I love having long hair. I dabbled with short hair quite a few times back in the day, but I always come back to my long hair. It just gives me so many more options for cuts and styles. Whether I’m looking for a refresh for a new season or a fun style for a special occasion, I can’t imagine giving up my long locks any time soon.
If you think that long hair isn’t for you, let me tell you that it is. Whether you have curly hair or straight hair, thick hair, wavy hair, or thin hair, there’s hair look to suit your personal style and needs. To help you find your perfect cut, here’s all you need to know about creating an iconic and personalized look. Plan your next hairstylist appointment, and let this handy long hair guide take care of the rest.
What Are the Best Long Haircuts?
When it comes to deciding on the perfect haircut or style for medium-length to long hair, there are a few things you’ll want to consider: To start, you want to think about the texture of your hair. That’s because hair texture plays a key role in how a hairstyle sits, whether your hair is curly, wavy, straight, or somewhere in between. You’ll also want to consider the volume and thickness of your natural hair, as the same cut will look different one people with thin hair and people with thick hair. Lastly, take into account your face shape. The best hairstyles frame our facial features elegantly, emphasizing our natural beauty. Here are just a few of the top long haircut styles you might want to try out next.
1. Long Layered Haircut
One of the simplest and most effective styles for women with long hair is the layered look. A layered cut is particularly useful if your hair has started to feel heavy or if your curly hair is getting weighed down. Essentially, layers are created when the top section of the hair is cut shorter than the hair below.
Layered hairstyles help to remove some of the excess weight that might be pulling on the scalp, giving your hair a lighter, bouncier appearance. It’s also useful for adding volume and natural movement, which is great for women like me with thin or straight hair. You can have your layers cut as long or as short as you like, so don’t worry about ending up with a short hairstyle by accident. Simply communicate your length and style preferences the next time you schedule a long layered haircut.
2. Shag Haircuts
Shag haircuts also take advantage of choppy layers, but in a much bolder way. The style first became popular in the 1970s, and it’s seen resurgences in celebrity culture through the years. Given its unique style, there’s little wonder why it’s coming back into its own today.
In a shag haircut, the layers are long and separated, which is what gives it movement. At the top, the piecey layers are feathered and wispy for even more volume around the crown of the head, and there’s a fringing effect at the bottom. While shag haircuts are typically short, you can customize this vintage look to fit your preferences and current tresses’ needs.
If you love the short layered bob haircut or pixie cut look but want to keep your long hair long, the lob (long bob) might be your dream haircut. It gets its name from a combination of the words “long” and “bob,” giving you the gorgeous shape of a bob without sacrificing length. This blunt cut tends to fall right around the shoulders or a little below. It has a long history that dates back to the 1920s, and because it holds curls well, it was styled with victory rolls during World War II. If you’re looking for more volume and movement, consider adding a few short layers to your lob.
4. Beachy Waves
Beachy waves are a chic and tousled longer hair style that bring to mind days spent at the shore and the salty ocean spray. In fact, you can achieve beachy loose waves at home with a simple saltwater solution, no matter your current cut. Beachy waves also air dry well if you want to avoid using heat on your hair. They’re also comfortable and easy to style, especially if you have choppy hair or want a low-maintenance look that doesn’t need too much hairspray or mousse.
Even though anyone can get the beach wave hairdo, there are some haircuts that really make this style pop. To start, you’ll need to decide if you want a side part or a middle part. That’s because beachy waves rely on soft, loose bangs or shorter layers of face-framing pieces to achieve the full look. Long layers look best for a beachy wave design. To get the full beachy wave look, be sure to leave the last few inches of your hair off the heat when curling.
Take your love of side-swept bangs to the next level with an asymmetrical haircut. As the name implies, asymmetrical haircuts are longer on one side than the other. If you have long straight hair, then there are even more options and styles to work with when creating your asymmetrical look. Asymmetrical hair can be subtle or extreme, with anything from a few inches in length difference to hair that is significantly longer on one side than the other. Typically, the longer side will frame the face with long bangs or curtain bangs to help to provide shape.
If you really want to go bold with your asymmetrical haircut, consider getting an undercut on the shorter side. It’s a unique look that will give you the confidence to walk through every day with your head held high.
6. Curtain Bangs
Another way to really shape your face and to highlight your strongest features is with curtain bangs, which serve as face-framing layers. Essentially, curtain bangs are the “curtains” to your face, the same way that curtains open to frame a window. They’re simple and elegant, but they’re flattering on every face type and with every texture of hair. They even look good when pinned in an updo. Curtain bangs add volume to hair and remove excess weight through layers.
7. V-Cut and U-Cut
If you’re looking to try something a little different, consider trendy v-cut or u-cut styles. These looks get their name from the way they come either to a V or U design at the bottom through the creative use of layering. If you want to add natural volume and dimension to your hair, this style might be the way to go. The v-cut is going to be a little more extreme since the style is geometric, but it looks particularly good on those of us with straight hair and on square or oblong faces.
V and u-cut hairstyles work with a variety of hair lengths, textures, and thicknesses, and they can help to add both volume and movement to the hair, for a natural and elegant look. These cuts can help to provide some relief for women with thicker hair, as some of the weight will be removed, without sacrificing the length of the rest of your hair. If you’re looking to add highlights or hair color to your style, like ombre or balayage, then this is an ideal cut
Long and Luscious Locks
You deserve a hairstyle that leaves you feeling confident all day long, no matter what work, friends, or family may throw at you. When it comes to long hair, there are so many options to choose from. Above all else, the perfect long hairstyle will be versatile and well-suited to your hair type. You’ll also want to think about the shape of your face and how much time you went to spend on styling each day. From curtain bangs to long layers, lobs to asymmetrical and V-cut, there’s no shortage of long hairstyles to try. The best long haircut for you, however, is the one that makes you feel the most beautiful!