14 Long-Hair Trends That Will Have You Canceling Your Next Cut

If you haven’t gotten a haircut since The Before Times, you’re not alone. Thanks to our year-plus in isolation, longer hair is trending, and although salons are finally back in full swing (yay!), there’s a divide between those who want to keep their growth and those who are ready for a dramatic change. “It’s been interesting, and we’re actually seeing some people being more daring and favoring a shorter style,” says Ryan Trygstad, celebrity stylist and co-founder of Mark Ryan Salon in New York City. But the hard truth is that some hairstyles may require more than one haircut after all that time away. And for others, the longer hair has become the new normal.

If you are sticking with the length for the meantime (*raises hand*), the great news is that long hair has tons of versatility. “We’re absolutely loving shaggy layers for long hair,” says Trygstad. But don’t feel like you have to curl your hair to show off every layer. “It feels like we’re moving away from beachy waves and more towards early ’90s styles that are sleek and shiny,” says the stylist. But to achieve that glossy, healthy look, you'll need a couple of products to help.

EmRata long hair

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“At-home hair treatments are great,” says Trygstad. “I recommend that my clients use a hair mask once a week.”

The stylist also recommends this hair rinse, which removes build-up from hair while it conditions. 

Keep scrolling for 14 celebrity long hairstyles to inspire your look.

Half-Up Ponytail
Ariana Grande long hair

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Trygstad loves Ariana Grande’s signature half-up look “for pool parties or going out.”

Waist-Length Waves
Jennifer Lopez long hair

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J.Lo’s longer-than-long hair isn’t for the low-maintenance among us, but go big or go home, right?

Sideswept Locs
Ciara long hair

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Ciara’s Instagram is a treasure trove of long-hair inspiration. Case in point: her recent sun-kissed locs.

Bubble Hair
Gigi Hadid long hair

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Gigi Hadid recently dyed her hair a Queen’s Gambitinspired shade of red and showed off the look with a 2000s-inspired style.

These snag-free clear elastics are just like the ones from back in the day but way less painful to take out.

Loose Curls
SJP long hair

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@sarahjessicaparker

When Sarah Jessica Parker is showing off her curls, that means nature is healing.

A curl cream reduces frizz and lets natural texture shine through without feeling crunchy. Ouai's has the added bonus of smelling like a fancy perfume.

Cher Hair 2.0
Zendaya long hair

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Zendaya put her own twist on “Cher hair” at the 2021 Oscars with her ultra-long, easy waves.

Sleek and Straight
Sofia Vergara long hair

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@sofiavergara

Proof Trygstad is correct in his prediction? Even Sofía Vergara, known for her signature waves, is sporting pin-straight hair as of late.

A heat protectant spray is your best friend if you often reach for the straightening iron. This one will also help reduce frizz, too.

The Modern Shag
Cara Delevingne long hair

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Considering the new layered take on the shag cut? Look no further than Cara Delevingne’s cute style.

Sky-High Pony
Shay Mitchell long hair

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When in doubt, a high ponytail like Shay Mitchell's never fails.

Headbands
Joan Smalls long hair

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Long, flowing curls are a forever favorite. We love how Joan Smalls kept hers in place with a pretty headband.

This ruched Jennifer Behr headband would look just as great with a cocktail dress as it does with athleisure (as Smalls proves).

Deep Side Part
Anya Taylor Joy long hair

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@anyataylorjoy

The middle part may be the official part of Gen Z, but Anya Taylor-Joy kept the side part very much alive with her glam look at the Golden Globes.

A tail comb will help you keep your part precise.

Slick Braid
Riley Keough long hair

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@rileykeough

For a cool twist on the high ponytail, go for a wrapped braid like Riley Keough’s.

Blunt Bangs
Kacey Musgraves long hair

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@spaceykacey

If you want a major change but don’t want to lose your length, remember bangs are always an option. Kacey Musgraves’s blunt style is unexpected and of-the-moment.

Face-Framing Layers
Amanda Seyfried long hair

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@mingey

For medium-long haircuts, angled layers like Amanda Seyfried’s are subtler.

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