Long hair can be both a blessing and a curse. It takes longer to style compared with medium hair, but it also allows for more options. We’re not going to dive into what products to use for your hair, as you know those better than anyone since all hair types have their own needs and requirements. Whether you’re a woman or a man, we have you covered with some cool hairstyles for long hair.
Some of these are easy enough to make on your own, others you’ll need help from a friend or a hairdresser; at the very least you have some inspiration to take with you to the salon.
Hairstyles for Long Hair
Long hair can be difficult to deal with and keeping it in a simple pony tail or straight on your back can get boring pretty fast. So, let’s see a few cute hairstyles for long hair that you’ll want to try out.
1. 50s Updo
One really cute updo you can try out takes us back to the 50s, mixing in rolled bangs with a bun and a bandana. It’s certainly going to be a bit different to your regular hairstyle and it’s something you can do on your own in just a few minutes.
2. Milkmaid Braids
This classic milkmaid braid look has been around for a long time, but with good reason – it is stylish and super easy to achieve. All you’ll need are braiding skills and some bobby pins. Head over to the Birdie Shoots blog to check out the full tutorial.
3. Double Knot Pony
Here’s another great alternative to a plain old ponytail, and it’s really quite simple to do. You’ll literally double knot your hair, and then insert special pins to secure the hair. Make your way over to Gina Michele’s blog to check out the video tutorial.
4. Sock Bun Twist
This elegant look would be perfect for work or a special occasion, and it is surprisingly easy to do. The key is to start with a sock bun and then to wrap other hair around it. Make your way over to Inspired By This to find out exactly how to do this yourself.
5. Fancy Ponytail
Get fancy with this stylish ponytail that is much more substantial than your typical low pony. Here, the hair has lots of volume and a bit of a twist above the base of the ponytail. Head over to Pretty Plain Janes to find out how to do this look yourself.
6. Large Pull-Through Braid
This pretty ponytail style looks a bit like a traditional braid, but it is actually a series of loops that are pulled through each other, and then loosened a bit. Make your way over to the Breakfast At Vogue blog to find out how to do this on your own hair.
7. Double Braid
If you’re looking for a braided style, then you might enjoy this double braid which looks quite difficult – but it is actually very simple. Here’s a hint… the smaller braid is has a french braid sort of element. Head over to Design Everyday to check out the instructions.
Cute Hairstyles for Long Hair
If you want to look super cute, we also have a few hairstyles for your long hair that will give you that sweet and cute vibe.
8. Side Braid
If you mix in a side braid on each side of your head and pull back the hair from your face too, it will look super cute. You can do this on your own with just a little practice.
9. Three Step Simple Updo
This simple updo style for long hair is a great alternative to the plain old messy bun. The key here is to create a loose looped pony and then to thread it back through the middle. Head over to Ducklings In A Row to find out how to do it yourself.
10. Braided Bangs
This unique style would be perfect wear to a wedding, and the guests are sure to be wowed by the unique look. It is achieved by creating a large, loose braid around your forehead. Check out the full tutorial for this style over at Riva La Diva.
11. Messy Bun Tutorial
This messy bun is not quite as messy as the type that you might toss your hair into at the gym, but it still has that same relaxed vibe. The key is to use hairspray before you style to get some texture. Head over to Birdie Shoots to check out the tutorial.
12. Faux Bangs
Do you like the look of bangs, but hate the commitment? Then give this unique style a try… faux fringe! The key to this is to pull all of your hair up on the top of your head and then to use the ends as “bangs.” Find out how to achieve this look over at Love Maegan.
13. Summer Hairstyle
This look involves some lace which embellishes a pretty updo. It is great for a sticky, hot summer day or a time when you need your hair to be swept back and out of the way. Head over to the Skunkboy blog to find out how to achieve this pretty look yourself.
Easy Hairstyles for Long Hair
Are you looking for an easy hairstyle for your long hair? Look no more as we have a few great ideas that you can test out.
14. Bun with a Braid
We love mixing things up and creating a bun and adding up a really cute braid wrapped around it goes well with our idea of “easy.” It’s only going to take a few minutes to put this together.
15. Bubble Ponytail
This long hair look is great for everyday if you want to liven up a plain old ponytail. Here, you’ll begin with a low pony and then use elastics to create sections which are then loosened gently. Check out the full photo tutorial over at Stylishlyme.
16. Tuck and Tame
This pretty style is called the “tuck and tame,” thanks to its simple technique. For this, you’ll need an elastic headband which you will then tuck the hair into. Make your way over to She Uncovered to find out exactly how to achieve this bobby pin-free look.
17. Half-Up Pull Through Braid
This stunning style is actually easier than it looks to accomplish. It is made by combining two pull-through braids, and draping them around your head. Make your way over to the Breakfast At Vogue blog to find out how to do this style on your own hair.
18. Ariana Grande Inspired ‘Do
If you’re a fan of Ariana Grande, then you’ll love this next hairstyle. This look is parted in a V shape on the top of the head, with a mini ponytail perched on top of the head. Make your way over to Hot Beauty Health to find out how to execute this style yourself.
19. Extra Long Ponytail
Transform a regular old ponytail into a super long one, without using extensions! The key to this style is to create two smaller ponytails, and then to meld them together. Make your way over to La Petite Noob to check out the simple instructions.
20. Knot and Toss
This half-up hairstyle is called the “knot and toss” because of its relaxed partial knot appearance. You’ll create this look by starting a knot of sorts with half of your hair and then pinning it in place. Check out the full tutorial over at Pretty Plain Janes.
21. Beachy Waves
Give your locks a tousled, lived-in sort of look with these easy beachy waves. This style is great for second-day hair too. Just grab a curling iron and some hairspray to get started. Head over to Bre Pea to check out the full tutorial and additional photos.
22. Low Braided Bun
You’ll need very thick hair for this one… or you might consider adding extensions for a bit of extra volume. Simply braid your hair and secure it in a bun shape. Make your way over to Breakfast At Vogue to find out exactly how to achieve this look.
Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair
Whether you’re attending a wedding or you’re the main star of the event, we have a few wedding hairstyle ideas for your long hair.
23. Mixed Braids
These puffed out braids look absolutely stunning when put together like this in a hairdo that will leave the back of your neck exposed. It’s such a cute style and if you want, you can even add some bedazzled hairpins to make it stand out more.
24. No Heat Kate Middleton Updo
This beautiful updo was inspired by one of Kate Middleton’s classic looks, and it doesn’t involve any curling or flat irons so your hair will stay happy and healthy. Make your way over to Ma Nouvelle Mode to check out the helpful video tutorial.
25. Braided Side Bun
This elegant updo is done by creating a diagonal french braid and then looping everything into a bun behind one ear. It looks beautiful from both the front and the back. Make your way over to Inspired By This to check out the tutorial along with more photos.
26. Swedish Crown Braid
Wow your friends with this incredible swedish crown braid which wraps around your entire head. The key is to begin a french braid on one side of the head and continue it horizontally. Make your way over to Stylishlyme to check out the instructions.
27. Elegant Updo
This beautiful look would be perfect for a wedding or special event where you’d like to keep your hair up and away from your face. And it’s constructed similarly to a fishtail braid! Head over to The Bride Link to find out how to recreate this look yourself.
28. Side Swept Lacebraid
This is a unique look that has two different elements – a waterfall style braid on one side, with a cluster of curls on the other. And it’s pretty easy to do! Make your way over to Design Everyday to find out exactly how to achieve this look yourself.
29. Upside Down French Braid Bun
For a twist on the traditional french braid, give this upside down version a try! You will literally begin down at the bottom and braid upwards, creating a bun on the top of your head. Check out the full photo tutorial with instructions over at Stylishlyme.
Curly Hairstyles of Long Hair
Curly hair is notoriously hard to style, especially for those who don’t have too much experience. Now, levels of curliness vary from wavy to the tightest curls you could imagine. Since curly hair is so beautiful on its own, our suggestions for curly hairstyles for long hair are fairly simple.
If your hair is more on the wavy side, you can definitely try this boho style out. You just have to make a few fishtail braids and gather the hair off your forehead.
When your locks are as curly as our model’s are, you may want to go for a simple side sweep. With such volume, you can have lots of fun with your hair on one side. Adding some hairpins could help keep the hair in place, on top of all the hairspray, of course.
32. Push Up
Curly hair can also be put into an updo. You’re going to need a lot of headbands and a ton of hairspray to keep up the heavy hair, but the result is so beautiful. It just looks like a wonderful crown and we can’t stop being jealous.
Hairstyles for Men with Long Hair
It’s not just the ladies who wear their hair long, but also the men. Sadly, there are limited styles to work with here, but we still have a few options.
33. Man Bun
In recent years, the man bun has grown in popularity and we’re kind of in love with it. Depending on how much hair you have, you can keep it on the back of the head, rather than on top of it, but it the hair’s too long, that might be too heavy.
34. Swept Back
Now, for those who have longer hair, you can just pull back all the hair off your face, down to your ears, and use a tie to wrap it all on the back of your head. Even more, you can create a sort of loop with the ponytail you gathered.
35. Braid It Up
Of course, there’s also the option of straight out braiding your hair. In this way, all of it stays in one place and won’t bother you throughout the day, making it super comfortable on warm days.
Cool Hairstyles for Long Hair
Keeping your hair long involves a lot of work as you need to make sure it’s strong and healthy. If you go through all that trouble, it would be a shame to forgo choosing a new hairstyle every day, since you have so many options. We hope you enjoyed our list and we’d love to hear which ones are your favorite