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Long Haircuts and Hairstyles for Women

Creative styling options for long hair are endless. (Even faking short hair is possible -- just fold ends under and pin at the nape of the neck.) Dress those tresses with one of these easy long hairstyles.

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Caring for Long Hair

First things first: With long haircuts, minimizing damage is key. Deep condition weekly to keep the cuticle smooth, then air dry when possible, and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle -- it doesn't tug at strands, and can help prevent breakage and split-ends.

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Thick Bangs

Full, feathery bangs provide a pretty topper for a long haircut. Let longer bangs just barely graze your eyes -- the effect is sexy, and pulls attention straight to your peepers.

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Curl Cascade

Any face shape looks beautiful surrounded by a long haircut of curls. Layers help luscious waves drift around your face, setting off your features. For the most natural look, use two different-size curling irons to create ringlets throughout your mane.

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Soft Curls

A softer take on the curl cascade.

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Soft Waves

Have a square face with a strong jawline? Balance it with loose, rounded waves to soften angular features (and if your hair isn't naturally curly, blow hair dry with a round brush to create waves near your jawline). Long haircuts like this also help narrow the face.

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Choppy Bangs

Choppy bangs, light layers -- it's not-so-perfect perfection! Keep bangs slightly long, even lash-skimming, for the most modern long haircut look.

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A Long Shag

With sideswept bangs and all-over layers that follow the hair's natural waves, this long haircut nevertheless has the ease (and low-maintenance) of a casual shag 'do.

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Long Layers

With layers from mid-length to the ends, this low-maintenance long haircut works best if your hair is naturally straight or slightly wavy.

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Straight Bangs

To get your bangs silky-straight, apply a smoothing serum (such as John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon, $5.99, drugstores) all over. Starting with the underneath layers and working your way up, blow-dry section by section with a medium round brush; wind ends upward for bounce. Finally, place the brush under your bangs, put the blower's nozzle directly above them, and dry until they're smooth.

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Beachy Waves

These laid-back, seaside-ready ripples are simple to create. After showering, simply scrunch damp hair with a dollop of mousse, and let it air dry. Don't brush it, or even finger-comb it --- just let it flow. Want more back-from-the-beach texture? Spritz with a sea salt spray, and scrunch again.

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Straight Edge

With a long haircut a blunt cut can lack interest -- shape it up with long, tapered layers. Change your part depending on your face shape -- oval or round faces look great with center parts, while heart-shaped or square faces should try parting hair on the side.

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Long Braids

Keep swingy long braids shiny and healthy by adding moisture every other day -- a braid spray or conditioning oil keeps them shimmery, plus helps prevent breakage.

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The Big Tease

The tighter your curls, the easier to tease it into a gorgeous, full afro hairstyle. Tease -- as much as you please -- with a pick to fluff it up and out.

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, August 2009.

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4/13/2013 01:42:37 PM Report Abuse
austulle wrote:

what's not long hair.

10/19/2011 07:28:19 AM Report Abuse
ehenniger2002 wrote:

I agree with yvetteburgess1. I don't like it when hair past your shoulders is considered long. My hair is almost long enough to sit on. My #1 tip is to gently work out tangles and knots with a comb from the bottom of hair, not the top of hair.

3/15/2010 08:38:43 PM Report Abuse
yvetteburgess1 wrote:

i agree, its not long. must think anyone with hair past the ears by an inch or two is, mine is halfway down my back, thats LONG!

1/1/2010 04:34:03 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

thats not long hair.

11/28/2009 06:19:39 PM Report Abuse
LauraMay63 wrote:

It's hard to tell how the hair style looks when it is blown all over.

11/21/2009 08:20:44 AM Report Abuse

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