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The Best Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Your big day has to be a good hair day.
May 19, 2023

Wedding season
is a magical time. Whether you’re about to walk down the aisle soon or simply looking for wedding day inspiration, deciding on your bridal beauty look is not something to gloss over. When it comes to your look, choosing the right dress is important, but another aspect that is equally as important is your wedding day hair. With so many wedding hairstyle options — from cascading curls and natural braids to intricate updos and more — we understand that finding the right one for your length can be overwhelming, even if you have long hair.


Regardless of which hairstyle you decide to wear on your wedding day, one thing’s for certain: You want to look beautiful as you walk down the aisle, pose for pics and dance the night away with your friends and family. To take away some of your stress, we’re sharing 11 long hairstyles for wedding season, below. 

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What Is the Best Wedding Hairstyle for Long Hair?

The best wedding hairstyle for your long hair is the one that makes you feel most confident and beautiful. Here are 11 wedding hairstyles for long hair to help you narrow it down. 

1. Loose Waves With a Beaded Headband

Romantic loose waves are an elegant and timeless style that you won’t regret for your big day.  Add a little texture to your strands by applying mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced HairstyleBOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, to damp strands before drying your hair with a blow dryer. Once your hair is dry, add some loose curls with a large barrel curling iron. 

If you want to enhance your natural waves, style your damp hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Non-Stop Dreamy Curls Leave-in Conditioner. The formula includes hyaluronic acid and castor oil to hydrate, shape and define curls or waves without weighing down your hair. Finish the look with a decorative headband for a bridal-esque touch.

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2. Embellished French Braid

If you like to wear your hair up, a French braid is a chic and simple updo that keeps your hair out of your face, while still showing off your long length. At the hairline, gather a four-inch section of hair, separate it into three even sections and begin to French braid your strands, adding in all the hair until you reach the ends. Secure the braid with a hair tie and place embellished hair clips throughout the braid to elevate the entire look. Set the finished style with a light misting of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray - Unscented to keep everything in place. 


3. High Ponytail

You can’t go wrong with a high ponytail for your big day because it’s timeless, stylish and can easily stay in place all day with minimal touch-ups. Add a small amount of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel to your roots, then brush your strands back, toward the top of your head and secure it with a hair tie. As a finishing touch, grab a small piece of hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail to conceal the hair tie. 

If you have curly hair, apply the L’Oréal Paris Everpure Sulfate Free Simply Clean Curl Cocoon Creme through the length of your ponytail to shape your curls and enhance shine. 

4. Modern Ballerina Bun

If you prefer a more understated but timeless look, perhaps you should consider a ballerina bun for your big day. A ballerina bun is known for being sleek and clean, so we recommend using a hair mask the night before to make your strands more manageable and smooth. We like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Savior Fiber Mask, Paraben-Free because it includes collagen peptides to restore your long length, for hair that looks strong and healthy. To create your bun, create a low ponytail and work the length into a loose braid. Wrap the braid around the base of your ponytail and secure it with bobby pins. 

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5. Old Hollywood Waves

This glamorous wedding hairstyle is sure to make waves in the best way on your big day. Simple but stunning, this look starts with a classic pin curl hairstyle to create beautiful heatless curls. Try it with a silk press and show off your gorgeous length. 

6. Side-Swept Braid

For a whimsical wedding look, the side-swept braid is easy-to-achieve, laid-back and beautiful. Before you braid your hair, spritz some Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray - Unscented through your strands to give your hair some hold. Then brush your hair toward either side, divide it into three equal sections and begin braiding. Once you finish the braid, secure it with a hair tie or bow. Use your fingers to pancake the braid, and feel free to add some embellished clips or florals throughout the plait to complete the look. 

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7. Embellished Box Braid

Box braids look great in all lengths, especially long hair. Get creative with your protective style for your wedding day and try incorporating a few elements of bridal glamour like flowers, rhinestones, or pearl pins to jazz up the end result. 


8. Voluminous Curls

Celebrate your nuptials while sporting a bouncy, shiny set of voluminous curls. This style looks good on everyone, it’s chic and it looks especially good with long hair. Before you blow dry your hair, prime your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Everpure Sulfate-Free Weightless Blow Dry Primer, Heat Protectant. This heat protectant will smooth your hair, provide frizz control and prolong your style while it shields your strands from hot tools. After you curl your hair, spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray - Color Treated Hair to lock your style in place without leaving it crunchy or sticky.

9. Half Up, Half Down

If you can’t decide between wearing your hair down or in an updo for your wedding, how about a half up, half down style? This ethereal hairstyle is delicate and charming — making it the perfect complement for your dreamy white dress. It works with all hair types and textures and we love the way it shows off your long tresses while keeping your hair out of your face. After you create your half-up style, rub the L’Oréal Paris Everpure Sulfate Free Simply Clean Sheer Oil through your length to make your hair soft and shiny. 

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10. Sleek, Straight Hair

For the bride that loves things modern and minimal, try a straight and sleek hairstyle for your big day. Apply a smoothing serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In before you begin to style your hair. This one helps to reduce frizz and doubles as a heat protectant so you know your hair is cared for when you reach for your flat iron to complete the look.

11. Low Chignon

Chignons are a go-to wedding hairstyle for good reason: they’re timeless and keep your hair out of your face so you can focus on your stunning dress. A chic variation of the classic bun, this twisted style brings sophistication and elegance to your wedding day look. Go with a simple chignon and minimal accessories, or add florals or sparkly accessories to your polished updo for some extra pizazz.

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