So You Have Long Hair – Now What? Curls And Bangs Are In The Cards!

You have been taking care of your hair for years now – resisting the urge to perm or highlight, using a good, natural brand of conditioner and moisturizer and shampooing no more than once a week.

Curls are one great thing you can do; they are easy, they gradually loosen which allows for other style choices, and they are fairly easy to re-activate. Of course, for some hair types curling does not work out as well but there are always some options.

The first style we will be going after goes great with an oval face shape and long hair (blonde, chestnut, brunette or red head, it doesn’t matter!

The first step on this curling adventure is this; you will need a blow-dryer, a curling iron with a ¾ inch barrel and a leave-in conditioner.

Make sure your hair is completely dry – using a hot curling iron on wet hair can cause the strands to break. I would wash and deep condition the hair the day before curling, or soon enough so that it can completely dry so it is in as lustrous a shape as possible.

Comb and brush your hair – a boar bristle brush is the best for long hair – to completely smooth it. You can use a bit of spray in conditioner at this stage also.

The ¾ inch curling iron is great for making soft, cascading curls – get a small section of hair and secure the end inside the curling irons’ barrel, then hold the iron at a slight angle and roll the hair up until it is an inch away from your scalp.

After rolling up, hold for about five seconds, release the hair and slide the barrel out. Continue in small sections all the way around your head until your whole head is done, and then you can tease the curls and comb them out until you reach the desired effect. Obviously, this will not last like a perm but it also does much less damage to your hair.

The bangs are also something you can change fairly easily now that your hair has grown out; just keep in mind, once you cut the bangs if you want to go back to no bangs it is a long process, but one that can be done fairly easily. A blunt bang is the type most often worn by Taylor Swift. It covers your forehead usually down to the eyebrows. This style of bang will make your hair appear full and strong, but works best for smooth locks. Tyra Banks is also a great example of this cut!

If you have wavy or tousled hair, a wispy cut bang works excellently and goes with any number of outfits; for laid back chic and a tousled bed head look, the wispy bangs can’t be beat. Hillary Duff has pulled this look off with aplomb.

Long side and sweeping bangs scream sexy and classy; let one side hang down to obscure the side of your face to peel out from, and gather or let the sweeping hair escape for a laid back ‘strands loose’ look that will make any long gown look even better – try some nice dangly earrings with these bang styles to!

The best thing about long hair is its versatility; try new styles and curls and mini cuts to your bangs and the front sections, but don’t forget to use lots of conditioner, don’t perm or color it often. And most of all, try lots of different styles to find the one that makes you think you are the best looking you have ever been!


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!