Hairstyles for a Long Face
by Karen Watson
Updated January 20, 2017

Eva Mendes hairstyel for a long face. Eva Mendes’s casual look shows off layers cut around the front and sides to shorten her oblong face.

Women with long faces bemoan the fact that they tend to appear older than others. Round face shapes may make a woman’s face appear babyish.

Oval face shapes are simply perfect. Square face shapes exudes a strong personality, while long face shapes are simply unique. 

However, your face shape does not have to remain visually permanent.  In fact, with the right choice of hairstyle, the long face can appear fabulous and sensual. In fact, the long face is the perfect canvass to create a classic feminine look. But what hairstyles will suit a long face?

Do you really have a long face?

First, a woman must solidly verify that she has indeed a long face. It would be a pity to wear hairstyles suited for long faces when the face shape is actually an oval or a diamond. To determine your face shape, look for a photograph of yourself that shows the front of your face directly.  Pictures that show your face at an angle will not work.  It is important to have the whole face exposed in the photo.

Take a tape measure and measure the distance between the hairline and the tip of the chin. This is the length of your face. Then, measure the distance between the edges of the sides of the face. This should be done across the cheeks. This distance is the width of the face. And finally, the length is divided by the width. If the calculation result is higher than 1.5, then your face absolutely has a long face shape.

Sarah Jessica Parker Sarah Jessica Parker's medium length 'do has layers cut around the sides and back to lighten length. This style gives the appearance of a shorter face shape.

What are your best features?

Second, you should determine which part of your face is your best feature. Is it the sultry eyes? Is it the pouting well-shaped lips? Is it the proud little nose? Is it the flawless skin? Identifying the best feature on the face is important because this feature must be highlighted or flaunted. Next to the long face shape, this is another consideration that a woman must take when choosing suitable hairstyles. For example, a chic bob will highlight the lips. Wispy bangs will bring attention to the eyes.

Third, you should make a list of styles that you must avoid.  These hairstyles will usually make the face appear longer. Some of the hairstyles to avoid are those that are too short and too long. The length of the hairstyle should not appear like an army cut.



Uma Thurman with hairstyle for a long face Uma Thurman’s large waves added to the mid-lengths to ends of this fab 'do add plenty of movement and width which makes it best suited for those with a long face shapes.

Think how Uma Thurman would look like if she chooses to wear a skull-capping haircut. It would be disastrous because she has a long face. But the length of the hairstyle should not go beyond the bust line.

Sarah Jessica Parker tried growing her hair at that length and the result was horrendous. She quickly rectified that mistake by shortening the length of her hair.

A loyal fan may disagree with this observation and may believe that Sarah Jessica Parker can do no wrong when it comes to hairstyles. But if two pictures of her are placed side by side, one with hair extensions going beyond the bust line and the other with the hair length just brushing the shoulders, it is easy to realize that the latter hairstyle looks significantly more attractive than the former.

And fourth, the woman with a long face shape must decide the kind of jazz that she needs for her hairstyle. If the hair is straight, it needs layered cuts to add volume. If the hair is curly, it needs styling and taming to bring out the best features of the face. It would be great for the curls to frame her face, especially around the jaw line. This will provide the illusion that the face shape is shorter. If bangs are chosen, these can be wispy, side-swept, or blunt. And if no bangs are wanted, the hair should be blown smoothly to add width.

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