The 15 Best Long Haircuts for EVERY Type of Texture

Updated 09/08/17

If you’re thinking of updating your hairstyle but aren’t ready to make a full-on chop, we feel you. Eating all those foods for longer, shinier hair took effort, after all—effort you’re not ready to dismiss in one quick snip. Ahead, you’ll find the best long haircut ideas for every type of hair texture, from tightly curled to stick-straight. Bring these with you on your next trip to the salon and never experience post-haircut regret again.

Click through the slideshow below for 15 inspiring long haircuts for all types of textures!

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Curly Hair

Ask for long layers that start at the chin, like Juno Temple’s. 

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Or ask your hairstylist to thin out your curls and keep them all the same length.

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Tapered ends and longer layers à la Zendaya will accentuate the length while helping you avoid too much volume at the crown. Plus, a deep side part will never go out of style.

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Straight Hair

Blunt bangs and choppy layers like Naomi Campbell's give straight hair body.

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Give your straight locks dimension by asking for layers that start underneath your chin.

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Blunt ends and stick-straight strands—a sleek cut to channel your inner Selena Gomez.

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Thick/Wavy Hair

Long, barely there layers look amazing on thick hair. Spritz a texture spray, like Ouai's Texturizing Hair Spray ($26), to add even more body. 

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Tousled ends perfectly frame and flatter those with round or square faces.

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Thin out thick, wavy strands with tapered ends.

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Thin Hair

Like your curly-haired sisters, ask for long layers that start at your chin—they’ll give your thin hair more body and bounce.

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Long, side-swept bangs and choppy ends work perfectly with thin hair. A weightless hair serum, like Bumble and bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil ($40), adds shine without weighing your hair down. 

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The key to making thin hair look thicker is face-framing layers—Olivia Palermo's start at her chin, adding volume and body to her roots.

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Natural Hair

If you have slightly waved natural hair like Solange's, add the slightest hint of layers only at the very ends to accentuate the length. 

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Or channel Esperanza Spalding and embrace sky-high volume. Spaulding says she mixes Shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, and tea tree oil, and applies the concoction to her wet hair, brushing it through with a classic Goody Brush ($6). Then, she sets her hair in eight twists and allows it to air-dry. 

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For face-framing curls, start the layers higher up around chin level. 

Thinking about going shorter? Click here to see nine inspiring cuts for every length!

This story was originally published on May 8, 2014. 

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