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!


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!