Whether you’re contemplating extensions or looking for a fresh update on your current back-grazing locks, we’re about to throw some major hairspiration your way. We hit up celebrity stylists for the DL on what long haircuts are trending, and asked them to share how to request the look, along with which face shapes and hair types the cuts flatter most. Trust us — Rapunzel doesn’t have anything on the long hair these celebs are rocking on the regular, and they’re bound to inspire your next visit to the salon.
The Cut: mid-length bob
Celebrity Inspiration: Jennifer Lawrence
Description: If you don’t to go too long, try something more moderate, like this mid-length bob that makes Jennifer Lawrence look so good. “This cut utilizes an ultra-long fringe to give the illusion of layers on one side,” said Heaps. “It begins with a blunt cut finished by notching into the ends for a shattered effect.”
Style It: “To achieve this sleek smooth finish, mist dry hair with White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Thermal Styling Spray ($13) and brush through. When paired with the heat of a flat iron, this spray makes hair shinier as more heat is applied. This glass-like shine is humidity resistant with the straight style lasting until hair is shampooed,” said Heaps. “For taming fly-a-ways and an extra smooth finish, warm a small amount of BioSilk Silk Polish in your palms and run your hands over the surface and ends.”
Who It Works For: “This cut is ideal for any face shape with adjustments to the side part to compliment,” said Heaps. “Shoulder length hair is actually one of the few universal hairstyles that look great on any face shape.”
Long, Blended Layers
The Cut: long, blended layers
Celebrity Inspiration: Rihanna
Description: “Even though the length is extremely long, the cut is layered throughout and blended. The shortest sections go just past the chin,” said celebrity stylist Laurie Heaps, who styles Rowan Blanchard, Danielle Fishel, and Sabrina Carpenter.
Style It: On towel-dried hair, apply a curling mousse, such as Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Coconut & Moringa Oils Curl Whip Styling Souffle to create spiral definition that’s silky and soft. “The key is to work the product in section by section,” said Heaps. “Start by separating hair into four main areas — crown, both sides, and nape — and apply mousse accordingly. Air dry or use a diffuser for quicker styling. Once dry, [use] BioSilk Silk Therapy With Organic Coconut Oil for weightless shine and extra protection against frizz. Finish with Redken’s Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray for hold and flexible fullness.”
Who It Works For: “This cut is perfect for anyone who is committed to maintaining such long hair and those with natural curls,” said Heaps. It will require regular trims and lots of deep conditioning.
Long With Razored Ends
The Cut: long with razored ends
Celebrity Inspiration: Shay Mitchell
Description: “This [is a] long, blunt cut that’s achieved by cutting it for an all one-length style. Instead of shears, the cut is done with a razor for a soft finish to the ends,” Heaps said.
Style It: “Start by spraying towel-dried hair with Redken Satinwear 04 Thermal Styling Blow Dry Lotion. Using the BioSilk Titanium Blow Dryer and a medium round brush, lift and twist one to two inch sections around the brush to create soft waves,” said Heaps. Finish with a styling spray that adds a bit of texture for a tousled beachy look. Try Moroccan Oil’s Dry Texture Spray.
Who It Works For: “The cut can accentuate almost any face shape as the middle part can suit all. It is also great for those who love a more carefree look,” said Heaps.
Wavy and Layered
The Cut: wavy and layered
Celebrity Inspiration: Anne Hathaway
Description: “This is a long, layered blunt cut that allows for curls and waves to explode with volume and lift. The cut begins with a blunt bottom, followed by creating long layers,” said Heaps.
Style It: Great curls and waves begin with the right products and tools. Heaps recommended applying Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Shape Perfecting Lotion for frizz control and a soft hold with shine. “To bump up sections that need a bit more definition, use the BioSilk Titanium 1 1/4-Inch Curling Iron for silky smooth curls that last. Once cooled, use your fingers to rake out the curls. Finish with White Sands Infinity Hairspray for a flexible hold.”
Who It Works For: “This cut is great for thick, natural waves. The closer to the shoulders your cut is, the better, since thicker hair will be weighed down by the length,” noted Heaps.