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6 Beautiful Hairstyles for Long Hair

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6 Beautiful Hairstyles for Long Hair 6 Beautiful Hairstyles for Long Hair 6 Beautiful Hairstyles for Long Hair

Long hair, don’t care, right? Well, kinda. While wearing long hair down can certainly be gorgeous in and of itself—and requires hardly any effort at all—every once in a while it’s nice to switch things up. Whether you want to rock some seriously spacey buns or the messy bun's new and improved half-bun sister, we’ve got you covered with six easy-to-create hairstyles that will help you make it through the week with fabulous hair—and before you ask, there are only six because everyone deserves a day off! Sound good? Let’s get started!

LONG HAIRSTYLE #1. HALF-UP FISHTAIL BRAID

When you have long locks, it’s easy for your hair to move all over the place—including in your face—and get annoying, which can make you wonder if it’s time to just chop it all off. Instead of doing something drastic, pull your hair back and create a pretty fishtail braid that cascades down the back of your head. Problem solved!

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In Serum

Hair brush

Clear elastics

Shine mist

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Use a hair serum

On dry hair, apply a serum to help tame frizz and prep your hair for styling.

Step 2: Slick your hair back

Use your fingers or a brush to smooth your hair back, securing about one-third of your hair with a clear elastic.

Step 3: Create your fishtail plait

With the top portion of your hair, it’s time to start braiding! Divide that section into two smaller sections. Add a small piece of hair from the bottom portion to the outside of the section on the left, before crossing it over the section to its right. Then, do the same to the opposite side. Keep going until you reach the bottom of your hair, then tie the braid off with another clear elastic. 

Step 4: Spritz on a shine mist

Apply a shine mist or gloss as a finishing touch.

LONG HAIRSTYLE #2. BRAIDED SPACE BUNS

If one thing’s for sure, it’s that now is as good a time as any to rock our favorite buns from the early ‘80s. Surely you know the ones. Not only is this look nostalgic and iconic, but it incorporates some of our fave hair elements into a single style. Braids? Check! Buns? Check! Hair out of your face? Check! Need we say more? 

What you’ll need:

Hair serum

Hair brush

Rat tail comb

Clear elastics

Bobby pins

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Smooth your hair

In order to create a sleek set of buns, start off by spraying your hair down with a smoothing serum, then run a brush through your mane. 

Step 2: Part your hair

Next, use a rat tail comb to create a super-straight center part from your hairline all the way down to the nape of your neck.

Step 3: Secure your pigtails

With each side of your parted hair, create a low ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.

Step 4: Braid your pigtails

You don’t need any major braiding skills for this look, weave each ponytail into a simple three-strand braid. Finish each braid off with a mini clear elastic so that it’s easy to conceal once you begin coiling.

Step 5: Wrap your buns

Take each braid and coil it around itself to create your princess-like bun. Pop in a few bobby pins for added hold and you’re good to go!

LONG HAIRSTYLE #3. PULL-THROUGH CROWN

If you’re like us, you’re a sucker for braided crowns—really, who isn’t obsessed with this style? But, as much as we adore this over-under royal hairstyle, what if we told you there’s a new style in town that’s equally as gorgeous but requires even less skill? Yup, we thought you might like the sound of that!

What you’ll need:

Clear mini elastics

Bobby pins

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Part your hair

Split your hair down the middle or off to the side—either will do.

Step 2: Create a ponytail

Starting on one side, take a small section of hair near your hairline and create a small ponytail. Secure it will a clear mini elastic.

Step 3: Pull it through

Remember those super-simple loop ponytails you loved as a kid? That’s the gist of this look. With that in mind, stick your finger through the hair right above your mini elastic and loop your ponytail through to create a mini ponytail.

Step 4: Keep going

Continue this process on each side until you get to the back of your head just behind your ears.

Step 5: Complete your crown

With the hair at the back of your head, what’s in-between all that looped crown goodness, create two to three more looped ponytails. Once all of your ponytails are in place, grab a few bobby pins and secure the ends.

Step 6: Mess it up

Gorgeous, right? If you want to really romanticize this look, take our word for it and mess it up a bit with a few face framing strands.

LONG HAIRSTYLE #4. HALF-BUN

It’s no secret that we adore buns—messy, high, low, or anything in between. As the perfect second (or third) day hairstyle, how could we not? The latest bun style to steal our hearts is the half-bun. This style is truly the best of both worlds when it comes to letting your hair down and keeping it out of your face all at once.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo

Rat tail comb

Hair tie

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Refresh your tresses

Dry shampoo, anyone? To give your hair a quick refresh, hold the can six to eight inches away from your head and spray it onto oily roots and lightly through the rest of your hair.

Step 2: Section your hair

Using a rat tail comb or your fingers, make a horizontal part from ear to ear to prep for your half-bun ‘do.

Step 3: Create your bun

Using the top section of your hair, create a high ponytail. Before securing it in place, twist your half-up pony into a top knot and pin it in place or use a hair tie.

LONG HAIRSTYLE #5. LONG FAUX HAWK

Lifted, brushed back tresses have been flooding red carpets and social media feeds alike—and that’s with good reason. After just a few pins and twists, you’re looking at a seriously voluminous look that’s nothing short of rocker chic.

What you’ll need:

Hair brush

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Section off the crown

Horizontally part your hair from ear to ear to separate your topmost layer of hair.

Step 2: Start twisting on one side

With the upper layer out of the way, section off another small layer of hair and twist it back from your hairline to your mid-shaft, then pin it in place so that the ends fall down the back of your head.

Step 3: Keep going

Repeat the previous step until you reach the nape of your neck. Once you’ve finished one side, do the exact same thing on the other so that your twisted layers line up.

Step 4: Brush back your crown

Remember the layer of hair that you set aside earlier? It’s time to tease it a bit and brush it back to conceal your twists and complete your look.

Step 5: Add extra hold

To ensure that your look lasts, be sure to give it a few spritzes of hairspray.

LONG HAIRSTYLE #6. GLOSSY SIDE PART

Seen on the heads of countless celebrities with long locks, super-smooth, shining strands have become the epitome of glamour. Luckily for us, it’s a look that easily translates into real life. Ready to look like a movie star?

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner

Flat iron

Shine gloss

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with clean hair

Gently massage your shampoo onto wet strands, then rinse. Follow up by applying the coordinating conditioner and leaving it on for one to two minutes before rinsing.

Step 2: Straighten your hair

Since this style is known for being the sleekest of sleek and the smoothest of smooth, grab your flat iron and sandwich your tresses to bring your look to life.

Step 3: Amp up the shine factor

Before creating your low ponytail—spoiler: that's where this style is headed—be sure to apply a shine product, like a shine mist, serum, or gloss.

Step 4: Finish your look

Comb your glossy strands back into a low ponytail for the ultimate red carpet-ready ‘do.

Want more long hair beauty tips? Head over to our article, 8 Pretty Haircuts for Long Hair, for some haircut inspiration.