5-Minute Ideas for Long Hairstyles

Snooze and not lose this time around with quick and stylish hairstyles for long hair.

Having an arsenal of quick and easy ideas for long hairstyles equals extra time on your hands. These days looking undone is chic as we aim to nail that fabulous kind of “I woke up like this” hair. However, when pressed for time using heat-based tools are out of the question. To ensure you’re waking up with your best hair, your nightly routine will play a major role, by either keeping your hair moisturized before bed so you’re working with a well-balanced mane in the morning, or actually doing the first step of your styling routine before hitting the sheets (trust us, it’s worth it!). So in the name of great and easy long hairstyles, check out our collection of ideas to inspire you to look effortlessly put together.

Easy Ideas for Long Hairstyles

long hairstyles messy bun
Messy but chic! Scoop hair up into an effortless bun. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Messy Top Knot

To score this long hairstyle, start by bringing your strands to the crown of your head as you gather them a loose ponytail. Wrap your long strands around the base of your pony and secure it a hair tie or bobby pins. To create the ‘messy’ look, loosen some of the hair within the bun for a softer effect. Finish it off by sealing it together with a light hairspray like Nexxus Maxximum Finishing Mist.


long hairstyles with beach waves
Salt in your hair, and you just don’t care.

Beachy Waves

Create effortless long waves overnight. Before you go to bed, spritz some salt spray on your slightly damp locks as you create a braid throughout your hair. In the morning, simply undo the braids and tousle your strands until you achieve your desired looseness. Set this long hairstyle with a hairspray that provides flexible and a touchable hold like Nexxus Styling Comb Thru Finishing Mist.


long hairstyles with braids
Chic side braid style can be done in the nick of time.

Long Side Braid

To create this long hairstyle, finger-comb or brush your hair back towards the right or left side of your face, depending on your part. French-braid the length of the hair and secure it with a hair tie at the ends. Lightly tap on hair oil like Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil onto the braid once you’re done for a smooth, glossy finish.  


We like to call this style short and sweet. Gather hair up into a high pony and decorate with a cute scrunchie. Photo credit: Dvora

Sleek High Pony

Starting at the nape and using your palms, pull hair up with a smoothing motion into a high ponytail until it reaches the top of your crown. Secure with a hair tie or scrunchie to keep your locks in place. Use Suave Luxe Style Infusion Smoothing Weatherproof Cream as an aid to style your long hair as you keep frizz at bay.


long hairstyles with loose curls
Get loose curls overnight with mini buns.

Loose Overnight Curls

Spiral your slightly wet hair into mini buns (a.k.a. Bantu knots) and secure it with pins that will be kept in place while you sleep. The next day, unwind the mini buns while using Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil to smooth the surface, brushing your fingers through to create an effortless look.  


long hairstyle worn in twisted halo updo
Got 5-minutes to spare? Twist your long hair into an angelic halo hairstyle. Photo credit: Dvora

Halo Twist Updo

To achieve this look, twist each side against your scalp all the way down to the ends. Use a hairpin to secure and prevent your twists from unraveling. Finish up with Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hair Spray to keep your style in place.

long hairstyles low bun
Can’t ever go wrong with a low bun on long hair.

Low Bun

Whether romantic or casual, the low bun is a quick and easy hairstyle that will have you looking pulled together. Pull your long hair back to create a low ponytail, then twist it over itself, making a circle, and finally securing it into a bun with a hair tie wrapped around it or some bobby pins. If you want to keep things neat and secure, apply Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hair Spray to finish the look.


half French braid on long hair
Half up French braid is an ideal style to try on long hair. Photo credit: Dvora

Half Up Braid

This look begins by French-braiding the middle section of your hair towards the center of your crown, then leaving the rest of your hair down. Add hair tie at the end of your braid to secure. Set your hairstyle with Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hair Spray for added shine and hold. 


long black hair worn straight
Simple and straight is one of the easiest long hairstyles to do. Photo Credit: indigitalimages.com

The Blow-dry

Instead of re-doing your hair every morning, maintain your blowout a little longer. To do this, tie a silk scarf on your head or sleep on a silk pillowcase when you go to bed. In the morning, use Dove Detox + Purify Dry Shampoo to soak up any oils and grease before styling your hair.
Which of these are your favorite go-to five-minute long hairstyles?