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Long hair updos are a great styling option

A lot of my clients don’t take the time to learn a few new twists that would, in the end, give them new looks with their hair. I think sometimes it’s just seems easier to do the same old thing when styling your hair, but learning just one new updo can help save the day. Here are some quick and easy long hair updos that might just come in handy over the holidays!

Long Hair Updo #1

This is an easy long hair updo to wear straight from work or anywhere else that will transition well for a fun night out.

  1. Work with your natural texture, and pull hair toward the back of your head.
  2. Create two sections of hair for ponytails (one on top of the other). Then secure the bottom half of your hair into a low ponytail and leave the top part out.
  3. Split the bottom ponytail into two, and tuck them under as if you were creating two buns. Next, secure them by crisscrossing with bobby pins.
  4. Take the top part of hair that was left out and split into three sections, one on top and one on each side. Bring the top section back, and secure with crisscrossed bobby pins at the base of the low ponytail.
  5. Twist each side back, and secure those ends at the base of the ponytail with crisscrossed bobby pins as well.

With this organic looking style, it is ok to let hair fall out here and there, and let the ends flip out here and there as well. This is an imperfect look, so please don’t try to get all the pieces perfected. Although it isn’t necessary, you can finish with a light hold hairspray.

Long Hair Updos

Long Hair Updo #2

Smooth, chic and a classic, this updo will work virtually anywhere! I love teaching this quick and easy updo to my clients. It is so stylish, but best of all, it’s really easy to create. It looks much more intricate than it really is and only takes seconds to do.

  1. Working with hair that is about 80% dry, run a lightweight gel throughout strands and comb through with a wide tooth comb.
  2. Pull all of hair back into a ponytail at the crown of your head (or slightly lower) using a soft bristled brush to create a sleek look.
  3. Secure hair into a ponytail. Then wrap the hair from the ponytail clockwise around the hair band, tucking the ends out of sight and securing them with crisscrossed bobby pins.
  4. Spray the entire style with a hard hold hairspray to keep hair in place.
Long Hair Updos

Long Hair Updo #3

Even though this side ponytail is not really an updo, per se, it still works as something optional to wear. This is a stylish look that is so simple for anyone to do. Not to casual and not to dressy, the side ponytail is a perfect quick and easy change for your long hair looks.

  1. Tease the crown and top of your hair with a teasing comb, creating height and smooth over top layers.
  2. Pull your hair back and to the side of your head into a low ponytail. If you have side-swept bangs, I’d suggest wearing the ponytail on the opposite side of where you wear your bangs. Secure your hair into a ponytail using a hair band. Wear a decorative hair band or wrap a bit of your own hair around the band and secure with bobby pins.
  3. If you have bangs or fringe you’d like to leave out, style them as you wish.

For a dressier version of this style, you could curl your hair prior to styling. Updo’s are a quick and easy way to dress your hairstyle up and give yourself a break from your every day-to-day look. All you need to do is give yourself a little practice time, and then when you really are pressed for time and in need of a style . . . bada bing, bada bang . . . you’re done!

For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles, Braid and Long Hairstyles Boards.

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Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair

Lon Hair Styles for Prom

This Year it’s Long Prom Hairstyles

Prom hairstyles come in all shapes and sizes and it’s not too early to choose whether your inspiration should evoke a ‘twilight’ vampire vibe or perhaps a flashy number reminiscent of the ladies of ‘high school musical.

Of course the long hair styles for prom that will suit you best is the one that best matches the mood you want to set. Will you be the glamour gal; the tantalizing coquette; the rock ‘n’ roll queen; the romantic enchantress; the funky fun type; or maybe the sweetest of the sweet? Whatever style you’re shooting for, be sure you create the complete package! You will need the killer dress with killer shoes and accessories and, of course, a drop dead gorgeous long prom hairstyle!

Here are a few long hair styles for Prom that you can give a try before the big event . . .

An elegant, glamorous look!

low_and_loose_side_ponytail
Get the look: Set hair with hot rollers and with a side parting, pull back into a loose, low ponytail. Take two sections and pin-up to extend curls of the ponytail. Leave out a couple of face framing layers and softly curl with iron. Side swept bangs are hot, and will soften the look and draw attention to your eyes.

Rock ‘n’ roll style!

Long Prom Hairstyles
Get the look: Set hair with hot rollers, leave out long swept bangs and smooth with round brush/hair dryer. Pull hair into two high side ponytails from a side part, leaving out some face framing layers. Curl face framing layers away from face. Take one inch random sections and pin above and around the ponytail elastic, to widen and lengthen into more cascading curls. For the look of more hair, purchase a ponytail or hairpiece with a clip or comb securing it into your hair.

The tantalizing coquette!

The coquette hair style also known as the sided ponytail

Get the look: Set hair with hot rollers or curl using a curling iron throughout to create loose curls. Create a deep side part, leaving out a two-inch section in bang area to braid or twist. Pull rest into a low side ponytail, secure with elastic. Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic and pin underneath. Braid the bang section and pin behind ponytail. Lightly tease ponytail to make a ruffed-up texture and lightly spray.

Funky n’ fun!

Long Prom Hiarstyles
Get the look: long swept side bangs are a must for this funky hairstyle.  Straighten hair and bangs using a hair dryer and paddle brush keeping some volume in the hair. Pull hair back into a high pony tail securing with clear elastic. Pull hair straight up and clip at crown using a wide, hair clip and letting hair fall over top of the hair clip. Lightly backcomb at crown.

The sweetest of the sweet!

Long Prom Hairstyles
Get the look:  For a 70’s look this long prom hairstyle is pulled into a side ponytail and twisted until it wraps onto itself. Pin in flowers and softly curl face framing tendrils.

Soft and feminine prom hairstyle

Long Prom Hairstyles
Get the look: pull hair back into a chignon leaving a few two-inch pieces out around hairline.  Curl pieces pull back and pin leaving curled ends showing. Pin in aromatic, spring flowers for a most feminine touch.

For more great longer looks check out our Pinterest Long Hairstyles Board.

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Head-Turning Long Prom Hairstyles

prom half updo with high twisted bun and long cascading curls

There are limited times in your life to become absolutely stunning . . . enjoy your prom!

Prom is no doubt the biggest event of your junior and senior year, so obviously you need to look your very best – especially since there will be a million photographs splashed all over Facebook!  If you have long hair, you have plenty of styling options available to you, from romantic up-dos to long, tantalizing beachy waves.

The best place to start when considering your prom hairstyle is to take a look at your dress. We know prom is first and foremost about the dress. If your dress is ruffly and full of detail, your hairstyle should be more sleek and subdued to make the dress the statement piece. You don’t want your dress and hair to be fighting it out for attention. If there is too much going on with both your dress and your hair, you will get lost in the all details.
Beautiful dressy french, rope style braid
A seriously impressive long hairstyle to wear at this years prom, is any one of the hundreds of  intricate braided hairstyles available.  Unless you have mastered braiding, maybe by modeling with your best girlfriends, you should twirl on into your favorite salon for a one-of-a-kind killer braid!  (You may even have a Braid Bar in your area.) This look has a bit of Taylor Swift and a bit of Katniss of The Hunger Games going on, and it would compliment just about any prom dress style . . . pretty, pretty, pretty!
Sleek, sophisticated high ponytail with loopy curls and sparkly pins
If you prefer a more sleek, less complicated long hair look, a simple up-swept ponytail like this one is elegant and sophisticated. Healthy, shiny hair with a sparkly pin or two, makes this style beautiful.  A few at-home deep conditioning treatments the month before the big night, will add moisture, body and shine to your hair.  I’m loving Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque and Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, they have both have fabulous, immediate results you will love.

Carrie Underwood, low chignon and side swept bangs
One thing to consider when choosing your prom hairstyle is the weather. If your long hair tends to get frizzy or droopy when it’s humid outside, don’t choose a complicated hairstyle that requires lots of product to keep it in tack.  A style that forces your hair into a look that will fall apart when it rains or gets humid, isn’t going to go the distance for the evening.   You will be happier with a hairstyle that tames your tresses in a low, loose bun  like Carrie Underwood, or a sophisticated ponytail like Gwynneth Paltrow.

Gwynneth Paltrow uncomplicated low ponytail
So, when choosing which hairstyle to wear for prom, these are our suggestions for you to keep in mind.  Try to keep a consistent balance between the style of your dress and your hairstyle. Wear a hairstyle you feel comfortable with and one that reflects your personality. If you aren’t comfortable in your hairstyle, you’ll be worried about it all night and you won’t have fun on this most special occasion. Make any salon appointments early, they fill up quickly come prom weekend and you don’t want to miss getting the long prom hairstyle you want!


For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles and Braid Boards.

Barb Quinn on Google+  

 

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