12 Long Hairstyles For All Face Shapes

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One of the best things about having long hair is all of the different ways in which you can experiment with your locks. With all of that extra length to play with, you can really get creative when it comes to whipping up new and exciting long hairstyles.

If you’re in search of some inspiration, read on as HerStyler shares 12 long hairstyles to try, no matter what your face shape may be:

1. Butterfly Layers

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If you’re on the hunt for trendy yet low-maintenance long hairstyles, butterfly layers will likely appeal. This style is all about combining short layers with long layers, in a way that gives the hair so much movement and body. The short, wispy layers hit the face at around chin height, which frames the face and highlights prominent facial features. The longer layers soften things up while adding so much dimension.

Needless to say, this is a look that you’ll initially need your hairstylist’s help with. However, once you’ve had those layers cut in, daily upkeep is minimal. Simply twist a hair straightener through strategic sections of your mane to keep your butterfly layers flowing in the right direction.

2. Old Hollywood Barrel Curls

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Looking for classic and glamorous long hairstyles? Old Hollywood barrel curls are always a safe yet stunning go-to. 

For this look, you’ll need a curling wand or iron with a barrel diameter of around 1-1.5”. Old Hollywood curls are big and bouncy – you’ll struggle to achieve this with a smaller barrel. Then, work on 1-2-inch sections of your hair at a time. Curl each section toward, rather than away from, your face. As you release each curl, cup it in the palm of your hand for a few seconds before twisting and rolling it back toward your scalp and pinning it in place. 

Once you’re finished, remove all of your pins and brush through your curls. Run a high-shine serum, such as the HerStyler Marula Hair Nourishing Serum, through your locks to set everything in place and give your hair a gorgeous gloss.

3. The Flipped Ponytail

A ponytail is one of the most practical long hairstyles out there, yet there’s no denying that ponytails can sometimes feel a little boring. One way to turn this around is with a flipped ponytail. Also known as the inverted ponytail, this look can be put together in under a couple of minutes.

All you need to do is gather your hair up into a regular ponytail. Place it as high or low as you’d like and then fasten it with an elastic band. Then, use your fingers to make a hole just above the elastic band, at the center of your head. Take your ponytail and pull it down and through the hole. Adjust it as needed and then finish off with a spritz of hairspray.

4. Mermaid Hair

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As you can tell from the name, mermaid hair is inspired by the long, flowing, and wavy hair of a mermaid. It’s cascading and carefree, with a relaxed beachy vibe that manages to work for all occasions.

As you can imagine, this hairstyle is easiest to create if your hair already has natural waves and kinks to it. All you’ll need to do is enhance this natural pattern with a texturizing spray and then leave your hair to do the rest. 

With that said, if you have straight hair, you can rock this look too. You’ll need a curling wand with a relatively small barrel, such as the HerStyler Baby Curls Pink. Keep your waves as uniform as possible while you’re working so that they flow seamlessly down your back.

5. A Braided Ponytail

Here’s another ponytail variation for those of you seeking out easy long hairstyles; the braided pony. This one is extremely simple, taking only a couple of minutes to create.

Start with a regular ponytail. While you could go with a low pony, a braided ponytail usually looks best when it’s sitting high up on the head. Once your ponytail is fastened, start braiding it. A three-strand braid is the simplest way to go about this.

Tie your finished braid off at the end and you’re good to go!

6. Curtain Bangs

One great way to transform your look without having to do much to your hair is to go for bangs. Whether your locks are straight and one-length, wavy and layered, or anything else, bangs can give you a whole new look.

There are plenty of bang styles to choose from, with curtain bangs being one of the most popular. Why? Because they work well on every face shape. They’ll highlight your bone structure while emphasizing your favorite facial features.

Curtain bangs are also extremely versatile. You could wear them drawn close to cover your entire forehead or you can sweep them to the side when you need to keep them away from your eyes. 

7. Micro Bangs

Like the idea of bangs but don’t want to have to deal with the daily maintenance that they often require just to get them to sit in the right place? While it’s true that curtain bangs don’t need too much upkeep, micro bangs are even easier to style.

Also known as baby bangs, this fringe falls just an inch or two down onto the forehead. They’ll elongate your face while making your entire look seem so much more edgy.

The best part about baby bangs is that although you could visit your hairstylist for a trim every couple of weeks, you could also just leave your fringe to grow out. After a couple of months, you’ll then have regular bangs, once again giving you a slightly different look.

8. Mini Front Braids

Looking for long hairstyles that are fun and playful? Mini front braids won’t disappoint! This style is ideal for when you want to leave your hair down but give it some texture, without having to spend too much time on your mane.

To recreate this look, separate two small sections of hair at the front of your head, one on either side. Then, braid each section. Again, a three-strand braid is all you need. Keep it tight and skinny, so that it doesn’t look too much chunkier than the rest of your strands. Once you’re done braiding, tie each one off at the bottom and you’re good to go!

9. A Deep Side Part

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If you usually wear your hair parted down the center or just slightly to the side, you’ll be surprised at the difference a deep side part can make. This sees your part sit above the end of your eye, or even further to the side. As a result, the majority of your hair then ends up flipped to one side, resulting in a glamorous and dramatic finish.

Although a deep side part may seem simple, you’ll need to do some prep work to pull it off and ensure that it remains in place. Start by applying a hair serum to damp hair, with the HerStyler Argan Oil Hair Serum being a great choice. Then, part your hair and start blow-drying it. This will help to set your part, preventing it from moving back over to the center of your head after a few hours.

10. Skinny Bubble Braids

You’ve probably heard of bubble braids before. They’re not technically braids – instead, they’re a ponytail that features several elastic bands tied onto it in sections. This makes the ponytail look ‘bubbled’.

Bubble braids are usually done with the entirety of the hair, but this look tones things down with skinnier versions. It’s similar to the mini front braids that we featured above, except for the fact that bubble braids are used.

Just like with the mini front braids, separate off two small sections of hair at the front of your head. Tie them off at the top, just like a ponytail. Then, add more elastic bands down the length of each section to create your bubbles.

11. Half-Up, Half-Down

The half-up, half-down is a classic style that can be worn in so many different ways. The simplest is with a half-up ponytail, but you can add a more elegant spin to this look by twisting that ponytail into a bun.

Braids work well in a half-up, half-down style too. This look lends itself beautifully to a half-up French braid or Dutch braid. If you’re proficient at braiding, experiment with different braid styles to see which you prefer.

Another way to mix this look up is to alternate between wearing your hair straight, wavy, and curly. Again, this style works with all, making it so much fun to play with!

12. Long Locs

Locs, also known as dreadlocks, are a style that men and women have loved throughout history. This look dates back to ancient Greece and has been utilized by cultures all over the world ever since. It’s extremely low-maintenance and is a great way to keep your hair away from your face.

Locs can be worn at any length – it all depends on how long your hair already is. Creating the locs can take a while if you leave them to form naturally but, if you’re in a hurry, there are methods out there that will give you instant locs. 

What makes this style even more appealing for many is that it counts as a protective hairstyle. This means that it will help to keep your hair feeling safe from environmental damage, be it from the sun, air pollution, or anything else. 

Once your locs are formed, you can then start experimenting with other hairstyles. Tie them into a ponytail, twist them into a bun, braid them…the choices are endless!

Create Stylish Long Hairstyles With HerStyler

While many of the long hairstyles we’ve featured are easy to create in just a minute or two, others require a few quality styling tools. To fully embrace all that your long hair can do, it would be worth investing in some of the basics, whether this may be a flat iron for wavy hair or a curling wand for straight locks. Either way, with the right tools, you’ll have even more freedom to create chic and stylish long hairstyles!

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