27 Most Flattering Hairstyles for Long Faces to Appear More Balanced

hairstyles for long faces

The best hairstyles for long faces are cut and styled in a way to make the face appear wider because it balances out the extra vertical length in the face. Face-framing bangs and jaw-length bobs are great hairstyles for long face shapes because they prevent adding more length. You’ll want to keep your hairstyle relatively flat on the top of your head or crown in order to avoid too much length and vertical lines. If you have a big forehead, bangs for a long or oblong face cover up the extra length and can really flatter women with thicker hair as well.

In the end, I highly recommend that you work with your hairdresser to try various cuts and styles that will flatter your face shape and work with your lifestyle.

Below are some of the most flattering examples of hairstyles for long faces to appear more balanced:

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Stunning Dark Copper Sleek Cut for Long Faces
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#1: Stunning Dark Copper Sleek Cut

Shoulder-Length Bob for Thin Hair
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#2: Shoulder-Length Bob for Thin Hair

Ash brown highlights create a softer look for any oblong face shape. The more effortless and bigger the waves are, the fresher you look.

Collarbone-Length Waves with Deep Side Part
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#3: Collarbone-Length Waves with Deep Side Part

A long bob is one of the best hairstyles for long faces. This bob cut will fabulous if you ask your hairstylist for subtle angle and subtle graduation. I love how the waves fall into the shape easily, and the weight is properly distributed to accent the style. This look is good for women with thin faces and with naturally wavy hair. Or, ladies with straight hair who want a style that easily falls into place without too much styling and is structured and defined.

Beautiful Long Balayage Hairstyle for Long Faces
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#4: Beautiful Long Balayage Hairstyle

You can never go wrong with a long balayage hairstyle. If you’re looking for dimension then opt for this trendy hairstyle. By keeping your base dark, this color will be low-maintenance. Adding some heavier blonde around the face will make your color pop!

Curly Crop for Big Foreheads and Long Faces
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#5: Curly Crop for Big Foreheads

If you have a big forehead, go for a curly crop for a stylish way to conceal the size of the surface area on the face. A range of styles like curtain, side part and full fringe will help to evolve the style over time.

Tousled Curly Shag for Fine Hair and Long Faces
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#6: Tousled Curly Shag for Fine Hair

The tousled curly shag is one of the most effortless haircuts that balances facial features and creates fullness, even for fine hair. It accentuates certain facial features like the cheekbones and draws attention to your eyes. Scrunch your damp hair with a bit of Bodifying Foam by Nioxin mixed with a few drops of Olaplex Bonding Oil and use a diffuser to dry.

medium-length shag with choppy bangs
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#7: Before and After: Medium-Length Shag with Choppy Bangs

A medium-length shag with choppy bangs is a great hairstyle to shorten a long face while simultaneously creating the ideal oval face shape with perfect face-framing layers. Choppy bangs will help break up your harsh lines and facial features while shortening the forehead.

Blunt Bob with a Subtle Side Part for Long Faces
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#8: Blunt Bob with a Subtle Side Part

A blunt bob styled with a subtle side is the key to making this cut work for long faces. When you have the cut angled, where it meets the chin, it will accentuate your facial features.

#9: Chin-Length Bob with Blunt Bangs

This is a modern messy hairstyle. It’s a take on the classic square bob with blunt bangs. The greatest thing about it is the twist of a classic shape with a messier finish that makes it lived in, trendier, and more today!

This haircut can be customized depending on the length of your face.

It is especially good for women with long faces that have a more narrow face shape. The line of the bangs and the line from the length of the bob shortens the length of the face.

It would also be ideal if you have more fine hair because it will make your hair look thicker. I recommend Aveda thickening tonic and Aveda Smooth Infusion glossing straightener to get more volume and have a sleek finish but with a messy texture!

Naturally Curly Hair with Center Part
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#10: Naturally Curly Hair with Center Part

A soft, curly shag haircut with a center part will make your long face appear shorter.

You may want to have your stylist cut your hair dry, using The Hive Salons Curly Method of cutting. This method will use your curl pattern and texture as the guide for creating the shape no matter what products you style your hair with. The curls have been cut in the natural fall/texture so that they will perform consistently.

As far as the overall look, this type of haircut really opens and frames the wearer’s face and offer a lot of versatility when styling. If you pull your hair back, your eyes and cheekbones will still be framed beautifully by the fringe. When styling, use a curl moisturizing cream called Quiet Calm Curl Control from Innersense Organic Beauty to offer lightweight hydration. Moisture helps curls spring up. Then apply a volume glaze called I Create Volume to help set the curls.

This is a haircut that can truly be tailored to an oblong face shape! The main components of a good shag are curtain fringe, lean length, and volume at the crown. You can base the length of your fringe on whether you want to partially cover your forehead or accentuate the area between the eye and the cheekbone.

Then, you can add volume to the crown via layers and take them as short or as disconnected as you like. This then removes some of the weight in the midsection of your hair but preserves the density at the ends. Then, based on what you and your stylist determine, you can choose to layer out the rest of the shape for more of a vintage vibe.

You should invest in a diffuser attachment so that you can add volume and texture to your hair. Air drying can minimize the volume. I love using volume foams and gels for the blowdry, and sea salt spray to finish. This gives your hair more grit and volume without making it overly frizzy!

#11: Textured Blunt Long Bob (Lob)

You may want to get a blunt long bob (lob) with lots of texture. It has no top layer but has tons of interior shattered layers. I like that it can be worn sleek, or when curled, it has tons of layers and texture and looks more sassy and fun.

If you have a long face, be specific with your verbiage for your stylist. Also, you can add a stack to it. It’s not a heavy stack, so if that’s what you are going for then you need to know the back will be more layered.

Air drying or tousled drying will help with giving extra volume and texture. Curl with a hot tool 1-inch iron or 1.25-inch iron. Let the curls cool then spray with a texture spray like Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair. Then comb out with a wet brush, tousle, and it’s perfect!

vintage boho middle part
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#12: Vintage Boho Middle Part

Haircuts for long faces work perfectly with layers and a middle part. This will give you that 60s/70s boho chic.

Adding bangs to a hairstyle can women like you who have long faces.

These haircuts for long faces can work well if keep your hair texture in mind. The fringe is the focal point of this cut so consider that based upon your face length.

If your hair is frizzy/curly, know that in the mornings you’ll probably have to spend a few minutes extra styling it.

If you do not like having hair in your face, keep the fringe (or curtain bangs) on the longer side.

Effortless Style & Color hairstyle
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#13: Extra Long Curls with Bangs

This flattering haircut for long face shapes is for you if you want an effortless style and hair color.

Getting short textured bangs will go perfectly with your long face or oblong face.

The longer layers make it easy to style or wear with its natural texture.

My favorite thing about this look is how natural and low maintenance the balayage color and haircut is!

You should definitely consider a bang if you want to draw attention to your eyes or have a long face shape. Bangs are a big change that will be easy to transition. The long layers make it easy to style and go well with any type of hair.

Daily styling of bangs may or may not be needed depending on your hairline and hair texture, so make sure to take that into consideration if you’ve never had bangs before!

To style, you have to apply a cocktail of AG Leave-In Conditioner and Amazing Shine Serum before cutting. After drying, I used Evo Dry Spray Wax for Texture and Loreal Infinium Hairspray for hold and finish

This is also a good color choice for someone who has never colored their hair before.

Face-framing layers with side-swept bangs
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#14: Face-Framing Layers

This short haircut complements a long face with light graduation and soft layers. It was created with razor texture and side-swept bangs. If you have short hair, then try this fresh and modern look.

The best short haircuts for long faces are easy and have a modern look to style. It’s a perfect cut for women with strong personalities. Someone with a long face shape can wear this cut and style due to the disconnected tips that give softness and lightness to the face.

To style your tresses, use Revlon Equave on your hair before drying. After you use a hair dryer, style with a Babyliss flat iron and a mattifying powder called Dust It Flex by Osis.

Layered Cut with Textured Fringe hairstyle
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#15: Layered Cut with Textured Bangs

One of the most popular haircuts for long faces is a long layered cut with long bangs. A layered haircut for long faces can benefit from curtain bangs.

When searching for haircuts that will flatter your long face know that if you have a narrow forehead you should be very careful about wearing too heavy of a fringe as it can have the tendency to really close in your face.

If you’re a woman with a taller forehead is going to love the way the bangs give great balance to their long face shape and bring a lot of attention to their eyes.

Textured & Effortless hairstyle
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#16: Effortless Ombre on Long Hair

This long hairstyle is a very textured and effortless look.

Haircuts for long faces look gorgeous because they can be very versatile when styling their hair.

Products to recreate this look include two of my favorites. I recommend Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray before adding hot tools, as well as some  R+Co Rockaway sea salt spray to finish it off for extra volume and hold.

I recommend this look to any client with thicker medium to long hair that wants a super lived-in look with lots of texture and movement. It is an ideal look for anyone with a long face shape.

Long Shag Haircut with Highlights
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#17: Long Shag Haircut with Highlights

This shaggy haircut with loose waves is a modern take on a classic 70s shag, using Stevie Nicks as an inspiration.

Use Aveda products. To get bouncy curls for your longer hair, use Smooth Infusion Style Prep, Styling Creme, and Dry Remedy Oil to finish the ends.

If you want a more wavy, or beachy look, use Brilliant Damage Control, Texture Tonic, and finish with a light spray of Air Control hairspray.

You control the amount of layering in the interior and face frame to complement a long face shape. This look has bangs, but it looks great without bangs too. It does work best on below the shoulder to above the waist hair that is medium to thick. On fine hair, just do the face frame.

Fall-Inspired Modern Shag hairstyle
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#18: Modern Auburn and Brown Shag

Go for a modern-day shag cut on longer locks. The look has long rounded bangs which connect to the haircut. Her layers are shorter in the front to give her a more textured/shaggy look, however, they still connect to the rest of her haircut to create fluidity throughout.

My favorite thing about this look has to be the face-framing bangs because they frame her face so well and suit her personality. I also love her color. I balayaged her hair a few times last year and I love that the color deposited so dimensional. It really completes the look.

I recommend using a volumizing spray such as R+Co’s Dallas all over before blow-drying. The bangs should be blow-dried smooth with a brush, but the rest of your hair can be roughly dried to enhance the textured look.

Next, take a 1 1/4-inch curling iron and curl big sections in opposite directions. Be sure to leave the ends out to create more of a natural-looking wave. Spray a texture spray like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray throughout the hair, then finger comb to brush out the curls and disperse the product.

Long styles like this are very versatile and would be great for anyone with straight or wavy hair. You must be willing to style your bangs every day with a blow dryer, but the rest of the style is low maintenance. The choppy layers are short and fun, but long enough to pull back into a ponytail or bun.

Medium shag haircut for an oblong face shape
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#19: Medium Shag For an Oblong Face

Shag hairstyles for oblong faces are an effortless look that isn’t super high maintenance.

To recreate this casual hairstyle, use Davines This is a Texturizing Dust on the scalp to boost the roots and This is a Dry Texturizing Spray to add some grit to your tresses. I love the texturizing spray because even if I am a little heavy-handed with the spray, it doesn’t weigh your hair down too much creating a lived-in look for your client.

To maintain haircuts for long faces with bangs, get frequent bangs trims because they will be the thing that needs the most maintenance. Other than that, it’s easy to have fun with this look.

#20: Edgy Textured Pixie

A pixie cut for a long face looks stunning with bangs and texture. If you want this crop cut, your stylist will use a razor for about 90% of the haircut so it will give your strands extra life.

To maintain this cropped cut, I highly recommend a pomade. Using a pomade lets you spike up your hair a bit and you can piece out the fringe for that messy yet sleek look. I used Johnny B Xtra Hold pomade.

This hair would be perfect for you if you’re willing to style their hair daily but doesn’t want to spend lots of time on it. While your hair is wet, simply add some pomade to create the texture you want and you’re done.

This particular pixie was done on a girl with fairly thick hair, so we were able to create a ton of texture with it. I believe this is the best haircut for an edgy client with a long face that wants a look that’s easy to style.

long straight hair with a blunt cut
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#21: Long Straight Hair with a Blunt Cut

One most popular haircuts for long faces is shoulder-length shag with textured bangs.

This look showcases the hair cutting technique that’s used creating a straight contour line on shoulder length hair. Your stylist might personalize the look with a short texturized bang.

To maintain this voluminous hairstyle, it’s necessary for you to find a proper hair care solution. In this case, I have used Redken Frizz Dismiss shampoo and conditioner and the Redken Satinwear 04 thermal smoothing blow dry lotion. These products help with long-term protection, density, and shine without weighing your hair down

This haircut is suitable for girls with healthy and thick hair. It doesn’t really matter if your hair is thin or dense, the main thing is that it must be straight.

Textured Blunt Bob hairstyle
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#22: Short Textured Blonde Blunt Bob

Short hairstyles for long faces look flattering on blonde hair with a textured blunt bob. My favorite thing about this specific look is the mixture of movement and texture, as well as the blunt lines that can make your hair appear fuller. It is such a fun haircut when you pair it with wispy bangs!

For bob hairstyles like this one, I love a well textured hairspray of dry shampoo, a powder-based spray. Bedroom.Hair by Kevin Murphy is my personal favorite. These types of sprays can help add volume and show off the texture and shape of the cut.

Clients with finer-textured hair are great candidates for this cut because it helps to make your hair look much fuller. It is also great for ladies with pin-straight hair that need lower maintenance but still want a styled look.

Chin Length Bob with Soft Layers hairstyle
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#23: Chin-Length Bob with Soft Layers

A chin-length bob with soft layers suits long faces well with its wispy ends and long side-swept bangs.

I️ love this hairstyle for women with oblong faces because it is feminine and flirty. This bob cut is fun and the minimal layers give it soft movement, especially when waved.

My product recommendations for this look and texture would be Kerastase Lincroyable Blowdry Creme and Materialiste for thickening. You can air dry, round brush, flat wrap or curl. I️ used a 1 1/4-inch barrel curling iron.

To add texture, volume and long wear, I️ recommend my favorite Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.

This look is for you if you have fine hair or minimal textured hair. The cut for the woman who likes the effortless look.

flattering medium-length cut
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#24: Flattering Medium-Length Cut

This is the perfect medium-length haircut for long faces. A long middle part is a great option for long faces.  Curls add roundness to the whole look, giving a fuller visage.

Trendy Hairstyle for Long Faces
Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

#25: Collarbone-Length Waves with Deep Side Part

Waves are flattering for a long face. This a great style for hair with little to no layering. You can get away with only restyling the top if you want to stretch your wash days. Trendy, easy and haute for a long face!

How To Style:

  1. Apply styling foam to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair away from face with a medium round brush.
  3. Dry a side part into your hair.
  4. Use a curling wand or iron to curl just the ends away from the face.
  5. Brush through curls with fingers, reshaping them into waves.
  6. Finish with shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Vita Volume is a great lightweight volumizing foam by Keratin Complex that gives weightless volume.

Best Hair Type:

This look will give finer hair types more natural volume.

Hairstyle with Big Curls for Long Faces
Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

#26: Naturally Curly Hair with Center Part

The best type of hairstyle for long faces frame your face. They help your face appear shorter.

This style is for those of us who love a great curl look and have a more oblong face. With so much texture and movement going on in your hair, longer facial features can get lost in all the hair action. With this much volume and texture, a center part helps to keep balance for the overall look.

This a great look for women with oblong faces to try the center part trend if you haven’t already!

How To Style:

  1. Spritz dry hair with a heat protectant and comb throughout.
  2. Section hair into sections about the size of the base of your iron rod.
  3. Spray each section with a working styling spray and comb through.
  4. Wrap sections of hair around a medium curling iron or wand. Wrap the curl into a pin curl and pin it to the head to cool. Repeat this curling process throughout the entire head.
  5. Spray hair with working spray and allow it to settle on all the pin curls. One by one, unpin the curls and let them fall.
  6. Comb through hair with fingers, reshaping your curls into perfect ringlets. Use a shine gloss to define the curls if desired.

Recommended Products:

Glotion Potion by Keratin Complex creates softness and shine, even in coarse hair textures, and uses shine-enhancing silicones to smooth the cuticle and add weightless moisture and gloss.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look works well on longer face shapes. Naturally curly or wavy hair will hold this look best.

long layered shag with curtain bangs for long faces
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#27: Long Layered Shag with Curtain Bangs

The long layered shag with curtain bangs is the most popular cut right now. This classic 70s style has made a comeback with a softer, more modern effect. To get that super romantic finish, reach for a blowout brush like Sutra’s “Professional 2″ Blowout Brush” ($79.99).




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