Ask a Hairstylist: How to Wear a Bob If You Have a Long Face

Sleek, scrunched or softened by a wand.

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Q: Hi there! I'm not sure what hairstyle suits my features. I have been wearing my hair long for almost 10 years now. It's fine, but there's tons of it, and it has a natural curl/wave. I feel messy and sloppy when I don't straighten it, so I mostly blow-dry and use a flat iron, which leads to damage.

Tiffany feels "sloppy" when she doesn't straighten her hair.

Last fall, I wanted to cut it off. But I went to a new hairdresser, and she convinced me to do Ombré highlights instead (my natural colour is ashy brown). I did love them, and it staved off my desire to chop it, but I still find myself wanting a change. I'm obsessed with the long bob right now.

Tiffany's recent Ombré colour.

However, I am 6 feet tall and have quite a long face. I am also worried that I am not pretty enough to pull off anything but long, beautiful hair—I feel it's my best feature. But it also holds me back; for example, the styling time required leads me to not work out, for fear of getting it dirty.

Tiffany's hair is naturally ash brown and wavy.

Do you think my current length is right for me? Could I pull off the long bob? Thanks!!!!! — Tiffany

A: Tiffany, thank you for your request to have a consultation

First and foremost, you are so pretty and have such lovely hair, you can do just about any style you choose.

Here are some examples of a long bob length, with styling options for you.

Straight does look more controlled and sleek:

Kristen Bell at a 2015 screening of 'Veronica Mars'.

This scrunched version, although messier, is certainly pretty for any occasion:

Curly shoulder-length hair.

Here is the curl softened by a wand to have more control over your waves:

Sara Paxton at the 2011 Google Music launch party.

Here is a shorter bob that can be equally versatile in your styling options:

Keira Knightley at the 2010 premiere of 'Never Let Me Go'.

Charlize Theron at the 2010 American Cinematheque Awards.

Cut it, grow it, have as much fun as you can. Your hair and your beauty are of equal measure.


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. 

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