42 Stunning And Easy Hairstyles For Long Hair To Try In 2024

Styling your long, luscious locks got easier with these simple and elegant hairstyle ideas.

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There’s something very alluring about long hair. But it can be a hassle to style every morning, especially on those days when you are running late. All that ends today with our handpicked list of surreal hairstyles for long hair.

Learn how to style your flowing locks flawlessly so that you will have everyone fawning all over your tresses. What’s more? Now, you don’t have to spend 15 minutes every day trying to settle on which hairstyle to sport.

Scroll down to check out this handcrafted list of haircuts for long hair and pick your favorite one!

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • The natural scalp oils take time to reach the hair ends, which is why long hair is more vulnerable to dryness. Do a weekly hot oil treatment, and condition your hair with every wash. Leave-in conditioners are also recommended.
  • No matter the length of your hair, heat protectant is a must when using heat styling tools.
  • Trim split ends every 8-12 weeks. Overlooked split-ends run the risk of damaging the lengths of your hair.
  • Dry texture sprays can hold bouncy styles in place and help avoid a flat look.
  • Use anti-frizz styling gels on your edges and nape to tame stubborn flyaways.

42 Stunning Hairstyles For Long Hair

1. Sleek High Ponytail

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Let’s take the ponytail game up a notch (literally!) and try this Ariana Grande-esque sleek high ponytail. It adds height to your frame to create an elongated illusion and is ideal for face shapes like round or oval. Simply gather all your hair at the top of your head and secure it with an elastic band. Take some hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band to hide it from showing.

2. Half Up Side Braid

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Here’s a stunning long hair hairstyle with side braid and a half updo that exudes endless charm. Not to mention the ombré shade that further complements the hairstyle. The braided sides keep your hair from brushing against your face, while the half updo lets you flaunt your long tresses.

3. 3-Strand Braid

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If you have long hair, your mind probably goes to a braid every time you are in a hurry to style it. It is quick, easy, and looks elegant. Gather all your hair and divide it into three sections: two side sections and a middle section. Pass the right section over the middle section and under the left section. Repeat the same with the new left section. Keep doing this until you reach the end and then secure the braid with an elastic band. Dawna Jarvis, a licensed cosmetologist and stylist coach who runs her own salon, recommends adding a hat for an even more polished look.

4. Braided Crown

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This has to be one of the most Grecian and stunning hairstyles of all times! Part your hair in two sections from the front to the back. Using the waterfall braiding method, weave braids on both sides. Wrap the tails of the braids around your head to create the full crown effect.

5. Dutch Braid

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Another gorgeous hairstyle for long hair, the Dutch braid is a godsend for women who have long hair and work out. Brush your hair down to remove any knots and tangles. Gather the hair from the top and comb it back. Weave it in a Dutch braid by passing the middle section of the braid over the side sections instead of under. Keep adding hair to the side sections and weave the braid until you reach the very end. Secure the braid with an elastic band. “Pull the sides of the braid to give it that loose effect,” adds Dawna Jarvis.

6. Tribal Boho

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Long hair has always been captivating. You can try so many looks with it. Hairstyles like this tribal boho braided look work only with long hair, and they sure do look beautiful. This hairstyle has a lot of braids and curls.

7. Messy Updo

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This is a quick and easy way to jazz up your everyday bun. Gather hair from the front on one side and weave it in a fishtail braid. Repeat the same on the other side. Gather the rest of your hair and wrap it in a messy bun. Wrap the braids around the bun and pin them in place.

8. Waterfall Crown Braid

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This is another boho look that has been turning the world upside down. Part your hair from the front and all the way to the back to divide it into half. Weave each section into a waterfall braid. Merge the braids at the back and weave a fishtail braid.

9. French Pouf And High Ponytail

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This hairstyle looks pretty rad and is perfect if you are looking for a big hairstyle to create a voluminous look. Also, if you think it is difficult to achieve, think again! Backcomb hair at the top and crown of your head and neatly weave it into a French fishtail braid. Pin the braid at the crown. Gather the rest of your hair and tie it in a high ponytail. Take two sections of hair from the ponytail and wrap them around the elastic band to cover it. Tuck the ends within the elastic band or pin them in place.

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Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1774-1793) was the one to make the pouf a trend. She wore it at her husband’s (Louis XVI) coronation, inspiring French noblewomen to style their hair the same.

10. Fishtail Braid

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The fishtail is the most common braid I’ve seen over the past few years. You may struggle with it at first, but it gets easier with practice. Brush all your hair back and divide it into two sections. Take a little hair from the outer side of the first section 1 and cross it over to the inner side of the second section. Repeat the same with the second section. Keep adding hair to the sections of hair you join to the other section as you go. Secure the end with an elastic band and pancake the braid.

11. Romantic Braid

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This stunning braid is perfect for formal events. It looks so flawless! Part the top of your hair and weave each side into a loose braid until the nape of your neck. Pancake the braids to make them look big. Join both the tails of both the braids to form one big section. Take a little hair from the center and weave it into a fishtail braid. Then, pick up thin sections of hair from the sides and pass them through the stitches of the fishtail braid to create the final look. Spritz on some hairspray to set the ’do in place. The highlights on this messy hairstyle make it look otherworldly.

12. Waterfall Crown

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Part your hair down the middle and weave a waterfall braid on either side. Join the hair at the back and secure it with an elastic band. Pick up a little hair from the half ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band. Weave the ponytail into a fishtail braid for a couple of inches and secure it with another elastic band. Again, pick up a little hair and cover the elastic band with it. Repeat this process of fishtail braiding and wrapping hair around the elastic band one more time to finish off the look.

13. Long Black Twists

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The best part about this hairstyle is that you can achieve it without having long hair. Use hair extensions to add volume and length to your locks. There are three types of Black protective twists hairstyles that you can try out: Senegalese twists, Marley twists, and Havana twists.

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Twisted braids can last for up to 6 weeks when maintained properly. Avoid frequent updos, adopt a protective style hair care routine, and you are sorted.

14. Quad Braids

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Remove all the tangles and knots in your hair and divide it vertically into four sections from the front hairline to the back hairline. Weave each section into a Dutch braid to finish off the look. You can also incorporate some colorful extensions into the braids to add a fun vibe to your look.

15. Braided Top Knot

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Black women all over the world are embracing their natural hair. Many of them are sporting Black braided hairstyles that last for a good few weeks. To add style to your braided look, tie it in a half top knot. It is quick and looks great!

16. Boho Braids

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If you want to leap into the world of boho hairstyles, this is one of the easiest ones you can try. Gather hair from the top and weave it into a fishtail braid. Pick up a little hair from one side and weave it into a regular braid. Repeat the same on the other side. Pancake all three braids to add to the boho vibe.

17. Modern French

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This is a great modern twist to the French twist. It is a classy hairstyle that is perfect for work. This updo comprises a bouffant and a rolled chignon bun. Make sure you use a wide-toothed comb to get those defined lines on the bouffant.

18. Formal Updo

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This is the perfect bridal hairstyle for anyone who wants to go for a sleek bun updo on their wedding day. It requires tons of meticulous hairstyle, straightening of the hair, and taming down of flyaways, so get it done by a professional hairstylist.

19. Braided Updo

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This braided mohawk updo looks very chic and edgy. Gather all your hair in the center to form a long mohawk. Divide it into half to form two sections. Weave each section into a braid and wrap both braids to form a long braided mohawk. Use pins to join the braids together. Wrap them into a bun at the back and pin it in place.

20. High Bun

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Slick hair is all the rage right now, and I am on board with it. Apply some lightweight hair gel or volumizing spray, and comb back your hair. Gather all your hair to the crown and wrap it in a top knot bun. If you have thin hair but want it to look voluminous, use a bun maker to achieve this look.

21. Flipped Low Ponytail

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Here’s one easy hairstyle for long hair that can be done in a flash. Gather all your hair in a low ponytail and tie it with an elastic band. Topsy-tail the ponytail twice or thrice to create this look. It is a really simple but pretty hairstyle. Perfect for college!

22. Fountain Curls

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You can achieve this look with a curling iron or velcro rollers. Rollers use minimum heat, which is great if you want to protect your hair from heat damage. Don’t forget to spritz on some hairspray after curling your locks to prevent them from unraveling throughout the day.

23. Big Curls

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Velcro rollers are the easiest way to achieve these bodacious curls. Ruffle the curls with your fingers to make them look more natural. This kind of curls look especially great on layered haircuts. If you are using a curling iron for this style, wrap your hair in big sections around the barrel to get those stunning big curls.

24. Blonde Curls

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When going blonde, you need to consider your skin’s surface tone and undertone. The shade of blonde should also go well with your clothes and regular makeup look. Once you have colored your hair blonde, style it in curls from halfway down to achieve this incredible look. Dawna Jarvis recommends using a curler to achieve this stunning hairstyle. She says, “Believe it or not a 1 inch curling iron works great for this look.”

25. Defined Curls

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Defined curls like these look great on anyone with long, thick hair. The key here is to use a curling iron with a big barrel and apply lots of heat protectant to prevent heat damage to your hair.

26. Dimensional Color

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If you have long hair, one of the best looks you can sport is a dimensional color blend. Color your long hair in multiple shades of your natural hair color. This will give your locks depth and dimension. “Make sure not to curl the ends to keep that textured look,” recommends Dawna Jarvis, a licensed cosmetologist.

27. Scrunched Curls

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There are two ways to achieve this look without using heat. One is to dampen your hair and weave the lower half of your hair into a braid, leaving it that way overnight. Untie the braid the next morning, apply some mousse, and scrunch up your hair. You can also use rollers without the heat to achieve these curls.

28. Semi Crown

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Here’s one feminine and cute hairstyle for long hair that can be easily sported. To emulate the look, gather some hair from both sides at the front and weave it into a regular 3-strand braid. Accessorize this boho-chic hairstyle with a pretty flower crown clip, and you are good to go!

29. Highlighted Beach Waves

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Every woman’s dream is to achieve the perfect beachy waves look. Check out this article for 14 different ways to achieve the tousled waves look. It’s easier than you think!

30. Curly Updo

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Curl your hair with a curling iron and spritz on some hairspray. Gather all your hair, allowing some strays to fall loose. Wrap your hair in a loose low bun, allowing the ends to hang loose over the bun. Accessorize your bun with some golden barrettes if you have an event to attend.

31. Fancy Updo

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Before you panic at the intricacy of this hairstyle, let me tell you that it is to achieve. Curl all your hair in perfect ringlets. Roll and pin the curls at the top of your head to create the mohawk look. Then, wrap all your hair in a bun and pin it in place.

32. Royal Ponytail

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Curl the lower half of your hair. Gather all your hair in a high ponytail and push it up to create a pouf. If you have bangs or slightly layered hair in the front, allow it to hang loose. Tie the high ponytail with an elastic and accessorize with sparkly barrettes and hair combs.

33. Simple Pouf ‘Do

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Pick up some hair from the front and backcomb it. Gently comb it down neatly and pin it at the crown to create a pouf. Comb down the rest of your hair, and you are ready to leave. Quick and easy!

34. Vintage Half Updo

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This vintage updo is created the same way as you would create a pouf, except you need to add more hair from the sides while doing it. Leave your bangs out and wear some good ol’ vintage clothes to complete the look.

35. Midsummer Night’s Dream

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If you’ve seen Midsummer Night’s Dream, you know that this hairstyle fits in that movie perfectly. In fact, Michelle Pfeiffer sports a similar look in that movie. Part your hair down the middle and roll the center-parted front of your hair in small sections, Pin the rolled hair at the back of your head and curl the rest of your hair to finish off this look.

36. Braided Space Buns

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Part your hair from the front to the nape of your neck to divide it in two sections. Flip your hair over and braid each section into a Dutch braid until you reach your crown. Then, wrap both the sections in space buns and pin them in place.

37. Romantic Curly Updo

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This is the kind of hairstyle boho wedding dreams are made of. The voluminous hair, messy flyaways, side-swept bangs and leafy hair accessory come together to create this stunningly romantic updo. Go to a professional to get this hairstyle done.

38. Bouffant Updo

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If you love big hair, this look is for you. Go retro with this look! Spritz on lots of hairspray and backcomb it to your heart’s content. Pin the front of your hair in a pouf and wrap the rest of it in a bun, leaving out the ends.

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Bouffant styles were first made popular by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s. The trend soon picked up with people coming up with different versions of it.

39. Messy High Ponytail

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Comb? What’s that? Messy hairstyles are all the rage right now! Get on board with it with this stunning and easy messy high ponytail. Gather all your hair with your fingers and hold in at the crown. Tie it with an elastic band and flare out your ponytail to finish off the look.

40. Double Buns

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This hairstyle is perfect for college, school, or a workout session. Divide your hair into half from front to back. Wrap each section into a bun at the top of your head.

41. Slick Low Ponytail

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Comb your hair down with some hair gel and tie it in a low ponytail with an elastic band. Pick up a little hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the band to hide it from view. Tuck the ends of the hair within the band or pin it under the ponytail.

42. Finger Waves

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We’re going retro Hollywood with this one! Apply some mousse to your hair and comb it down. Curl it with a curling iron. Brush out the curls to finish off this look. This is the perfect hairstyle to sport on a date as it is pretty and super feminine. Dawna Jarvis says,”Make sure to use heat protection with hot tools to keep your lock locks healthy.”

Andrea, a blogger, recalled her personal experience of experimenting with a fun yet easy-breezy hairstyle for her long tresses. She said, “I put my hair up into a faux-short hairstyle, using my favorite hair clips. I like the alternative to a bun or braid, and it requires absolutely no cutting (i).”

43. Bow Hairdo

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Embrace your inner fashionista with a charming bow hairdo for your lovely long locks! It features a playful bow, which adds a touch of whimsy to your look. Create a high bun on top of your head with a ponytail, leaving it looped. Split the bun in half to form two loops and pull the rest of the ponytail over the center. Divide the ponytail in half, pull each strand under each loop, and secure them with bobby pins.

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Elevate your style with a captivating side braid updo for long locks! This elegant hairstyle combines the charm of a side braid with the sophistication of an updo. Start braiding a section of your hair from one side. Braid down to the ends and secure with an elastic. Gently loosen the braid for a softer, more relaxed look. Twist the braid into a bun and secure it with bobby pins.

Infographic: 5 Easy Hairstyles For Long Tresses

If you are looking for quick and easy hairstyle hacks for your long tresses, we are here to help. The infographic below is a compilation of 5 quick and easy hairstyles that can elevate your long hair to new heights. These stunning styles fit every mood and occasion and leave you feeling like a true goddess. Scroll down and check them out.

5 easy hairstyles for long tresses (infographic)

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With long hair, you have many options to style your tresses. You can add life to your hair with myriad possibilities ranging from ombre to highlights and balayage. The above-listed hairstyles and haircuts can convert your long hair, which you might have thought dull and unexciting. You can add layers and textures to your long hair with the right hairstyle. Ultimately, choosing the best haircut for long hair depends on your face shape and hair properties. All hair lengths look attractive; you must care for your hair and style it to suit you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What length of hair is considered long?

If your hair passes the armpits, it is considered long. The usual length of long hair is 18 inches for straight hair and 20 inches for wavy hair.

Are layers good for long straight hair?

Yes, layers add texture and volume to your hair. Additionally, It is a versatile hairstyle that adds a layer of sophistication to any look.

Which haircut is best for long hair?

The best haircut for long hair depends on personal preference, face shape, and hair type. A layered haircut can look great on long hair, as it adds volume and texture and highlights the facial features to create a soft, polished look. Add side-swept bangs to the long hairstyle for added dimension and oomph.

How to do cute hairstyles for long hair?

Tie the hair into French, Dutch, or fishtail braids, or wear a half-up and half-down hairstyle. Some cute braided hairstyles for long hair are crown braids, quad braids, braid ponytails, and tribal boho braids. Add ribbons or scrunchies to further add to the cuteness factor.

What are some updo hairstyles for long hair that are perfect for formal events or weddings?

Sleek chignon, messy updo, braided crown, and curly updo are a few classic and elegant hairstyles for long hair that are ideal for formal occasions and weddings.

What are some versatile and trendy hairstyles for long hair that can be worn on any occasion?

Fishtail braid, 3-strand braid, beach waves, sleek high ponytail, flipped low ponytail, long black twists, scrunched curls, high bun, curly updo, simple pouf ‘do and modern French updo are some versatile and trendy hairstyles for long hair that can be worn on any occasion.

Key Takeaways

  • Trim your hair every 8 to 12 weeks to avoid split ends.
  • You may opt for a sleek or romantic updo for special occasions like weddings.
  • A high bun with a pouf may be more suitable for formal and professional settings.
  • You can go for beachy waves or double buns for casual outings or parties.
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