40 Seriously Cool Long Hairstyles to Wow Everybody in 2021
Don’t even think of cutting your long hair just because someone told you it’s out of fashion! Mermaid locks are officially hot in 2021, so everything you need is to put yours into a flattering shape. And here is our pick of long hairstyles complemented with stylists’ tips to assist you in this journey to your hair goals.
Inspiring Long Locks Ideas for Different Hair Types
Hair texture is the first thing we need to consider when speaking of hairstyles for girls with long hair. For those who have fine see-through hair, Arsen Gurgov, celeb hairstylist with Emmy Rossum among his star clients, recommends getting bangs for a thicker look, while avoiding thinning shears and giving preference to solid cuts done with regular scissors. By contrast, thick hair will benefit from removing some weight through thinning out. And what if you have natural curls like Rossum’s? Ask for long layers! “They will help complement the hair’s thickness while avoiding the dreaded “triangle shape” that can happen when hair is one length,” tells Arsen Gurgov in his comments for Today. And here’s how this works.
This cutie rocks her curly mane with an irregular middle part and caramel balayage, bringing out the cute pattern of her playful ringlets.
The lovely ombre fading from dark roots into champagne blonde ends gives dimension to fine thin hair, while feathered layering adds a bouncy feel.
With a cascade of chunky layers, this thick hair looks vibrant and full of movement, also showing off an awesome masterpiece of the painted blonde.
This wavy hairstyle boasts voluminous waves done on sliced strands, both heavily layered and brightened up with a smooth color transition.
What a hot red color! Steal the idea of color for your thick straight strands along with the feathery finish.
Long Looks for Different Face Shapes
Bone structure is the next thing to keep in mind when choosing among different long length hairstyles. Indeed, there are plenty of ways to balance your face shape with styling. If you have a heart-shaped face, opt for deep side parts, voluminous buns or ponytails, lots of piece-y layers or braids starting right from the front hairline. If your face shape is round, ask for textured layers and long bangs you can wear side-swept or rock a high pony for an elongating effect. Girls with an inverted triangle shape should embrace half ups/half downs. “I love half updos for girls with inverted triangle face shapes. A half updo can narrow the forehead + widen the look of your cheekbones + jawline. Gotta love a good illusion!” writes Kristin Ess, hair artist behind Lucy Hale and other celebrities, in her blog. Go on to see other face shapes illustrated.
Take the cue from this gal, who definitely knows what is good for round faces–a flirty strand in front of the ear, multiple angles throughout her ‘do and an elongating line across the face.
To avoid dragging an oval face down, add some volume and texture around the face with both layering and contrasting highlights.
Heart shaped girls can visually narrow down their wide forehead, while softening the jaw line by getting flattering face-framing layers.
Here, the layering starts at the collar bone level to add some width around a long face, with a few layers on the bottom to bring in dynamics.
Descending right from the side part, a soft diagonal line across the square face breaks its angularity, then melting into textured waves.
Banging Long Bob Alternatives
Whether you are trying to grow out or looking for something less tiresome to manage than waist-length hair, the long bob is definitely an option to consider. Its shoulder length qualifies as a long hairstyle, while it’s quick and easy to style compared to longer lengths. “The lob is such a popular style because it is a striking look, and yet you don’t have to commit to having short or long hair. It’s easy to manage and allows plenty of room for different looks and styles,” says Earl Simms, who styled A-listers like Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller and Jourdan Dunn, to Glamour. He also recommends starting with a center part for the freedom to flip your hair to any side you like or asking for a long messy fringe. Scroll through photos in the slider to find nice examples of modern lobs.
This cheerful highlighted bob is our fav among hairstyles for natural black hair, as it has everything from texture and vibe to bounce and definition.
If you give preference to weave hairstyles, get inspired by this eye-popping clean and polished lob, adorned with irregular blonde streaks.
Shaggy bobs with bangs have something very French about them, haven’t they? This razor-cut ‘do coupled with a delicate balayage is a great example.
The angled bob comes in an unexpectedly longer version, boasting long messy bangs and trendy textured waves.
And this sandy blonde cut illustrates a more classic take on the long bob, featuring side-swept bangs blended into short round-brushed layers.
Diverse Long Hairstyles with Layers
It seems layering is the hugest of current hair trends, since on closer examination almost all hairstyles that look blunt are actually layered somehow. That’s because layering provides a world of opportunities for customization based on both face shapes and hair textures. Layers can add bounce to thin locks without taking away the density, and remove bulk from thick hair without sacrificing the length. In her comments to Allure, Kattia Solano, founder of NYC’s Butterfly Studio Salon and stylist to Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Rose McGowan, recommends a layered look for curly clients with medium to thick hair, saying that the layers take what’s already voluminous and turn it up even more.
This oh-so-natural balayage hairstyle is coupled with bangs arched to the sides for a softer look, while long layers add bounce.
When looking for a shorter and easy-to-style ‘do, opt for a shoulder-length bob with piece-y texture and multiple layers all around the perimeter.
Layering gives shape and structure to this long curly mane, making the ringlets pop with shiny highlights.
The cascading waves juiced up with lighter streaks deliver vibe to these thick locks that retain the depth, yet shed off the bulk.
This big hair is strikingly voluminous, but not shapeless and bushy – thanks to layering, of course. And have we mentioned that highlights work great for natural black hairstyles?
Classy Long ‘Dos with Bangs
Adding bangs is a simple way to update your hairstyle, not to mention their power to balance facial features and to change visual perception of hair density. Bangs are great for framing various face types, and they work on any texture (yes, including curls), so the core task is to customize them to your personality. A long fringe swooping down to the sides is an obvious option, since it is easy to tuck behind the ear or to grow out to side tresses, when you get tired of it or want to switch up your look. However, there are more fringy looks out there, and we are going to explore some of them.
This silver blonde hairstyle is really edgy with those long side swept bangs and jagged ends with a sliced finish for enhanced texture.
Conversely, this bronde style is heavily layered through the bangs and around the face, and it strikes the eye with its cool flipped out styling.
The Bardot-esque curtain bangs go well with this softly layered brown hair and allow for much freedom in styling due to the flexible cheek-grazing length.
Here, the stunning texture is brought out with short layers, starting around the face and going down to the very bottom. And yes, the straight irregular fringe blends in perfectly.
We adore these short and wispy curly bangs, which go longer to the temples to melt into the side tresses and chime nicely with the lengthy ringlets.
Chic Long Hairstyles for Black Women
Cool braids are go-to for Afro American women with long hair, as their installation allows taming the bushy hair, while nailing bombshell looks and saving much time you spend on hair styling. “Consult with your stylist about whether braids with synthetic extensions are suitable for your hair. Discussing prior chemical services about the condition of your hair is a great start. Then think about what size and length of braids are best for you. If the braids are too big and long, they may create damage and breakage along your hairline, due to the tension and weight of them,” says Gemma Moodie, UK-based 2017 Natural Stylist of the Year, to Cosmopolitan. Sure, you don’t need to stick to braids, and there are some other options to choose from.
When searching for a fresh alternative to braid styles, think of lovely Dutch-braided pigtails, which look even more stunning when extra length is added.
Wear your natural hair really big, but get it flatteringly shaped and well-defined like this girl does. A couple of highlighted strands around the face help bring it into focus.
And why not use weave hair to nail this fantastic deep-wave hairstyle? It is sure to arrest all eyes with its volume, bounce and softness.
Go for a tight and sky-high braided ponytail with a clip-on hairpiece for a dramatic, yet sleek look.
And we cannot miss our favorite box braids, especially this cute ‘do, fancifully adorned with contrasting white strings.
10 Best Long Hairstyle Ideas Based on the Hottest Trends
Ok, now we have different long length hairstyles to customize for any personal features, but what are the most fashionable ways to do the job? “The ’80s are coming back in full force. That means big blowouts and hair accessories,” says celebrity stylist Andrew Fitzsimons, who works with both Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, to Byrdie. He also predicts that a bedhead trend will go on through 2021 and recommends keeping an eye on loose, wavy and textured tresses. With that, 90-esque loose wavy updos with multiple pieces left out are officially back, while the “go natural and big” movement is ahead of the curve when it comes to black hair. Let’s have a look at other trendy hairstyles for long locks.
This cute updo is both relaxed and romantic with its messy twisted and tucked strands, shaped into a bun and supplemented with fanciful loose ends and tendrils.
For a sleeker prom hairstyle, get your locks backcombed and pulled back to create a lush side bun with chunky loops.
The two-tier ash blonde hairstyle is a great pick for 50 year old woman, as it frames the face flatteringly, while hiding graying.
This pretty layered on the bottom ‘do catches attention with its delicate feathered finish and a vivid color transition.
With this exceptional ponytail you don’t need any other updo for your homecoming – just ask your hairdresser for a funky braids and curls combo like this one.
Low buns are your go-to options when you need to create a professional look. Get inspired by this textured and touchable, yet elegant and stylish updo.
A modern shag is huge this year, so get one with deep arched bangs and chunky layers. Don’t forget to add colors for a vibrant natural color!
This fabulous hairstyle pops with the seamless balayage and sharp piece-y layers, but we also like its very long layered fringe.
Highlights are not only for blondes! Look at this brunette, rocking her disconnected layers both feathered and highlighted.
The ruby color is just destined to be combined with vintage waves to deliver a modern take on a pinup look.
These hairstyles for girls with long hair are very much doable at home or at any nearby salon, so you won’t need a beauty squad to get a stylish look tailored to your needs. Just take one of our pictures to the salon and discuss with your hairdresser how the style can be adapted based on your personality. Good luck with your next transformation and don’t miss a chance to share the result with us!