From celeb looks to easy create at-home hairstyles, here are 17 ways to style long hair that are super-trendy! What’ll be your new look?
Hey gorgeous! Having long hair is surely a head-turner. I’m sure you get a second look at your locks every time. The best part of having long hair is that you can try various hairstyles. Whether it’s a braid or half bun or a sleek ponytail, you can experiment with your luscious long hair.
Personally, I have had long hair since childhood. And braids were my mom’s favorite hairstyle for me (less messy and she didn’t have to worry). But over the years, I have tried various ways to style long hair.
Beautiful hairstyles aren’t always born in salons. I frequently style my hair all by myself without any expensive products. You can create wonderful hairstyles right at your home for any occasion. These hairstyles are easy and you can pull them off yourself, too!
From casual to party, we have rounded off 17 easy everyday hairstyles for long hair. Let’s check out!
Ways to Style Long Hair
Having long hair doesn’t mean you have to tie it into a ponytail or into a bun every day. You can try some pretty cool hairstyles that will receive compliments for sure. These hairstyles need not be time-consuming, too. Whether you’re off to your work or out for a casual outing, we have listed out 15 ways to style long hair that are both low maintenance and chic!
1. Bubble Ponytail
One of the easiest ways to style long hair is with a bubble ponytail. Personally, I love this style as it takes less time to style and looks chic. All you need is a few hair ties and a comb. Tie your hair into a low ponytail. Similarly tie the remaining part of your hair with bands at two or three places, depending on the length. Take cues from Kendall Jenner and sport it with center-parted hair and subtle makeup. This hairstyle goes well for casual outings and even parties!
2. Subtle Cornrows
Cornrows are one of the most popular hairstyles. Anyone can rock them and they’re super comfortable without your hair falling on your face. As the name suggests the braids are formed in simple straight lines similar to cornrows.
You can get as imaginative as you want and try different sizes and patterns. But this may take time, too! So, if you’re heading out for shopping or just an outing, you can keep it subtle with 3 or 4 rows and leave the bottom section of your hair loose or braid it.
If you want to rock the traditional sleek look, try it out from a professional. This is on my list of coolest ways to style long hair.
3. Braided Ponytail
Ponytails are the go-to hairstyles for long-haired women. But imagine every time you need to tighten your band because your ponytail doesn’t stay as it is. Enter braided ponytails. After tying your hair into a ponytail, braid one-fourth of your hair. Tie a band to secure the braid.
A very sleek and chic look that’s perfect for parties, outings, and even at work.
4. Unique French Braid
French braids are yet another go-to hairstyle for long-haired girls. They are feminine and comfortable. But how about giving a twist to the French braid?!
Section your hair into 3 parts and braid it in French style until you reach the nape of your neck. Then, tie it into a ponytail, and voila! You’re all set.
This may take a little extra time of yours. So, you can try this for parties or casual outings.
5. Long Braided Ponytail
Here’s another way to rock your ponytail. Tie your hair into a ponytail then braid your hair. That’s it! This gives a badass look but remains intact. This is super comfortable on a windy day or when you’re out running some errands. You can try contouring your cheeks as this hairstyle opens up your face.
6. Half Updo
Half updos are the go-to hairstyles for women with any hair length. From short to medium to long, this is a super easy hairstyle to rock. But for long hair, we suggest the half bun with naturally wavy hair. If you have straight hair, create natural curls by braiding your hair and let it be overnight, then loose the braids the next morning!
I loved Hilary Duff’s casual style. I have tried the half bun hairstyle and it’ll surely be a head turner!
7. The Triple Ponytail
Here’s one of the ways to style long hair that is similar to a bubble ponytail. Basically, a triple ponytail is a combination of half updo and bubble ponytail. Tie your hair in a half updo and tie another band to the separated hair. Then secure the two parts with another band.
This gives the look of the triple ponytail. Sport this look at work or for casual outings.
8. Clean & Sleek Braid
Braiding your hair is one of the easiest ways to style long hair. But if need it real neat and elegant, have a look at Zendaya. She looks pretty and chic with her floral dress and the long sleek braid.
Pull your hair back and braid your hair until the tips. You can use any kind of hair gel to achieve a sleek look.
9. Low Braided Bun
We long-haired women are no strangers to buns. Try a low braid tied into a messy bun. You can twist the end of your hair back to the top. This is perfect for weddings and parties. It’s comfortable and beautiful at the same time.
10. Messy Fishtail
Fishtails are too pretty to ignore. And when you try them on long hair, they are even prettier. You can braid and then tease your braid for a messy and casual look.
Zendaya knows all the best ways to style long hair. Rock your messy fishtail braid with an oversized tee-shirt and shorts for a relaxed look.
11. Back French Braids with Top Knot
Instead of tying your hair into a bun, you can try the top knot style. Braid your hair upwards from the nape of your neck and tie it up into a knot at the top. You can choose a single braid or a triple braid.
Check out Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown’s pulled back style – perfect for an event or a party.
12. The Knotted Up Style
Get as creative as you can with ponytails! The knotted up hairstyle is a half updo with the hair tied into a knot in the middle. And the sectioned hair is tied into a knot again and tied into a ponytail. This hairstyle is one of the easiest and most unique ways to style long hair.
13. Half-Up Fishtail Braid
Give a twist to your regular fishtail braid. Like fishtail wasn’t twisted enough 😉 Lol! Braided half updos give a classy and elegant look. Center part your hair and section your hair to braid it from the crown. Braid the two parts of your hair into a fishtail and pin it together at the center. You can curl your hair at the end or leave it as it is.
14. Dutch Braid Ponytail
A Dutch braid is nothing but a reverse French braid. Braid your hair after tying it into a ponytail and you’re done. I loved this look by Rooney Mara where she has styled with a half updo and then double braided. Perfect for when you wear gowns.
15. Side Swept Hair with Braid
Wanna rock a hairstyle that’s perfect for the beach and red carpet?! The side-swept hairstyle is perfect for any occasion. Sport a side braid for an elegant look. You can create this look within minutes. Blow-dry your hair and section your hair behind the ear and braid it. Voila! You’re done!
16. Space Buns
Double buns a.k.a. space buns are a super comfy and easy to create hairstyle. This style gives a boho feeling and is super comfortable. This reminds me of Princess Leia from Star Wars where Carrie Fisher sported the braided space buns. So classy!
All you have to do is center part your hair, roll your hair into buns on both sides, and secure it with bobby pins. A perfect way to chill on a hot day sipping your fresh juice!
17. Rope Braids
Rope braids are the easiest way to style long hair. If you’ve no clue how to braid your hair, well, worry not, rope braids to the rescue. Section your hair into two parts, twist it in the same direction, and cross them in opposite direction. That’s it!
You can try innovative ways to style them. Tie your hair into a ponytail and then braid, start the braid from the crown for a dramatic look or even try braiding on side-swept hair! This hairstyle is perfect for parties, shopping, and lunch or dinner dates.
So, these were a few easy ways to style long hair. Which one is your favorite? Hope you loved these styles and if you try any of them, post a selfie on Instagram and tag @shilpaahujadotcom!
Sahana is a Senior Staff Writer at ShilpaAhuja.com. With an experience in fashion and lifestyle writing, Sahana is responsible for Indian and international fashion week coverage every year, and is developing an expertise in apparel trend forecasting. She also writes about health and fitness, having pursued yoga for 6 years now. She’s not a gym person at all but is all for “running in the park” and is an amateur cyclist. Books and coffee are her other passions. She’s also an amateur photographer. She’s a hardcore Bollywood fan and she loves to cover the nostalgic topics on the same. From fashion trends to famous characters, she can make anyone love Bollywood! Her best article has been 90s Bollywood fashion, a readers’ favorite so far! Prior to her experience with ShilpaAhuja.com, Sahana has written as a freelance author for online magazine, Mashup Corner, and interned at EventsHigh as a content writer. Her blogs on basic fashion, makeup, fitness and city’s food joints that gave her a chance to experiment with her writing. She also has voiced her opinions about feminism and equal rights for men and women at PolkaCafe journals and after quitting her job, she decided to take up writing as her full time career.
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