While there’s no shortage of dreamy #longhair inspiration around, figuring out how to style long curly hair is a whole different ball game. Now, there’s no need to fret: we’re about to share some of our favourite long curly hairstyles with you, right now!
From pull-through styles to buns, we’ve rounded up a selection of chic hairstyles for long curly hair to suit all skill levels.
Classic Long Curly Hair
The best way to rock long curly hair this season? Loose and seriously defined, just like this. Trust us, you’ll be showing everyone how amazing your texture is!
If you want to channel off-duty vibes, you could just wear your curls beachy. No matter the season, this look is always in.
When it comes to creating beachy, long curly hairstyles, you really can’t go wrong with using a sea salt spray.
Up next: See the sea salt sprays we can’t live without.
Curly Blonde Highlights
Giving your long curly hairstyles a sun-kissed boost is going to be a breeze — just get blonde highlights put in! Doing so will make your coils look more prominent and feel new again, too. Credit: @flaviaesantiago
Editor’s tip: Encourage and define your curls with the VO5 Volume Foam. Work it through your damp lengths, blow-dry or diffuse and watch as your pretty curls come to life.
This romantic look is a fail-safe way to wear your curly long hair down with extra charm. If it means you’ll look like Hollywood siren, what’s not to love?
Hairstyles for curly long hair don’t have to be complicated to look good. Add a little pizzazz to your ‘do by weaving a simple braid or two on the side.
Curly Half-Up Hairstyle
Whether you’re heading to work or the gym, this cute hairstyle will help keep your mane off your face in the most stylish way possible.
7. Half-up, half-down braids
Looking for Pinterest-worthy long curly hairstyles? Then this playful braided half-up hairstyle is definitely for you.
8. Half-up bun
Easy hairstyles for long curly hairstyles, like this hun (AKA the half-up bun), strike the perfect balance between casual and chic, plus take mere seconds to do! Credit: @jackiexsieng
9. Half boxer braids
Editor’s tip: Great for creating all braided long curly hairstyles, the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm is an easy-to-use balm that will help add grip and structure to your plaits.
10. Waterfall braid
As far as long curly hairstyles go, there isn’t anything more romantic than a classic waterfall braid. With a host of A-list fans (including Nina Dobrev and Demi Lovato) pledging their allegiance to the style on the red carpet, it’s sure to take your date night look up several notches!
11. Half-up pull-through
Love braids but struggle to do them on yourself? We’ve found a solution in the form of this pull-through style!
12. Long curly afro
Bold, big afro hairstyles are on everyone’s mane list right now. To nail the look, use an afro comb to fluff out your long curly hair and that’s it!
Recommended read: An easy guide to hair plopping.
13. Low ponytail
Got a formal event to attend? Say no more. Opting for this classic low ponytail is your best option, especially if you’re a fan of easy hairstyles for curly long hair.
14. Side ponytail
15. Side French braid
A subtle twist on a classic, the side French braid is one of our favourite hairstyles for long curly hair. Both practical and pretty, there are plenty of fun ways that you can play around with this versatile style.
Just take inspiration from the Instagrammer above: stop braiding at the nape of your neck and embrace the curls! Credit: @hairromance
16. Side bun
Even if you’re pressed for time, you can still work your curly long hair into this elegant side bun in a flash.
Editor’s tip: If your long curly hair feels dry, frizzy and is difficult to manage, you may need to think about investing in a hair oil.
The Nexxus Oil Infinite Serum Oil is one of our favourites, as it helps reduce frizz, enhance softness and improve manageability. Yes, please!
17. Low chignon
18. Messy bun
Want to know how to style long curly hair on those days when your strands are being extra curlicious? As the name suggests, the messy bun is one of the few styles that actually calls for intentional bed-hair vibes, so the curlier the better! Credit: @kellyshahbazian
19. Double buns
20. Hair scarf
Looking for fresh haircuts for long curly hair to try? Well, you may be surprised to know that you can wear bangs.
Or, you can play up your mane’s beautiful texture by keeping your bangs cute and curly.
Up next: See how your favourite stars rock curly bangs.
Curly Cornrow Twists
Need to keep your curls out of your face? Then cornrows are definitely the look for you!
Since we’re always on the hunt for #hairhacks that make our lives easier, when we stumbled across this Instagrammer’s quick-fix twisted alternative to classic cornrows we immediately took note! Credit: @ahfro_baang
Curly Fishtail Braid
For those of you looking for more long curly hairstyles that allow you to make the most of your length, we’ve found the answer — try a side fishtail braid!
Curly Wedding Updo
A couple of loose curls styled into a low updo and some flowers are all you need to make your long curly hair look glamorous for a wedding or garden party.
Want to see more wedding hairstyles for curly long hair? You should click over and read our edit on curly wedding ‘dos, here.
You can’t talk about haircuts for long curly hair without mentioning layers! Whether you want to amp up your curls or get rid of bulk, they’re a great way of sprucing up your hair when you feel uninspired. Credit: @curliesbyjenniferhoffner