Different hairstyles & neck length

Updated April 17, 2017

Stylists tailor hairstyles to compliment their clients' features. Face shape, body stature, shoulder width and neck length are all taken into consideration when creating the perfect look for each individual. The goal is to minimise less desirable features and make desirable features pop.


Neck length is an important consideration when choosing the perfect style. Short hairstyles make long necks appear even longer. Long hair on short necks results in a stubby, stunted appearance.


First, select the length that flatters the neck length. Next, look at styles that are in the length range. Be sure to take face shape and facial features into consideration when selecting a style.

Short Neck

Short hairstyles make short necks appear longer and thinner. People with short necks should select a hairstyle that is shorter than the midpoint of the neck.

Average Neck

Necks of average lengths are suitable for almost any type of hairstyle.

Long Neck

Long hairstyles camouflage long necks and make them appear shorter. Avoid short styles if you have a long neck. Choose a style that is at least shoulder length.

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Kathy Mayse began her writing career as a reporter for "The Jackson-County Times Journal" in 2001. She was promoted to assistant editor shortly after. Since 2005, she has been busy as a successful freelancer specializing in Web content. Mayse is a licensed cosmetologist with more than 17 years of salon experience; most of her writing projects reflect this experience.