Struggling for ideas on how to style your long hair? From Elle Macpherson’s signature long locks to Isla Fisher’s bombshell waves, we’ve chosen our favourite long celebrity hairstyles to inspire you, with tips on how to recreate the looks at home.
Elle Macpherson’s beachy waves
Elle gives us serious hair envy, and there’s good reason why she’s rarely sported short hair – with locks this long and luscious, you’d be mad to chop them off. Beachy waves are effortlessly beautiful, and a favourite celebrity hairstyle of everyone from Elle to fellow beach babe Blake Lively. This is a great style if you’re growing out a fringe, just brush it to the side and let it blend in with the waves.
To recreate Elle’s beachy waves, blow dry wet hair on low heat. Add a tiny bit of styling gel, and then ruffle the hair with fingers. We also love spraying hair with sea salt spray with gives it a natural, just-back-from-the-beach vibe.
Sarah Jessica’s Parker’s super straight hair
Another fabulous after 40 celebrity rocking gorgeous long hair. Who says you have to cut your hair when you get older? If your hair is long and strong, bravo! Sarah transitions from big waves to super straight hair, and looks gorgeous in her current incarnation with shiny golden hair with a centre part and layers around the face.
As long as your hair is in good condition, poker straight hair is one of our favourite long hairstyles. Blow dry your hair, mist with a heat protection spray, then smooth and straighten with a flat or straightening iron. Finish with a light hairspray to tame flyaways and protect from humidity (the enemy of straight hair!).
Kim Kardashian’s loose waves
Kim Kardashian is the queen of celebrity hairstyles, changing her hair colour and cut every other week it seems, and she’s just gone back to brunette after a blond phase (for her first Vogue cover). We love the caramel highlights to stop the hair colour looking too flat.
Kim’s thick, slightly wavy hair is easy to achieve if you have straight or naturally kinky hair. Blow dry your hair straight, and gently curl a few strands around the face and back of the head, brushing out to keep the curl soft and loose.
Isla Fisher’s 1920’s curls
Isla Fisher’s soft, bouncy curls never go out of style. It’s such an elegant, feminine look that compliments any outfit from your favourite summer dress to evening glam. Isla Fisher has worn different variations of glam curls to nearly every red carpet event, never better than at this year’s SAG Awards cascading over one shoulder.
Long curls are easily compatible with a fringe, layers and different hair textures. Luckily, you can achieve the same look at home with a one and a half-inch curling iron and a smoothing serum to tame flyaways.
Abigail Breslin’s half updo
We love Abigail Breslin’s half updo is a less formal hair up style that’s perfect for parties, weddings and weekends. It’s just the right side of a 1960’s hairstyle, not too bouffant, and frames her face nicely.
Recreating this hairstyle at home is not as tricky as it seems. All you need is a curling iron, a backcombing brush, bobby pins, and a firm hold hairspray. Just curl the hair all over, take two sections from either side of your face and pin in a chignon or bun high at the back of the head. Secure with hairspray and you’re set!
Which celebrity has your favourite long hairstyle?
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