Finding easy hairstyles for long hair doesn't mean you have to look like a mess. With proper hair styling, your long locks can remain luscious and shaped without having to slave away all morning.
Part of the key to easy hairstyles is to always take advantage of your hair's natural attributes, rather than work against them. If you have long, curly hair, use those curls to your advantage and don't diffuse them. If you're hair is straight, twist or braid it to add some depth, but don't spend hours curling it.
Take advantage of those curly or straight, lengthy, tresses by braiding them into a beautiful piece of art. Instead of going for the rigid, tight kind of braid, use a loose French braid. Start at the top of your head and gently pull the hair into a loose French braid. Continue the braid until about three to four inches above the ends. Use a barrette or rubber band to secure the braid in place. Add a little hairspray to help keep the loose ends tucked away and you're done.
For a side swept look, brush your bangs, or long bang area, straight. Brush the hair smoothly over to one side or your face and secure by tucking the hair behind and ear or clasping it in a barrette. Use a little hairspray to help keep it in place. You can stop and wear your hair like this, or take the style a step farther.
To take the side swept look a step further, brush you long hair the same direction as your bangs. Smooth the hair down and pull it loosely together with a barrette or hair band, right below the ear you tucked your bangs behind. Let your long hair cascade down, over the front of your shoulder.
If you want some soft volume, flip your hair upside down. Use a little root lifter and scrunch the roots. Flip your hair back down and smooth the top and front with your fingers. If you have straight hair, use a curling iron to add a little curl around your face. Curl one large strand on your left side and one large strand on your right side. Spritz a small amount of hairspray to hold everything in place.
A spiky bun hairstyle works better with straight hair rather than curly hair. Start by brushing your hair smoothly to the back of your head. Pull your hair together at about the middle of the back of your head. Twist the hair around a few times, depending on the length, into a tight bun. Leave at least six inches of hair loose.
Use bobby pins to secure the hair in place, with the loose hair coming from the top of the bun. Add a little gel to the loose ends to give them a spiky look. You can position the spikes up, down, or even out, depending on how funky you want to look.
If you're in a real hurry, a ponytail is always a quick and easy hairstyle to fall back on. Keep that ponytail from looking boring by twisting it up a little. Split your hair evenly on the left and right sides. Bring each section up and back, twisting the hair three to five times. Pull the sections together at the back of the head and secure them in place with a barrette or hair band.
Whether you hate your new short cut, or just like the look of a luxurious mane, there are various reasons to want longer hair. Unfortunately, hair grows at a pretty solid rate of about a half an inch per month, and there isn't much that can be done to speed its growth.