Q: Hi Bill, I’m desperately seeking a hairstyle that would suit my face shape (long), my age (41), and my lifestyle (active) without aging me.
I am working with a challenging hair texture—it’s naturally curly. My natural hair colour is dirty blonde, but I lighten it.
Should my hair be short with bangs? Should I grow it out? Thank you! — Dee
A: Dee, thank you for sending along your request for a hair consultation. I think that you are on the right track with your short hair idea. Shorter hair will make your smile and jawline pop, and will frame your pretty eyes.
I think that this sporty cut would work beautifully for you.
The length should hover near the top of your ears, with long bangs that sweep across the forehead down to the cheek. The layers shouldn’t be cut too short—you want to keep a lot of fullness, as this will help to balance out your face shape.
To wear it straight, it would take just a few minutes with a flat iron. But it will also look great with your natural wave.
Another option is a short bob. Your natural curls are perfect for this cut.
I would recommend trying this look after you’ve had your way with the shorter hair, since you would need to grow out your current ear-length layers to achieve this.
Here is an option with curls and skinny, textured ends.
And here’s how it could look worn sleek and straight.
Again, notice the deep side part sweeping across the forehead. This is key for a long face shape as it visually “cuts” some of the length.
I also love this simple, all-one-length bob for you.
This cut would create the illusion of a shorter face shape, since the widest part is at the bottom of the ears.
As for your hair colour, I would prefer to see your hair a bit darker than you have it now. Your super-blonde is too light, and is bringing out the red tones in your skin. This darker blonde would make your skin glow.