Rapunzels, unite! We are calling you all to assemble because this is the place where you will find all the best and prettiest hairstyles for long hair!
You know what the best thing about having long hair really is? The fact that it’s so versatile. Yes, of course, it might be demanding, a bit hard to maintain, and even to hot sometimes.
Still, think of all the things you can do with it. Better yet, slide all the way to the bottom and take a look at this list of gorgeous hairstyles for long hair!
1. The Half-Up Bun for Long Hairstyles
In case you want to keep the hair out of your face but still accentuate it’s long length and let it flow free, go for a half up, half down look. This half up bun also leaves a few cleverly placed strands to frame the face.
2. Flower Crowns for Long Hairstyles
Flower crowns have shot back into the limelight these past few years – for the first time since the 70s. We could not be happier about it – they are a great way of embellishing your long locks, especially when paired with a fishtail braid such as above.
3. The 90s Wedding Bun
The 90s style is also going through a huge comeback, and not just in clothes and makeup, but in hairstyles as well. This means you can now wear that lovely wedding bun you saw you saw in pictures or used to wear back then.
4. Feathery and Layered Long Hairstyles
In case you want to wear your long hair as naturally as possible, but still want to be trendy and hip, we suggest going for a feathery and layered haircut. Long, beautiful, and natural hair!
5. Two Buns Hairstyles
Here is a hairstyle perfect for date night. Don’t worry, it’s quite easy to pull off on your own at home, even though it might seem complicated. All you need is a handful of sturdy bobby pins and some good, old hairspray.
6. Wedding Roses
Of course, rose bun hairstyles for long hair aren’t just for weddings. You will quite possibly also see it at Homecomings or proms. All you need to do is make a loose French braid and twirl it around until you get the rose shape.
7. The Jumbo Braid
As you probably already know, braids are very much in and will likely never go out of style. To mix up a bit the classical braided ponytail, go for a jumbo side braid. It will also beautifully accentuate your hair color.
8. Supermodel Curls
Another obvious thing you get to do when it comes to long hairstyles are curls, but not just any type. Here, we’re talking about supermodel curls, the type you see on the runway at Victoria’s Secret shows and totally love!
9. Braids and Blossoms
Now that we all agree that braided hairstyles for long hair will never go out of fashion, let’s see how you can add your own touch to them. For example, you can always add some embellishments like these pretty and delicate cherry blossoms.
10. Bride to Be Hairstyles
There’s nothing quite like a bride with long tresses, is there? We must point out that, as a bride, long locks give you the freedom to do almost anything you want on your big day, like going for soft waves over the shoulder (like in the picture above) and nothing else.
Pro Tip – prior to that, take the time to try out as many hairstyles as possible. It will make it easier to take an informed choice.
11. Braided Pigtails
Here’s another type of braids you can go for if you are looking for an easy hairstyle – but with impressive results! If you’re feeling nostalgic after your childhood but don’t want to look like a little kid, you can always go for braided pigtails that end at neck-length and leave the rest of the hair free.
12. The Prom Crown
This is definitely a long hairstyle fit for the Prom queen – or at least one that will make you feel like a princess. It’s an outstanding three-tiered braid that wraps around the head like a halo. You can wear it for prom or even at a wedding.
13. The Max Fishtail
We can’t help you become a mermaid, but we can suggest hair colors and hairstyles that will make you feel like one. Take this simple fishtail, for example. It was pulled inside out and then loosened out so that to get that slightly messy and stunning effect.
14. The Elegant Ponytail
There are so many different types of ponytails, that it is easy to find one that will fit even for elegant events. A little black dress and the hairstyle above are enough to make an impression!
15. The Bubble Braid
Here is yet another hairstyle for long hair that looks complicated (but which is actually quite easy), the bubble braid. It’s incredibly easy to pull off, provided you have just enough hairspray to keep it in place.
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16. Messy Hairstyles for Long Hair
It only takes 2 steps to make a messy ponytail. First, tie a classic ponytail at the back of your head. Second, use a comb to tease it out as much as possible. All done!
17. Straight Long Hairstyles
Straight long hair and bangs are a match made in hairstyle heaven when cut well. In this example, admire these very long, asymmetrical bangs falling in a modern Brigitte Bardot kind of way.
18. Long Hairstyles for Naturally Curly Hair
Ladies with curly hair shouldn’t be scared of their hair texture – instead, they should flaunt it and show it off! Take a page from this lovely lady’s look – she left it run wild, messy, and free in all their fiery red glory.
19. Long Styles with Hair Accessories
Hair accessories can bring the finishing touch to any hairstyle. Just look above: the killer headscarf ties up the beachy waves ponytail with the dirty blonde ombre hair for a very cool look.
20. Half Braided Hairstyles
If you’re a fan of underground music or the hit TV series Vikings, then you will probably recognize this hairstyle. It doesn’t really matter where the inspiration comes from, as long as we all acknowledge its awesomeness.
21. Wedding Curls and Accessories
Get inspired by this marvelous example of picture-perfect curls held in place by a magnificent silver and snowflake-like hair piece. What a perfect look for a winter wedding!
22. The Kim K
Kim K has always loved long hairstyles and she even went extra long from time to time. By adding hair extensions, her locks fell down below her waistline. She went for a center part and free-falling tresses to complete the look.
23. The Selena Gomez
Another celebrity sweetheart who sported long hair is former Disney star, Selena Gomez. Her long hairstyles are now the stuff of legend as she wore hers in deep chocolate tones that matched her skin tone and chestnut eyes.
24. Retro Hairstyles for Long Hair
If you find yourself pining over the long lost golden age of Hollywood glamour, then channel your inner diva with a vintage hairstyle. Take out the curling iron or the flat iron, create some retro curls, add some red lipstick or go for a nude look, and you are all set!
25. Long Hairstyles with Lots of Volume
If there’s one thing we all want our hair to have, that’s volume and the more, the better. To create wavy locks and volume, use either hair rollers or blow out your hair.
26. The Rosie Huntington-Whitely
A proud supporter and wearer of long tresses, supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely is a great source of inspiration. Her gorgeous face and slender, tall figure are completed by a head of straight, sandy blonde hair.
27. The Rita Ora
Here is singer Rita Ora gracing the Red Carpet and looking stunning. She went for old Hollywood glam with very soft curls that she wore side-swept on her shoulder. Her hair color is a solid block of blonde beige with darker tones of caramel at the roots.
28. Less Is More
When it comes to hairstyles for long hair, sometimes less really is more. If you’re wearing a heavy dress, statement jewelry or dramatic makeup, toning down your hair is a good idea. Straighten it and wear it simple down your back with a middle part.
29. Double Fishtails
We’ve seen one fishtail, but how about two? If you’re skilled enough, you can crown them around your head and tie them in the back. Let the rest of the hair fall loosely onto your shoulders.
30. The Simple Low Bun
Long hairstyles wise, we call this perfection. Why? Because it’s incredibly easy to pull off and it works for every single occasion. At the office, in a formal situation, when out with friends, while cleaning the house, everywhere!
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31. Go For a Boho Look
Are you a fan of the boho chic? Then you’re in luck because long hair happens to be a quintessential part of it. Section of your hair and braid it into some very fine strands of hair. Mix in a few silk or woolen threads or feathers or beads or all of them.
32. Indian-Inspired Hairstyles
Indian culture is so versatile and colorful and beautiful! Their headpieces are absolutely gorgeous and a great way to accessorize any hairstyle.
33. Sweet Half Up Hairstyles with Ribbons
If you’re looking to sweeten up your look, you can always put your hair in a half up ponytail and tie it with a satin or silk bow. Choose a simple one, in a solid or neutral color, if you don’t want to look childish. You can also go for a colorful one during your off time.
34. The Messy Side Ponytail
Not all ponytails have to be in the back, just like not all of them have to be high up on your head. We are particularly in love with this messy side ponytail that is full of loose strands and which looks sweet and innocent.
35. Headwraps Love
During the cold seasons, if you are finding it too hard to shove all of your long hair into a cap or a beanie, simply use a big headwrap. It will cover most of your head and keep you warm without damaging or restraining your tresses. It works just as well for thin or thick hair alike.
36. The Retro Barbie
If you’re in love with the 60s, then this is the hairstyle for you! It’s the retro Barbie with extra volume and a pink bow to match. We especially love the vintage makeup with its heavy liner and coral lip.
37. Throwback Rachel
Friends was and continues being a cultural phenomenon, so it’s no surprise that it also led to the appearance of some iconic hairstyles. While this is not The Rachel, she definitely could rock both shorter locks and long ones alike!
38. The Gigi Hadid
There was one occasion when supermodel Gigi Hadid tried to trick her fan base into thinking that she had chopped off her locks by wearing a short wig. She then went on to really cut off a bit of length, and we think she looks gorgeous with really short and ultra-long hair alike.
39. The Taylor Swift
Remember it or not, back in the day homegirl Taylor Swift also fell for the long and straight hair lure. She reconsidered, however, and has since been sporting short and shaggy medium-length hair. Just gorgeous!
40. The Miranda Kerr
One of the most famous supermodels in the world, Miranda Kerr was also married to Orlando Bloom. If this doesn’t convince you that she knows a thing about beauty, we don’t know what will. Here she is with classic vintage curls.
41. Space Buns and Braids
Do you know why we love long hairstyles so much? Because they allow us to go crazy and wear space buns, braids, and other creative dos. Pro Tip – pair them off with a unconventional hair color.
42. Victory Rolls
No list of ideas for long hair could have been complete without including a pin-up look. Here is a very classy take on the classic Victory Rolls. Wear them for a special event such as graduation, a wedding, even Halloween!
43. The Fauxhawk
You can’t really make a mohawk without chopping off your hair, so instead, go for a fauxhawk. Start by slicking your hair back all the way. Choose a few strands on each side and braid them so that you get the illusion of being shaved and then pouf up the top. You’re done!
44. The Beyonce Braid
Do you know who also makes the most out of her long hairstyles? Queen Bee. Copy her glamorous yet simple jumbo braid. Keep the makeup to a minimum or go all artistic on it, like the model above.
45. Long and Wild Beach Waves
Is there anything simpler and more beautiful than beach waves? That feeling you get when your hair is just right with the minimum of effort and as you glide around town like you’ve just come back from that hot, sandy beach? Amazing.
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46. Boho, Gipsy Style
Inspiration truly is everywhere! The gypsy bohemian style calls for playful hair accessories, smoky eye makeup, and a nude lip.
47. Intricate Ponytails
Could you have ever imagined there were so many types of ponytails out there? Here is what a little bit of imagination and some clever fingers can do.
Pro Tip – this one requires a bit of help and can’t be done in the mirror. Ask a close friend or your stylist for assitance.
48. The Lilly Collins
The face of Givenchy, Lilly Collins looks stunning with her long, dark as ebony tresses left running wild and messy and free.
49. Long and Marsala
This is just an example of what dyeing your long hair in an unconventional color can look like. Evidently, choose a hair color you actually love and which will fit. In the end, longer hair means more color, and we could all use some of that in our lives.
50. Real Mermaids
Are you a fan of the mermaid style? We’re sure you are. In fact, we’re willing to bet you dreamed of being a siren when you were a little girl. Well, now that you have the locks for it, there is nothing holding you back!
Ready to Change Your Look?
We’ve shown you so many hairstyles for long hair, that even we are finding it hard to choose just one as our favorite. So in the end, which of these styles are you going to choose?
Will it be the long French braids, the beach waves, the space buns, the supermodel curls, the messy ponytails or, perhaps the Beyonce braid?
Do you have any suggestions of your own? Then do share them in the comments section below because we are most anxious to hear all about them!
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Betty has over 15 years of experience in writing and editing for hairstyle publications. Her career started soon after graduating, leading her to winning many awards and opening her own salon at a very young age. She specializes in hair coloring techniques and hair care. In her spare time, Betty enjoys running outdoors, learning new languages, and occasionally binging a Netflix series.