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12 Flattering Hairstyles for the Oblong Face Shape

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It would be great if we could all pull off the latest 'do—be it a blunt bob or a shoulder-length shag—but the truth is, certain styles flatter certain face shapes better than others. For those with an oblong-shaped face, the most flattering styles will work to make your face appear shorter than it is, via bangs, layers, or lots of volume.

Below, we rounded up a dozen hair styles, all of which work particularly well for those of us with an elongated, oval-shaped face.

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Long, Loose Waves

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Singer Kelly Rowland's boho-inspired look doesn't require a ton of maintenance. In fact, the key is to ensure these waves never look too "done." The trick? A middle-part, plenty of volume through the roots, and a wave that's loose and manageable. Revlon's cult-followed One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer ($60) can help you achieve the look.

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Sleek Bob

Linda Fargo with a sleek bob
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The classic bob—as seen on Linda Fargo, senior vice president of Bergdorf Goodman's Fashion Department—is a great choice for long faces. It's a sophisticated look that works with straight and wavy hair, no matter if it's fine or thick. This bob looks beautiful without bangs, but it is also perfect for blunt or side-swept bangs.

By keeping the length close to the chin and a little shorter in the back, a sleek bob draws attention to a well-defined bone structure.

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Textured Bob

Victoria Beckham in a short shag
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For even more interest, step up the texture in your bob a la Victoria Beckham. Her cut is very dramatic, with super short layers in the back, leading to layers well below the chin up front. The bangs complete the look and it's a perfect style for any woman who has thicker hair that can produce this much volume. A pomade (we like Oui's Matte Pomade, $24) will help add texture.

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Chin-Length Shaggy Bob

Chelsea Staub with a chin-length shaggy bob
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Actress Chelsea Kane's cut is more of a shag but it also has the feel of a bob because of the graduated length. It's a modern style that can work for women of any age.

Chin-length bobs and shags are ideal for a long face because they create the illusion of width.

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Shoulder-Length With Bangs

Kelly Reilly with shoulder length hair with bangs
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Some of the best styles for long-faced women are cut right around the shoulders, as seen on English actress Kelly Reilly. If you go any longer, it can draw your face down. The shoulders are the sweet spot that perfectly balance your face with a desire to keep long hair.

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Blunt Bangs With Straight Hair

Kerry Washington with blunt bangs
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Bangs of any style can do wonders for making your face look shorter than it is. They hide a wider forehead, which often comes with this face shape, and draw everyone's attention to your eyes.

Blunt bangs with straight hair are a perfect match (as seen on actress Kerry Washington), though they also work with wavy hair.

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Straight, Long Layers

Kate Moss with straight, long layers
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With the right haircut, no one would even guess that your face is oblong. That's certainly the case with model Kate Moss' long layers. It's a great option if you have straighter or more fine hair. The simplicity also lets you play with color, allowing any highlights to take center stage.

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Shoulder-Length With Long Layers

Heidi Klum with shoulder-length with long layers
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Another flattering style for straight hair, this one (seen on supermodel Heidi Klum) leaves the front layers almost as long as the main body of hair. It's a wash-and-go style with naturally straight hair and one that requires a flat iron (try CHI's Professional Flat Iron, $100) for wavy hair. 

If your hair tends to be flat, you can use styling products to add body. You might also consider coloring your hair as the dye actually plumps up the hair's follicles, which can instantly create volume.

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Wavy and Long

Gillian Jacobs with wavy and long bob
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The longer your hair, the more it will weigh down a long face. Actress Gillian Jacobs' cut isn't too long and the curls help add width to her face.

Have your stylist cut in layers to add fullness and don't let them thin out your hair too much. More volume in the hair helps to balance out a longer face. Try a volumizer—like Rossano Ferretti Parma's Favoloso 18 Natural Hair Movement Enhancer, $46—if you need an added boost.

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Shoulder-Length With Side-Swept Bangs

Jessica Alba with side swept bangs
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As Jessica Alba can attest, side-swept bangs are a fantastic addition to any haircut. The angle breaks up a higher hairline and draws the eye to your face. With some sweet, soft curls, you get the extra volume that gives the face a more oval appearance.

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Thick and Wavy

Selena Gomez with thick and wavy bob
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Cutting your hair at the shoulders, as seen on singer Selena Gomez, is also a great choice for very thick hair. It's a length that will not weigh down curls or waves and it's easier to care for every day. After all, the secret to beautiful hair is to keep it healthy, so whatever you can do to maintain that in your daily routine will be worth it. Integrate a light styling product (we like VERB's Ghost Weightless Hair Oil, $18) to smooth flyaways.

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Formal Updo

Bella Thorne with a formal updo
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This vintage Bella Thorne look is a fabulous choice for a formal updo, though it's not very "up." That's because you don't want to add too much volume on top of your head when you have a longer face. By pulling your hair back and letting tendrils frame your face, you'll achieve a flattering yet simple look. Plus, you have to appreciate the messy intricacy of this knot on red hair. This is also a great opportunity to show off a cute set of hair accessories (we like this Micro Snap Clip Set, $12, by Kitsch).

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