flatness at the roots. Long layers can add volume and motion to long or dense hair. Those who need extra volume and movement but still prefer long strands can opt for long layers. For a stylish touch, consider layers that frame the face. These can enhance the shape, whether the hair is styled up or down, without shortening the overall length.

Long Hair with Highlights and Face-Framing Layers
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#5: Long Hair with Highlights and Layers

When thinking about a layered hairstyle, don’t forget to consider how it will frame your face. Look at how long hair with highlights and layers can enhance your features by framing your face beautifully.

Long Flippy Face-Framing Layers
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#6: Long Flippy Layers

You can make your hair look longer by adding long flippy layers! The layers elongate your hair by making your ends appear more skinny. If you can, try using a volume mousse when styling this look.

#7: Face-Framing Long Layers with Full Bangs

To refresh long hair, consider adding face-framing long layers with full bangs. These layers bring fun and youthfulness to dull hair. Face-framing is an easy method to give long, thick hair volume and liveliness. To style hair with face-framing layers, a blow-dry brush is the best tool. Blow dry brushes easily add volume to hair and are simple to use! For the best results, I recommend the Revlon One Step Volumizer round brush.

Reflective Blonde Tones with Face-Framing Layers for Long Hair with waves
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#8: Reflective Blonde Tones

Go for a reflective blonde tone. Show off your color with the perfect cut. A face-framing layered cut will highlight your face and brighten the whole look. I advise getting all-over highlights and babylights with the best cream lightener from Oway. It’s called HBlonde. This is a gentle way of lifting high enough to create a reflective, balanced golden blonde.

#9: Healthy-Looking Long Hair with See-Through Bangs

Getting long hair with see-through bangs is achievable. Work with a hairstylist who understands and specializes in your natural texture. This will ensure gorgeous results that frame your face. You must keep moisture balanced while still maintaining volume and style. I recommend an air-dry cream like ColorProof’s Superrich Moisture Miracle Leave-In Cream. Or, try Dry Texturizing Spray by Oribe. It adds body without weighing down tresses. This particular cut works best on medium to thick textures but can be for finer types, too!

#10: Black Undone Layers

Try undone layers if you love rocking black hair. When it comes to black hair, sometimes the layers of your long hair won’t stand out as much as you’d like when your hair color is as dark as the night sky. Undone layers will give your hair lots of shape, body, and texture, and one of the easiest ways to create that texture and body is to have your stylist cut medium-length layers with a razor to get disheveled lengths to create that “undone” layered effect. A tousle texture spray will be your new best friend with this haircut.

Face-Framing Long Fluffy Layers
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#11: Long Fluffy Layers

If you need to build some volume in your hair, the best way is to experiment with some long, fluffy layers. Similar to a shag, the long to medium-length layers will be sure to remove weight from your hair. Doing so allows the texture to flourish.

Long Blonde Curled Layers and Long Bangs
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#12: Long Blonde Curled Layers and Long Bangs

A long-layered haircut adds instant shape to any style. Ask your stylist to add some layers for a flirty look. If you decide to add layers, be aware that they may require extra time for styling. However, this depends on your hair texture. Try using a medium-sized round brush, blowdrying away from your face.

#13: Ash Blonde Balayage Layers

Say goodbye to brassy with ash-blonde balayage layers. Dyeing your hair with ashy tones will cool down your blonde and give your hair depth and softness. They are flattering and work perfectly with straight hair.

Beautiful Long Face-Framing Layers with Frizzy Ends
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#14: Beautiful Long Layers with Frizzy Ends

One of the most natural-looking hairstyles is beautiful long layers paired with frizzy ends. This perfectly imperfect look is accentuated by the expert hair color and in-salon crop. If you love this look, avoid over-frizzing your lengths to avoid extra split ends.

Lived-In Shorter Face-Framing Layers for Long Hair
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#15: Lived-In Shorter Layers for Long Hair

Trade out your long hair’s boring locks for shorter, lived-in layers. If you like to wear your hair down, shorter layers on your long hair create more body and more movement and prevent your hair from looking flat. Before you forget, ask your stylist to liven up your style with short layers.

#16: Caramel Highlights and Long Layers

Caramel highlights and long layers are a nice combination for women with long dark hair. Caramel highlights are a subtle but noticeable color, while long layers help frame the face and add excitement to long hair without losing length.

#17: Brunette Face-Framing Layered Hair

Choose face-framing layered brunette hair, and you’ll look gorgeous. Ask your stylist to start at the chin and connect a steep blend to the length. A face frame can be blown backward and worn toward the face for versatility. This shape adds volume and width, so it’s a great choice for long face shapes.

#18: Long Shaggy Layers with Curtain Bangs

Long shaggy layers with curtain bangs can enhance fun pops of color in your youthful style. Face-framing layers for shaggy long hair with bangs can benefit elongated face shape and are essential for styling with soft feathered texture.

See more Face-framing Layered Haircuts with Curtain Bangs

#19: Blonde Layered Hair with Long Framing Layers

Blonde layered hair with long framing layers that add dimension and can enhance your overall color. Layers for long straight tresses are essential to add more texture and movement.

Long Layered Waves with a Curtain Fringe
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#20: Long Layered Waves with a Curtain Fringe

With thick, heavy hair, long layered waves and a curtain fringe help lighten up the look. Soft texture enhances layering and adds volume to normally lacking thick hair. This style works like a dream if paired with the lusciousness of a brown hair color.

Related: See more long hairstyles with long layers for thick hair.

#21: Subtle Layers with Long Curtain Bangs

Subtle layers with long curtain bangs help finer hair appear thicker while also adding movement. Lovely long layers with face-framing bangs create the illusion that there is more hair around the face and hairline than there actually are.

One-Length Hair with Face-Framing Layers
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#22: One-Length Hair with Layers

Such simple one-length hair with layers can do a lot for your style. Longer hair around the face can often drag the shape down in an unflattering way that drowns out your facial features instead of enhancing it.

Face-Framing Layers for Long Wavy Hair
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#23: Face-Framing for Long Wavy Hair

A great way to make your natural texture more tamable is with layers for long wavy hair. Without layers, a wavy hair type takes on an unflattering sharp triangle shape. Long, round layers are more flattering for these hair types.

Center-Parted Long Hair with Layers and Loose Waves
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#24: Center-Parted Long Hair with Layers and Loose Waves

Center-parted long hair with layers and loose waves is a very trendy style. It’s definitely a great choice if you’re tired of a blunt cut. Middle parts keep your hairline thicker while layers and waves blend seamlessly to frame the face and add texture and body to tresses.

Face-Framing Pieces and Soft Waves for Long Tresses
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#25: Face-Framing Pieces and Soft Waves for Long Tresses

Face-framing pieces and soft waves for long tresses add movement to the style while maintaining length. Soft, touchable waves are low-maintenance but help the layers stand out.

#26: Layered Hair with Face-Framing Bangs

Layered hair with bangs is a trendy, softer look with shorter dramatic layers around the face and a long curtain bang. These layers allow for a much more voluminous finish that looks natural on straight-to-wavy hair types. Such long layered hair with bangs also maintains your normal length for the rest of the haircut.

Face-Framing Middle Part Style with Wispy Layers for Long Hair
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#27: Middle Part Style with Wispy Layers for Long Hair

Try a messy layered cut with a middle part style with wispy layers for long hair. Feathered face-framing helps crate that purposefully undone look.

#28: Long Face-Framing Pieces for Straight Hair

Long face-framing pieces for straight hair add style and complement your bone structure. Unlayered straight hair often pulls hair down, creating a dull and flat effect.

Long Wavy Layers with Blonde Face-Framing Pieces
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#29: Long Wavy Layers with Blonde Face-Framing Pieces

Long wavy layers with blonde face-framing pieces brighten up hair and skin. Light face-framing within the haircut creates a volume that compliments elongated faces by adding more to the shape instead of creating harsh boxy lines.

#30: Face-Framing Long Layered Haircut

A face-framing long layered haircut maintains length but is lighter around the face. Those feathered shorter layers are essential for that healthy, bouncy hairstyle.

Face-Framing Long Choppy Layers with a Center Part
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#31: Long Choppy Layers with a Center Part

A haircut that has choppy layers with a center part is a must on super-long hair. Choppy layers for long hair frame the face and add movement to the style. Center parts without blended layering are very harsh and can often hide your face.

Face-Framing Money Pieces for Middle-Parted Hair
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#32: Money Pieces for Middle-Parted Hair

Money pieces for middle-parted hair keep brightness and focus on the face frame. Extra dimension and balayage guarantee a gorgeous grow-out and less time in the salon. Not to mention the money saved.

Tousled Layered Style with a Face Frame
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#33: Tousled Layered Style with a Face Frame

Tousled layered style with a face frame gives a messy undone style on purpose. Haircuts for long hair need shorter internal layering for a lightweight textured look.

#34: Face-Framing Layers for Long, Thin Hair

Face-framing layers for long thinner hair offer women a voluminous look with ease of styling. Light wispy layering lightens the hair as it removes extra bulk. Incorporate dramatic short layers for an extra bounce in your style.

Layered Face-Framing Highlights for Balayage Hair
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#35: Face-Framing Highlights for Balayage Hair

Face-framing highlights for balayage hair add extra brightness while keeping that easy, beautiful grow-out that balayage coloring provides. Add invisible long layers for thick hair to ensure your light, and bouncy style maintains its length.

Textured Layers with Middle-Parted Bangs
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#36: Textured Layers with Middle-Parted Bangs

Textured layers with middle-parted bangs create a great haircut for women with round faces. Add wispy bangs to keep the cut open instead of choosing a style that adds harsh, unflattering lines around the face. The fringe and layers are perfect to give prominence to cheekbones.

See more flattering long haircuts for rounder faces

Face-Framing and Swoopy Layers
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#37: Face-Framing and Swoopy Layers

Face-framing and swoopy layers make a more dramatic version of long-layered haircuts. Front layers are cut shorter around the face, grazing the chin to create more movement and result in an effortless style.

See more front-layered haircuts for long hair

Wavy Long Tresses with Face-Framing Pieces
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#38: Wavy Long Tresses with Face-Framing Pieces

Wavy long tresses with face-framing pieces are a great way to create ease of styling while maintaining length along the perimeter of the cut. Face-framing layers for very long hair show up best with a wavy texture.

Face-Framing Layers with Beach Waves
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#39: Layers with Beach Waves

Layers with beach waves give soft and touchable texture to the hair. Adding volume and fullness to layered haircuts for long hair with texture is simple and stylish. It also can create more shine making your hair appear healthy and bouncy.

Face-Framing Feathered Layers for Long Hair
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#40: Face-Framing Feathered Layers for Long Hair

Face-framing feathered layers for long hair is a style with a lot of movement. Keeping the hair light and soft is a perfect way to compliment a heart-shaped face rather than a long one-length that may close off the shape instead.