The 20 Best Long Haircuts for Every Type of Texture

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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.

But then there's the flip side—what exactly does one do with their long locks? "Long, thick hair is what most people dream of, but it can also be too much for some people," notes hairstylist Benjamin Mohapi. So, we rounded up the best long haircut ideas for every type of hair texture, from tightly curled to stick-straight. Plus, we included some styling tips from DreamGirls founders Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson, and Mohapi. Bring these with you on your next trip to the salon and never experience post-haircut regret again.

Meet the Expert

• Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson are sisters and the cofounders of DreamGirls, a natural hair company and salon.

• Benjamin Mohapi is a hairstylist and the founder of Benjamin Salon, with locations in California and New York.

See below for 20 inspiring long haircuts for all types of textures.

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Long Layers


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Ask for long layers that start at the chin, like Beyonce's, if you have naturally thick and wavy or curly hair. "Multi-layered hairstyles are good for thick hair because it’s easier to maintain and helps to add more shape and definition to the hair," Thompson says. "Layered hairstyles also help to add volume and fullness to your look."

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Thinned-Out Curls

Camila Alves

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Strategically-placed layers can help shape your your natural curls or waves. For this look, ask your hairstylist to thin out your curls and keep them all the same length.

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Afro With Volume

Esperanza Spalding


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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 ($7). Then, she sets her hair in eight twists and allows it to air-dry.

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Tapered Ends


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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 center part will never go out of style.

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Blunt Bangs and Layers

Naomi Campbell

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Blunt bangs and choppy layers like Naomi Campbell's give straight hair body. "Removing weight from the interior is often a good way to help manage long hair," says Mohapi. "Depending on the texture, you can slide weight out from the under sections and ends, or taper the ends, so they swish around more easily."

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Long Layers and Volume


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Give your straight locks dimension by asking for layers that start underneath your chin. Use a product like R+Co. Rockaway Salt Spray ($26) for a little extra grit and texture in the hair.

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Wavy With Face-Framing Layers

Selena Gomez long, wavy ombré hair

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Channel your inner Selena Gomez with long layers that frame the face. "For long hair, I love a natural, loose wave for thick hair, as well as beach waves," Wilson says.

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Subtle Layers and Waves

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

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Tousled Ends

Gigi Hadid long, wavy hair

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Tousled ends perfectly frame and flatter those with round or square faces. Here, Gigi Hadid's layers add shape and body, but the use of a high-quality product—we like Better Natured Beachy Texture Spray ($22)—can help emphasize hair's natural waves.

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Side-Swept Bangs

Rita Ora straight blonde shoulder-length hair with side-swept bangs

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Rita Ora's side-swept bangs and half-up, half-down style perfectly flatter her cheekbones. This is a great style for those with thinner hair, as it makes it appear more full.

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To-the-Shoulders With Layers

Kim Kardashian long, sexy layers

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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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Natural Volume

Solange Knowles

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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. Add further interest by injecting plenty of volume towards the bottom of the hair, which creates an avant-garde style.

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Choppy Ends

Kate Hudson

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Long, center-parted hair and choppy ends work perfectly with thin hair. A weightless hair serum, like Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil ($21), adds shine without weighing your hair down.

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Side-Parted With Waves

Olivia Palermo

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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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Center-Parted Curls

Serayah McNeill


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For well-defined curls like Serayah McNeill's, keep hair moisturized via regular cleansing, conditioning, and deep conditioning. For a more intense deep condition, try Aunt Jackie's Fix My Hair Intensive Repair Masque ($13).

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Keke Palmer

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Box braids like those seen on Keke Palmer are a classic, and with good reason. They look great and keep the hair protected. There are some things to keep in mind, though—namely, that braids get spritzed with a moisturizing oil several times per week. Don't neglect the scalp, either, which should be cleansed with natural cleansing oils at least once per week.

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Face-Framing Curls

Jessica Biel


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For face-framing curls, start the layers higher up around chin level. For those who aren't blessed with natural waves, fake the look by rolling hair with Ghd's Curve 1.25" Soft Curl Iron ($199).

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Boho Bangs

Dakota Johnson


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The key to styling bangs like Dakota Johnson's? Blow them out as soon as you leave the shower. Use a smaller round brush to style them (we like the EX2 Ibiza Small Round Brush, $35).

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Tousled With Texture

Shay Mitchell long, textured hair

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Shay Mitchell's glam bedhead look is likely the result of a great salt spray, as well as her own enviable texture. Sprtiz Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist Spray ($34) all over hair before curling locks and then raking your hands through your curls to recreate the look.

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Stick Straight With Side Bangs

Penelope Cruz

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Penelope Cruz's stick-straight hair looks great with the addition of a short side bang. If you aren't blessed with a similar texture, use a blow-dryer and a flat iron to replicate a professional blowout at home.

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