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Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Easy Hairstyles for Long Hair

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Easy hairstyles for long hair

Q: I just cut my long hair into a medium length, and I don't like it. Stylists always want to take my hair up, because I have a small face with small features. I have to admit, this shorter style is easier to blow out and feels healthy, but I think I'm a long hair girl.

Easy hairstyles for long hair

Rebecca misses having long hair, but isn't sure it would suit her anymore.

In a lot of ways, I'm attached to the hair I used to have "back in the day." I was a model for 13 years, and my hair was to my bra strap. It was a lot of work, but worth it. I'm just not sure that I have the time or the youth for that anymore.

I left the industry five years ago to raise our children. I have two boys (ages 2 and 5), and my hair took a beating after each pregnancy—it was dry, brittle and falling out. So, over the years it's been getting shorter and shorter.

I want to find a fresh, manageable, sultry and classic style to take me into my 40s. Could you help me find my Life Cut?! — Rebecca

A: Rebecca, thank you for your consultation request. I don't think there is a "Life Cut" for you because you have the natural resources to try many different styles. 

If you find yourself yearning for long hair again, I say go for it. Healthy, well-maintained long hair is beautiful at any age. As long as you keep up with regular trims, and don't overdo it with heat-styling, I see no reason why you can't rock long hair. 

Regarding your current cut, I think what you may not like about it—in addition to the shorter length—is that it's all one length, with blunt ends.

I would suggest adding some long layers and a long, cheekbone-length fringe. This will give you a lot more movement and softness around your face. 

Katie Holmes Miss Meadow New York City premiere 2014

Katie Holmes at the 2014 New York City premiere of 'Miss Meadow.'

You mentioned that your long hair was "a lot of work" before. With this cut, you won't need to be too precious about your styling, as it will look best with some natural texture.

The fringe can work equally well parted down the middle as curtain bangs, or with a deep side part as side-swept bangs. Notice the smoother styling here, which you can achieve by blowdrying with a round brush.

Olivia Wilde Deadfall Los Angeles premiere 2012

Olivia Wilde at the 2012 Los Angeles premiere of 'Deadfall.'

After this, if you decide the fringe is not for you, then you can easily grow it out until it blends in with the other layers. 

Olivia Wilde Blush Boutique Nightclub anniversary party 2008

Olivia Wilde at the 2008 Blush Boutique Nightclub anniversary party.

Once your hair is officially long again, consider taking out more of the weight with these choppy, tapered layers starting from your collarbones.

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Emily Ratajkowski Entourage Los Angeles premiere 2015

Emily Ratajkowski at the 2015 Los Angeles premiere of 'Entourage.'

Again, not much styling is required because the more natural texture, the better. They look especially great with a middle part.

Alternatively, here is a sleeker option with blunt ends. 

Eiza Gonzalez Baby Driver Los Angeles premiere 2017

Eiza González at the 2017 Los Angeles premiere of 'Baby Driver.'

This could be a little more work, depending on how much straightening you need (or want) to do. However, a smooth surface will help to reflect the light and show off your hair's natural shine. 

At this point, your styling options are endless—wear it up or down, flip around your part, tuck it behind your ears....

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Jessica Biel at the 2016 Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Gala.

You didn't ask about your colour, but these lighter, warmer ends with your natural darker roots would be a gorgeous look for you. 

At this length, I would also encourage you to revisit bangs. Here is a thicker, blunt style. 

Camilla Belle Comic-Con 2008

Camilla Belle at Comic-Con 2008.

These are a little softer, with a slightly rounded shape.

Felicity Jones BAFTA Award Season Tea Party 2012

Felicity Jones at the 2012 BAFTA Award Season Tea Party.

Pushed to one side....

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Jessica Biel at the 2017 NBC Universal Upfront.

With your bone structure, you could even pull off these short baby bangs.

Krysten Ritter Whip It Los Angeles premiere 2009

Krysten Ritter at the 2009 Los Angeles premiere of 'Whip It.'

I hope this gives you plenty of inspiration for the many long haircuts and styles that would look great on you.