Bobs and short haircuts may be majorly trending right now, but it has to be acknowledged that as far as styling options go, the longer your hair, the more options you have... Whether you opt for a high ponytail or a low bun, curl your lengths, or get creative with a half-up-half-down style, having long hair gives you the versatility to experiment with styles in a way that short hair simply doesn't. In fact, it's virtually impossible to run out of ideas.
If your hair is newly grown long, or you're simply looking for some inspiration to mix things up from your usual go-to hairstyles, you've come to the right place. As someone who has worn their hair long since their teens, I'm well-versed in the benefits of a long hair style, but every so often I find myself in a bit of a rut, throwing my long hair up into a messy bun rather than actually utilising (and enjoying!) the length.
At times like these, I turn to Instagram, where I've been bookmarking hairstyle inspiration care of the long-haired celebs and fashion girls I follow. Ahead, keep scrolling for 31 of the best long hairstyles I'm loving right now.
The best long hairstyles:
Long hairstyles don't need to be high maintenance. Amaka proves that a simple bow can instantly elevate a half--up-half-down style.
If your hair is naturally straight and tends to fall a little flat, create shape and definition by gently curling the ends as Joanna does.
Long, thick hair doesn't always play ball when you're attempting to style an up-do. If you want to embrace the claw clip trend, why not take Peony's advice and try two?
Pretty and practical, Zara's single plait is a great way to keep hair out of your face, while looking chic and stylish.
Attempt an upside-down blowdry or experiment with rollers to add volume and bounce to roots.
I love how cool Gigi Hadid's skinny bubble braids look on her long hair.
Gen Z might say that side partings are out, but I think Jasmine Tookes's looks so chic paired with voluminous waves.
I'm somewhat obsessed with Monikh Dale's long hair, which always looks so thick and shiny.
Fringes are back with a bang, and there's no doubting Margot Robbie's feathery one looks so chic with her long ponytail.
Laura Harrier's braided ponytail proves that sometimes length is best.
I'm getting serious '90s vibes with Jeannine Roxas's mini front plaits and long waves.
I can only dream of having hair as chic as Ashley Graham's sleek, centre-parted style.
Bella Hadid showcases one of 2023's biggest hair trends with this long hairstyle: copper colours.
Long hair definitely means you have more to play with, and Nnenna Echem's fun side plait proves it.
Alicia Keys oozes cool with this super-long, side-swept ponytail.
Seriously, how glam are Hailey Bieber's tumbling beach waves?
How cute does Elif's micro plait look adorned with teeny-tiny pearls?
Long hair might take longer to dry, but it's worth it when it looks as bouncy as Jodie Comer's style.
I love how dramatic FKA Twigs's half-up, half-down style looks with her longer-length braids.
Fluffy beach waves pair perfectly with Stephanie Broek's platinum-blonde strands.
The flipped ponytail is one of the coolest looks on Instagram right now, and it's even more impressive with Jourdan Dunn's hip-length strands.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is one of my long-term hair inspirations, and it's easy to see why: She makes long hair look so effortless.
Aysha Sow's narrow braids and copper-tinged curls look amazing this long.
Forget blondes; Jorja Smith is making me think that it's actually greys who have more fun.
J.Lo, we salute you and your tumbling ponytail.
Emmanuelle Koffi has the hairstyle equation down here. Headband + long hair + oversize bunch of flowers = beauty goals.
I love Dua Lipa's low-maintenance '90s style. Even I could re-create this double-plait look at home!
Re-create the look of a quick trim by wearing your long hair in a super-high ponytail like Kim Kardashian West's. It lifts the ends of your hair up for an instant haircut.
I love the contrast between Megan Adelaide Vega's long hairstyle and her shorter, feathered fringe.
The best thing about long hair is that it's so versatile. Willow Smith's long hair can be worn in Bantu knots and left loose and flowing at the front.
Lily Aldridge is the queen of long hair, as demoed with this gorgeous balayage style.
The best styling products for long hair:
This version of the Dyson Airwrap feature extra-long barrels to make styling long hair even easier.
This spray-on leave-in conditioner not only softens and detangles long hair, but also makes it smell incredible.
In just five minutes, this mask works to repair broken bonds caused by excessive heat styling or colouring.
These pure silk scrunchies are the perfect way to accessorise long hairstyles—and they do so without causing damage via friction.
Prevents dry ends and keep hair soft and healthy in between trims with this reparative oil blend.
A quicker and easier alternative to leave-in conditioning treatments and masks, this rinse off solution adds shine and silkiness to hair in seconds.
Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines.
While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.
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