Hairstyles for tall women: to bob or not to bob?

My hair and me have a love/hate relationship. I love it because it’s long and healthy, I hate it because it is also quite boring and I don’t have the guts to do anything with it.

This is for two reasons:
Reason 1:  My mother used to bribe me as a kid to cut my hair off, as she did not know what to do with long hair. So I walked around looking like a boy with spikey hair for most of my primary school period. The question: ‘are you a boy or a girl?’ is detrimental to the self-esteem of a 10 year old girl, I tell you. I’ll have ‘how tall are you?’ every day of the week instead. Oh, wait… 🙂

Reason 2: When I was old enough to decide myself what to do with it, I just let it grow, let it grow, let it grow as even getting rid of split ends was still nerve-wrecking. I have never been adventurous when it came to length, only with the color when I was 19, but that was because I was going through an identity crisis and thought I was a hippie for a year.

I have a friend who is very experimental with her hair. Granted, it is not always a success, but at least she tries different things. Mine is just boring. It is very straight, so there is not much to do with it. Curls will stay in there for 5 nano seconds, and then it’s back to straight. Unless I spray a loads of nasty smelling hairspray in it, which will in turn overwhelm my perfume completely, so that’s not an option either.

I have cut it shorter twice, a tame straight bob up to my ears, but that made me look like a very very dull secretary. But I am at that cross road again; shall I try something new? Not THAT bob obviously, but something new.

One thing I have learned is, that because I am tall, I feel most comfortable with a hairstyle that is at least shoulder length. That feels balanced, organic. Short hair would be too big a contrast with my tall frame, it would expose my broad shoulders and long neck, plus people might start asking me if I am a boy. 😉 I have been thinking of this asymmetric bob, but then a sexy, supermodel one, not a secretary one. I looked up these pics for inspiration, and I will see if I can get myself mentally prepared for this big step. 🙂

If you want to read more on tall hair styles, check out this post.


Picture credits: Pinterest


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    San Francisco | Tall Wife
    29 April 2015 at 11:33

    […] Obviously, love, peace and happiness spring to mind when thinking of SF. And Full House, the 80ies TV show. (I always wanted DJ Tanner’s hair when I was a kid, but my mum bribed me into cutting my hair off whenever it grew past my ears…) But let’s not get side tracked on my past haircuts. That’s a different story. (And when I say different, I mean spikey. I am still traumatized…) […]

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    19 July 2016 at 19:41

    It was so fun reading your post. I am a tall woman as well, and my husband loves my love hair. I really want to cut it, but still want to have a look my husband likes. This was a very inspiring read.

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      Tall Wife
      21 July 2016 at 10:04

      Hi Valerie, Thanks for your comment, and yes, the struggle is real! 🙂 I actually just wrote another post about it, so if you want to read more, check this link out; ! 🙂

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    The Long and Short of Hairstyles for Tall Women | Tall Wife
    21 July 2016 at 09:58

    […] my best read posts is a post I wrote in my very early days of blogging on haircuts for tall women (you can read that particular post here). As you’ll see, the post is not so much about what hairstyles would suit tall women, but […]

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    5 January 2017 at 17:29

    Hey, I am the same way. I am 5 ft 10 in, and I have broad shoulders and am busty (long arms and legs as well). Above shoulder length doesn’t really flatter and I feel less feminine and with such height, really it feels wrong to me (for my body). If the hair ends right at my shoulders, I feel the horizontal line goes straight across my already broad shoulders, exposing how broad they are. I like my hair below that line of my shoulders, but not long where it looks overlong.

    I think my sweet spot is between just below the shoulders to above my bust line. I can do a long bob (could be one length or layered) below my shoulders or a long layered cut. But if I go long and straight with no layers, my straight , thick hair just makes my face look very long. Because of my height, I feel stuck in about 2 styles thst flatter me. Bangs don’t work because I have three cowlicks in my hair where I would have bangs and it is a look that looks dowdy on me somehow. No bangs is better.

    I would just encourage tall women if you are broad shouldered like me to think about the horizontal line with your shoulders if you go shoulder length, especially in back. I think you could go angled long bob and that work , but a blunt cut right at your shoulders does highlight the broad shoulders.

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