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If you have long hair, that doesn’t mean your locks have to be limp and lifeless. It’s all about finding the right haircut for long hair. Sick of sporting a one-length style? Below, find 15 of the prettiest long haircuts and hairstyles, along with advice on how to manage your look with the right hair styling products (without adding too much time to your regular hair care routine!).
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 your 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, all-over 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 hair cream after washing your hair, then let your hair air dry. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray for effortless, heat-free waves.
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 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 your 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 hairstyle 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 your temples, followed by a few snips here and there around the ends to lessen any bluntness.
Sometimes, a shaggy, carefree look gives a touch of edge to your haircut that pushes it over the top—in a good way! We love choppy layers when they’re styled naturally, with just a bit of wave. To get this look, apply an egg-sized dollop of mousse onto clean, damp hair after you shampoo and use conditioner. Work the product through your lengths and ends, then put your hair in two braids (they don’t have to be perfect, you’ll be taking them out shortly). Once your hair is fully dry, take out your braids and run your fingers through your locks.
Gorgeous, side-swept bangs will never go out of style, thanks to their ability to add a bit of drama to any look. To keep your long, angled bangs in place (without making them look stiff), use a spritz of the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. Bonus: It will give your strands a shiny finish!
If you want to add some dimension to your mane without getting too many layers, a two-tiered cut is a great option. It’s exactly what it sounds like: The hair is cut into two layers. The bottom layer has the most length, while the top layer is short. It’s a great long hairstyle option for those with curly or extra-voluminous hair since it won’t pump up the volume too much; it will only add just enough oomph.
This cut involves trimming the top layers of your hair into layers that form a V-shape at the back of your head. The opposite of the two-tiered cut, this long haircut adds tons of volume and is best styled with a large-barrel curling iron.
A classic cut, long, swoopy layers will add plenty of dimension to your look. This cut will work best for those with fine hair that has some natural wave. The long swoops will look especially gorgeous with a slight curl at the bottom.
Light, feathered layers make for a great haircut to help add volume—especially for those with fine or thin hair. You may consider keeping your layers locked into place with a bit of lightweight hair gel, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel. To use, smooth a quarter-sized amount of product through your hands, then work it through the ends of each layer.
Long hair that’s totally pin straight has always been an enviable hairstyle—and it still is! But before you reach for your flat iron, don’t forget to spray your (dry) strands with a heat protectant, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
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.