Layered Bob Hairstyles for an Oblong Face

Bobs easily build volume on the sides of your face.

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Oblong faces are a good bit longer than they are wide. They're longer than the oval face shape and usually have a high forehead. They can have a rounded or rectangular edge. Hairstyles that emphasize length tend to make your face look longer, so you should gravitate to styles that play up width. It's all about where you add the volume. Layered bobs work really well for you because they can easily add volume in the right places.

Feathered Fringe

If you want to boost your hair's volume, go for a feathered fringe. Gradually tapered layers create the feathered look. Instead of two or three layers, you have a mass of layers, which really lifts up those locks. The feathering itself has a soft and sensual look. Go for a shorter bob that starts at your chin, or slightly longer if you want a little more hair to play with.

Mostly Blunt Bob with Bangs

Sarah Jessica Parker, who has an oblong face, looks very chic when sporting her blunt bob with wavy curls. Bangs will minimize your high forehead and long face shape with this look. If your face is rounder, try blunt bangs. If it's more on the square side, try a straight fringe of bangs that arcs downward as it joins with the rest of your hair. Very long layers will add volume at the sides while maintaining the blunt look. Have your stylist cut your hair to your chin, to emphasize your bone structure.

Long Swanky Bob

Hilary Swank pulls off a long layered bob with style to spare. Piecey layers and long, angled bangs soften up the lines of her oblong, angular face, playing up her strong bone structure. The bottom layers fall about halfway between her jawline and her shoulder. This look will give you lots of length and body to work with, while minimizing your face's length. Part your hair at an angle and sweep your bangs across your forehead to style this 'do.

Sleek Bob

Jennifer Love Hewitt has sported a gorgeous sleek bob that is extremely flattering to her oblong face. When the gradual layers are styled to curl under, they have a super sleek look. The bottom layers reach between the top of her jawline and her chin, playing up her bone structure. Bangs minimize her forehead and the length of her face. This look has it all -- it softens angles, it maximizes width and it plays up strong features.

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