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8 Easy Hairstyles For Long Hair

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

Long hair always seems like a good idea—that is, until you wake up to a snarled mane that looks more like a bad Halloween wig than a blowout. By the time you’ve finally finished detangling your strands, it’s probably 20 minutes after you meant to have left for work.

Keeping a mermaid mane certainly isn’t simple. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy hairstyles out there to help you look polished in no time at all. If you’re thinking about trading high maintenance length for a wash-and-wear bob, don’t call up your stylist just yet. Give us a chance to prove to you how low-maintenance owning long hair can be.

Grab a hairbrush, a few no-snag elastics, and a can of hairspray. We’re doing this thing

Pop Star Half Ponytail

We open with a hair style you’ve definitely seen on stages all over the world. This look is pop star favorite because it showcases length while ensuring a pristine hairline that can resist even the most over-the-top dance moves.

You may not be starting a girl band anytime soon, but feel free to take advantage of the stars’ tricks in your daily life. After making sure your hair is free of snaggles, back comb at the roots. Starting from either ear and creating a diagonal line, from a half ponytail. Once you’ve smoothed the top of the style, secure the ponytail tightly. 

For added panache, leave your ponytail halfway through the elastic. The result is messy bun, something that will keep your style from seeming a little too “prom.” 

Rope Braid

We’re big fans of the rope braid, which looks complicated but requires very little skill. On second or third day hair, this plait is a power move that showcases your lengths while keeping them safely out of your way. For extra gloss, we even like to add a little shine serum throughout our mid-lengths and ends.

Start with a deep, straight side part. Take two medium strands of hair from directly above the hairline, twisting the front one over the back. Add a piece of hair to the strand that’s now in front, then repeat the technique until you reach the neck. 

Here’s the part that’s a little tricky: Add the rest of the hair to your braid strands, then twist them both forward. Then, using the technique you already know, bring the front strand over and across the back. Repeat this part until you run out of hair, then secure and pancake the braid. 

Twisted Half Updo

When we say easy, we really mean easy—no bobby pins or complicated chignons here. Pull two strands of hair from just above either ear, tying them off with a clear elastic at the back of your head. Leave the tail a little loose, giving yourself extra space to maneuver.

Now, bring the tail up and over itself in a twist. Repeat this step until both strands are entirely twisted, and you’ll be the proud owner of an updo that took no work at all. 

To give this look a little more va-va-voom, tease the crown of your hair before beginning to make a half ponytail. Instead of settling for a hairband, secure the style with a matte metal clip and add a little beach wave to your ends.

Oversize Messy Bun

Building the perfect, Pinterest-worthy messy bun is truly an art form, one that we’ve studied for years. The trick to the perfect ‘do is volume: lots of it, all the time. Using texturizing spray, dry shampoo, or volumizing spray, coat your roots and mid-lengths. If you want to tease a little, we won’t stop you.

Bring the hair up to the top of your head (aim for just below your crown), using your first loop of the hair elastic to form a ponytail. On your second loop, you’ll want to pull the tail though only halfway—you’re aiming to create a loop with a tail. Fluff the loop, pinning it into a bun shape. Then, wrap the remainder of the tail around the base of the bun and pin it. 

Finish with a healthy dose of hairspray, then pull out a few face-framing pieces to make the whole ‘do look a little more lived in.

Mermaid Braid

The mermaid braid is an adorably named style that we can’t get enough of, particularly during the sticky summer months. Who wants to shampoo their hair every day, let alone roast under a blow dryer? 

For second-day hair that’s fresh-looking, spritz dry shampoo throughout your hair. Then, create a deep side part with a braid of your choice (we’re big proponents of the fishtail braid). Tie off the plait with an elastic that matches your hair color.

Hidden Double Ponytail

Models and celebrities make voluminous, bouncy ponytails seem easy. When your mane is extra-long, its weight often keeps it from looking the way you’d like. What you don’t know is that celebrities hire hair artists to help them fake healthy, gorgeous-looking hair. 

If you’re interested in a tail that’s longer-looking, start by combing the top half of your hair into a high ponytail that sits just at the back of your head. Then, create a second tail that’s hidden below the first. It should sit just an inch or two below the first, and use the remaining half of your hair. Back comb the ponytails to create the illusion of a single, cohesive style. It’s your average ponytail, just better.

Top Knot

When it doubt, top knot it out. If you’re dealing with flat or oily roots but love the way your ends look, it’s time to call in our favorite second day style. Create a half ponytail at your crown, securing the ponytail with an elastic. 

Wrapping the hair tightly around the hairband, create a tight knot and pin it in place. If you’re looking for a more devil-may-care approach to the style, don’t be afraid to pull out a few choice pieces of hair around the face.

Boxer Braids

Long live the braided pigtail. To us, they’re the perfect on-the-go hairstyle for ladies with very long hair. After applying dry shampoo to your roots for a little volume and texture, part your hair evenly from forehead to nape (we recommend using a long-handled comb). Then, Dutch braid either side of your head. When you’re all done with the braids, be sure to pancake them

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