Short Haircuts for Long Faces With Fine Hair

Ashlee Simpson's short haircut with bangs is a definite 'do.'

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Finding a flattering haircut is double the challenge if you have a long face and fine hair. Certain hairstyles draw attention to the length of your face, while others just won't work with fine hair. Fine hair requires more maintenance than thick hair, according to Valerie Monroe, beauty director of "O Magazine," on oprah.com. "Use a shampoo made specifically for fine hair and a light detangler," says Monroe. In addition, get to the hair salon every six weeks for upkeep.

Short Bob

A short bob with layers around the face works well for a long face and fine hair. The length should reach below the chin. Layers around the face will add some fullness, and balance a long face shape. If your forehead is large, consider adding bangs to your bob. Bangs will shorten the visible length of your face and add some fullness and shape to your fine hair. For styling, add volumizing mousse to wet hair and blow dry with a round brush.

Short Shag

A short shag haircut, chin length or a little longer, makes fine hair look thicker. If, however, your chin is long in proportion to the rest of your face, going short may draw attention to your chin. In this case, keep the length to the chin or longer. A cut with all-over layers covers and minimizes a long forehead. Cover your forehead with wispy bangs and layer the rest to make your hair appear fuller. This cut is easy to style and only needs some volumizer or mousse after a shampoo, followed by a blow-dry.

Asymmetrical Cuts

Fine hair must have a precise cut because this hair type highlights uneven layers and edge lines. Thicker hair tends to hide uneven layers in the volume and wave. Take advantage of this trait once you find a reliable hair stylist able to make exact cuts. Fine hair handles asymmetrical cuts well. Keep hair shorter in the back and chin length in the front, with fringed layers around the face. A side part with longer bangs diminishes any angular or long facial features. Worn straight or curly, fine hair complements these bold cuts.

Super Short Pixie

Having a long face doesn't mean you have to avoid short-short haircuts. If your long face is well-balanced, you can still pull off a super short cut. Look at your face in the mirror and compare the length of your forehead with the length from your mouth to the tip of your chin. If your chin is longer than your forehead, look for another cut. If not, ask for a pixie cut with plenty of short layers.

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