The 10 Prettiest Haircuts for Long Hair
How long can you go? If these celebrities are any indication, as long as you want — just throw in some layers, bangs, or shaping to complement your face shape and hair texture. There are endless possibilities with how to cut and style your mile-long strands. Of course, before you head to the salon to make a huge chop, it's good to know what kind of cut you're actually looking for. Good thing you have us to help. Here, a few of our cuts for long strands — and how to get them.
1.Long With Tight Curls
For this curly texture, you need beautifully blended, round layers all around your head to lend weight without looking heavy.
2. All Around Layers
For a simple, versatile option, try Martha Hunt's long, haphazard layers. This cut complements every face shape and can be styled with a middle or side part.
3. Long and Subtle
The age of extensions has meant that down-to-there hair isn't just for the Guinness Book of World Records — and that celebrities like Jennifer Lopez aren't the only ones getting in on the action. If you do invest in a set of seriously long strands, the gentlest snips starting at the chest will help give the style movement. Blunt ends can look heavy, giving your hair a window-drape vibe that we're pretty sure you're not after.
4. Tapered Ends
Gisele Bündchen's long-layered cut removes the bulk and keeps her natural spirals from ballooning out. Her horizontal layers start at collarbone level in the back, but remain long in front. The thinking here is that when you inevitably tuck your hair behind your ears, you don't end up with a wide wedge shape.
5. Diagonal Lines
Rachel Green put layers on the map with chunky, piecey ones that fell every which way. That discrete choppiness was the whole point circa 1996. Today, gradual layers that slide imperceptibly from short to long — Joan Smalls' start just below her collarbone — are much more versatile and subtle, but still dripping with style. It's a great way to preserve your length without going full-on Marsha Brady.
6. Just the Ends
The mommy mogul may have a few shorter pieces just around her face, but the real story here is in Jessica Alba's ends, which are gently snipped into all around her entire head. It's not about precision — some snips are deep, others quite shallow — but it is about consistency. By taking the cuts neatly all around the hair, you're left with dynamic movement, perfect if you're the kind of person who touches and flips a lot.
8. Chopped Into
There's no math or science to Lais Ribeiro's cut, but there is rhyme and reason: Lots of thick, blunt layers scattered anywhere and everywhere from shoulder-length down look damn hot. You do need plenty of strands to pull it off — otherwise, the back can take on a mullet-vibe — but in general, this flatters all face shapes and hair textures.
9. Long With Bangs
If you want to add bangs to a long hairstyle, look no further than Camila Cabello's '60s cut. To avoid dorky-looking blunt bangs, don't cut them too wide — that is, too far outwards towards your temples — or too thick.
10. Super Long Hair
Hailee Steinfeld demonstrates cascading long hair done the right way — meaning not at all like Rapunzel. The trick is balancing the length with a few face-framing layers.