Exciting new ways to style your long straight hair

Having long, straight hair can be a big advantage when it comes to styling. 

While having long, straight hair is highly sought after, finding an interesting look to manage your locks can be a little tricky. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom, because good news is, having both long and straight hair works in your favour, thanks to your super versatile hair type!

And since you’re lucky enough to have both these lovely hair traits, there’s a plethora of stunning hairstyles and updos that’ll work brilliantly – just for you! So, read on to discover 4 fun and edgy hairstyles that’ll be sure to spruce up your mundane mane, now.

4 Gorgeous ways to wear your longs, straight hair


Long straight hair ideas: cross braid
Long straight hair ideas: Cross braids.

Cross braids

Consider yourself lucky if you’ve got long, straight hair, because you’re the perfect candidate for intricate braided hairstyles. And by intricate, we mean this unique cross-back boxer braids! If you’re an advanced braiding guru and love a hair challenge, the cross braid will be right up your street. Plus, the best thing about this ‘do is that it’ll last for days (we know, it’s music to every lazy girl’s ears).

Editor’s tip: If you have highlights in your hair (or are considering to get some), then this braid will make each and every strand of your tresses stand out even more!

long straight hair ideas: retro updo
Long straight hair ideas: Retro updo.

Retro updo

When creating a retro-inspired updo, smooth, yet volumised hair is key (just look to Dita Von Teese for proof). Thankfully, straight hair generally looks smoother than curly or wavy hair, making it perfect for this type of ‘do.

And while this hairstyle may look tricky to achieve, we promise, it’s not. All it involves is a big bun and a quiff. Just remember to tie the whole look together with a vintage-looking headband (opt for spots or stripes) and a generous spritz of TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (500ml, £4.99*) for a truly retro-glam finish.

Long straight hair ideas: twin buns
Long straight hair ideas: Twin buns.

Twin buns

If you’re bored of wearing your long, straight hair down, then give this fun, ’90s-inspired updo a go. Start by separating your hair into two high ponytails, then, working on one side at a time, twist the tail of your pony and wrap it around the base until you form a neat bun. Finally, secure each bun in place with some bobby pins, spritz with some Toni&Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray (£7.49*) and you’re done! See? A rave-ready look done in no time!

Editor’s tip: If you’re looking to really jazz up this quirky look, try adapting these twin buns into a pair of space buns! Simply add in some glitter and bright hair colours, and it’s off to the party!

Long straight hair ideas: twisted roll buns
Long straight hair ideas: Low twisted rolls.

Low twisted rolls

For an elegant, yet fun updo, try styling your long, straight hair into low twisted rolls (or buns!). Not only are they easy to create, but they make the perfect style to wear to work, a wedding or even to a late summer soiree. Although you can create these twisted rolls on any hair type, we reckon that they look especially fabulous on straight, long hair, since they’ll appear smoother and sleeker, not to mention your rolls will look thicker and fuller, too.

To get these incredibly simple, yet beautiful buns, follow our step-by-step tutorial here, and you’ll be sure to turn more than a few heads.

Still looking for more ways to style your lusciously long locks? Then head over to our Long Hairstyles page for tonnes of amazing styling ideas and inspo.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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