8 Formal Hairstyles for Long Hair to Wear This Winter

Different looks to style with all that hair. 

We love attending formal events, no matter the season. And when you’ve got mermaid length long hair, the hairstyling options are endless. Take formal hairstyles for long hair, where you can create trendy sleek looks or voluminous styles and braids that add depth (and some serious style) to your hair. Here’s some inspiration on how to configure your long hair into a cool, modern hairstyle for your formal event. Read on to see our favorite interesting formal hairstyles for long hair this year.

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This whole look is perfection. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Slicked Back Roots

For a sexy formal look, try out this slicked-back style. The length of your hair keeps this edgy look still feminine. Apply a dollop of Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel to your roots and comb your hair back for this cool, sleek style. We love this hairstyle paired with an angular or high contrast dress. It’s the perfect combination of sharp and soft.

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Stylized braids are one of many elegant hairstyles for long hair that are best for formal occasions.

2. Voluminous Side Braid

We love the effect of this voluminous side braid. It gets that extra large look by pulling all your hair to one side before braiding. Loosening up the braid also helps to get the voluminous look, even if you have thin hair. Braids are great formal hairstyles for long hair because they take the stuffy edge off of your style.

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Do the twist for evening hairstyles for long hair.

3. Triple Twist

We love doing the twist on formal hairstyles for long hair because they create a sophisticated vibe without having to do all that much work. Follow this tutorial to create a pretty twisted half updo. The lower you take the twists, the more of a braided effect you will get.

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The perfect fishtail braided bun.

4. Fishtail Bun

Do you need an effortlessly chic formal style that is actually pretty easy to do? Then, you’ve got to try out this fishtail bun!  It’s one of the many elegant hairstyles for long hair that you can do quickly. All you need to do is to create a fishtail braid with all of your hair, right down to the ends. Then, take the braid and coil it into a bun. Pin into place with lots of bobby pins to make sure your style doesn’t budge.

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It’s a mix between the princess roll and the chignon.

5. Croissant Bun

How elegant is this croissant bun? It’s beautiful and keeps your hair off your face and neck. To create these elegant hairstyles for long hair look, check out our step-by-step tutorial where you’ll learn how to create a croissant bun. Be sure to use Dove Style+Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray on hand to lock in this style.

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Get fishy with your braids.

6. Half-Up Fishtail Braid

We’re really into fishtail braids this year! And what’s not to love, especially since you can create a half-up fishtail braided look in minutes. Just take a section of your hair from above each ear and fishtail braid three or four inches. Tie together both of the braids at the center of the back of your head. You can cover up the hair tie with another section of hair to make the look more formal. Yes, braids can be just one of many fancy hairstyles for long hair that are so on-trend.

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Add the volume and style the rest of your hair however you please. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Voluminous Chignon

If you’ve got teasing on your mind, try out this voluminous evening hairstyle for long hair. Start off by adding lots of volume to the roots of your hair all the way around. Brush your hair back with a boar bristle brush to make sure you get that sleek and elegant look. Then, pull the length of your hair into a bun at the nape of your neck.

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Hello mermaid princess! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Wide Waves

We love loose waves on long hair. You can get this evening hairstyles for long hair look a few different ways. Our favorite is to use a large barrel curling iron as you create loose, stunning waves. You can also hold the curling iron horizontal to give an extra wavy look!

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