Long hair can be a blessing and a curse – if you don’t have time to blow dry it, it can look flat and boring. But it also allows you the opportunity to create some amazing hairstyles.
Whether you choose to braid it, curl it, make it wavy, and so on, it’s going to look fabulous. Most days, you just need a little bit of inspiration, so we’re here to deliver.
Best Hairstyles for Long Hair
If you’re uncertain what to do with your hair today, we have X gorgeous hairdos to serve as inspiration. We hope you like them as much as we did!
1. Easy Hairstyle for Long Hair – Side Braid
This lovely side braid has a soft, romantic look as it cascades down the side of the head. The thicker your hair is, the better, for this one… but you can also loosen the braid after to create the appearance of thicker hair. Head over here to check out the full tutorial.
2. No-Hair Tie Braid Hairdo
Stuck without a hair tie on a hot day? It’s okay, just throw your hair in a side braid and finish by using this backcombing technique. It may not work on fine, slippery hair, but it will definitely work on any hair that has some texture to it. Check out the tutorial at Camille Styles.
3. Updos for Long Hair – Sleek Braided Bun
If you like styling your hair so that it is half up and half down, then this fun braided bun style may be perfect for you. Simply pull your hair half up as usual, and then twist it into a sleek braided bun. Check out the whole tutorial over at Breakfast at Vogue.
4. Updos for Long Hair – Twisted Crown Style
This beautiful twisted style is wrapped all the way around your head, creating a gorgeous updo perfect for a special event. The key to this one is starting with wet hair, believe it or not – this makes the twist much easier to achieve. Check out the how-to over at A Beautiful Mess.
5. Easy Hairstyle – Faux Twist Fishtail
Here we have a fishtail style braid, which is actually more of a twisted style. Begin by pulling a small twist of hair from each side, and secure it with a small hair tie… then repeat this over and over again. Make your way over to Breakfast at Vogue to learn more about this look.
6. Hairstyle for Long Hair – Simple Twisted Pony
This beautiful hairstyle is achieved by twisting and pinning curly hair. It’s much easier than it looks to accomplish, and it can actually be done on any type of hair as long as it has some length. Head over to Ma Nouvelle Mode to check out the full tutorial.
7. Faux Hawk Hairdo
Here we have a fun updo that resembles a mohawk, so they have cleverly labeled it a faux hawk updo. For this look, you will section off pieces of your hair and create a series of twists. Head over to Riva La Diva to find out how to achieve this look on your own long hair.
8. Top Knot Hairdo
This playful style looks great on anyone with long hair, and it’s super easy to do. The key to getting this hairdo right is to reserve it for second-day hair only. If you try to do it right after you blow dry it, it will be too slippery to work with. Find out all the details here.
9. Easy Hairstyle for Long Hair – Knot and Toss
Next up, we have the “knot and toss,” which is a half-up hairdo that works best on long hair. For this one, a section from the left side of your hair is wrapped around a section from the right and then draped over. Check out the full tutorial over at Pretty Plain Janes.
10. Criss Cross Braid Hairstyle for Long Hair
This hairstyle has a super unique look that involves two braids that crisscross over one another, framing a wavy ponytail. Teasing the pony slightly adds some overall volume. Make your way over to Breakfast at Vogue to find out how to achieve this beautiful look.
11. Waterfall Braid Hairdo
This small waterfall braid extends from one side of the head across the top and over to the other side (hence the name). Each time your cross another piece over, you grab a very small piece to add, similar to a french braid. Get the full tutorial at Instructables.
12. Bubble Ponytail Hairdo for Long Hair
This fun style will surely garner many compliments, thanks to the ponytail’s super unique “bubble” shape. The key to this one is to partition the hair with elastics and then to loosen each one with your fingers. Head over to Stylishly Me to check out the tutorial.
13. Crown Braid Hairdo
This pretty ‘do is a nice departure from the pony if you’re sick of having your hair up all the time. Here, a long braid is wrapped all the way around the crown. Make your way over to Gina Michele’s website to check out her super helpful video tutorial.
14. Upside Down French Braid Hairdo for Long Hair
This glamorous hairdo is actually a variation of the classic french braid. You begin by braiding from the bottom of the head and then ending with a puffy bun at the top. Head over to Stylishly Me to find out exactly how to recreate this look yourself.
15. Hair Bow Bun Hairdo
Here we have another style that sits on top of the head, but this time it involves a fun pink bow. This blogger tried out a variety of different types of buns, and she shares her favorite techniques along with some tips and tricks with you over at her website Akamatra.
16. 5 Minute Updo
This bohemian chic style can be dressed up for a special occasion, or dressed down for a day at the office. And the author claims that it only takes 5 minutes to do! Make your way over to Hey Wanderer to find out how to recreate this fun hairdo yourself.
17. Side French Braid Hairdo
Side styles look great in photos, and this one, in particular, looks wonderful from all angles. And here’s the good news – it is created similarly to the classic french braid, only positioned in a different way. Head over to Ma Nouvelle Mode to find out all about it.
18. Hairstyles for Long Hair – Three Bun Updo
This lovely style has a unique look, and it is surprisingly easy to do. It is made out of three buns that are collected at the nape of the neck. And that’s all there is to it! Head over to Go Make Me to find out more about this gorgeous, super versatile hairdo.
19. Easy Hairstyle for Long Hair – Twisted Braid
If you grew up in the ’90s, then you’ll probably remember the topsy tail that was so trendy at the time. Well, there’s good news – the topsy tail is back, in the grownup form! Head over to Camille Styles to find out how to recreate this old-school look on your own hair.
20. Rolled Chignon Hairdo
Here we have a beautifully elegant hairstyle with a spiraled look to it. It is actually a rolled chignon, and it is done by first pinning two twists halfway up and then rolling the rest of your hair up. Check out the full photo tutorial over at Camille Styles to find out more.
21. Easy Updo for Long Hair – Braided Hairdo
This tutorial specifically states that this style is great for long thick hair, and you can see why. It involves some serious braiding and wrapping, and looping. Make your way over to Pearls and Scissors to check out tons of photos that will show you how to do this style.
22. Long Hair Ideas – Lace Ponytail
Here’s a charming look that is done using lace, an elastic, and perhaps some hairspray. Simply gather your hair into a pony, wrap the lace around your head, and then continue wrapping it around the ponytail itself. Learn all about it at Bridal Musings.
23. Twisted Rope Crown Hairdo
This lovely style looks a bit like rope, giving it an old-fashioned sort of vibe. The key to achieving this look is to twist two sections of hair together. Make your way over to the Ducklings In A Row blog to find out how to recreate this look on your own hair.
24. Easy Updo for Long Hair – 3-Steps and Done
This is one of those fun styles that would be perfect for a day out on the town, but it’s also one of those looks that seems impossible to recreate without a tutorial. So we have one for you! Head on over to Ducklings In A Row to find out how to do it.
25. Waterfall Braided Bun Hairdo
And last but not least, we have a beautiful side-swept style that would be perfect for a wedding or special event. It begins with a waterfall braid and then cascades down into a side bun. Head over to Oh The Lovely Things to find out how to do this one yourself.
We also have this beautiful updo next, which was decorated with a few beautiful butterfly clips. It’s a loose updo, so the hair is not pulled tightly on the head, which gives it a whimsical look. We’re sure there are a ton of pins holding it all together, but it’s worth it.
27. Poufy Updos for Long Hair
When you want an updo that’s not too tight, this poufy updo is perfect. The hair is loose and looks hastily put together, but we’re sure there’s a lot of work put into it. The bun is also absolutely gorgeous, with tendrils going in multiple directions.
28. Braided Updo
One of the coolest updos we’ve seen mixes in braids and a ponytail. We have a few rows of box braids, a few loose tendrils, and then a beautiful ponytail with hair wrapped around it. It’s just a beautiful and comfortable updo, perfect for day-to-day.
How about a fishtail braid? We just love how this one looks and how the adjoining whispy braids look. Mix in the wavy locks, and you have a beautiful beach hairdo. This could work with an evening dress or with a good old pair of jeans and a pretty shirt.
30. Flowery Updo for Long Hair
Finally, we have a beautiful do with a loose side braid and some added in beautiful flowers. This is easily an updo you can do yourself, so you won’t even need extra help.
Final Thoughts on Hairstyles for Long Hair
We have a lot of hairstyle ideas in our article, and we do hope you found at least one that you would love to wear. Whether you’re looking for something to wear on a day-to-day basis for diversity’s sake, or something more special for a party, you’ll find something to love.