Hairstyles for women with long hair
How long can you go? If these seven celebrities are any indication, as long as you want — just throw in some layers, bangs, or shaping to complement your face shape and hair texture. Here, our favorite haircuts for long hair — and how to get them.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker's hair is heavily layered around the face, with deep snipped-in layers all throughout the ends. If your hair is naturally straight, this will probably be the easiest haircut you'll ever have — and it's a particularly flattering cut on those with tons of fine hair. If your jawline is more on the square side, request pieces that start just above your cheekbones; those with an oval or heart-shaped face will look best with layers beginning around the chin.
Long With Tight Curls
"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. Look closely: Zendaya'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."
All Around Layers
For a simple, versatile option, try Hunt'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. 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.
Long and Subtle
The age of extensions has meant that down-to-there hair isn't just for the Guinness Book of World Records — and that celebrities aren't the only ones you can get in on the action. If you do invest in a set of seriously long strands, the gentlest snips starting at the chest will help give the style movement. Blunt ends can look heavy, giving your hair a window-drape vibe that we're pretty sure you're not after.
Bündchen'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. The thinking here is that when you inevitably tuck your hair behind your ears, you don't end up with a wide wedge shape. (That's a tip we picked up from Fugate.) The hair looks thick and textured, but with an overall streamlined appeal.
Rachel Green put layers on the map with chunky, piece-y ones that fell every which way. That discrete choppiness was the whole point circa 1996. Today gradual layers that slide imperceptibly from short to long — Smalls' start just below her collarbone — are much more versatile and subtle, but still dripping with style. It's a great way to preserve your length without going full-on Marsha Brady.
Just the Ends
The mommy mogul may have a few shorter pieces just around her face, but the real story here is in those ends, which are gently snipped into all around the star's entire head. It's not about precision — some snips are deep, others quite shallow — but it is about consistency. By taking the cuts neatly all around the hair, you're left with dynamic movement, perfect if you're the kind of person who touches and flips a lot. [Hand raised emoji.]
There's no math or science to the models' cut — but there is rhyme or reason: Lots of thick, blunt layers scattered anywhere and everywhere from shoulder-length down look damn hot. You do need plenty of strands to pull it off — otherwise, the back can take on a mullet-vibe — but in general it flatters all face shapes and hair textures.