Some people just tend to make your physical features sound different or unusual: like how your tall height makes you look like a giant, being short has you looking stunted, or your round face makes you look like a child.
This kind of criticism is something even girls with long faces can’t escape: Either your profile comes off as too strong or you're lacking in femininity. Yet, here’s the thing, these comments are all moot. In fact, aside from the fact that all face shapes are beautiful, long faces are actually so easy to work with in terms of hairstyles! Trust us when we say that most lengths and cuts will look great atop your head, whether it’s long, flowing locks or a cropped cut.
Given that, the sky’s pretty much the limit when it comes to the styles you can try. So if you’re looking for some #hairspo to switch up your hair, here’s a roundup of some of the best hairstyles to try for long faces. You can even expermient with each one!
Paired with long and textured layers, this chic French-style fringe, named after English actress and model Jane Birkin, looks stylish and effortless while complementing the length of your face. Think Zooey Deschanel as the ever eccentric Jess in New Girl. Go for a long yet mostly even length, or until the bangs graze your eyebrows.
We already know that the lob is a universally appealing haircut, and its cool-girl status is not lost on anyone regardless of face shape. If your hair usually parts at the center, consider switching up to a side part. The volume of hair flipped to one side frames the face, and it draws attention across your profile horizontally, rather than down and vertically. Just take your cue from Sofia Andres, whose wispy, layered bangs make it easier to frame her face.
Pixie cut with bangs
Who says women with long faces can’t sport short hairstyles? In fact, faces that have longer shapes can pull off chin-grazing lengths as their chin and jawline add to the vertical illusion, instead of being rounded off on all sides. Toni Gonzaga’s chic take on the gamine cut involves some face-framing side bangs that nicely contrast her profile. It’s an elegant hairstyle that reminds us of Princess Diana! Honestly, who wouldn't want to look like the world's beloved princess?
A blunt chin-length cut
This easy and straightforward look has been seen on the heads of many models and fashion stars for its versatile look whether they're off-duty or on the runway, and supermodel Bella Hadid is no exception. Long shapes and blunt ends pair extremely well together, as it adds an effortlessly stylish flair and softens your overall look.
Even Preview cover girl Liz Uy is seen sporting this hairstyle that looks refined and confident at the same time. Although worn by fashion-forward celebrities, this hairstyle also works for the low-maintenance girl who wants good-looking hair even when on the go!
Long, layered locks
Contrary to popular belief, long layers can look flattering on girls with longer face shapes! Soft, romantic curls at the end add volume and bounce to your look while nicely framing your chin and softening strong jawlines. Look at how stunning Megan Young looks with this classic hairstyle that seems polished yet relaxed at the same time.
Sometimes it’s also best to embrace the length with straight hair and a center part that just looks effortlessly stylish—think of Cher’s famous long locks that part in the middle. A more updated take involves shine, highlights, and subtle layers like this pretty look from actress and new mom Shay Mitchell. Pro tip: Style with a blowdryer and a curling iron to make sure that not a single strand is out of place.
Bardot bangs and layered shoulder cut
Actress and singer Brigitte Bardot pretty much popularized the curtain bangs, with her take involving a more carefree style and longer layers that blended into the whole hairstyle. Here’s Sarah Lahbati looking gorgeous with her own curtain fringe, as well as a shoulder-length shag that’s easy to style, creating an almost effortless look.