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35 Best Female Celebrity Hairstyles That Will Reduce Length And Add Width To Your Long Face

Updated on October 27, 2012
Kim Kardashian with her oblong face shape.
Kim Kardashian with her oblong face shape.

Oblong Face Shape Hairstyles

No matter what the shape of your face, but particularly if it is long, there is a haircut which will be flattering for you. Choosing the best hairstyles that will add width to your long face need not be difficult. Whatever hair length you prefer and whether you prefer it curly, wavy or straight, there is a style to suit you. Hair styles that suit you may not necessarily suit another shape.

A hair style should be considered the frame around a person's face. The perfect hairstyle brings balance and perspective to the overall appearance. Less attractive characteristics should be minimised and positive attributes promoted and complemented. An oval shape is considered the most pleasing to the human eye. Wide faces need to have a hairstyle which gives the illusion of length while longer faces need an illusion of width.

With long or even oblong faces, the aim is to create more width. The wrong style only gives a longer look. Centre partings have the effect of dividing the face into two longer portions. If the back and sides are cut to the one length this adds to the vertical illusion and do nothing to accentuate the width.

A hairstyle which doesn't have bangs does not normally suit. Chin length styles which have no added body and which fall straight should also be avoided. Also unflattering are hairstyles that add height at the crown. These only add more length.

Luckily there are a number of styles which detract from the illusion of length. Let's take a look at the best celebrity hairstyles for long face.

Bangs Hairstyles

Bangs, especially when swept to the side, cover a large forehead and give a shorter and more balanced appearance. By being swept to the side, the eye is drawn away from the length. If a bang is cut straight across, a side parting gives the best effect. The natural texture of your hair has an influence on which bang work best for you. Bangs and cuts which end at chin-length may also lessen the length of faces.

Ashlee Simpson long straight hair with bangs.
Ashlee Simpson long straight hair with bangs.
Dorothy Hamill hairstyle.
Dorothy Hamill hairstyle.
Angelina Jolie long hair with blunt bangs
Angelina Jolie long hair with blunt bangs
Taylor Swift bangs style.
Taylor Swift bangs style.
Carrie Underwood hairstyle.
Carrie Underwood hairstyle.
Gillian Jacobs side swept bangs.
Gillian Jacobs side swept bangs.
Kim Kardashian bangs hair.
Kim Kardashian bangs hair.
Katy Perry with Bettie Page bangs hairstyle.
Katy Perry with Bettie Page bangs hairstyle.
Rihanna razored fringe.
Rihanna razored fringe.
Zooey Deschanel hairstyle.
Zooey Deschanel hairstyle.

Chin Length Hair

Wedge or graduated bob cuts suit this type. Longer top layers should not add height. Shoulder or chin-length hair which turns under at the edges helps to give a wider effect. Hair that kicks out will also give the same impression of added width. A longer bob with soft waves is another option. Also flattering is an A-line bob. By cutting the back slightly shorter than the front, a very attractive look can be achieved.

Kelly Rowland chin length hairstyle.
Kelly Rowland chin length hairstyle.
Gwyneth Paltrow long bob hairstyle
Gwyneth Paltrow long bob hairstyle
Sarah Jessica Parker chin length hair with curls on the sides.
Sarah Jessica Parker chin length hair with curls on the sides.
Elizabeth Banks hairstyle.
Elizabeth Banks hairstyle.
January Jone hair.
January Jone hair.
Victoria Beckham A-Line bob haircut.
Victoria Beckham A-Line bob haircut.
Lorna Luft hairstyle.
Lorna Luft hairstyle.
Rihanna red bulk hair.
Rihanna red bulk hair.

Long Hair With Layers, Waves or Curls on The Sides

Layered styles add body, especially if cut in medium lengths. Waves or curls soften the lines. While long, straight hair is often not recommended, curls or waves allow you to wear your hair long without it appearing to drag the face downwards. Hair which has a good amount of body also adds to a pleasing effect by giving bounce and lift without adding length.

Kelly Rowland curly hairstyle.
Kelly Rowland curly hairstyle.
Ashlee Simpson hairstyle.
Ashlee Simpson hairstyle.
Liv Tyler layered hairstyle.
Liv Tyler layered hairstyle.
Sarah Jessica Parker long curly hair.
Sarah Jessica Parker long curly hair.
Megan Fox messy curl hair.
Megan Fox messy curl hair.
Giselle Bundchen big wave hairstyle.
Giselle Bundchen big wave hairstyle.
Raquel Welch long hair.
Raquel Welch long hair.
Cheryl Crow big curl hairstyle.
Cheryl Crow big curl hairstyle.
Christina Perri with streaked hair on her left side.
Christina Perri with streaked hair on her left side.
Beth Behrs hairstyle.
Beth Behrs hairstyle.
Rita Ora long curly hairstyle.
Rita Ora long curly hairstyle.
Teri Hatcher hairstyle.
Teri Hatcher hairstyle.

Wispy Sides

Wispy sides are ideal for disguising the length. Curls and waves on the sides work in a similar manner.

Ashlee Simpson wispy hairstyle.
Ashlee Simpson wispy hairstyle.
Lisa Rinna hairstyle.
Lisa Rinna hairstyle.
Liv Tyler hair.
Liv Tyler hair.
Meryl Streep (Miranda Priestly) hairdo.
Meryl Streep (Miranda Priestly) hairdo.
Gayle King hairstyle.
Gayle King hairstyle.

By carefully choosing the best hairstyles that will add width to your long face, you will be thrilled with the results. If you are unsure which hairstyle will suit you best, you can use a tool called Hairstyle Makeover. With the tool, you can try thousands of celebrity hairstyles with your uploaded photo.

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      I like a basic look.

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