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9 Ways to Style Long Hair That You Hadn't Thought of Yet


If you have long hair, it can be all too easy to fall into a hairstyle rut, wearing your hair in the same way each and every day.В And while having a signature style is no bad thing (and makes mornings a hell of a lot quicker), there is actually so much joy to beВ foundВ by adding some new hairstyles for long hair into your repertoire.

Believe it or not, there's actually a lot you can do with your long lengths. Whether you're in the mood to fancy up a regular pony, try out a polished braid or add an accessory or two, we've scoured our favorite S/S 18 shows to find the best long hairstyle ideas out there. Keep scrolling to discover hairstyles that prove long hair needn't be boring.

The Polished Plait

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In between hair-wash days, pulling long hair back into a plait can hide greasy roots and knotted lengths-and the headscarf? Well, that's just a bonus. For a plait like this, invest in RedkenВ Braid Aid (ВЈ16). It's a creamy balm that you can use to prep hair, and to polish over each section once the plait is complete.

Slicked Roots

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Gel can be your friend, if you use it to create something as chic as Markus Lupfer's dual-textured, softly waved hair. Our top tip? Use a mixture of Bumble and bumble's Sumogel (ВЈ23) and hair oil (we love Rodin by Recine Luxury Hair Oil, ВЈ56) to slick roots down. The oilВ will stay pretty dampВ andВ will stop the gel from turning rock solid and crispy. You'll find some more slicked-back hair inspo here, too.

The Leather-Bound Pony

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If the S/S 18 shows taught us one thing, it's that the humble hairbandВ is about to be replaced by just about anything you can find lying around. At Loewe, the tie of choice was a length of brown leather knotted tightly at the base of the ponytail, but ribbon, cord or some fancy string would work just as well.

The Flattened Crown

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We usually spend a lot of time trying to inject volume into the roots, but actually flattening the top section of hair looks pretty modern too. Simply take the section of hair that falls in line with the ends of your eyebrows and comb it straight back, using plenty of OribeВ Superfine Hairspray (ВЈ30) and kirby grips to keep it in place.

Bouncy Blowdry

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With new product innovations, getting a salon-style bouncy blow-dry is easier than ever. Look for volumizing root spray, such as Evo'sВ Root Canal Base Support Spray (ВЈ20) to build height. Then, for the easiest blowout ever, rough-dry hair with a hairdryer as normal, and then go over with Dafni'sВ Hair Straightening Brush (ВЈ120), which will give smoothness and bounce to even tightly curled hair without the arm ache.

Simple Slides

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The quickest way to update your look is to add an accessory, as proven by the chic hair slides on the models at Versace.В & OtherStories always does the best hair accessories,В but we also love ASOS's selection of hair slides, too.

The Wrapped Ponytail

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HeadscarvesВ are having a bit of a moment, and we love the idea of wearing one wound tightly around a long ponytail like the models at Lanvin-use kirby grips to secure it at both ends.

The Slicked-Back Look

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Instead of slicking hair down, why don't you try slicking it back, like the look at Jason Wu? It's a hairstyle that works on long hair of all textures and looks great with a super smoky eye or cat-eye flick.

Hippy Braids

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If you're struggling for time and just want a hairstyle that allows you to get up and go, try the hippy braids from Stella Jean. Simply leave your long hair down (whatever texture it is), and while you're on the bus or train to work, you can simply plait a few tiny braids into the front section. Multitasking at its finest.

Next up: The seven best haircuts for every type of texture.