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Leave it long! 23 long hairstyles inspired by celebrity cuts

After spending time to grow out your hair, the thought of a new cut can feel daunting.

Sure, changing up your look can be exciting, but the risk of losing precious inches for a new style is enough to make your stomach turn. Trust us, we get it!

But having long locks doesn't have to mean loose, limp or dull hair. By simply adding layers, bangs or face-framing angles, the right long hairstyle can do wonders to complement your face.

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    Long hairstyle ideas inspired by celebrity cuts

    Looking for a new 'do, but don't want to loose length? These long hairstyles inspired by celebrities are a great source of inspiration.

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    "With soft, long layers, your entire style looks lighter and not weighed down," says Hos Hounkpatin, a hairstylist for Frederic Fekkai Salons. "Ask your stylist to keep the layers around the face longer to draw the eye down for a (sleeker) look."

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  • Blake Lively

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    Lively's hair has movement thanks to lots of layers, explains Edward Tricomi and master stylist Warren Tricomi Salons. He suggests asking your stylist to go as short as your chin to give your face a nice frame.

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  • Drew Barrymore

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    This cut “has a slight angle that starts in the front and gradually drops as it reaches the back, creating a rounded shape," explains celebrity hairstylist and Macadamia Professional International creative director, Giannandrea. For more of a rock 'n' roll vibe, ask for hair to be thinned out about 4 inches from the bottom. 

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  • Emmy Rossum

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    For those with naturally curly hair like Rossum, long layers are key. They will help complement the hair’s thickness while avoiding the dreaded "triangle shape" that can happen when hair is one length, says Rossum’s hairstylist, Arsen Gurgov. In fact, the layers help give the curl some extra spring.

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  • Zoe Saldana

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    For a haircut like Saldana's, ask for layers as short as the chin, explains Tricomi. If you have thick hair with a slight wave, this is a haircut for you. 

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  • Jennifer Aniston

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    This is a great haircut for someone who is in-between lengths, Hounkpatin says. He calls it a "choppy long bob" with a few framing angles. "Aniston's cut shows off the thickness of her hair because blunt ends give you that look of fullness," says Hounkpatin.

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  • Jennifer Garner

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    A haircut like Garner's is great for movement, explains her hairstylist, Adir Abergel. "The front is styled with face-framing pieces that highlight the cheekbones and blend beautifully into the other layers," he says, suggesting that it's best when the shortest layer starts at the jawline. 

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  • Julia Roberts

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    "Ask your stylist for razored edges to keep that soft and wispy look," Hounkpatin suggests to those who love Roberts' look. "Angles around her face open her up for a more feminine look to accentuate her cheekbones." 

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  • Katie Holmes

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    The key to Holmes' laid-back haircut is textured ends, explains the star's hairstylist, DJ Quintero. There are no blunt ends on this haircut, "which keeps everything looking soft, modern and lived in."

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  • Kate Winslet

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    If you have wavy or straight hair, ask for a mid-length haircut with long layers, suggests hairstylist Renato Campora, who has worked with Winslet in the past. 

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  • Lauren Graham

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    "With a side-swept bang, the cut is more dimensional and light," explains Hounkpatin.

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  • Melissa McCarthy

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    Campora, who gave McCarthy this fashion-forward style, says to ask for an angled, shoulder-length bob with layers in the back for volume and bounce. 

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  • Mischa Barton

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    "You don’t see the layers with your naked eye as easily," says Hounkpatin, noting that too many layers on fine hair can take away from natural body. "Barton has a square face, so ask your stylist to keep layers long around the face to lengthen. This softens her jawline." 

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  • Naomi Campbell

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    This style is all about the bangs. Tricomi says to ask for eyebrow-grazing bangs that are tapered at the ends. "You should also ask for light layers throughout the whole haircut for movement," he adds. 

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  • Nicole Kidman

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    "Ask for a face frame from the nose down," Tricomi suggests. "This creates a nice line in front." This type of cut is best for women with fine to medium hair thickness with a slight wave, he adds.

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  • Penelope Cruz

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    "Since the bangs connect to the front layer, you have the option of wearing bangs full or side-swept," says Hounkpatin. "Because the length is very long, the bangs make the entire style more flirty and feminine." He suggests that this type of style is best for women with medium to thick hair. 

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  • Reese Witherspoon

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    A haircut like Witherspoon's involves a combination of long and short layers, says Giannandrea, who's worked with the star in the past. "This cut drops steeply from the front to the back creating more of a V-shape," he explains. Giannandrea says this is a particularly great style since it's playful and offers a lot of volume around the face. 

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  • Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

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    Duchess Kate is known for her gorgeous locks — and for good reason! "This look can be recreated by framing the face from the nose down with a side-swept bang. Long layers are cut in to add movement," explains Tricomi. He suggests this cut for women with thick to medium hair that has a slight wave. 

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  • Sandra Bullock

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    Abergel, Bullock's hairstylist, suggests cutting the shortest layers right above the shoulders. "Then the hair should be shagged out all the way from that layer to the end, making sure the style looks piece-y," he says. "The bangs should not go too far back, but have a great choppiness to them. It’s all about a cool, choppy bang that falls right at your eyebrow."

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  • Sarah Jessica Parker

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    To get a look like Parker's, Quintero, who often works with the actress, suggests asking for textured ends. After cutting the basic long layers and drying the hair, he says your stylist should go back in and break up any straight lines by cutting into the hair. This will help remove any unwanted weight. 

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  • Selena Gomez

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    A cut like Gomez's works best for someone with fine to medium hair thickness. Start by cutting hair straight across in the back and adding face-framing angles. "Ask your stylist for long, blunt layers to create this sleek look," Tricomi says.

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  • Minka Kelly

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    A cut like Kelly's is an easy way to give fine, limp hair instant movement. Yes, please! "This cut is soft, simple and fresh. Shorter, face-framing layers complement her cheekbones," says Hounkpatin. "Her hair is finer, so don’t chop up the hair too much." 

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  • Gina Rodriguez

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    If you're looking for both body and shine with your next haircut, ask your stylist to cut your thick hair to one long length with a few razored angles, explains Hounkpatin. 

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The perfect new 'do starts with a bit of inspiration. With any haircut, Arsen Gurgov a celebrity hairstylist whose clients include Emmy Rossum, recommends showing your stylist a picture of your desired outcome.

"It will give someone an idea and they'll know immediately if it's realistic," he says.

To determine if the cut will work for you, experts rely on three important aspects: hair texture, face type and the shape at the bottom of the cut.

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Hair texture

For someone like Rossum, who has naturally curly hair, Gurgov emphasizes the importance of layers. He promises that experts can avoid frizziness and the all-dreaded "pyramid shape" (when hair is wider than it is long) with the right tools and cutting techniques.

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Razors and thinning shears are great for creating movement if used correctly, suggests DJ Quintero, a celebrity hairstylist whose clients include Katie Holmes and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Face type

Then there's face shape. "Layers can enhance beauty or throw off proportions," says Giannandrea, a celebrity hairstylist and the creative director of Macadamia Professional International.

Layers that begin below the chin can help elongate a rounder face shape, while shorter angles can help define cheekbones on a longer face, adds Hos Hounkpatin, a hairstylist for Frederic Fekkai Salons.

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Hair shape

No matter which combination of layers and angles you choose, the shape at the bottom of your hair matters. It could either be round like a U-shape or come to a point like a V-shape, explains Giannandrea. It all depends on the effect you're hoping to create.

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This article was originally published on Jul. 14, 2016 on TODAY.com.

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