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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Simple Hairstyles for Long Hair

Tired of your ponytail? Bun not cutting it any more? With a little product and a little practice, you can be the envy of your friends with your new long hair know-how.

Here are some fun ways to glam up your long locks and keep them from being locked up in the same old look. We love these simple hairstyles for long hair!

1. Full Volume Curls

This style has quickly become the glamorous go to for many women. Commonly referred to as the ‘Victoria’s Secret Blowout’, your stylist knows this look all too well. This look can easily transition from daytime shopping trip to a little black dress evening affair.

Glamorous Blow Out for Long Hairstyles

How to style:

  1. Apply golf ball-sized amount of volumizing foam to damp hair.
  2. Spritz hair with heat protectant.
  3. Blow dry hair in neat sections with medium-sized round brush.
  4. Section hair into two-inch sections.
  5. Spray sections with a styling hairspray. Curl sections away from the face with a large curling iron.
  6. Loosely break up curls with your fingers and a little shine serum.

Recommended Products:

CHI Volume Booster is a liquid spray that creates weightless volume and is perfect for blow dry styling. CHI’s 44 Iron Guard is most popular product from the CHI line. It has ceramic particles to give maximum protection from heat and it doesn’t build up on the hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is among the most universal looks out there and works well on most anyone!

2. Simple and Chic

This is a very classic look and is so easy to mimic from home. Whether you’re on the way to work or headed out on the town with the girls, you’ll be the queen of classy!

Simple Classic Long HairstyleSimple Hairstyles for Long Hair

How to Style:

  1. On clean dry hair, section hair into long vertical sections.
  2. Spray each section with a working hairspray.
  3. With a large curling iron, curl extra large sections in one direction going back on one side all the way to the opposite side.
  4. Run fingers through curls with shine serum.

Recommended Products:

BedHeads Mastepiece Hairspray works well as a working hairspray and also gives lots of shine. After Party is a fabulous shine cream that works well for definition, softness and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

For smaller face shapes, a medium curling iron or wand will give the same effect, but may be more proportional.

3. Pseudo Curl

This look has been quite popular in the media and onscreen. It’s simple, sexy and super on trend.

Long Simple Hairstyle with Bangs

How to Style:

  1. On dry clean hair, section hair into long vertical sections.
  2. Spray each section with hairspray.
  3. Using either a curling iron or wand, hold the hair straight out and wrap hair around the iron or wand once in the middle, keeping the ends in your hand.
  4. Release hair and repeat throughout the remaining sections.
  5. Spray all over with a light spray.

Recommended Products:

Kenra Platimun Finishing Spray provides all day hold and long lasting lift for longer hairstyles.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Finer hair may want to use more hairspray for a longer hold. Thicker hair may want to smooth out their hair before curling to prevents the ends from getting frizzy.

4. Straight and Sassy

Of all the simple hairstyles for long hair, this look is always a winner. Straight hair is always in! A girl can’t go wrong with her old faithful flat iron.

Straight Sassy Long Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Apply a heat and humidity protectant to damp hair. Comb the product through your hair with wide tooth comb.
  2. Apply a smoothing cream or gel to damp hair and comb through.
  3. Blow dry hair smooth using a paddle brush.
  4. Go over sections with a  flat iron for a smooth, long-lasting finish

Recommended Products:

Aveda’s Smooth Infusion line is perfect for achieving a smooth and sleek style like this one. The Smooth Infusion Style Prep protects from heat and defends hair from humidity. The Glossing Straightener also protects from heat while adding shine and smoothing out your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is among the ‘universal looks great on everyone’ list. Thicker, coarser, curlier hair types would do well to round brush their hair before flat ironing as a little more tension will smooth the hair more.

5. Sweet Side Braid

Super easy and super sweet, this side braid will soon be a staple in your styling repertoire.

Easy Sweet Side BraidEasy Sweet Side Braid Back

How to Style:

  1. On dry or damp hair, apply a leave-in conditioner throughout and comb though to distribute.
  2. Begin braiding behind the ear and continue over the opposite shoulder. Secure the end with a small clear elastic.
  3. Lightly pull apart pieces of braid for a casual finish.

Recommended Products:

Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Tri Wheat Leave-In Conditioner is ultra light and silky and will leave hair super soft and shiny.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

For finer hair types, drying the top first may give you some added volume before your hair gets a chance to dry flat.

Tip:

You can wear this to bed and take out braid the next day for soft and silky waves!

6. Silky Blowout

A girl who can do her own salon-style blowout is the envy of all women. This is a simple and chic look that you too can learn to recreate at home!

Chic Blowout for Long Hairstyles

How to Style:

  1. Apply styling cream throughout hair. Comb through to distribute.
  2. Lightly mist hair with a volume spray.
  3. Blow dry hair with medium or large round brush, working hair away from the face.
  4. Finish with a shine serum.

Recommended Products:

Peter Coppola Full Volume Styling Cream is an extra light and silky styling aid. Just Blow blowout spray controls frizz and adds volume. Coppola Argan Oil is a fabulous product that moisturizes, adds shine and leaves the hair silly soft.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look works well with all face shapes. Finer hair textures may want to bump up their volume with a larger curling iron for a longer lasting style.

7. Side Curls

Here is a sweet and sexy way to wear your long curls! This is also a great way to wear second-day curls.

Sexy Hairstyle with Side CurlsSexy Hairstyle with Side Curls Back

How to Style:

  1. On dry hair, spray sections with a heat protectant and working spray.
  2. Section hair into one-inch sections.
  3. Curl sections with a wand or curling iron.
  4. Soften curls with fingers and shine product.
  5. Brush one side close to the scalp towards the nape.
  6. Secure with bobby pins.

Recommended Product:

Sebastian’s Trillant is a high shine heat protectant that doesn’t weigh down the hair. Their Shaper Hairspray is a long-time favorite amongst hair professionals for creating soft styles like this one.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Finer hair types may want to use smaller curls to create a fuller look.

8. Tousled Side Braid

Perfect for summer or maybe a Sunday brunch, braids are a quick way to glam up your long locks.

Tousled Side Braid for Long HairTousled Side Braid for Long Hair Side

How to Style:

  1. On dry hair, apply a small amount of styling cream. Work through hair with fingers.
  2. Bring hair over to side. Separate hair into three sections, one being a little thicker than the other two.
  3. With the thicker section, create a three-strand braid and secure the end.
  4. Braid the other two un-braided sections with braided section into a larger braid. Secure ends.
  5. Using your fingers and a little texture product, slightly separate the pieces of the small braid as well as the larger one.

Recommended Products:

D:fi D:struct Pliable Molding Creme is a great product for definition and texture for any style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

For wider, rounder face shapes, make sure to pull a little shape and volume on the top and sides to balance this side style. Finer hair types may want to throw an extension in for a thicker braid (no one will know!).

9. Tight Side

For a little fun and flirty look, try switching it up with something more asymmetrical like this style.

Fun Flirty Easy Hairstyle for Long Hair
How to Style:

  1. Apply volumizing foam to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry with a large round brush.
  3. Create a side parting. Comb the side down and clip it away for later.
  4. Backcomb the crown area near your roots, then carefully brush the top smooth to keep the volume.
  5. Remove clip from side. Brush hair back to nape area and pin the smoothed back hair in place.
  6. Finish with volume spray.

Recommended Products:

Pravana Nevo Full Volume provides weightless volume and leaves hair full and voluminous. Pravana Nevo Hairspray gives a flexible yet firm hold and helps to secure volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

For especially long and narrow face shapes, you may want to exaggerate the volume on top and sides to create a fuller look. Finer hair types may want to add some curl for body.

Tip:

When pinning down hair, crisscross your bobby pins for extra security.

10. Mega Volume

Big hair is an instant confidence booster. It’s also a hidden talent. With the right product, you can get it right every time!

Simple Long Hairstyle with VolumeSimple Long Hairstyle with Volume Side

How to Style:

  1. Apply root volumizng product to root area of damp hair. Massage in with fingers.
  2. Apply volumizing gel or foam throughout hair and comb through.
  3. Blow dry hair with a large round brush.
  4. Finish with a shine cream or serum.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair’s Styling Line gives you just that…BIG SEXY HAIR. Root Pump is an instant fix for added volume for your blow dry. Simply apply it to the root area and watch it expand. Big Altitude is a great volumizing foam for longer hair as it provides enough hold to maintain volume longer.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

For rounder face types, approach this look with caution as you don’t want to add too much width to your style. For curlier hair types, adding a anti humidity protect would be a good idea to create a smooth volume look without frizz.

11. Bring Back the Rollers!

The art of curly hair can be recreated for those who want curls and for those who already have them. The forgotten art of hot rollers is coming back and they are so easy to use at home!

Easy Long Hairstyle with CurlsEasy Long Hairstyle with Curls Side

How to Style:

  1. On damp hair, spray a styling solution and heat protectant.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush.
  3. Section hair into sections the same width and length of your hot rollers.
  4. Lightly spray a section with hairspray and comb through until dry.
  5. Roll the section into a hot roller.
  6. Continue following these directions for roller application.
  7. Let hair cool and set, then take out all rollers. Break up curls with fingers for a flirty finish.

Recommended Products:

450 Head Set is a styling heat protectant for more of a medium hold style. Spray and Play is a volumizing hairspray that works well for achieving big curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer hair may want to use medium rollers for more curls, while thicker hair types may want to use bigger rollers for smoother, looser curls if desired.

12. Beaucoup Boucles

For those who want curly hair for a day or two, and for the curly girls who crave a different curl pattern, try one night of this beauty sleep and wake up to the curly hair of your dreams!

Simple Long Curly HairstyleSimple Long Curly Hairstyle Side
How to Style:

  1. Select flexi rods appropriate to hair length and desired curl.
  2. Apply curl cream and gel to damp hair. Comb throughout.
  3. Wrap hair around flexi rod, twisting as you curl in close to scalp. Bend rods to stay in place.
  4. Allow rods to dry overnight or under a dryer.
  5. When rods are completely dry, carefully unwind hair from rods.
  6. Define curls with product.

Recommended Products:

Curly Sexy Hair’s Curl Power Spray Foam combines humidity protection and anti-frizz properties to its volumizing flexible hold. You can finish your curls with Full On Curl for more volume and texture on dry curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Women with petite faces and long, thick, big hair my want to opt for larger rods as their face may get lost in thicker tighter curls.

13. Fun Twisted Ponytail

Here is a fun new spin on your overdone long ponytail!

Fun Twisted Ponytail for Long HairFun Twisted Ponytail for Long Hair Side
How to Style:

  1. On dry hair, apply a shine spray and comb though.
  2. Comb hair back, securing in a mid to low ponytail with an elastic band.
  3. Secure additional elastic bands approximately three inches from the previous band from the base of the ponytail to the ends.
  4. Starting from the base of the ponytail, separate hair to create an opening, pull ponytail through (like Topsy Tail!). Continue this in between each elastic.
  5. For texture and definition, use a texture paste to pull separation between elastic bands

Recommended Products:

BedHeads Head Rush is a high shine spray that leaves the hair soft and shiny without added weight. Hard to Get is a light matte texture paste that is soft and gives definition to details in hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Finer hair types may want to play with extensions to create a fuller look.

14. Pinned Back Braid

Here is a soft and romantic look for any occasion. This is a quick and easy style for everyday wear or it can easily be glammed up for a more formal occasion.

Soft Romantic Long HairstyleSoft Romantic Long Hairstyle Side

How to Style:

  1. Apply styling cream to dry hair
  2. Create a parting, sectioning hair from the parting to an ear.
  3. Braid this section through to the ends and secure with elastic.
  4. Repeat on opposite side.
  5. Separate the braids with fingers and secure them together in the back with an elastic.
  6. Wrap the remaining hair with a large wand or curling iron.

Recommended Products:

TIGI Catwalk Styling Cream adds shine and body to hair and tames flyaways.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Finer hair types may want to add a little more volume on top and add a texture product to the braid when separating to thicken up the look of braids.

15. Fun Flirty Texture

This is such a playful look for long layered hair. It just takes a little product to enhance your natural wave and texture for this style.

Playful Layered Hairstyle with TexturePlayful Layered Hairstyle with Texture Side

How to Style:

  1. Apply cream gel to damp hair.
  2. Dry hair with a diffuser attachment.
  3. When hair is half way dry, spray with texture spray then continue to diffuse until completely dry.
  4. When hair is completely dry, add a little dry wax for added texture.

Recommended Products:

Style Sexy Hair’s Slept In works well to create texture as a styling aid on damp hair. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray creates a textured body look on hair and can be used on wet or dry hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Finer hair types with little to no layers may want to curl dry hair instead of diffusing wet hair to recreate this look.

16. Smooth Flip

This is a very sweet and subtle throw back to the more serious flip of the 90’s. Let’s just say this is the chic younger sister of the traditional ‘flip’!

Long Hairstyle with Smooth Flip

How to Style:

  1. Apply cream gel to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair smooth with round brush.
  3. When hair is completely dry, spray the ends with hairspray.
  4. Use a medium sized curling iron to curl up the ends.

Recommended Products:

TIGI’s S–Factor Smoothing Lusterizer is designed to smooth hair and protect it from frizz and humidity. Vivacious Hairspray is a light to medium hold spray that also fights frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Finer hair (as well as wider, fuller, longer facial shapes) may want to add a little more volume to their style to create balance.

17. Wand Magic

Curling wands have quickly become a long-haired girl’s best friend. They are easy to use and their style usually lasts a couple days!

Simple Long Hairstyle with Curls

How to Style:

  1. On dry hair, spritz with heat protectant. Comb throughout to distribute product.
  2. Section hair into sections about the size of the base of your wand.
  3. Spray each section with working styling spray and comb though.
  4. Wrap hair around wand, hold and release. Repeat over entire head.
  5. Use a shine gloss to define finished curls.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchells Awapuhi Line’s Finishing Spray has a soft hold and leaves the hair weightless and shiny.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is a universally flattering look for most all facial shapes. For thicker, longer hair types, choose a larger wand or curling iron as it will minimize styling time.

Tip:

For long hair with little to no layering, curls should sit very low, only curling on the ends of your hair because of lack of shape in the hair. If you style your hair regularly and want more movement, body and curls when you style, ask your stylist about layers!

18. Tossled and Windblown

A little bedhead never looked so sexy. Adding a little “distress” to any style can create a whole different look for the next day.

Tousled Long Hairstyle with Bangs

How to Style:

  1. On dry hair, smooth out unwanted bumps or waves with flat iron.
  2. Spritz a styling spray on the ends and rough up with fingers.
  3. Spray hairspray on select pieces and pass over with your flat iron to create a slight curve with texture.
  4. Piece hair out with a wax for more texture if desired.

Recommended Products:

The TIGI Session Style Line carries a great working texture product called True Wax that is designed to create definition and texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wider face shapes may want to curl before styling to add volume and balance. This may not work so well for ladies with super thick and frizzy hair types or frizz-sensitive curls.

19. Wide Waves

Waves in all shapes and forms are quickly becoming the new look as of late. Here is a voluminous spin on the modern waves of today.

Long Simple Hairstyle with WavesLong Simple Hairstyle with Waves Side

How to Style:

  1. On dry hair, apply a heat protectant and styling spray. Comb through.
  2. Section hair into long narrow sections from the top of the ear to the nape.
  3. Curl with a large wand or iron. Repeat on top section.
  4. Brush though curls with fingers or a wide tooth comb.
  5. Finish with light hairspray or shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Osis has a volumizing hair spray called Glamour Queen that is a great base spray for big waves and curls like these.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Women with finer hair may want to work in wider sections to create more volume.

20. Soft Glamorous Curls

This style seems to be a look that may never fade out of long hair trends. Soft, sexy, touchable curls seem to be every girl’s dream! This fabulous style can and will bring out your inner celebrity.

Long Hairstyle with Glamorous Curls

How to Style:

  1. On dry hair, apply a heat protectant and working styling spray.
  2. Section hair into 1 1/2 to 2-inch sections. Spray each section with a styling spray.
  3. Curl each section, then pin it to your head with a bobby pin or clip. Repeat this over your entire head.
  4. Unpin all sections, then spray shine spray into your hair and shake out the curls.
  5. Finish with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Worked Up from Paul Mitchell’s styling line is a workable spray that can also be used a finisher for long hair to ensure long lasting hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is a great style for the long, thick tresses. For finer hair types, a clip-in extension or two can easily pump up your volume.

Say no to your tired ponytail and embrace your beautiful long locks with one of these simple hairstyles for long hair! All fabulous hair takes practice, patience and product.

Although the insta-pony may be tempting, just try whipping out any of these favorite new looks and you’ll never looks back. Take advantage of showing off that hair that took so you so long to grow!