The Best Haircuts For Long Hair Are Anything but Boring

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Despite the many hair growth options out there right now – from minoxidil to tretinoin – there’s still a common misconception about having long hair that lingers even when you reach your desired length: that your options are limited in terms of the haircuts you can get at the salon. Sure, short cuts like the pixie or bob can make for great dramatic transformations, but there are plenty of haircuts for long hair to pick from if you want to change things up without chopping off too much.

While even something as small as a hair dusting can make a huge impact on the overall health of your hair, there are also plenty of other cuts and layering techniques for longer lengths that can add major volume, movement, and texture. Plus, it’s a guaranteed way to ensure that your longer hair doesn’t elongate your face in a way that doesn’t suit you. (If you’ve ever seen an afghan hound, you know what we mean . . . even if they are cute.)

To help you land on the best haircut for long hair, we’re breaking down our favorite pro-approved options here, plus a few inspiration photos to bring with you to your next salon appointment.

Best Haircuts for Long Hair

First, it’s worth noting that no haircut is one size fits all. Every style can be tailored by your hairstylist to suit your face shape and lifestyle. That said, there are lots of popular options that can make a huge difference.

For example, the shag haircut has made a strong comeback with its effortless, undone vibe. If you have long hair, simply ask your hairstylist to cut shaggy layers that frame the face with wispy bangs to boot. If your style is more polished, you might opt for crisp, blunt ends to make you feel instantly put together. The “clavicut” haircut, on the other hand, is good if you’re in the process of growing out your hair. And, of course, you can always add subtle curtain bangs to your hairstyle for a minor yet impactful tweak. Again, you don’t need to chop off five-plus inches of hair to see a difference in your look – never underestimate the power of a good trim.

Long Haircut Ideas

By making a minor change to your long hairstyle, you can turn your grown-out ends into something you’d see on your Instagram discover page – and potentially find your new signature look in the process. Keep scrolling to see the very best haircut trends for long hair to get you started.

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