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Need Some Ideas for Long Hair? Check These 20 Styles Out!

You’ve finally reached ‘long-haired girl’ status but now what? It’s definitely nice to flaunt that length, but sometimes it’s cool to switch it up with a fun updo or fresh braids. That’s where these ideas for long hair come in!

Does the idea of styling all that long hair get you tangled up? Take it slow and make sure you have the right tools: hair clips, bobby pins, curling iron and yes, even a crimper!

A crimping iron offers ways to build internal volume and create long-lasting textured hairstyles.

Plus, be sure to have the right products on hand: a little pomade, hairspray and a shine treatment go a long way to make your hairstyle sparkle. Happy styling!

1. PINCURLED PARADE

Set those pin curls to stand at attention and pair them with ultra-soft waves to keep this look easy.

Long Hairstyle with Pin Curls and Soft Waves

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold texturizing spray.
  2. Create a slight off-center parting and begin curling hair using large sections.
  3. Take large sections of hair and loosely wrap them around a large barrel curling iron.
  4. Section off the fringe from the off-center parting down to the temple.
  5. Create four stand-up pin curls. Relax the last curl so it sits snug to the head. Secure with bobby pins as needed.
  6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY for a softly textured finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square and round face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent with a large satin flower.

2. COILED GLAMOUR

Extra-thick long hair takes center stage with this side-swept ‘do.

Long Side Swept Hairstyle with Curls

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Backcomb the underside interior of the hair all over. Sweep the fringe and sides up and away from face. Create a slight twist at the back crown area for a side-swept look. Use a hair padding, extensions and/or gentle backcombing for extra support.
  3. Take remaining hair and backcomb a bit more. Next, take small sections and wrap them around for an accented touch.
  4. Curl the last few inches using a large barrel iron. Run fingers through curls for a slightly deconstructed finish.
  5. Finish with a hard hold/high shine hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try TIGI Bed Head HARD HEAD Hairspray for superior hold and high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Sweep hair up to form a massive beehive look.

3. MAGIC WRAP

Blend the old with the new with this modern braided style interpretation that transcends eras.

Modern Braided Updo for Long HairModern Braided Updo for Long Hair Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side parting. Begin your braid on the right side. Use a large hair extension piece if you need extra support.
  3. Sweep the hair up in small sections, then wrap and twist strands around the extension piece. Gently weave through and around to secure. Use large hair pins or bobby pins to secure your style as you go.
  4. Finish off your braid with a bow-like effect by rolling and tucking ends in towards one another.
  5. Curls remaining ends and backcomb gently for a voluminous finish.
  6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent this look by weaving colorful ribbon through the braid.

4. FLORAL TWIST

Simple braids, a wrap-around finish and lovely daisy accents complete this special look.

Simple Braided Updo with Daisy AccentsSimple Braided Updo with Daisy Accents Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.
  2. Take the fringe and side sections and pin away for now.
  3. Begin in the back by creating two softly deconstructed braids. Tug as you braid to create extra texture and secure with bobby pins. Sweep one braid over and across for a crown braid look.
  4. Next, move to the sides then gently twist and weave hair into the braid.
  5. Take the crown layer sections and incorporate them into your look. Sweep the fringe softly to one side.
  6. Accent with small daisies for a final touch.
  7. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI-GRAVITY volumizer and texturizer for control with oil-free shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square face shapes. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with dainty flowers.

5. GLAM BOB

Pin those long tresses into a radiant faux-bob and steal the limelight with this glamorous flapper style.

Glamorous Faux Bob Hairstyle with Headband

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Create a side parting and begin curling hair horizontally from the temple area down. Secure curls with pin curl clips.
  3. Create three rows of curls then allow hair to cool for ten minutes.
  4. Remove clips and brush curls out. Gather ends and roll hair up and under to create a faux bob style. Secure with bobby pins.
  5. Finish with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square or oval shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a bejeweled headband.

6. SKY HIGH HAIR

Wow the masses with this gorgeous pompadour-hawk, swept-up ‘do!

Pompadour Hawk Updo for Long HairPompadour Hawk Updo for Long Hair Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a texturizing spray.
  2. Section the fringe area away. Create some loose curls using a large barrel curling iron.
  3. Backcomb hair all over for massive interior volume, leaving the perimeter smooth.
  4. Sweep hair up and secure with bobby pins to create a faux hawk look.
  5. Next, move to the fringe area and backcomb the underside for massive volume.
  6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER Leave-In for big bouffants and beehives.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent the sides with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER.BUG for that extra glow!

7. CRANBERRY STUNNER

For the simplest of long hair ideas, try these gently side-swept curls and let that color shine.

Side Swept Curls with Cranberry Hair ColorSide Swept Curls with Cranberry Hair Color Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side parting and sweep hair to one side.
  3. Gather large sections and begin curling vertically using large sections of hair. Brush hair smooth.
  4. Smooth the fringe and sweep over to one side.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square and round face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent your braided bun with iron-on hair jewels like Hair Charmsies.

8. DOLL HAIR

Amp up the volume with this sweet half up half down look that falls into gentle curls.

Half Updo with CurlsHalf Updo with Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Divide hair from ear-to-ear to create two sections.
  3. Begin in the front by creating massive internal volume. Use a crimping iron and crimp only the first three inches nearest the base, leaving the ends smooth. Leave the perimeter area smooth. Once cooled, backcomb all the crimped sections. Sweep the perimeter sections over the backcombed area and secure them in back with bobby pins.
  4. Take the remaining hair, divide it into two sections and create two large curls.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a little red hair bow.

9. ORCHID FLAIR

Accent that orchid-hued dip dye with lovely curls in a softly side-swept style.

Side Swept Hairstyle with Curls and Orchid Hued Dip DyeSide Swept Hairstyle with Curls and Orchid Hued Dip Dye Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side parting and begin curling hair in alternating directions using a large barrel curling iron.
  3. Run fingers through curls for a softly deconstructed finish. Sweep over to one side.
  4. Curl fringe ends lightly away from face.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick to fine hair.

Tip:

Accent with Kevin Murphy’s COLOR.BUG to create a colorful look!

10. DISCO NIGHTS

Infuse some 70’s spirit into your hair with this massively textured party hairstyle.

Long Curly Hairstyle with Texture

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Part hair down the center and create small curls using a small barrel curling iron.
  3. Once completely cooled, take all the curls and backcomb them to form these puffy shapes.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or round face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a sparkly jeweled headband.

11. TWIST AND SHOUT

This twisted-up formal style will have you turning heads left and right. It’s the perfect look for that special day!

Formal Updo with Twists and CurlsFormal Updo with Twists and Curls Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Part hair off-center and create small curls using a small barrel curling iron.
  3. Once completely cooled, run your fingers through hair. Gather hair at the nape area and create a couple of upwards twists.
  4. Secure curled ends in the crown area with bobby pins.
  5. Sweep the sides back, then twist and pin strands into place.
  6. Sweep the fringe softly to one side.
  7. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy MOTION.LOTION curl enhancer to define curls with frizz control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip:

Accent with a sparkly hair pin.

12. BOW PEEP

Here’s a sweet look! These swept-away retro curls flare into a bow followed by soft ribbon curls.

Long Sweet Hairstyle with Retro CurlsLong Sweet Hairstyle with Retro Curls Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side parting and divide hair into two sections. Backcomb hair internally, keeping the perimeter smooth. Sweep the sides up, then fold and secure with bobby pins. Repeat on the other side to mimic a bow shape.
  3. Take remaining hair and curl vertically using a large barrel curling iron.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI-GRAVITY volumizer and texturizer for control with oil-free shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with a delicate silk scarf.

13. GOLDEN AGE FAUX BOB

Here’s a classic hairstyle that works perfectly for long hair. The trick is to simply roll hair up and under!

Classic Faux Bob Hairstyle for Long HairClassic Faux Bob Hairstyle for Long Hair Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Part hair off-center and create small curls using a small barrel curling iron.
  3. Once completely cooled, run your fingers through hair.
  4. Gather ends and roll hair up and under to create a faux bob style. Secure with bobby pins.
  5. Sweep the fringe softly to one side.
  6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent with a butterfly hair pin.

14. AMBER WAVES

A few twists and pins will help you style this casual updo in a flash.

Casual Updo with TwistsCasual Updo with Twists Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Secure the fringe away for now.
  3. Sweep sides and crown area back and twist slightly before securing with bobby pins.
  4. Take the hair in the nape area, brush it towards the center and secure with vertically placed bobby pins.
  5. Next, take the fringe and backcomb lightly for volume and secure with bobby pins.
  6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Gather ends into a chignon for an upswept style.

15. VINTAGE REDUX

Here’s a modern translation of a 40s-inspired hairstyle that’s fresh and youthful.

Modern Vintage Half UpdoHair Ideas for Long Hair

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Create a slight side parting, then sweep the sides up and secure with bobby pins.
  3. Take remaining hair and curl vertically using a medium barrel curling iron.
  4. Curl fringe back and create light volume in the fringe area.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval and heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent with a jeweled hair pin.

16. KNOTTY GIRL

Boost that volume and tie your hair in a side knot to create this messy-cool ‘do.

Messy Long Hairstyle with Side Knot and Volume

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side parting and backcomb the underside interior of the hair all over. Sweep the fringe and sides away from face. Gather hair in the nape area and create a large knot, securing with bobby pins. Use hair extensions and/or gentle backcombing for extra support.
  3. Take remaining hair and backcomb a bit more for a roughed up texture.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Create a long, textured herringbone braid down one side for a different look.

17. TEXTURED TWISTS

Create major contrast with these sleek twisted rolls that cascade into a pool of hair.

Long Hairstyle with Sleek Twisted RollsLong Hairstyle with Sleek Twisted Rolls Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Create a deep diagonal parting. Begin on the right side and start twisting, wrapping and rolling hair inward from the fringe down towards the nape. Secure at the base with rubber band. Repeat the same process on the left side.
  3. Take remaining hair and backcomb lightly for extra volume.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try TIGI Bed Head HARD HEAD Hairspray for superior hold and high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Create massive texture by crimping the ends and brushing them out.

18. DREADS HAWK

Sweep those long dreadlocks up for a mohawk-inspired hairstyle.

Mohawk Inspired Hairstyle with DreadlocksMohawk Inspired Hairstyle with Dreadlocks Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold working hairspray.
  2. Take a few dreadlocks in the fringe area to create a rope twist and secure with bobby pins. Continue working your way down, incorporating the sides to mimic a mohawk look.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Ouidad STYLING MIST to lock in your style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair into a messy topknot for a fresh look.

19. NESTLED CURLS

This playful updo offers a sleek profile topped with a soft nest of curls for extra height.

Playful Updo with Soft CurlsPlayful Updo with Soft Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a texturizing spray.
  2. Create some loose curls using a large barrel curling iron.
  3. Backcomb hair all over for massive interior volume, leaving the perimeter smooth.
  4. Sweep hair up from the back and secure with bobby pins. Next, bring the sides over and secure. Take the ends and form soft curls into a small bun.
  5. Move to the fringe and crown area and backcomb lightly while maintaining curl shape.
  6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair to create a soft, deconstructed low bun.

20. BRAIDED BUN

Add some graceful elegance to your standard ballerina bun with a wrap-around braid.

Elegant Braided Ballerina BunElegant Braided Ballerina Bun Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep clean, dry hair with a texturizing spray.
  2. Create a deep side parting and sweep fringe off to one side.
  3. Sweep remaining hair up into a high ponytail. Use a hair donut to help create a perfectly round bun shape.
  4. Allow hair to fall and brush hair smooth. Then, take the ends that would normally be tucked in and begin forming a braid. Continue braiding all the way around the bun and secure with bobby pins.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DevaCurl MIRROR CURLS for maximum curl reflection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent this look with hair jewels.

These lovely long hair ideas are simple and effortless yet totally chic. Enjoy!