Long Hairstyles

How to style long curly hair: 12 captivating hairstyles to keep on your radar

Curated By

Want to know how to make the most of your curly hair? Our collection of stunning hairstyles for long curly hair is sure to inspire.


While there’s no shortage of dreamy #longhair inspiration on social media, knowing how to style long curly hair is a whole different ball game. We took to Instagram in search of hairstyles that are both on-trend and curl-friendly, and we’re going to share some of our favourites with you today!

From foolproof pull-through styles to intricate braided flower looks, we’ve rounded up a selection of cute hairstyles for curly hair to suit all skill levels. So, if you’re ready to find out how to give your curls a seasonal update, click through our gallery above, or keep scrolling to discover  how you can get these long curly hairstyles for yourself!

12 of Instagram’s prettiest hairstyles for long curly hair


woman wearing burgundy leather jacket with her long blonde curly hair in a waterfall braid
Waterfall braid. Credit: Instagram.com/aquasalon

1. 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!

Want to test this look out at home? Click here to discover our step-by-step waterfall braid tutorial to find out how to DIY. Credit: @aquasalon

woman with long curly ginger hair with a flower bun
Flower braid. Credit: Instagram.com/bharris1231

2. Flower power

Want to tame your mane, yet show off your lengthy locks, too? Then channel your inner hippie with this pretty half-up half-down braided flower bun. Unique and feminine, it’s the perfect Summer style! Credit: @bharris1231

woman wearing grey long sleeved tshirt with her curly ombre hair in a half up bun
Half-up bun. Credit: Instagram.com/jackiexsieng

3. Half-up bun

Looking for practical long curly hairstyles to streamline your morning routine? The hun (AKA the half-up bun) strikes the perfect balance between casual and chic, not to mention taking mere seconds to do! Credit: @jackiexsieng

How to style long curly hair: long curly ginger hair in a half up pull through braid
Pull-through braid. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyamandablass

4. Half-up pull-through

Love braids but struggle to do them on yourself? We’ve found a solution in the form of this goofproof pull-through style!

It may look like a style fresh out of Game of Thrones, but it’s actually made up of a series of simple pull-through twists, which even plait phobes will be able to master. Credit: @hairbyamandablass

woman wearing grey turtleneck jumper with her long curly brunette and blonde hair in half cornrow twists
Twisted cornrows. Credit: Instagram.com/starcuts_

5. Cornrow twists

Need to keep your curls out of your face? Then cornrows are definitely the look for you! And 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: @starcuts_

Hairtstyles for long curly hair: ginger woman wearing a short sleeved grey tshirt with her hair in a voluminous curly twisted ponytail
Twisted ponytail. Credit: Instagram.com/h.a.i.r.styles

6. Twisted ponytail

Spotted backstage at Molly Goddard and Tibi’s SS17 shows, ponytails are undeniably having a huge fashion moment. They might seem like an obvious option, but they’re a classic for a reason! Try wrapping a section of hair around the base of your ponytail, like the Instagrammer above, to inject a bit of glamour into your everyday style. Credit: @h.a.i.r.styles

Editor’s tip: Limp locks? Give your ponytail a little extra oomph by sprinkling the VO5 Instant Volume Powder into your roots before styling.

styles for naturally curly hair: woman with brunette and blonde curly hair in a boho halo braid
Boho braid. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbysydneyolmstead

7. Boho braid

Looking for festival styles for naturally curly hair? Bohemian-inspired braids like this Dutch crown braid work especially well on curly textures as it adds to their lived-in, untamed vibe. Credit: @hairbysydneyolmstead

blonde curly hair in a side fishtail braid
Fishtail braid. Credit: Instagram.com/kylee.hair.designs

8. Fishtail braid

Thought braids only worked on poker straight tresses? Well, you might be surprised to hear that fishtail braids are actually one of our favourite styles for naturally curly hair. They’re ideal for unwashed, second day hair and, believe it or not, they’re actually incredibly easy to do! Credit: @kylee.hair.designs

Editor’s tip: Spritzing your hair with a sea salt spray, like the Toni&Guy Texturising Sea Salt Spray, before braiding will help to give your tresses extra grip and ensure it stays put all day.

Long curly hairstyles: woman wearing a striped top with her curly brunette hair in a messy bun
Messy bun. Credit: Instagram.com/kellyshahbazian

9. Messy bun

Want to know how to style long curly hair on those days when your strands are being especially unruly? As the name suggests, the messy bun is one of the few styles that actually calls for intentional bedhair vibes, so the messier the better! Credit: @kellyshahbazian

Cute hairstyles for curly hair: blonde woman with curly hair styled into a low chignon
Low chignon. Credit: Instagram.com/hairromance

10. Low chignon

Want to spruce up your office style? This low chignon is the perfect go-between look, providing the ideal balance of smart and feminine, while keeping your coiled strands looking neat for work. Credit: @hairromance

curly ginger hair in double half up braids
Boxer braids. Credit: Instagram.com/populationsalon

11. Half-up boxer braids

For those of you looking for long curly hairstyles that allow you to make the most of your length, we’ve found the answer. These double half-up braids are the best of both worlds, incorporating everyone’s favourite boxer braid trend, while still letting you flaunt your flowing tresses. What more could you possibly want?! Credit: @populationsalon

woman wearing a white vest top with her long curly hair in a side french braid
Side French braid. Credit: Instagram.com/hairromance

12. Side French braid

A subtle twist on a classic, the side French braid is one of our favourite cute hairstyles for 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


Will you be trying out any of these long curly hairstyles? If your hair is naturally straight, don’t worry, you can still get in on the action! Click to watch beauty vlogger Daisie Smith’s latest tutorial to find out how to join the #curlcrew.

19 April 2017