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!