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14 Long-Hair Trends That Will Have You Canceling Your Next Cut

If you haven’t gotten a haircut since The Before Times, you’re not alone. Thanks to our year-plus in isolation, longer hair is trending, and although salons are finally back in full swing (yay!), there’s a divide between those who want to keep their growth and those who are ready for a dramatic change. “It’s been interesting, and we’re actually seeing some people being more daring and favoring a shorter style,” says Ryan Trygstad, celebrity stylist and co-founder of Mark Ryan Salon in New York City. But the hard truth is that some hairstyles may require more than one haircut after all that time away. And for others, the longer hair has become the new normal.

If you are sticking with the length for the meantime (*raises hand*), the great news is that long hair has tons of versatility. “We’re absolutely loving shaggy layers for long hair,” says Trygstad. But don’t feel like you have to curl your hair to show off every layer. “It feels like we’re moving away from beachy waves and more towards early ’90s styles that are sleek and shiny,” says the stylist. But to achieve that glossy, healthy look, you'll need a couple of products to help.

“At-home hair treatments are great,” says Trygstad. “I recommend that my clients use a hair mask once a week.”

The stylist also recommends this hair rinse, which removes build-up from hair while it conditions.

Keep scrolling for 14 celebrity long hairstyles to inspire your look.

Half-Up Ponytail

Trygstad loves Ariana Grande’s signature half-up look “for pool parties or going out.”

Waist-Length Waves

J.Lo’s longer-than-long hair isn’t for the low-maintenance among us, but go big or go home, right?

Sideswept Locs

Ciara’s Instagram is a treasure trove of long-hair inspiration. Case in point: her recent sun-kissed locs.

Bubble Hair

Gigi Hadid recently dyed her hair a Queen’s Gambit–inspired shade of red and showed off the look with a 2000s-inspired style.

Loose Curls

When Sarah Jessica Parker is showing off her curls, that means nature is healing.

Cher Hair 2.0

Zendaya put her own twist on “Cher hair” at the 2021 Oscars with her ultra-long, easy waves.

Sleek and Straight

Proof Trygstad is correct in his prediction? Even Sofía Vergara, known for her signature waves, is sporting pin-straight hair as of late.

The Modern Shag

Considering the new layered take on the shag cut? Look no further than Cara Delevingne’s cute style.

Sky-High Pony

When in doubt, a high ponytail like Shay Mitchell's never fails.


Long, flowing curls are a forever favorite. We love how Joan Smalls kept hers in place with a pretty headband.

Deep Side Part

The middle part may be the official part of Gen Z, but Anya Taylor-Joy kept the side part very much alive with her glam look at the Golden Globes.

Slick Braid

For a cool twist on the high ponytail, go for a wrapped braid like Riley Keough’s.

Blunt Bangs

If you want a major change but don’t want to lose your length, remember bangs are always an option. Kacey Musgraves’s blunt style is unexpected and of-the-moment.

Face-Framing Layers

For medium-long haircuts, angled layers like Amanda Seyfried’s are subtler.

article written by Lindy Segal for who what wear


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