Pin it, twist it, braid it or let it cascade down your back – waist-grazing tresses allow you to do so much. Besides its length, long hair garners so much of attention because it can smoothen sharp features much better than its shorter counterparts.
Okay, we know ‘how do you maintain it’ can be massively irritating after a point. So, unless you are on a mission to promote some magic hair potion, you probably won’t like answering the same rhetoric question, every other day. How about steering the conversation to ‘how did you style it’ instead? Time for a hair makeover, we’ve rounded up legit head turning hairstyles for long hair. Snip and style your way to some serious hair envy.
- Straight Hair
1. Straight Hairstyles for Long Hair
Step 1: Gather all your hair in a high ponytail and divide into two halves.
Step 2: Pick a smaller section from the right half and cross it over to tuck it in under the left half.
Step 3: Similarly cross over a section from the left half to the right half.
Step 4: With each new stitch, add a thin section of hair from either side into your braid for a woven look.
Step 5: Continue till the end of the length and secure your long braid hairstyle with an elastic. Finish off with a few spritzes of Gatsby Set & Keep Hair Spray Ultra Hard and be rest assured that your braid will brave the winds.
ii. Wrapped ballerina bun
Step 1: A long hair bun that doesn’t give away in the first hour begins with a secure ponytail. So start by brushing your tresses back with the Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush Mini and create a high ponytail.
Step 2: Twist the length of your ponytail gently and wrap it around the root finally securing it with a hair tie.
Step 3: This is the part that will give your look a whole new dimension. Pick a vibrant scarf and wrap it around the bun.
Step 4: Tuck the ends of the scarf under the hair tie to keep it in place.
Step 5: Secure the updo in place with bobby pins. Want a more relaxed vibe? Tug at a few stray strands from your hairline.
2. Straight Haircuts for Long Hair
i. Long Layer cut with highlights
Here’s the con that no one talks about, long hair can be a literal burden at times. To counter this, opt for long layer cuts to ease out the heaviness without compromising on the enviable length. Consider going for highlights if you want to spice things up a bit.
Ace the Look: Make volume spray your BFF because with layers, the more volume the better.
What We Love: Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray For Extra Body And Volume
ii. Simple U shaped haircut
Hello to our Plain Jane in the house. You’re looking for a no-nonsense haircut that’s simple yet ridiculously flattering. Enter the classic U-shaped haircut. Need a reason more to be convinced? We’re yet to find a case where this cut has led to regret, so full points for reliability.
Ace the Look: This haircut looks more defined when sleek and smooth. Reporting to duty: smoothing hair serum.
What We Love: L'Oreal Paris Smooth Intense Instant Smoothing Serum
- Wavy Hair
1. Wavy Hairstyles for Long Hair
i. Braided top knot
Step 1: Flip your head down and brush your hair with the Vega Premium Collection Hair Brush.
Step 2: From the nape of your neck start creating a French braid. Keep adding thin sections of hair from either side into your braid for a woven look. Also, the French braid for long hair is summer-approved.
Step 3: Continue braiding till you reach the crown of your head.
Step 4: Now twist all your remaining hair into a top knot. Secure it with an elastic and bobby pins.
Step 5: Show the unruly flyaways where they belong (read nowhere) with the Enliven Ultra Hold Hair Spray.
Step 1: Gather just the top half of your hair (don’t bother to fish out the brush) and tie it into a tight ponytail.
Step 2: Tease the tail of your ponytail with the Bronson Professional Termax Back Combing Teasing Brush to add some extra volume.
Step 3: Gently twist the length of your ponytail and wrap it around its root.
Step 4: Secure the bun with a hair tie.
Step 5: Since the rest of your hair falls flat, scrunch it with an egg-sized dollop of the Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort Beach Texturiser for effortless beach waves.
2. Wavy Haircuts for Long Hair
i. Spiral waves
A beach ready cut that embraces your hair’s natural texture? Sounds just right to us. Since your waves call the shots in the low-maintenance haircut, throw in a killer golden ombre into the picture and count how many heads you turn. Beach or no beach, this haircut can create waves and how.
Ace the Look: Add definition and contour to your mane waves with an oil-free texturizer.
What We Love: Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort Beach Texturiser
ii. Simple V shaped haircut
Travel back in time and give a shout out to this heavily layered cut that adds intense depth and movement to your tresses. Talk bold to us. The sharply defined V cut at the ends of your locks, fuel an edgy makeover.
Ace the Look: Spritz some hair spray through the ends of your hair to draw attention to the V-shape.
What We Love: Kevin.Murphy Session.Spray Strong Hold Styling Hair Spray
- Curly Hair
1. Curly Hairstyles for Long Hair
i. Side swept curls
Step 1: Create a deep side parting with the Ocean Professional Carbon Cutting Tail Comb.
Step 2: Swoop all your hair over the shoulder on one side.
Step 3: At the back of your head, slide pins heading upward to hold it in place.
Step 4: Grab a section of hair from the hairline and cross over to conceal the line of pins.
Step 5: To tame any wispy strays and keep the style in place, spritz some Osmo Extreme Xfirm Gel Spray.
ii. Half up Bow bun
Step 1: Gather your hair to create a half ponytail. Secure it with a hair tie.
Step 2: Loosen the elastic with a finger and pass the length of the ponytail through the gap to create a loop in your ponytail.
Step 3: To form a bow, separate the loop with your fingers and fan it out into a bow. You can keep tugging for a bigger bow.
Step 4: Add the TS Hairpin Waved Bob Pins at the bottom of your long hair ponytail.
Step 5: Pull the ponytail over the center of the bow and tuck it back all the way under the bow.
2. Curly Haircuts for Long Hair
i. Layered Coiled curls
Layered coils have been flooding the ‘Gram lately and no reason why. It’s no secret that curls are adored over ironed hair. If you’re a sucker for showing off your natural curls, but are hesitant because you aren’t strong with the volume, the wait is over.
Ace the Look: Since this haircut rests big time on the intensity and definition of your coiled curls, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. Top secret here is the curl enhancing cream.
What We Love: Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer
ii. Front Fringe Haircut
This layer-free dream mane hits all the right notes. Brow-grazing fringes? Check. Effortless curls? Check. Zero heavy duty styling? Double check. Need we say more?
Ace the Look: Curls are disobedient, yes. Which is why investing in a curl defining cream makes sense.
What We Love: BBLUNT High Definition Curl, Curl Defining Leave-In Cream