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Long Hairstyles: Modern Variations of a Timeless Look

Like with many haircuts today, long hairstyles are always in style… with a subtle modern twist that makes them a must-try! Long hairstyles are made modern by changing things like color, bangs and part, all of which are easy to play with.

One of the great things about having a long hairstyle is that you can make it do so many different things.  Long hairstyles give you the chance to experiment with braids (which are so in this Fall!), a bun, an effortless ponytail, not to mention the glamorous over-the-shoulder look like Penelope Cruz.

Acessories also look fabulous with long hair; you can rock the floppy hat like Jennifer Lopez with your long hairstyle or a hippie headband like Nicole Richie.  Making sure you have the right modern long hairstyle is as important as your accessories, so here is an article from Allure.com that talks about the most popular long hairstyles.

The 6 Most-Requested Long Hairstyles

Get ready to let down your hair: No matter what your face shape and hair texture, one of these flowing celebrity cuts will work for you.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, might be royalty, but her cut is quite common. “This style is all one length that’s been curled,” says hairstylist Juan Carlos Maciques of the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. The cut calls for thick, dense hair (otherwise the ends can look stringy) and works on pretty much all face shapes, except for long ones, which it can elongate even more. To create the big curls at the bottom, use a two-inch curling iron to clamp down on the ends of the hair, then roll it up, holding the iron horizontally.

ALLURE TIP: Long hair is prone to split ends. Weekly masks and trims every two months will help.


“Sofia Vergara’s layers start at the collarbone and are cut bluntly and at random, rather than blended, which gives the illusion of thicker hair,” Maciques says. The cut suits round and heart-shaped faces best, and it’s ideal for straight or wavy textures, since tight curls require too much maintenance.

ALLURE TIP: When adding layers in front, women with round faces shouldn’t go shorter than the chin; those with elongated faces can go shorter or add bangs.


Minka Kelly’s layers are also long, but there are more of them and they are less chunky than Vergara’s, starting higher up and going from the chin down. “Minka’s cut has more layers that are chopped into the bottom for lightness, which she can get away with because her hair is thick,” says Maciques.


“Since Beyoncé’s hair is naturally curly, her hair is actually several inches longer than it appears,” says Maciques. Her layers are still long and minimal, cut about two or three inches from the ends and thinned at the bottom to avoid a poufy cloud of hair. This cut is best for naturally curly or wavy hair; an iron helps smooth any frizz.


“Emma Roberts’s short, evenly blended layers are angled down so they become seamless,” Maciques says. “It’s the perfect long cut for fine hair, because it gives body and movement without looking straggly.” A side part and jaw-length layers in front help shorten her oval face well, but the cut also flatters just about anyone.

ALLURE TIP: If your hair is fine, don’t go more than two inches below the collarbone, and avoid too many layers so the ends don’t get stringy.


Adding bangs helps soften or shorten square, oval, elongated faces, as is the case with Olivia Wilde, who also incorporates long layers that start at her collarbone. Avoid too-blunt bangs; cut into them so they fall softly at your forehead. Your hair can be thick or thin, but unless it’s naturally straight, you’ll become a slave to styling.
All of these long hairstyles look amazing on these celebrities, but how do you know which one is right for you? The best way to decide is to see which one would complement your face shape.  For women with long faces, make sure your long hairstyle isn’t too long, because a too-long hairstyle can make your face look longer. And if you’re just itching for some length, don’t go completely straight.
If you have a round face, you can totally get away with a straight long hairstyle, so go for it! Women with square-shaped faces look the best with a choppy cut or a textured long hairstyle to minimize your jawline. A side-swept bang paired with a long hairstyle looks great on women with heart-shaped faces.
Women with oval faces can look great with a long hairstyle, or just about any hairstyle for that matter. Depending on your face shape, there are so many great long hairstyle options that would look great on you, so give it some thought and then give it a try.  Good luck on your mission to find the right long hairstyle for you! (and if you need any help making the perfect decision, you know where we are!)

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