The Most Flattering Hairstyles for Long Faces
If you have an oval or oblong-shaped face, chances are you’ve been told that you have one hair option—long and straight—for most of your life. Though the right cut is the key to balancing out your features, when it comes to hairstyles for long faces, you havewaymore options than the traditional sleek and mane-like ‘do.
Are you ready for a change? So are we. We chose a few of our favorite long-faced celebrities and got some fantastic steal-their-hairstyle tips fromGary Howse, co-owner and founder of Gary Manuel Salons in Seattle.
Frame Your Face“Very seldom do people [with long face shapes] look great with their hair pulled all the way back,” says Howse. Instead of slicking all of your hair into a tight ponytail, leave a few soft, face-framing pieces in the front — likeNicole Kidman— to add the illusion of width
Avoid Volume on Top
“Don’t make your hair too high,” because it can stretch the look of your face, Howse says. “Keep things flatter on the top.”Rose Byrne's style is perfect for long faces.
Make a Side Part
A side part likeJennifer Aniston's helps downplay a long face shape by breaking up the symmetry.
Choose a Short Cut
Short hair can work with long faces, as long as it’s cut correctly. The most flattering look is “not cut completely around the ear, it’s a little bit longer. So even when you tuck it behind the ear, it pushes out a bit and adds just a bit of volume there,” Howse explains.Emma Watson's hairstyle works well for this face shape.
Lighten Up Your Ends
Use your hair color to your advantage, likeLauren Conrad. “Your eye tends to go wherever [color] starts and ends,” Howse says. Since your eye is drawn to darkness, “having lighter ends helps draw the eye up.”
Go CurlyCurly or wavy texture likeSalma Hayek's — basically any shape that adds bulk to the sides — can help a long face look more balanced.
Video: Flattering Hairstyles for Oval Faces 2017
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