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If you have long hair, that doesn’t mean your mane can’t have movement. It’s all about finding the right haircut for long hair. Sick of sporting a one-length style? Below, find our favorite haircuts for long hair along with advice for what you should ask your stylist for and how to manage your look with styling products.
Once upon a time, ultra-long hair was reserved for celebrities and hippies with not much room in between. Nowadays, everyone can get in on the fun. The key to making your super-long strands look like they have a ton of depth and movement is to make angled snips starting around your chest and working your way down to the longest sections of your strands. Just keep in mind that this process is meant to be used only at the front of your hair.
Fine-haired ladies, rejoice! At last there’s a haircut that will make managing long, fine strands a bit easier. Known for its heavy face-framing layers, this haircut looks great on all face shapes. If you have an oval or heart-shaped face, request layers starting around you chin; ask for higher cut layers starting around your cheekbones if your face is on the square side.
A great option for those who love an easy-to-style cut, allover layers provide a perfectly imperfect finish that you can just wash and go. All you have to do is ask your stylist for slanted layers, which can be created by snipping at a downturned angle along the bottom few inches of your hair. If you decide to get this haircut, apply a mousse, wave spray, or styling cream after washing your hair, then let your hair air dry. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream.
Who said layers were only for those with straight, long hair? If you have long curly hair, you can add dimension to your hair with long, round layers that will blend your hair together without making it look heavy. Pro tip: Get your curly hair cut when it’s dry, not wet, as this will allow your stylist to see the shape of your hair while it’s forming instead of having to wait until after it’s been blow-dried.
Forget about the choppy layers of the nineties—nowadays it’s all about inconspicuously gradual layers that show little to no difference between them. This subtle approach can totally transform your overall look.
If your long hair naturally balloons out when you tuck it behind you ears, it’s time to think about getting slightly tapered ends, which can help create a streamlined silhouette that’s nothing short of flattering.
If you want to keep your long hair all one length without any layers, the key to creating a haircut that doesn’t look oddly blunt is to make teeny snips all along the ends. This can help give your long hair movement without removing much length.
Last but certainly not least, if you want to completely change up the way your long hair looks without sacrificing any length from the bottom, getting bangs just might be the right move for you. Ask your stylist for a triangular snip that prevents the edges of your fringe from billowing out past the edges of your temples, followed by a few snips here and there among the ends to lessen any bluntness.
Now that you know how to update your long hair with the proper haircut, it’s time to add a few new styles to the mix. To switch up your everyday look, check out our article, 6 Beautiful Hairstyles for Long Hair.