Classic Style Choices For Long Hair – Easy Ways To Arrange A New Look

One of the best things about long hair is the different looks and feels you can get; for total effect, long hair can do things that short hair can’t, but it can also mimic short hair. One of the most famous scenes in Hollywood is Rita Hayworth shaking her hair loose from an updo or a bun, and it has been repeated again and again throughout our culture.

That is how quick a transformation can take lace, though – although it does take quite a bit of practice to make it look as smooth as it does in the movies. Your hair pulled back into a small tight bun on the back of the head is nothing but business. Couple it with a power suit and you are ready to roll in any high rise in the country.

But, a few minutes in the bathroom and a little black dress, and a transformation has been made. That is the power of long hair; more than any other style, it can go through transformational changes. We’re going to go through some of them today!

Of course, we have to start with the first one – loose, hanging and free. The way your hair is cut and layered can make subtle differences with this look. Some choose bangs, some keep it the same length from front to back and some have the classic inverted V shape, shortest in front and growing longer as it goes over the shoulder and around the back, making a nice layered look.

Loose Braid: This is an easy style, and is more of a ‘keep it out of my way’ style, but when combined with the right outfit, with stray strands of hair hanging outside the braid making it look a bit tussled and mussy.

Top Knots: his style can take a lot of different forms. The tighter the hair and the further towards the back, the more business like it will be; the higher on the head, depending on how tightly you make the knot and the exact shape can be at home from haute couture gowns to a Halloween Genie costume.

Plaited Top Knot, Plait: Nicole Ritchie makes this style her own but it has been worn by many different models and stars. It looks fabulous in a ball gown ort prom dress, or it can look right at home in cutoffs and a t-shirt too; just braid the plaits a little less tight for a laid back effect. This is also related to the braided bun, which Vanessa Hudgens wears to such effect!

Fringed and banged bun: This is a fun style, and allows you to play with your bangs or if you have an inverted V cut with the parts of your hair that are not as long. It can make a sexy, wispy look that goes good with a black dress or a colorful spring dress.

For a sultry look that will go great with an off the shoulder red gown and layered necklaces, try the braid-detail side swept up do. This fusion piece can be picked apart for a wild, on the fly look or slicked down for the most formal of the dance completions. This hairdo has been around for a long time, and it is easy to see why. Do it and it is set for the night, and as it get slightly messier it gets proportionately hotter.

This has covered some of the classic looks – we didn’t get into the highly formed do’s; that will be saved for another day, but this will give you some ideas of how to put that long hair to use!


New Cuts For The New Year – What’s In And Out In Long Hair, And Finding Your Best Style

Style in hair is a quicksilver vein that floats from the halls of Tinsel Town; look at stars, look at the runways of New York or the photographed fashionistas. There is always a wide choice of styles for your long hair, from Scarlett Johansson and Selma Hayek’s classic wave, where the hair falls in gentle waves from the face. This general, slightly layered hair can take a lot of formulations, from braids to French knots, casual updos or ponytails.

On the runway this year, a straighter look is dominating as well as a deep side part on many different models – the side part is showing up on shorter cuts to. With long hair it is a classic look that depending on your hair will take a bit of product to keep in place.

A straighter, natural style is in and it is one which if done right looks spot on with the deep part; check out runway pictures for some perfect examples of this – if you have long hair it might be something that you want to try. Use a quality volumizing mousse to keep things natural looking but in place; some flyaway is OK as it give a very natural feel. The goal with many long hair styles is to just look as though it happened that way (don’t tell the guys!).

Bangs are in and out, but some people just make them work – Taylor Swift, like her or not, knows how to rock the bangs, but Gwen Stefani is another great example of the laid back look (without the side part). She kept her long blond hair in loose, slightly curled waves at the American Music Awards. This style is in style no matter what; natural, luscious long hair.

Most places you look, long hair this year in being worn in more simple ways, like Hayden Panettiere’s loose ponytails with a few strands escaping. This look when pulled off properly is deadly sexy (of course, it does help if you look like Hayden!).

To decide on your best style, look at a lot of photos, and then take a clear look at your own hair; what type is it, how smooth is it? Is it naturally curly or straight? Is it naturally dry and frizzy or oily?

Your face shape will also come into play – some styles just look better on an oval or heart shaped face. With thinner hair, longer styles will take a bit more effort as it can tend to start looking stringy. Once you get this hair to the proper length, layer it to add fullness and add curls and waves.

If you have nice straight hair, bangs are a possibility, but if your hair is frizzy curly or coarse bangs may be a mistake; the bang might be frizzy instead of hot.

These days, long hair can be anything from shoulder length down; it will depend on your body, face and hairstyle that determines just how long you can go and still look your best. Any style you like and wear in confidence is yours – that’s the great things about style!

Tips On Growing Long Hair; How To Get A Healthy Mane!

At one time or another many women decide they want long hair. But, something usually happens along the way and they decide; OK, this is long enough!

Many times, the reason for this early admission of ‘victory’ is the fact that as their hair grows in length, when it starts to get past the shoulders the trouble spots on long hair start to show up. Without vigilance, hair can dry out and this causes split ends and hair breaks.

Of course, it is often over vigilance that causes the problem. Chances are, you are shampooing too much and not moisturizing with a healthy moisturizer enough. The main thing you can do to make sure your moisturizer is doing your hair good is to make sure that it does not contain any harsh products. Shea butter works well, and there are some other all natural moisturizing alternatives.

Trim your hair as often as you need to (or as little – it could be months before you need a cut, Just read on!)If your hair does develop dry end or split ends, trim as little as possible – sometimes 1/8 of an inch is all you will need to cut off. The point of these trims is not to ‘cut’ your hair in the traditional sense – it is merely to get rid of that smallest amount of hair possible so that the entire hair is healthy.

Brush your hair regularly and thoroughly. I am sure most of us can remember seeing in movies or hearing our moms or grand moms say, ‘Brush your hair 100 times every night!’

Well, it turns out they knew what they were talking about – maybe not quite a hundred times, though. 30 or 40 should be more than enough.

The scalp produces natural oils which help keep hair healthy – the longer it is, the more thorough you should be about brushing it as this will spread the natural oil throughout the follicle. And, this is a good time to address shampooing as well. While you don’t want your hair to be dirty, you don’t want to over clean it either. The strips those natural oils away, and that makes your hair much more brittle and dry.

So, about once a week is enough for cleaning. Rinse and moisturize or condition more often, and make sure you follow the same rules in your choice of shampoo as you did in moisturizer.

Read the labels carefully, and if you have any questions you can always go online to check out the ingredients. Depending on where you live and the stores you shop at (or that are available), you might need to order from the internet or go to a health food store. They usually have some great products!

Choosing the right do and pampering your hair as it gets longer is essential – think about using a bonnet for sleeping, and as you go through the day realize that braids or updos supply much more support for your hair. Choosing the right brush is another of those things that long hair makes necessary. Usually a boar bristle brush is going to be your best bet as they are nice and gentle. A standard paddle brush is an excellent choice for long hair.

Long hair definitely takes some planning and dedication. You simply have to resist the urge to do to much with it until you reach your ultimate goal. With these tips and some good common sense on perms or die jobs (they are both terrible for your hair), by this time next year you will be sporting much longer hair.

And then just think what you can do with it!