The Best Hairstyles For Oblong Face Shape

Frame your oblong face flawlessly with a stunning hairdo that highlights your looks.

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Not every hairstyle suits everyone. For example, the hairstyles for oblong rectangular faces may not suit a person with another face shape. Your hairstyle should go well with your face shape and structure. Furthermore, those lustrous locks help enhance your facial features, too. And a wrong haircut can affect how you look.

Round, heart, square, diamond, oval, and oblong are the 6 types of face shapes. Here, we will discuss the hairstyles that suit the oblong face. An oblong or long face is often misrepresented as an oval face shape. However, this shape is long, and a person with an oblong face will have a long chin and forehead. In addition, their cheeks, jaw, and forehead will be equal in width, and they usually don’t have full cheeks. Since your facial structure is more slender than full, it is essential to make sure the chosen hairstyle complements your slim face. You might also notice some angular features similar to a square face or a pointed chin, but not always.

How do you find the best hairstyle for an oblong face? How do hairstyles help your elongated facial features? If all these questions have left you confused, let us help you get them all answered. In this article, we have compiled a few tips and tricks that help you choose the best hairstyle for your oblong face. Keep reading to know more!

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  • Voluminous, blunt hairstyles will add width to oblong faces and give them a rounded look.
  • Keep the front layers about chin-length when opting for a layered hairstyle. You can even go for layers angled inward from your cheeks to your jaw.
  • Avoid a middle-part as it will add to the length of your face. A side-part with side-swept hair is ideal.
  • Also, avoid going for looks that bring attention to your forehead. If you want hair out of your face, use a silk scarf to cover half and half of your forehead and hairline.
  • Choose earrings wisely. Round hoops of all sizes, studs, short drops, and clustered earrings look flattering on this face shape. Avoid long, vertical rectangles.

Tips To Keep In Mind When Styling Hair For Oblong Face Shapes

  1. Curls and waves will never fail you if you have an oblong face. They add to the overall width of the face and, thus, help tone down the appearance of its length.
  2. Girl, if you’ve got a long face, bangs are going to be your best friend. Some straight cut or side swept bangs that cover your forehead and graze your eyebrows will work wonders in reducing the length of your face.
  3. Avoid going for high up dos that sit on top of your head if you have an oblong face. The volume of such hairstyles will only add to the length of your face and make it look even more oblong. So, high ballerina buns and high ponytails are a definite no-no for you.
  4. Another great way to use your hair to streamline your oblong face is to go in for some highlights. Hair eclipting is a new hair coloring technique that involves positioning your highlights in such a way that they act as a contour for your face.
  5. Now, this one is going to sound weird because it doesn’t have anything to do with your hair, but hear me out. Your glasses can work wonderfully to flatter your oblong face. Whether you actually wear prescription glasses or just sport them for ~fashion~ is irrelevant here. Go ahead and get yourself some square glasses or glasses with a contrasting color at the temples and a low bridge as they can make your face wider, instead of long. When it comes to sunglasses, classic aviators will suit you perfectly.

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If you have naturally curly hair, a half updo is an excellent choice, as your flowing mane helps add width to your face.

Keeping these tips and tricks in mind, let’s have a look at all the hairstyles that will suit your oblong face perfectly!

31 Gorgeous Hairstyles For Oblong Faces

1. Slick Straight

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Sleek, straight hair is in style again! Kerry Washington wows with center-parted bone straight black hair that looks natural and bold. Straightened with a hair serum to manage flyaways, this hairstyle frames the face and accentuates the features.

2. Center-Parted Low Ponytail

Center-Parted Low Ponytail
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Singer Ciara keeps it chic and casual with a center-parted low ponytail. It looks effortless, classic, and elegant. To achieve this hairstyle, straighten your hair, make the center parting. and tie your locks in a low pony at the nape of your neck. To make it more fashionable, take a small section of the hair from the ponytail, wrap it around the hair tie, and pin it under. Pull out a few face-framing strands to finish the look.

3. Tight High Ponytail

Tight High Ponytail
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It’s a make-or-break move to tie all your hair into a tight high ponytail, and no one does it better than Kim Kardashian. It brings all the attention to your facial features with no extra effort and adds a faux facial lift effect. It has become the popular go-to hairstyle for those with oblong faces as it accentuates their face shape in a positive way.

4. Modern Pageboy

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The modern pageboy style is trendy and incredibly eye-catching. If your thick hair is unmanageable and heavy, and you aren’t afraid to do something out of the ordinary, this is the style you should try. Ashlee Simpson gives a new twist to the original pageboy style by adding side-swept bangs and carries it with confidence.

5. Bed-Hair Bob With Bangs

Bed-Hair Bob With Bangs
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A tousled short bob with bangs is a dream. Most bobs need daily maintenance, but when you see Taylor Swift in a bob looking like she just woke up and didn’t have time even to adjust her bangs, you need not look elsewhere for guidance. It’s time to embrace slightly messy bobs that make your facial features look soft and youthful.

6. Center-Parted Low Bun

Center-Parted Low Bun
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Lupita Nyongo’ loves experimenting with her hairstyles and doesn’t shy away from exposing her face. She still loves the classic center-parted low bun. Her coily locks have been stretched out giving it a crimped look. It works for all hair types and also complements the oblong face shape.

7. Chin-Length Ombre Bob

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Say goodbye to long locks and hello to short-hair chic! Chin-length bobs are all the rage and a great way to freshen up your look. Jessica Alba made this bob look timeless. Not only does it add volume and movement to your hair and flatter an oblong face shape, but it is also incredibly versatile. And the warm-toned ombre brings out warm undertones.

8. Wavy Hollywood Bob

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This blunt bob is perfect if you’re looking for a laid-back yet pulled-together look. Bella Hadid pulls off this classic Hollywood glam hairstyle with ease. Its gives oblong faces an edgy, clean and sophisticated look. And if you have thick hair, this style will make you look stunningly beautiful. Blunt-end bobs are timeless, so why not jump on the trend and try it out yourself?

9. Downward Pixie Cut

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If you’re feeling like adding a little pizzazz to your look, you could go for this daring pixie cut! It might take you out of your comfort zone, but you will reap the rewards – a super-glam, low-maintenance hairstyle that’s perfect for hot summer days. Plus, if you need any motivation, just look at Halle Berry and rock that pixie cut with unshakable confidence!

10. Beaded Side-Swept Braids

Beaded Side-Swept Braids
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Protective braids are incredibly adaptable! With so many variations, the possibilities for styling your hair with these braid styles are almost endless. Just take a cue from singer and actress Gabrielle Union, who rocks this style like a boss. From work events to a night out, the beaded braid is the ideal way to add classic sophistication to your look. Side-sweep your braids for added edge.

11. Loose Waves

Loose wave hairstyle for oblong face
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Carrie Underwood sure knows how to make her hair work for her oblong face. You will usually find her sporting some loose and relaxed waves that give off a super casual vibe. The dents of these waves fall right on her cheekbones, thus adding to the width of her face. This is further achieved by the center parting that allows for her hair to fall equally on both sides of her face.

12. Layered Hair

Layered hairstyle for oblong face
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When you have a long face, the volume lent by a layered haircut is exactly what you need. The first layer of Courteney Cox’s hair falls right at her cheekbones and the second layer halfway down her neck. When styled in some loose curls, these layers create tons of volume around her face and alter her oblong face shape by adding more width to it. The asymmetry created by the slightly off-center parting also works wonderfully.

13. Thick Side Swept Bangs

Thick side-swept bangs for oblong face
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Take a page out of Kelly Rowland’s look book and go get yourself some bangs! The perfect bangs for long faces are those that cover 1/3rd of your face. And Rowland’s bangs do just that. Her side swept bangs cover all of her forehead and conceal the length of her face. Paired with some shaggy curls at the bottom, there’s no stopping her from rocking this look.

14. Classic Side Sweep

Classic side sweep hairstyle for oblong face
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Girl, when Kim Kardashian is sporting a look, you best believe you should be following her lead. Here she has gone for a classic look to complement her long narrow face. Her voluminous waves have been swept over to one side to draw the eye sidewards and counteract the oblong shape of her face. Her hair falling sexily down one side of her forehead also adds to the look.

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15. Low Curls

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Supermodel Iman sure knows what she’s doing when she’s styling her hair for her oblong, narrow-faced shape. Now, the aim of this particular hairstyle is to flatter her long face, not hide it. Her shoulder length hair has been curled right at the ends and parted down the middle to create an elegant hair look. She has highlighted her dark brown hair with some caramel highlights to work beautifully to complement her oblong face.

16. Retro Curls

Retro curls for oblong face
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This effortless and elegant look is one of the best hairstyles for oblong faces. The retro curls paired with the side swept style and the deliberate show of her ear makes this look perfect for someone like Liv Tyler, who has an oblong face.

17. Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs for oblong face
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Another great style of bangs that is great for long faces is curtain bangs. These style of bangs are parted down the middle and reach till your ears. The way they drape down the sides of your face is similar to curtains pulled back from a window, hence, the name. The way these bangs cover a part of the forehead is perfect for altering the silhouette of your long face.

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Actress Dakota Johnson is known for her love for curtain bangs and has sported variations of this style over the years.

18. Short Bob

Short bob hairstyle for oblong face
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Short bob is the best haircut for oblong face shape. We all know that Victoria Beckham is the queen of everything fashion and style. Her trademark bob has been wowing the world for years now and for a good reason. Her side parted bob has blunt ends that fall a couple of inches below her chin. But it’s her blonde highlights that work wonders at adding width to her oblong face and bring the whole look together.

19. Half-Up Shaggy Curls

Half-up shaggy curls for oblong face
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If there’s one person you should be taking inspiration from for styling your hair for your oblong face, it has got to be Angelina Jolie. Though she has created volume on top with a slight pouf (a big no-no for anyone with an oblong shaped face), she has counteracted its lengthening effect with the help of some center parted long bands and some shaggy curls to create volume at the sides.

20. Carrie’s Crazy Curls

Carrie's crazy curl hairstyle for oblong face
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Carrie Bradshaw is no less than an icon for the modern millennial woman. But what’s even more iconic are the crazy curls that Sarah Jessica Parker sported for the role in Sex And The City. To flatter her extremely oblong face, she went in for some super voluminous and bushy curls that added width to her face and also made her face look smaller in comparison.

21. Side Ponytail

Side ponytail for oblong face
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When you have a long face, you really need to experiment with different styles and angles when styling your hair. Look at Iman, for example. Here, she is sporting a simple low side ponytail parted on one side. The deep side parting makes her hair cut across her forehead diagonally and alter the shape of her oblong face.

22. Headband Updo

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OK, I know said that oblong faced ladies should avoid high updos, but hear me out. This formal updo sported by Sanaa Lathan rests elegantly at the crown of her head. The thin gold headband wrapped around her head three times draw the eyes sideways, thus working perfectly to take attention away from the length of her face.

23. Curly Short Bob

Curly short bob hairstyle for oblong face
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Our favorite Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher sure knows how to make things work for her oblong face. She knows that the best way to add width to her oblong face is to go for a short bob. Just styled in tight curls and parted on one side, and she’s good to go and rock that red carpet!

24. Bumped Up Waves

Bumped up waves hairstyle for oblong face
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Sandra Oh is absolutely working her oblong face with a big hair look. And by big, we mean BIG. She has added volume on all three sides of her face by going for a pouf on top and some super voluminous waves. With loads of textured added to shag up her hair, this look makes for an edgy and bold style. The sheer volume of this hairstyle works to complement her oblong face structure and makes it look smaller in comparison.

25. Voluminous Curly Bob

Voluminous curly bob hairstyle for oblong face
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Tracee Ellis Ross looks absolutely stunning with her naturally curly hair cut into a bob that grazes her shoulders. When parted down the middle, her curls frame her gorgeous oblong face perfectly. She has also gotten some section of her hair cut short in the front to create pseudo-bangs that draw attention to her eyes and finish framing her face beautifully.

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26. Simple Short Bob

Simple short bob hairstyle for oblong face
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Whoever said you can’t sport short hair on a long face was wrong. There are plenty of perfect short hairstyles for oblong faces. Take a look at Milla Jovovich, for example. She has simply straightened her short bob and parted it to one side to create an effortlessly chic look. The gold headband adds a bit of sparkle to her style and brings the whole look together.

27. Long Lustrous Waves

Long lustrous waves for oblong face
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A variety of hair trends keep coming in and going out of fashion but there are a few styles that remain evergreen. Long, flowing hair styled in waves is one of them. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been sporting this classic look for years now because it flatters her oblong face perfectly.

28. Dramatic Side Sweep

Dramatic side sweep hairstyle for oblong face
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Ashlee Simpson is absolutely slaying it with her dramatic hair look. To offset her oblong face shape, she has swept all of her hair over on one side. Styled in big, texturized curls, this side swept hairstyle creates immense volume on one side of her face to draw the eye sidewards and take attention away from the oblong shape of her face.

29. Wavy Mid-Length Bob

Wavy mid-length bob hairstyle for oblong face
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Follow Hilary Swank’s lead when picking a short hairstyle for your long , rectangular-shaped face. Her golden brown tresses have been cut in a long bob and styled in some open curls to create a simple yet chic hair look that complements her long face perfectly. A simple trick that Swank has used to add a bit of width to her face is pushing one side of her hair back behind one ear.

30. Slicked Down Center Parting

Slicked down center parting hairstyle for oblong face
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If you want to go for a totally fierce hairstyle, look no further. Jessica Lowndes looks like a total badass with this slicked down center parted look styled in waves that compliments her sharp features. Lowndes has pushed all her hair back behind her ears to leave them exposed and make her oblong face look wider.

31. Jellyfish Cut

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This hairstyle has its roots in the Japanese Hime cut and can often be seen on anime characters that are then cosplayed by fans. It combines two classic looks, namely the blunt bob and mullet. The short bob at the top or front resembles a jellyfish’s crown while the mullet mimics its tentacles, hence the name. Blunt bobs are great for obscuring a broad forehead while the mullet adds a dimensional charm, making for a great hairstyle for oblong faces. This unique and edgy haircut has made its way into the K-pop industry, with multiple idols sporting it to fit their futuristic music video themes, and recently, celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Naomi Campbell, and Gwen Stefani have also given it a go for their professional projects.

Infographic: Top 8 Hairstyles For Oblong Faces That Are Easy To Create And Maintain

The ideal hairstyles for oblong faces or egg-shaped faces are those that either hide the length of your face by breaking it up with bangs and asymmetric cuts or those that add an illusion of width to balance out the proportions. However, not all hairstyles are simple or easy to maintain.

Check out the infographic for the top 8 easiest hairstyles for oblong faces.

top 8 hairstyles for oblong faces that are easy to create and maintain (infographic)

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Curls and waves are your best friends if you have an oblong face shape. Bangs can help you decrease your face length by partially or completely covering your forehead. Highlights or hair eclipting helps you accentuate certain facial features over others. Avoid hairstyles that are heavy on the crown or top of your head as they make your face look longer. Instead, you can style your tresses in waves, layers, curls, and other incredible hairstyles mentioned above. So, scroll up, and read through these amazing hairstyles for oblong faces. Pick the ones you like and try them out. You will be pleasantly surprised to discover how each oblong face hairstyle can flaunt your face shape and features to perfection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is short hair or long hair better for an oblong-shaped face?

Certified trichologist and professional hairstylist Monica Dickenson agrees that both short and long hair are ideal for an oblong-shaped face. While short lengths frame the face and make it appear round, longer ones highlight the natural features. She says,”As a stylist, I would suggest trying on wigs of both long and short hair that are close to the style you are interested in, to see which one you like and looks better.”

Can oblong faces wear long hair?

Hair that is too long and straight can elongate the face. However, long hair with waves and curls looks good on people with oblong face shapes.

Is a bob cut good for an oblong face?

Chin-length bobs look amazing on people with oblong face shapes. They not only balance and flatten the face but also add volume and movement.

Key Takeaways

  • Curls and waves can help create the illusion of a wider face.
  • Bangs can help reduce the length of the face. .
  • Hairstyles low bun and chin-length bob can help balance the features of an oblong face.
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Learn how to choose the perfect hairstyle and haircut for your long or oblong face shape in this video below. Embrace your unique beauty and rock the perfect style.

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Monica Dickenson
Monica DickensonCertified Trichologist
Monica Dickenson has more than 30 years of experience as a dedicated technician and business owner. She is very passionate about providing the best service possible to anyone experiencing hair loss and has certifications in hair replacement and holistic trichology.

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