23 Prettiest Hairstyles for Long Straight Hair in 2018

Long hair is absolutely gorgeous when it’s sleek and healthy. Take your long, straight hair to the next level by adding sweet layers, side bangs, subtle texture, or pull it back into a stunning updo. Adding even just a slight change to your straight locks has the ability to take it from every day to intriguing! Take a look at some of our favorite long straight hairstyles for this year! Embrace your long straight hair and start polishing up your look with one of the amazing hairstyles shown here. Brush up on your blow drying and flat ironing skills too and you’ll be good to go!

A Simple Long Straight Ponytail

A Simple Long Straight Ponytail
Instagram @iamtatyanab

Textured Layers with Blunt Bangs

Textured Layers with Blunt Bangs
Instagram @alimackenziehair

Pretty Flat Hair Lots of Layers

Pretty Flat Hair Lots of Layers
Instagram @salon_sessions

Trendy Longer Step Cut

Trendy Longer Step Cut
Instagram @salonno1coiffure

Wear the very trendy sombre with long step layers like these for a soft dimensional look. Wavy ends create more depth and enhance the ombre effect of this hairstyle.

Perfect Straightened Cut for Thin Hair

Perfect Straightened Cut for Thin Hair
Instagram @drycutter_90degrees

Most of the times, it’s most perfect to just let long straight hair do its thing. This look works best if it’s amazingly shiny and straight, so better use the best flat iron even when you’re naturally straight.

Silky Long Layered Ombre

Silky Long Layered Ombre
Instagram @beautybyalasia

Purple is one of the hottest among fashion color ombres right now. An ombre on straight hair works better if you have thick hair that won’t need much volume to look stunning.

Gorgeously Long Waist Length Cut

Gorgeously Long Waist Length Cut
Instagram @andreasanastasis

There’s a lot going on with this wonderfully done waist-length hair with long layers, and we’re loving all of them! The mixture of blonde and orange highlights perfectly placed around the face softens her sharp jawline.

Beautiful Cut for Fine Hair

Beautiful Cut for Fine Hair
Instagram @jennicanisa_

The most attractive way to wear a long jet black hair is to simply have it in layers. These gorgeous layers can soften angular facial features and add interest to the ends.

Cute Angled Cut with Side Bangs

Cute Angled Cut with Side Bangs
Instagram @_katbeebeauty_

Q&A with style creator, Katie Bunnell
Professional Stylist @ Hair Body & Sol in Carlsbad, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a high contrast, rooty, and alternative look. The style is smooth and polished with a soft braid to show off the dimension.

The cut is a round shape with long layers (and a bit of texturizing) which is a conservative option for this client, given that her natural texture is actually quite wavy and extremely thick.

My favorite part of this service would be the color. I love the rich contrast between the dark plum roots and the dusty rose color through the length

Any advice for someone considering it?

It is a high maintenance color to have. Given the pastel tones throughout the length, washing in cold water and using high-quality products are of the upmost importance as well as minimal heat styling to preserve this color.

For hair type, it would be best suited for someone with a natural color level of 7 and up, where it would be easy to lift the hair to a level 10 to 11 which is necessary for pastel tones. Coarser and dark levels of hair may struggle to achieve this.

As for face shape, I feel that the only face shape that would not benefit from this cut is an extremely elongated one since the length would only amplify that.

Cool Long Blonde Layers

Cool Long Blonde Layers
Instagram @sorianostyling

Q&A with style creator, Vanessa Soriano
Traveling Hairstylist @ Soriano Styling in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

This cool blonde is one of my favorites. I love how the smooth finish just makes the blonde feel and look so silky and healthy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This blonde requires a lot of commitment and upkeep. I recommend using professional hair care products at home to keep the hair as healthy as possible. If you use any hot tools on the hair, do not forget to use a thermal protectant.

Additionally, try to use a deep conditioner at least once a week to keep your long hair feeling soft, silky, and healthy!

Easy Warm Champagne Pop Layering

Easy Warm Champagne Pop Layering
Instagram @hairsby_lo

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Bennett
Hairstylist @ Salon Emage Day Spa in Warrenton, VA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a warm champagne pop with lots of face-framing to really open up her face and add texture to her cut.

My favorite thing about this look is that it’s very easy to maintain and matches her complexion perfectly. The layers around her face make for a textured, yet simple look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

First, consider the texture and integrity of your hair if you are considering this look.

If you want something simple and easy to maintain, a gloss is perfect for you. It can re-tone and brighten an old, washed out color and add shine to smooth out the cuticle of the hair.

Natural Blended Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Kendra Vanderlugt
Hairstylist @ Edmund James Salon Call in Palm Beach Gardens, FL


How would you describe this look?

This is a very natural blended balayage. Because it was done with a technique that gradually blends her natural color to a beautiful blonde tone, it allows the client to go several months between color services because there will not be a distinct line when it grows out. This look is very easy to maintain.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I suggest this color and haircut to anyone who is looking for something low maintenance and easy to maintain and style. This particular client’s hair blows out nice and straight, so I only used a smoothing serum at the end to control her flyaways.

Dark Brown Long Layered Haircut with Balayage

Dark Brown Long Layered Haircut with Balayage
Instagram @ginarizzohair

Q&A with style creator, Gina Rizzo
Stylist @ House of DeCicco Salon in Ridgewood, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This look is a long layered haircut with balayage. I layered the sides and back of her hair in vertical sections, using the length as my guide and elevating the hair to a 45-degree angle. Then, using the shortest layer as a guide, I cut the top at a 90-degree angle. The square layers on top give the hair beautiful movement.

My favorite thing about the cut is how versatile and low maintenance it is. It looks beautiful straight, blown out with body, or curled.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for anyone with long hair of any texture. It’s low maintenance, yet gives the hair a great style.

Blow dry hair in sections with a large round brush using a smoothing blow dry cream or volumizing mousse. Exact product use will vary depending on the hair type and desired outcome.

Sleek Layers with Dark Brunette Roots

Q&A with style creator, Will Burkowske
Cosmetologist @ Salon Drew in Los Alamitos, CA


How would you describe this look?

The goal of this look was round layers. This look is very fun because there are several round shapes coming together to create the overall style. I first placed a rounded perimeter to begin the cut. Then I added the round layers. Finally, the face-framing added were also cut and styled round giving the overall cut another stylish element. “So much round!” The straight, medium texture of my client’s hair allowed for all of the rounded elements to compliment each other in this soft, modern look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I am all for trying new things and combining ideas in different ways. For this cut, I wanted to play with using the same shape constantly throughout. This haircut, in particular, is a great cut for straight hair the rounded elements accentuate the hair type. She has an oval face shape which also compliments the cut. This is a great cut for one who doesn’t mind a little styling by creating some bend on the ends and some swooping movement back for the face framing. High Dive by R+Co is a great moisture and shine cream that gives this style a sleek finish.

Rooted Platinum Blonde

Rooted Platinum Blonde
Instagram @jenghair

Q&A with style creator, Jennifer Griffiths
Balayage & Color Correction Specialist @ The House Salon in Mission Viejo, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a rooted platinum blonde with icy hues. My favorite thing about this look is how this client can have that bright striking blonde we all love, with a soft and easy grow out.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for clients with naturally light brown to dark blonde hair. I melted the blonde into my client’s natural root color to give her a seamless grow out. Most clients need to come in for a gloss refresh every six to eight weeks to maintain the tone they left with, and come in every three to six months for their next balayage service.

I recommend Fanola’s No Yellow purple shampoo to all of my blondes for at-home color maintenance along with other professional hair care products. I also used Elixir Ultime Serum by Kerastase for this look.

Movement with Long Layers

Q&A with style creator, Emma Geiger
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Intoto Salon by JUUT in Minneapolis, MN


How would you describe this look?

This look allows the client to maintain length at the perimeter, but still create movement with longer layers throughout the interior of the haircut.

My favorite thing about it is the face-framing that opens up the client’s features and complements the face shape.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut would work well for someone with a versatile lifestyle. You can wear this hair up, blow it out, or let it air dry. There are many options!

For this particular look, I used Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep and Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel to maintain a frizz-free hold. I then used boar bristle round brushes for a round brush hard set. Once I let the curls cool, I removed the brushes and twisted out the hair to form the bouncy movement shown in the photo. I finished off the look with some Air hairspray for a soft hold throughout and control any flyaways.

This is a simple look that can be worn every day, or elevated for a night out.

Effortless Long Straight Layering

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Nicole
Hairstylist @ New Image Salon in San Antonio, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The look in this picture can be described in so many ways, but to me it’s effortless. My client wanted to brighten up her long locks and get a cut/style that gave her styling options. Now she has the opportunity to wear her in many ways, but can also just throw it in a ponytail when needed.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I love to try different brands and products, so it’s hard for me to choose. I will say that as long as you have a thermal protective spray (any professional brand), Quick Slip (Paul Mitchell), a serum/gloss for extra shine (for the final touches), and the help of a blow dryer and flat iron, then anyone can maintain and recreate this look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

In my opinion, anyone can pull off this cut and style, but the color is maintenance. Someone with an on-the-go lifestyle might not want to keep up with the recommended six to eight week salon visits. That being said, this look can be altered for each client’s wants, needs and lifestyle.

Perfect Face-Framing Long Straight Hair

Perfect Face-Frame hairstyle
Instagram @smokinhothair2

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Wade
Owner / Hairstylist @ Smokin Hot Hair in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I think this is the perfect face-framing look for this client because it fits her face so well and it’s very easy for her to maintain on her own. It’s also a very trendy look right now.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used Enjoy’s shaping lotion while the hair was still damp. Then I used a blow dryer to create this look on my client. It’s a very easy look for my client to style on her own.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone that has medium to longer hair, as well as for someone that doesn’t want to much maintenance. It doesn’t require a ton to recreate this look once out of the stylist’s chair.

Long & Straight Chocolate Brown Color Melt

Q&A with style creator, Alisha Repich
Hairstylist @ Tanglez Hair Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is called a color melt. This is when the client wants to go darker at the base and gradually blend into existing highlights. We use one formula at base (three inches) and then a slightly lighter formula at the midsection, and yet another formula at the ends. This process leaves no harsh lines, only a melting of one color to another

I think it’s a great look for fall. It takes care of someone who is tired of having new growth from the highlights growing out.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used my base color and weaved in four foil packets in the nape area. To give me just a little more dimension, I applied to scalp to three inches out with 04NB = parts with processing solution Redken Shades EQ. I applied with a brush on the flat side. Next, I mixed 07NB with 07N = parts with processing solution. I applied this with the side of the brush, blending in the color.

For the ends, I mixed up O9P with 09V Redken Shades = parts with processing solution. I put her under the dryer for 15 minutes, let her cool for five minutes, then shampooed.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for just about anyone who likes a beautiful hair color. It looks best on shoulder-length and longer hair. It’s also great for someone who has overprocessed their hair and needs to give their hair a break from highlighting for a while.

This look is ideal for someone who wants to go darker but keep the lighter ends. It’s definitely not a flat color.

Soft Creamy Blonde

Soft Creamy Blonde hairstyle
Instagram @kaleenahair

Q&A with style creator, Kaleena Steinback
Senior Stylist @ Jones and Co. in Clontarf, QLD


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a soft creamy blonde with a timeless solid haircut. I love a bright blonde for summer!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look, I would prep the hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep and Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. Finish this look with Light Elements Smoothing Fluid for a sleek and shiny finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a very versatile look and suits most face shapes and textures of hair. I would recommend this look to someone that likes a bright blonde.

Dramatic Bronde with Long Bangs

Dramatic Bronde with Long Bangs
Style by Emily Konke, Makeup by Amber Beck, Yellow Strawberry Hair Salon, Sarasota, FL

This killer hairstyle is gorgeously long with just the right touches of drama. Subtle flip outs on the ends and a thick blunt bang make this overall straight hairstyle absolutely amazing.

How To Style:

  1. Use a paddle brush and your blow dryer to smooth out strands as they dry.
  2. Flat iron bangs forward so they lay as flat as possible.
  3. Use a large-sized curling iron on the ends to flip them out.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Straight Works is a great product for achieving straight styles like this one.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Forward facing bangs are always great for longer shaped faces or gals with really large foreheads. Oval or rectangular shaped faces would be ideal. Straight textured hair on the thick side would be amazing for this hairstyle.

Tip:

Always allow bangs to dry forward. Right out of the shower, make sure you pull them forward and down so they can dry correctly.

Fan Favorite Center Part with Burgundy Red

Fan Favorite Center Part with Burgundy Red
Style by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

A center part can be harsh on most faces, especially with long straight hair, but this windblown texture keeps it whimsical and fun. The pop of color also helps keep the look from looking too heavy and stark.

How To Style:

  1. Blow strands out as straight as you can and follow up with an iron if needed.
  2. Use a texture or a light waxy spray on your ends and blow hair up for a windblown effect.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry is a great blowout product for styles like this one.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or oval shaped faces and straight hair types are recommended for this look.

Tip:

Consider adding in brightly colored extensions to add length and whimsy to your hairstyle.

Light Brown with Blonde Highlights and Choppy Bangs

The best way to liven up long straight hair is with some killer bangs. These eye-grazing bangs are shattered with lots of texture and look absolutely amazing!

How To Style:

  1. On clean and dry hair, iron your bangs forward.
  2. Brush out hair and iron out if necessary.

Recommended Products:

Bed Head Control Freak Serum Frizz Control is a great product for keeping frizz at bay on a sleek look like this.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer shaped faces like oval or rectangle will look great in this haircut. Straight hair textures will style easiest into this sleek and straight style.

Tip:

Keep up with your stellar style. Ask your hairstylist if he or she offers complimentary bang trims in between appointments.