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Yes, there IS such thing as a makeover for long hair!

I had long hair for years, but my fellow long-haired ladies can probably feel where I’m coming from when I say long hair gets BORING. Short haircuts can be angled in the front and back, can be choppy or chic, and look totally different curled versus straight. I’d go to the salon and ask for shorter layers, angling in the front – anything to update my tired tresses. But usually, to no avail.

Is there a way to get a new look to your hair without chopping it all off? As it turns out, yes! Try these tricks for an update without sacrificing length.

Cut a fringe

Nothing changes your overall look more than bangs. Thick, blunt bangs straight across your face are a perfect way to give long hair a totally new look, and the combo of this style bangs with long locks is super in style right now.

Even if you can’t commit to straight-across bangs, a side-swept fringe might be a good option for updating your ‘do. Long hair tends to drag down facial features on some women, and this type of bangs is perfect for lifting your face and drawing attention to your eyes. Make sure it blends with short layers in the front for the best lifting effect.

Shorter layers

I know, I know, you have probably asked for layers tirelessly, only to find that your hair looks no different. However, if you have a long, thick sheet of hair, getting layers that are as short as your shoulders (and even shorter near the face!) can be a major update for your look. Talk to your stylist to ensure your hair is thick enough for this style – otherwise, it can have a “shelf” effect – making under layer of your hair way too thin and mullet-like. This cut will also look extra cute in a ponytail, offering dimension and shape.

Add some color

Sometimes its the color, not the cut, that makes your mane look so blah. Long layers can look much more lively with some warm highlights, even if you just add these around the face. This type of highlight has a youthful effect on your whole face.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing