6 Gorgeous Long-Hair Ideas to Try Now
It’s easy to get stuck in a hairstyle rut, even when you have lots of length to work with. That’s undoubtedly why the humble, last-resort ponytail has had such unwavering staying power all these years. Here, 6 totally nonboring looks to try if you have long hair. (More good news: You don’t have to give up your go-to style completely; there are even a few ponytail updates in the mix.)
VOLUMINOUS NATURAL CURLS-Chanel Iman
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The ’70s are back—we have the rust-colored nail-polish trend to prove it—and Iman’s curls have a groovy Studio 54 vibe. To nail the glam disco-queen look, it’s important to concentrate the majority of the volume from midlength to ends. “If you put volume up top, it’s going to look ’80s,” says hairstylist Orlando Pita
UN-STRAIGHT HAIR-Olivia Palermo
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 12: Olivia Palermo is seen on August 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
It’s not exactly wavy, but it definitely hasn’t been flatironed into oblivion, either. Meet un-straight, the texture that says “I just happen to look this amazing, even though I put in minimal effort.” A middle part, slight bends that begin just below ear level, and piece-y definition create undeniable model-off-duty feel. Hairstylist Kerrie Urban’s technique for getting these non-curls: Flatiron two-inch sections of hair and “tilt the iron away or toward you haphazardly, so it looks a bit messy. It gives hair bend instead of curl.”、
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Wispy bangs have their place, but thick fringe (think Bettie Page meets Veronica from the Archie comics) emanates edginess. Paired with ever so slightly tousled strands as they are here, full bangs are surprisingly grown-up and cool. But they don’t necessarily work on everyone: “They might look a little childish with a short cut,” says Annie Rush, a hairstylist at Eva Scrivo salon in New York City, who recommends a sideswept look as a short-hair alternative.
Let’s be real: Beyoncé looks amazing with any hairstyle. That’s probably why she changes up her look so often. But this modern take on old-school glam is something anyone can pull off. The length, shape of the curls, and added texture keep things current.
BEACHY WAVES-Shay Mitchell
MALIBU, CA – JUNE 14: Actress Shay Mitchell attends Children Mending Heart’s 7th Annual Empathy Rocks fundraiser on June 14, 2015 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
Beachy waves can work on medium and short hair, but true mermaid hair (as all Disney fans and marine biologists know) requires lots of length. With long hair, you’re free to build even more texture. “The length allows you to concentrate the messier portion of hair further down, away from the face,” says Rush. “So no matter how disheveled it gets, the final result still looks put-together.”
BOUNCY BLOWOUT-Hannah Davis
CULVER CITY, CA – JUNE 06: Model Hannah Davis attends Spike TV’s “Guys Choice 2015” at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Simply put, this is a look you can’t really achieve with short hair. The model’s voluminous curls would quickly turn straight on shorter hair, taking away from its sophisticated glam. Because the waves are concentrated below her chin, Davis’s bouncy blowout looks easygoing rather than stiff or formal.