The Best Haircuts for Oval Faces

Updated 04/19/19
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Oval Face? Don't Go Too Long With Your Hair

Bella Hadid in 2017
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It's a common shape amongst models, so it should be self-evident by now that oval (aka long) faces look great, particularly with the right haircut. You want something to flatter the shape and bring out your best features.

You have a lot of options with an oval face. Shoulder length with face-framing waves, curls, and anything with highlights all work. You can also go short or long, opt for a bob, and keep the style as sleek or as messy as you like. 

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Shoulder-Length Hair Is Flattering

Mila Kunis at the BBMAs 2010
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The most flattering haircut on an oval face shape is shoulder-length. You can even add some bangs and waves, while keeping everything between your chin and shoulders, if you want to make your face look rounder. It's both a trendy and timeless look that offers you many styling options from day to day.

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Long and Curly

Sandra Bullock at the Ocean's 8 Premiere
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You don't have to listen to the "no long hair" suggestion that's typically imposed on people with oval faces if you have ​waves or curls. A lot of ​body adds width to the sides of the face. If you have naturally curly hair, let it go natural or tame the curl with a curling iron and some light products.

For straighter hair, you will need to add some curl. Spritz your hair with setting spray and wind sections around the barrel of a medium-sized curling iron.

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Add Bangs

Naomi Campbell with bangs
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Bangs are your best friend, because they can hide a big forehead. In turn, this makes your face look shorter. If you want to keep your long, straight hair, bangs are a great option.

The best bangs for a long face are brow-skimming, side-swept bangs, or blunt bangs.

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The Gorgeous Lob

Kim Kardashian in 2017
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When it comes to haircuts, chin-length bobs (or lobs), are ideal for long faces. They create the illusion of width, and they're always on trend.

The bob should end just below the jaw to show off your bone structure. The best bobs are also shorter in the back and angle down to the front.

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Go With a Side Part

Iman at an awards show
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This is an incredibly flattering hairstyle on an oval face. It's a shorter bob and the curls add width to the sides of the face.

Your part matters as well. You will notice that a lot of these styles have a side part, which naturally makes your face appear wider. The center part will make your face appear even longer than it is. That's because it lines up with your nose and straight down to your chin, creating a very long line.

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The A-Line Long Bob

Rose Byrne
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You can also ask your stylist for a long "A-line" bob, where the front is about 1 1/2 inches longer than the back. The length is perfect for an oblong face and, with some wavy curls and highlights, it can really fill out the sides.

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A Bob for Thick, Straight Hair

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This is a great cut for any face shape, but it's great on a long face, and ideal if you have thick, straight hair. The bob is cut in at a great angle on the face so it shows off the slender bone structure. The long, side-swept bangs cover a large forehead, and the pieceyness of the hair makes it fun.

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A Shaggy Long Bob

Jourdan Dunn
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The bob is versatile, and it's another great look you can get with the cut. It's a shaggier bob with choppy layers and more than enough wave to give it a distinct, modern style.

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A Chin-Length Bob

Taylor LaShae
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This bob on beauty Taylor Lashae is Parisian-chic, and it has looks so sophisticated on her. The hat totally completes the look, and the bangs give her face balance.

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The Shag

Arizona Muse at Cannes
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This shag haircut isn't too short or too long, so it's perfect for a longer face. It's a simple cut, and it can be worn blown out or air-dried, which allows it to have a bit of a natural wave. Simply ask your stylist to cut in choppy layers.

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For Straight, Thin Hair

Linda Fargo at NY Magazine's 50th Anniversary
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If you have stick-straight hair that's also thin, this is a great hairstyle for you. This one works because it's sleek, sophisticated, and short. You don't need loads of hair to get away with this look and the length is ideal for the face.

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