An oblong shaped face (also known as the “rectangular” face) is one that is longer than it is wide. As a result, it's important to avoid curly hair styles that add even more length to your face. Ideally, your style should either give your more width or help your face look evenly proportioned.
Luckily, no matter what style we prefer to sport, curly girls have volume on our side, which can help to counter the lack of width in an oblong face.
Short Curly Hair Styles
If you don't have long hair, or simply prefer not to deal with a longer mane, you will do well to choose curly hair styles that protrude at the sides. Feel free to style your hair in such a way that you will have some bangs, since this will help disguise the length. In addition, a simple wash, rinse, scrunch (with some mousse or a gel) routine is fabulous for short haired curlies on the go who don't have time to fuss with their hair.
A few layers can also work well for shorter styles. Choose this type of hair style if you are afraid your curls might “poof” too much if encouraged to flow out to the sides.
An inverted bob on a curly girl will accomplish the same thing. The inverted bob is tapered around the edges to keep it close to your neckline. The hairstyle gives your bob more height and fullness at the top rather than in the back or on the sides.
Medium Curly Hair Styles
With medium length hair, you don't want to focus too much on adding height. While long and high hair may have been popular in the 80s, it definitely won't work for you today! Instead, focus on adding some width and let your long tresses just rest softly across your collarbone area. Alternatively, feel free to add a small cap, such as a beanie, to add height without giving your hair too much volume.
For a more formal look, pull your locks into a loose bun (either in the middle or off to the side) and let a few ringlets softly outline your face.
Long Curly Hair Styles
Long haired curlies get all the luck! Long curly hair hair styles work wonderfully with rectangular faces. With a long face, long locks blend nicely and make the face and hair both appear proportioned. Wearing it down works for a casual affair.
For some long haired curlies, the mere thought of just letting it all hang down is frightening. You know who you are! Feel free to pull your hair up into a loose ponytail, giving yourself a little bump at the crown. This is also a great hair style for working out, or just plain lounging around the house.
You can also simply pull the top layer of your hair up while leaving the middle and back down for a fancier look. Long rings will instantly create a romantic look, or a great wedding hair style.