I'm Not Getting A Bob—30 Easy Hairstyles for Long Hair I'm Trying Instead

As a beauty editor (and someone who has always had long hair), I often find myself lacking hair inspiration. It seems silly given that I speak to top hairstylists and have tried countless hairstyling tools over the years. But the truth is I'm guilty of wearing my hair down most days and occasionally tonging my hair with loose curls if I'm heading somewhere special. But realistically, I'll probably spend five to 10 minutes max on my hair in the mornings, and I like no-fuss hairstyles that get me out of the door on time.

I was feeling in a bit of a hair rut, so I wanted to seek some easy hairstyles for long hair that I can turn to on the days when I want to look more pulled together without spending 40 minutes curling my hair. So I took to Instagram to scroll through the fashion set for some hairstyle inspiration.

I learned that long hair is so versatile when it comes to quick and easy hairstyles. Whether it's updating your hairstyle with a couple of well-placed hair accessories or simply adding a plait to your everyday ponytail, there are so many great go-to hairstyles to experiment with. I've saved my favourite looks below if you're in need of some seriously easy hairstyles for long hair. Here are 30 of the best looks that I've found that anyone can do.

1. Undone Waves


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Undone waves both require little effort and look effortless, making them a win-win. Tong a couple of pieces around your face, and flip your parting over to one side for extra volume. 

2. Curly Updo


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Pile curls on top of your head, leaving a couple of face-framing curls free, for an instant hairstyle update.

3. Scrunchie Bun


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Low-maintenance hairstyles don't get much better than a low bun secured with a silky scrunchie.

4. Sleek Hairgrips


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Make pinning your hair back more of a statement with some coloured kirby grips. Go bright or choose silver or gold to match your jewellery preference for a coordinated look.

5. Half Up, Half Down


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Can't decide whether to wear your hair up or down? Meet halfway and tie with ribbon for a low-key look. This looks particularly great with a curtain fringe.

6. Second-Day Waves


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Curled your hair the day before? Embrace the looser, brushed-out waves the following day. Curl your hair all in the same direction (and mirroring on the other side) to get a rippling effect through the lengths of your hair.

7. Half-Up Braids


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Tie braids high up on the crown, and let the lengths cascade down on either side. This looks really pretty secured with hair clips.

8. Sleek Bun


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Pushed back hair-wash day again? A sleek, middle-parted bun will work in favour of greasy roots and will hold in place more easily than freshly washed hair.

9. Low Ponytail Plait


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A low ponytail tied into a plait looks chic paired with gold hoops and an oversized blazer.

10. Straight and Sleek


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A great option if you have naturally straight hair or have your hair relaxed. Add a glossy hair oil or serum for a liquid hair finish.

11. Middle-Parted Half Up


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This middle-parted, half-up, half-down style gives you the look of having your hair down while keeping it out of your face.

12. Headbands


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A headband will instantly elevate any style and make you look like you've spent 10 times more effort. 

13. Low Ponytail With Scrunchie


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Great for off-duty days, a low pony secured with a scrunchie is practical yet cool.

14. Half-up Plait


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This half up, half down look is instantly elevated with a plait through the upper lengths.

15. Bubble Ponytail


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A bubble ponytail gives an unexpected twist to your look. Simply tie into a ponytail and divide it into sections with clear elastics. Gently pull each bubble section outwards to create volume. 

16. High Ponytail Plait


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So easy to do yet so chic. This is a great look for any occasion, but it's particularly great as a workout hairstyle. It keeps hair out of the way and won't stick to your neck.

17. Claw Clip Ponytail


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If you have particularly long and thick hair, you might find most claw clips won't hold your hair in a bun securely. An alternative is to simply secure it at the base of your ponytail instead.

18. Claw-Clip Bun


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If you have medium to fine hair, then a claw clip is an easy winner for everyday hair.

19. The Ear Tuck


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Follow in Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's suit and do the ear tuck. It's great for when you want a minimalistic look or for showcasing statement earrings.

20. Tendrils


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Pulling out a couple of face-framing tendrils on either side of your face looks so chic while giving a nod to the '90s.

21. Curly Claw-Clip Bun


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Curly hair looks cool pulled back into a larger claw clip.

22. Braided Low Ponytail


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Braids, plush ribbon and a low ponytail are a chic combo in this look.

23. Low Ponytail Plait


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For a casual look, try tying your plait at the nape of the neck and securing to one side.

24. Classic Ponytail


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Whether in braids, with extensions or worn naturally, hair always looks polished in a ponytail.

25. Top Knot


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A top-knot hairstyle is ideal for beating the heat or for keeping your lengths out of the way.

26. Brushed-Back Bun


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While many claw-clip buns feature a middle part, I'm here for this brushed-back, claw-clip bun.

27. Cool-Girl Texture


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A soft bend in the hair is enough to tap into the French-girl hair mood. Try sleeping with your hair in loose plaits, or twist your hair straightener through your hair to create a soft S-bend through the lengths.

28. Glossy Bun


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For nights out, a super-glossy bun is a must.

29. Side-parted Bun


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Updating your look can be as easy as switching your parting over from the middle to one side, especially in this sleek bun look.

30. Wavy Ponytail


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No need style your whole hair with this look. Simply tie your hair into a ponytail and use a deep-wave hairstyler or curling wand to add movement and texture.

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.