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Ask a Hairstylist: How to Keep Long Hair out of Your Face

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Q: My hair is a natural dark brown colour, and is generally on the fine and straight side. 

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Danica wants her hair out of her face.

I have struggled for as long as I can remember with finding a cut that will keep my hair out of my face, while still keeping my hair routine as simple as possible. Thank you for your time! — Danica

Danica wants to keep her hair routine simple.

A: Danica, thank you for this request for a consultation. 

I happen to love your hair as is, but I will answer your question about how to keep your hair out of your eyes.

Besides a ponytail or pinning your hair back, the only way to achieve this is by cutting a bang.

Here are a few lengths and bang styles that would suit you and your hair. You can mix and match the different lengths and bangs at your free will.

Zooey Deschanel in a lipstick ad for Rimmel.

There are only a few heads of long hair that we can cut to keep the hair from falling in the face. That is why the side part and the tuck behind the ear became so popular. 

Redistributing your hair by using a centre or off-centre part helps avoid the heavy side falling in your face as well, but a pin or tuck is still required to keep it off your face completely.

With this look to show off the texture, I would add some highlights—mostly on the ends—to avoid the root problem:

Rose Byrne in Madison magazine.

The way this cut is done, with the choppy bangs and ends, will work well with your natural beautiful colour:

Gemma Arterton at the 2009 BAFTA Tea Party.

This is my favourite cut for you. There is more skin on your forehead exposed, therefore the dark colour will not close in your face. 

With one of the other bang styles and this dark colour, it will be a more dramatic effect—which can be super-cool, but a bit more severe.

I hope this will serve you well with your quest for something new.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Hair at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.