15 Quick and Easy Hairstyles for Long Hair

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The styling opportunities for long hair are endless, but sometimes it can be all too easy to just get yourself into the same everyday hairstyle routine.

We've been thinking of ways to jazz up our look, so we've sought out 15 quick and easy hairstyles for long hair to provide you with a healthy dose of inspiration.

From playing with accessories to ponytails with a twist, keep scrolling for our favorite easy hairstyles for long hair. Trust us—you don't need to be a professional to re-create these.

Micro Braid

micro braid backstage
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Much like the hidden plaits seen at the S/S 19 Blumarine runway show in Milan, we love this super-short, French-style braid on the back of this model's head, which makes even shoulder-length hair look short and choppy.

Scarf or Rope Braid

Rope braid
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This gorgeous hairstyle (seen backstage at Max Mara's S/S 19 show) looks super impressive but is so easy to re-create. All you need is a scarf, cord, or rope —that's it!

Multi-Hued Pins

Max Mara 2019 multi-colored hair pins
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This hairstyle takes your look from everyday to evening-ready in seconds. Brush your hair back behind your ear so it's smooth and sleek before adding in a trio (or more) of bobby pins in a range of colors.

Pigtail Plaits

Taiwanese actress, Amber An

Not a fan of the standard pigtails and looking for something a little more funky? Taiwanese actress Amber An makes the case for a mature version of the pigtail plaits so often sported by kids. Here, a few tendrils of hair are left out to frame the face.

Knot Your Average Pony

knotted ponytail backstage
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This impressive ponytail takes your everyday look from zero to 100. Pull your hair back into a ponytail and start to twist it as if you're putting hair into a bun. Once you've created one loop, knot the rest of the hair through the bun and secure it, leaving the rest of the ponytail long and loose. Finish with a barrette or bobby pin for extra cool points.

Half-Up + Hair Slide

Half-up half-down hair with bow
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This easy hair hack can tame wayward coils whilst making them look even more gorgeous. Pull half of your hair up, and then leave the bottom section down.

Bandana Wrap

This look involves the same technique as the ribbon bow, but with a slightly more standout look. Simply wrap and tie a bandana or silk scarf around your ponytail and leave the rest loose.

Bandana Bow

The same technique as above but with an oversized bow finish (like this style, created by hair queen Kristin Ess). We're stocking up on bandanas and scarves ASAP.

Fishtail Braids

fishtail braids at Mara Hoffman fashion show
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Fishtail braids look impressive but are actually easier to do than most. Follow our simple instructions on how to do a fishtail plait.

Athletic Headband

Headband around the top of a ponytail

Mastered the ponytail? Step it up a notch by adding a slim athletic-style headband to the top of the head, as seen here on model Daphne Groeneveld at a 2019 Fila fashion show.

High-Fashion Ponytail

Jaime Xie
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Give your hair a sporty-meets-avant-garde style with this high-fashion ponytail seen on influencer Jaime Xie. Here, hair is secured in two places with a mini braid adding interest to the back. For a slick look like this, use a serum to tame flyaways and be sure to wear over-the-top earrings.

Head Scarf

Digital influencer and model Linh Dang Khanh Nguyen
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You might've seen that headbands are back in business, but we also love the look digital influencer and model Linh Dang Khanh Nguyen created using a headscarf. It's also the perfect way to disguise greasy roots. Win-win.

Loose Ribbons

Lexi Fargo
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There's nothing chicer than a loosely tied black velvet ribbon. Whether your hair is curly or super straight, this style suits anyone and takes seconds to create. For extra hold, secure hair first with a clear elastic band before wrapping your ribbon around.

The Flip Over

Okay, so this is the easiest hair update ever. Take a cue from Zendaya and flip over your part—particularly dramatic when you have loose, blown-out waves as seen here.

Messy Bun

Messy bun
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It's a classic for a reason. The messy bun—wherein hair is piled on top of the head, and casually arranged—always looks great. Take a cue from this model and slick hair back, leaving a few tendrils loose.

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