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Having long hair is all fun and games until its time for you to figure out what to do with it. You have hundreds of pictures of haircuts that you’re dying to try bookmarked, but have no idea where to go from there or if how they’ll turn out. Checking Zendaya’s Instagram feed to figure out how her hair always looks like she stepped out of a shampoo commercial has become part of my morning routine.

When you have longer hair, finding the right haircut isn’t always easy. One minute, you walk into the hair salon with a clear idea of what you want and how short you’re willing to go. The next, you walk out with a completely different (not to mention much shorter) look than you asked for. If this sounds like your version of a nightmare, you’re not alone. The good news is that you don’t have to chop off your hair to get a haircut that suits your face and hair texture. These haircuts are perfect for long hair, and will compliment your face.

1. If your hair is super curly…

Play up your hair’s natural volume by getting round layers. Make sure you’re aware of how short you cut your layers; you don’t want to cut too much and throw off the balance. Longer layers look best here. Zendaya slays this haircut!

2. If your hair goes waaaay down your back…

If you wear long hair extensions, this also applies to you. You have two options. First, give your hair some shape with subtle layers. It’s always better to start small and work your way backwards. Avoid getting blunt layers so your hair doesn’t look choppy. Instead, frame your face by getting your first layer at chest level.

Or if you’re not feeling the layered look, you can also slightly trim your ends and wear as is.

3. If you have bangs but aren’t happy with how they look…

Take a page from Camila Cabello and get layered bangs. I love that she opted for a softer style instead of the usual blunt bangs look; she totally pulls it off. The best part about bangs is that there are so many ways that you can style them.

4. If you have fuller hair…

Blunt layers are your best friend. In fact, the more hair you have, the more layers you can get away with. This haircut will seriously compliment your face and make you look like you’re the next It girl on Instagram.

5. If your hair is naturally straight:

Frame your face with strategically placed layers near your cheeks or chin. This will make your front layers look less forced, more natural. You can even give your hair a slight curl like Sara Jessica Parker’s!

6. If your hair is wavy and prone to frizz…

Here’s a simple trick to control volume but keep that tousled, I-woke-up-like-this look. When you’re getting layers, make sure you start from the back and cut horizontally. This will help keep your thick waves in check.