If you have a long haircut but you're bored with your look, you may think there's only one option: Chop all your hair off. Strictly speaking, that's not actually true. As beauty editors, we've learnt many a solution to this problem, and we know there's actually secret answer number two: Transform your look without getting rid of your length.
So how, we hear your cry, is it possible to achieve this? Well, we've identified a few options, whether that's adding in fresh new layers to your style, opting for a blunt or side fringe, or even going for the "invisible haircut" (that's a real thing, we promise we didn't make that one up). As always, we've gathered examples as seen on our favourite A-listers to give you plenty of hairstyle inspiration before you sit down in your stylist's chair. Click through our gallery for seven of the best long haircuts to transform your look.
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Really stuck in a hair rut but happy with the length? Then perhaps a fringe is for you. We spoke to A-list hairstylist Vernon Francois on the matter too who said that "not all hair types can manage a fringe and they don’t suit everyone".
"It’s always best to have a consultation with an experienced hairstylist beforehand. Also fringes for long hair often change your look and give you more options for wearing your hair up. If you’re still not sure, opt for a side fringe that way you can have the best of both," he advises.
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There are many plus points of getting a layered haircut. Layers offer movement, break up the weight, and make hair look bouncier. But, if you're not blessed with super-thick hair, it can make it look flat. To change up your look, ask for your layers to be taken out (that means cutting off some length), but as hairstylist Ashley Javier explained to Vogue, the trick is “all about having the thickness at the ends, because that looks healthy.”
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If you've got mega-long hair, why not switch it up by adding some different lengths in at the bottom? It will give a cool, hippie vibe. Totally chic, non?
Vernon Francois recommends "slicing the ends of your hair which creates a softer, more contemporary appearance and tends to work very well with thicker hair. This also great for those who don’t want to cut their hair often, slicing is the better option."
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To give your long hair definition, why not try a few simple shorter pieces at the front? Not only will it mean you can style it similarly to Cara Delevingne's look here, but it won't take long to grow out if you don't like it. We love using GHD V Gold Classic Styler (£111), to create soft, loose curls.
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The term "invisible haircut" was created by the clever folk over at Hershesons to give movement to hair in order to make the best of its natural style without adding obvious layers. Anyone, whatever texture (or length), can go for this, and it will help give your hair a boost without compromising on length.
To ensure you make the most of your curls, "You need beautifully blended layers all around your head to lend weight without looking heavy," advises hairstylist Matt Fugate. Invest in a pair of curling tongs to help enhance your style too.
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You don't have to commit to a blunt fringe to give yourself a dramatic makeover. Try a softer approach with a side-swept version à la Kerry Washington.
Ready for the chop? These 25 short hairstyles will persuade you into the salon.