45 Best Curly Hairstyles for Long Hair in 2021

These curly long hairstyles will inspire your new curly 'do.

We’re willing to bet that there’s a certain style you picture when long curly hair comes to mind. When we think of curly hairstyles for long hair, most of us think of the reality TV star department of the hairstyling world: You know, those long and loose curls that photograph perfectly and always fall just right. Well, we’re here to tell you that there are tons of looks to consider when it comes to styling long curly hair.

Flip through the photos below for some inspiration, and keep reading for some of our top styling tips:

Long curly strands make an amazing statement on their own. With long locks, the hairstyle options are practically endless. Keep scrolling to find the curly look you should try next.

1. Half-Up Curls

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Wear your curls half up!

Pull your curls back into this easy half-up style. Use a hair tie or a scrunchie to secure your look! This is such an effortless look that’s easy to do.

2. Tousled Curls

curly hairstyles for long hair tousled curls
Simply run your fingers through your hair and go.

Whatever kind of curl you prefer, you can run your fingers through them for a tousled look that requires very little upkeep throughout the day.

3. Pulled Over

curly hairstyles for long hair pulled over
Pull all your hair over to one side.

These soft curls are full of volume and they look beautiful pulled over one shoulder. This is a great style to wear if you’re wearing a one-shoulder top.

4. Ringlets

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Consider a classic style.

Use a 1-inch curling iron to create these curls and make sure to hold the wand vertically to create the perfect ringlet shape. Give your curls hold and extra texture by spraying them with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Texture Hold Level 1.

5. Teased to Perfection

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Amp up the volume.

Tease your roots to add even more body to your already voluminous curls. Prep your hair with Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse for even more volume and definition.

6. Soft Curls

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Soften your style with one of our favorite layered haircuts for curly hair.

Soften a layered haircut by adding soft and easy curls. Layered haircuts for long curly hair are a great way to add movement into your style.

7. The Perfect Perm

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Make a more permanent curl choice.

Trust a trained professional with your strands and opt for the perfect perm for a fuss-free hairstyle that makes a major statement.

8. Natural Curls

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Enhance your natural texture. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

There’s no styling technique that can perfectly mirror your natural texture. Let your curls run wild for an absolutely unique look.

9. Messy Curls

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Wear ’em messy and loose. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

One of the surest signs that you’ve entered adulthood is the acknowledgment that messy hair is now considered a good thing. Leave those tangle-fighting products at your parents’ house and embrace your strands exactly how they are.

10. Loose Curls

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Looking for cute curly hairstyles for long hair? Try a subtle touch of texture.

Leave most of your hair straight and curl just the bottoms for a touch of texture. This style is perfect if you’re in a hurry, but don’t want to walk out the door with straight strands.

11. Laid-Back Curls

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Keep your style simple.

Run a curling wand through your hair for easy, messy, and laid-back curls. Make sure to brush out your curls once they’re cooled for a looser look.

12. Glossy Curls

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These magazine-worthy ringlets are one of the top curled hairstyles for long hair.

Give your curls a magazine-finish gloss by spraying them with a glossy shine spray. We love using Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hair Spray because, in addition to adding shine, it’s lightweight and helps more your hair more manageable.

13. Easy Curls

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It doesn’t get any easier than this.

Use your hair straightener to create easy flat iron curls. Styling curls like this creates more of a wavy beachy look.

14. Crimped Curls

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Take it back to the 90s. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Ditch the classic curls and try this throwback style. Curls like this are so easy to achieve overnight by braiding your hair and then taking it out once it’s dry.

15. Brushed Curls

curly hairstyles for long hair brushed out
Brush through your curls for some added texture.

Brush through your curls after you finish curling your hair for an extra-voluminous and textured look.

16. Just the Ends

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Curl just the ends.

Leave your roots straight and curl just the bottom half of your hair. A style like this creates volume throughout the mid-lengths to ends of your hair.

17. Beach Curls

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Recreate that saltwater texture.

Leave the very ends of your hair out of the curling iron to maintain an inch of straight hair at the bottom to recreate this beachy look.

18. Deep Side Part

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Opt for a more dramatic look.

Are you crunched for time? Instead of trying a high-maintenance style, simply flip your hair over into a deep side part.

19. Alternating Long Curly Hair

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Fake it till you make it.

Alternate the direction of each curl to create the ultimate naturally curly hair look. Alternating the curls will make the style look more effortless.

20. Curly Clavicle Lob

Curly Clavicle Lob
If you have a clavicle lob, curling it is a great way to add dimension.

When you have hair on the shorter side, it can feel like there isn’t much you can do with it, or that it will often fall flat. If you’re feeling like this, try curling your clavicle lob! It’ll help add volume and dimension.

21. Curled Bob

curly hairstyles for long hair half up
This style is perfect for date night!

Looking for a romantic way to wear your curls? Try this swept-up romantic half updo! For even an even more romantic look, leave out face-framing sections of hair.

22. Wide Barrel Curls

Wide Barrel Curls
A wide-barreled curling iron creates the softest curls!

Create a looser more soft curl by using a wide-barreled curling iron, about 2-3 inches. This is a great way to create wider curls without having to brush your hair out after styling.

23. Effortless Curls

Effortless Curls
Naturally curly-haired ladies have it easy!

If you have naturally curly hair, you’re in luck! Just apply a little mousse and you’re good to go. Talk about an effortless look!

24. Blown Out Curls

curly hairstyles for long hair blow out
Who doesn’t feel 10X better after a blowout?

The type of curls you can achieve just by using a round brush and blow dryer is magical. Start by slowly brush sections of hair while running your blowdryer over the section. When you get to the end of your section, twirl the brush to create a curl at the end.

25. Spiral Curls

Spiral Curls
Spiral curls are a great way to add volume with a tight curl!

Use a skinny curling wand to create tight spiral curls. This will add more volume and bounce to your style!

26. Voluminous Curly Hairstyles for Long Hair

Voluminous Curls
Volume and curls go hand in hand.

Want a little added volume to your curled hair? Once your hair is completely curled and cooled, gently tease the curls to achieve more volume.

27. Summertime Curls

Summertime Curls
That summertime, messy, beach hair can be worn all year round!

Summertime, messy beach curls never go out of season. All you have to do is spritz a texture spray, like Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray throughout your hair, then scrunch your hair to create a curly texture. A quick curly hairstyle for long hair you can’t ignore!

28. Princess Curls

Princess Curls
Who doesn’t want their hair to look like a princess?

Use a curling wand to create perfect spiral curls throughout your hair. Once the curls are cooled, brush through them to soften the look.

29. Bold Braid

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Add an easy braid to your curls!

Not sure how to create a curly hairstyle for long hair? Opt for a bold braid. Whether you’re wearing your hair up or down, adding a chunky braid makes a huge difference in your style.

30. Layered Haircuts for Long Curly Hair

Thick Curls
Basically, dream hair, right?

Create thicker curls by wrapper larger sections of hair around your curling iron, then brushing out the curls once they’re cooled. This type of style is great to try on layered haircuts for long curly hair.

31. Brushed Out Natural Curls

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Give your natural curls a brush for more volume and length.

Give your natural curls a gentle brushing to loosen them and create volume.

32. Hair Plopping Curly Hairstyle for Long Hair

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Try out the hair plopping technique!

Enhance your long curly hair with the hair plopping technique–it’s life-changing! A great way to achieve curly hairstyles for long hair without using a hot tool.

33. Headband Curls

curly hairstyles for long hair headband curls
You can create effortless curls with just a headband.

Another heatless curling option is the headband curls technique. Wear a cotton headband around the top of your head and tuck your hair around it. Sleep in this headband fashion overnight and in the morning when you release your hair, you’ll reveal effortless curls.

34. Day Three Curls

curly hairstyles for long hair day 3 curls
Day 3 curls are loose, effortless, and easy to style.

If you’re creating your curl with a hot tool then try your best to maintain your style until day 3. A few days after styling always leads to the best, more natural-looking finishes.

35. Date Night Curly Hairstyles for Long Hair

curly hairstyles for long hair date night
Go for a glam curl on date night.

Date night curls are sultry, styled, and require a decent amount of hairspray to maintain throughout the night. But, they’re totally worth it.

36. Double Twist Style

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Get creative with a fun double twist style!

Give your curly hair a unique half-updo with a double twist style on top. This style is definitely giving off all of the y2k vibes.

37. Ombre Curly Hairstyles for Long Hair

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A bold ombre on long curly hair always makes a statement. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

Add dimension and pop to your long curly hair with ombre coloring. This length and texture combo is absolutely perfect for showing off a new color.

38. Deep Side Part

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Switch up your part to a deep side part for a whole new look. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

An easy way to switch up your curly hairstyle for long hair is by changing your part. Create a deep side part for a whole new mood. Add more volume and definition with a few pumps of Suave Luscious Curls Curl Defining Cream.

39. Messy Half Up Long Curly Hair

curly hairstyles for long hair messy half updo
Keep it quick and a little messy with this cute half updo style.

Sometimes going for the messy and quick hairstyle leads to the best look! A style like this is truly effortless but still makes your look pulled together.

40. Created with Hair Rollers

curly hairstyles for long hair hair rollers
Use some old-school hair rollers to create a soft curl style.

Creating curly hairstyles for long hair with hair rollers is definitely coming back in style, and it’s easy to see why!

41. Voluminous Half Updo Curly Hairstyle for Long Hair

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Make volume the focus of your look with this half updo style

Add tons of volume to your look by making your half updo look extra high on your head. Gently tug the side pieces of your style to guide them higher up your head for more volume and drama.

42. Waterfall Braids

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Can’t say no to a good waterfall braid.

If you’ve got the braiding skills, why not go for a fun waterfall braid? This is a great curly hairstyle for long hair and looks even cuter with an added hair clip.

43. Styled with a Curling Wand

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Get the classic curl style with a curling wand. Photo credit: Roisin Murphy

We are suckers for a simple loose wave style created with a curling wand. It’s a classic curly hairstyle for long hair for a reason, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

44. Curled in the Middle

curly hairstyles for long hair middle curls
Focus your curls only at the mid-lengths of your hair. Photo credit: Roisin Murphy

Place your curls only in the mid-section of your hair to add more volume and texture to your look. Make sure to leave the ends straight to achieve those blogger-worthy waves.

45. Add a Bucket Hat

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Finish your style with a trending accessory, like the bucket hat. Photo credit: Roisin Murphy

Give a classic style a trendy update with a fun accessory, like a bucket hat. Not only is this a great way to accessorize your outfit, but it can come in use when covering up greasy roots or a bad hair day.

With all that curly hairstyles for long hair inspo you’re sure to find your next go-to look. If you do give one of these looks a try, make sure to snap a photo and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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