Long Hair Cuts

Long hair cuts vary in length and layers. Save yourself from a salon nightmare and be sure of what you want before you get there. I have seen enough teary eyed girls leaving the salon after a scissor happy stylist was given the option to do whatever they think would look good. How can you make sure it doesn't happen to you? Here's what works...

There's no better way to describe the haircut you want than showing your stylist an image. It's your best insurance for ending up with what you really want. Magazines, photographs, or even a quick sketch can help. I also like to point out exactly how short I'm willing to go by showing them with my hand at chest level. Be willing to go up an inch for split ends, or more depending on how long ago you last got rid of them, otherwise stay strong.

Layered Long Hair Cut
(Varying Lengths Around Entire Head)

Multiple layers work on different face shapes, especially square and rectangle. It has changing lengths throughout your crown and the back of your head.

The downside is it's trickier to style multiple lengths.
The upside is it makes it easier to create volume.

Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes

Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale

Long Hair Cut with Framing Layers
(Cascading Lengths Around Your Face Only)

This is the cut you see most often because it compliments almost any face shape. It's a nice change from a single length cut without making too many complicated layers.

The downside is anything past chest length doesn't frame very well.
The upside is it's easy to style and adds that extra something.

Denise Richards
Denise Richards

Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen

Long Hair Cut with Bangs
(Two Clean Layers)

Having long hair with bangs works better for straight hair and certain face shapes, especially heart and triangle.

The downside is they can get in your eyes and take long to grown out.
The upside is they look mysterious and play down your forehead.

Gina Gershon
Mischa Barton

Natural Unlayered
(Single Length)

Single length cuts are the most natural looking. The bottom can be cut straight across or slightly rounded, dipping longer in the middle of the back.

The downside is it weighs down volume and gets stringy if too long.
The upside is that styles are endless and braids look cleaner.

Cindy Margolis
Julianne Moore

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