What is the Best Cut For Curly Hair and a Long Face?

"I know bangs are flattering for my face, but with naturally curly hair, they're very problematic."
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"I know bangs are flattering for my face, but with naturally curly hair, they're very problematic."
Best cuts for curly hair and a long face

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Q: Hi Bill! I have fair to medium skin, hazel eyes and very curly hair. I've tried many different colours—currently it is auburn—but my main issue is finding the right cut. 

Hair consultation - Marie

Marie is looking for a hairstyle that she can wear naturally curly or straightened.

I have a long face with a larger forehead. I know bangs are flattering for my face, but with naturally curly hair, they're very problematic, time-consuming, and make my forehead oily. In addition, when my hair is curly, I don't love the look of straight bangs. 

Hair consultation - Marie

Marie has tried many hair shades, including blonde.

Lastly, I would really love to have long, Kim Kardashian-length hair, but I always hear how this is against the "rules" for long faces. 

Hair consultation - Marie

Marie doesn't love straight bangs with curly hair.

Quite a few conundrums! Any suggestions for a hairstyle that can look great both straight and curly, and flatter my face? Thank you! — Marie

Hair consultation - Marie

Marie loves Kim Kardashian-length hair, but isn't sure it works on a long face.

A: Marie, you seem to be on the right track with most of your cutting and styling decisions.

It seems to me that you never quite get there and leave it for a while.

Here are a couple examples of a side-swept bang that is fairly non-committal compared to a strong bang:

Doutzen Kroes bangs

Doutzen Kroes' side-swept bangs.

Jennifer Garner, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past premiere, 2009

Jennifer Garner at the 2009 premiere of 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past'.

Please take note of the volume at the crown with these styles.

Then there is the centre part that looks so beautiful on you. This is a colour that I also feel you should work towards, and then leave it and grow your hair:

Jessica Biel, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry premiere, 2007

Jessica Biel at the 2007 premiere of 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'.

This looser, less controlled wave would also be very pretty on your way to longer hair:

Loose blonde waves

Loose blonde waves.

I would consider growing your hair to this length:

Gisele Bundchen, Dolce and Gabbana The One fragrance launch, 2007

Gisele Bündchen at the 2007 launch of Dolce & Gabbana The One.

You seem to be able to handle your bangs quite well, even if it can be a nuisance keeping them straight.

If you were to want a full bang again, then I would suggest making it more narrow and wispy:

Reese Witherspoon, Oscars 2007

Reese Witherspoon at the 2007 Oscars.

This way, there is less bang to control, and the wispiness gives the hair some movement that would be pretty. Also easier to blend in with the rest of your hair on a non-bang day.

I hope this helps you, Marie.


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