The 6 prettiest long haircuts
"Her hair is heavily layered around the face, with barely there layers at the back and ends," explains hairstylist Matt Fugate. Ideal for straight textures, it's extra flattering for someone with lots of fine hair. (It gives weight so the layers don't look wimpy.) As for face shape? "You can position the layers to flatter any shape," explains Fugate. Start your layers at your cheekbones if you have an oval or heart-shaped face and a little above your cheekbones if you've got a square jawline, like Williams.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker's long-layered cut removes bulk and keeps her natural spirals from ballooning out. Her horizontal layers start at collarbone level in the back but remain long in front. "That way, when you tuck your hair behind your ears, you don't get the dreaded wedge shape," says Fugate. "The hair looks thick but streamlined."
If you want to add bangs to a long hairstyle, look no further than Swift's '60s cut. To avoid dorky-looking blunt bangs, don't cut them too wide, says Fugate. "They should create a triangle shape that aligns with the outer corners of your eyes, exactly like Taylor's." Also, ask your hairstylist to snip up into the ends so they're not too blunt and add a few light, graduated layers in front. As for the rest of your hair, you could keep it one length or sprinkle in a few light layers. "Just don't make the layers around your face too short," warns Fugate. "They'll look most flattering if they begin below the chin."
"For this wild, curly texture, you need beautifully blended, round layers all around your head to lend weight without looking heavy," says Fugate. You're safe no matter what your face shape—the trick is to keep the layers on the longer side. "Beyoncé's first layer doesn't start until chin level.
ALLURE TIP: Always get a dry cut, says hairstylist Lorraine Massey of Devachan Salon. "Curly dry hair and curly wet hair are two different things."
For a simple, versatile option, try Chastain's long haphazard layers. "I take the bottom two inches of hair and cut them in a way that's not too perfect by pointing the scissors downward," says hairstylist Renato Campora, who recently gave Chastain a trim. The slightly imperfect ends make this a wash-and-go kind of cut. "You can blow it out or let it air-dry—the cut takes care of the styling for you." This cut complements every face shape and can be styled with a middle or side part.
Steinfeld demonstrates cascading long hair done theright way—meaning not at all like Rapunzel. The trick is balancing the length with a few face-framing layers. "Her hair is all one length, other than a few layers starting at her cheekbones, which are sliced with a razor," says hairstylist Marcus Francis, who has styled Steinfeld's hair.
ALLURE TIP: Avoid this length if you have fine strands—they can turn feathered or limp near the ends.
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