7 Surprisingly Simple Hairstyles for Long Hair

by Colleen Welsch on September 6th, 2018
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With school starting and the end of summer Fridays, fall marks a return to busy schedules. Buy yourself some extra time in the morning with these simple hairstyles for long hair. In just five minutes, you’ll be out the door with a simple, gorgeous updo.

For all of these simple updos, we recommend starting with a volumized base. Wash hair using Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner, which provide the perfect balance of moisture for bouncy volume. Comb a pea-size amount of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir through locks and blow-dry upside down for extra oomph.

The best part of all these simple hairstyles for long hair? They also can be styled with dirty hair! If you’re short on time, just spritz your roots with dry shampoo before styling.

7 Simple Styles for Long Hair to Try Now

1. The Sock Bun

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Looking for an easy, simple hairstyle that adds volume to fine locks? This easy hairstyle uses any old (clean!) sock to give a classic bun a boost.

Cut the toe off of a pair of socks and roll into a donut. Alternatively, you can purchase a foam donut in the same shade as your hair. Brush hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Next, place the donut around the bottom of the ponytail and pull the ends through. Wrap the ends all the way around the donut, and then slowly roll towards your head, covering the donut evenly as you roll to form the bun. Secure the donut with bobby pins.

2. Milkmaid Braids

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This simple updo for long hair is so cute, but also so easy. Part hair and divide into two sections. Braid each section and secure each with an elastic hair tie. To make braids look thicker, gently pull apart the sections of each braid. Next, cross the braids over the the crown of your head and secure with a few bobby pins.

3. Half Bun

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This easy simple hairstyle is the perfect way to repurpose yesterday’s waves. Separate hair into two sections, one above ear level and one below. Gently tease the section above the ears, then pull into a ponytail and fasten with an elastic hair tie. Wrap the ponytail into a bun and secure with a few bobby pins.

4. Slick Ponytail

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We love this simple hairstyle for long hair because it actually works better with greasy hair. Brush hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic hair tie. Use a gel or hairspray to smooth any flyaways. Gently tease your ponytail for extra volume. Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the base to conceal the hair tie. Then secure the hair with a bobby pin.

5. Braided Low Bun

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This simple and easy hairstyle only looks complicated. Pull hair into a low ponytail, securing with a small hair tie. Braid the ponytail, then secure with a second hair tie. “Pancake” the braid by gently pulling apart the sections. This will give the braid more volume and width. Wrap the braid into a bun and secure with bobby pins.

6. Faux Chignon with Scarf

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This simple hairstyle for long hair looks like an elegant chignon, but without all the complicated styling. Plus, it’s an easy way to incorporate more color into your look. Tie a silk scarf around your head and secure at the nape of the neck. Working in sections, tuck hair into the scarf, leaving the front exposed. Use bobby pins for extra hold.

7. The Off-Duty Ballerina

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A skinny headband adds polish to this messy top knot. Pull hair into a high ponytail, then place a headband about one inch back from the hairline. Twist the ponytail into a bun and secure with several bobby pins. Use a tail comb to add volume to the crown by gently teasing out sections of hair at the roots. Finish with hairspray.

What’s your favorite simple hairstyle for long hair? Let us know in the comments!