Hairstyles for long hair that will never go out of style

Growing out a shorter style and looking for inspiration for longer locks? Our long hairstyle guide is just the ticket...

Think you have to chop off your long hair once you hit 40? Think again! With the right style, long hair can look both fabulous and youthful on older women.

The trick is getting the right hairstyle for long hair and making sure your locks are kept in excellent condition. That means finding the right products to keep your tresses healthy and visiting your favourite salon for regular trims.

You also want to make sure that your hair suits your face shape and hair texture, which is why we've found a variety of hairstyles for long hair to inspire your next trip to the salon. From blunt fringes that will update your look and face-framing layers to flatter your features to billowing waves that will take years off and how to make your tresses seem thicker with colour, we've found more than 25 hairstyles for long hair for you to choose from.

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So what are you waiting for? Browse through our hairstyles for long hair for inspiration for those soon-to-be-longer locks.

Hairstyles for long hair inspiration:

Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine's signature blow-dry has long been our hair inspiration, but her look recently has been all about incorporating huge, soft curls into her long hair - and you can bet we'll be trying this out for ourselves at home!

Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle is the queen of changing up her hairstyle, but we loved this super-long hairstyle that the Duchess unveiled recently. The centre-part allows her long locks to fall delicately and equally down either side of her face, and the loose curls finish off the look beautifully.

Julianne Moore

Proving that beautiful hairstyles for long hair have no upper age limit, the 58-year-old actress looks ridiculously chic with a middle parting and relaxed waves here. An easy one to recreate ourselves!

Demi Moore

Demi prefers to keep her hair slick and understated, and we reckon that's one of the tricks to rocking long hair. If you find you prefer your long hair to one side and curled, like Demi, keep it that way. Or, if you prefer having it up and super-straight, make that your signature style. It's certainly worked for Demi all these years!

Sarah Jessica Parker

SJP is another celeb who has opted for long hair for decades now, and it's working just as well as it did years ago. Again, preferring a centre parting, Sarah keeps her long locks loosely tousled and relaxed, rather than sleek and polished. The perfect option for women on the go!

Heidi Klum

Okay, so we may not all be supermodels, but we can all take inspiration from from Heidi's low-maintenance long hair cut. The fringe looks brilliant whatever age - just make sure you ask for a layered, thinned fringe - no heavy block fringes in 2019!

Sofia Vergara

On the flip side, the relaxed waves and fringe-less hairstyle here on Sofia are providing us with brilliant hair inspiration for the summer months!

Hairstyles For Long Hair

Hairstyles For Long Hair

If you are lucky enough to have thick, straight hair; adding a fringe is a great way to change your style without a drastic chop. Keep the fringe blunt and thick for a modern take on a classic cut. Hair by Karine Jackson

Long curly hairstyle

Long curly hairstyle

Long curls set into a retro style will soften features and give your style an on-trend edge for an evening out. Make sure you brush curls out after using heated rollers - you don't want to end up with ageing ringlets.

Long curly hairstyle

Long curly hairstyle

Bring 50s finger waves into the 21st Century with this modern take on the classic style. Simply use a curling tong, rather than heated rollers, to keep the ends straighter. Tease out into big waves and hold with a good dose of hairspray. Hair by Christopher Appleton Discover our top tips for long hairstyles

Long curly hairstyle

Long curly hairstyle

Great for day or night, this luxe hairstyle will suit everyone and work on all hair types. Whether your hair is straight or curly, rough blow dry and wind sections of the hair around a one inch curling barrel. Once the curls have cooled, tip your head upside down and tease out the curls, leaving you with soft, glam waves. Hair by Karine Jackson using Organic Colour Systems

Bohemian curls hairstyle

Bohemian curls hairstyle

The perfect holiday hairstyle for naturally curly tresses. Simply take small sections of hair at the front and roughly plait towards the back of the hair. Leave the ends loose and tousled for a beachy holiday look. Hair by Karine Jackson using Organic Colour Systems

60s ponytail hairstyle

60s ponytail hairstyle

A super-sexy version of the classic updo. Start by curling the mid-length and ends of the hair with a thick curling tong to create big bouncy curls. Gently tease out the curls to create tumbling waves and pull loosely back into a low pony, leaving the front sections free. Using the end of your comb, tease the top of the hair up to add volume at the crown. Hair by Christopher Appleton

Long straight ponytail hairstyle

Long straight ponytail hairstyle

Update your ponytail with this modern take. Best for poker straight hair, start by spritzing your locks with hairspray and then brushing your hair back into a high ponytail. Take a small section of hair from the underneath of the pony and wrap it around the elastic band, securing at the back with a bobby pin. Hair by Christopher Appleton

Big curls hairstyle

Big curls hairstyle

Vamp up your hair for an evening event with this luxe-looking hairstyle. Use heated rollers to help set the curls, then use a volumising spray to lift the hair at the roots. Finish with a firm hold hairspray to keep your style in place. Hair by Christopher Appleton

Long curly hairstyle

Long curly hairstyle

Embrace wild, romantic hair this season with gorgeous copper curls. This look is best achieved with a small, one inch curling iron. Tease hair out from ringlets to loose waves and curls when cool to create a look that will last all day. Hair by Katie Mulcahy Discover our top tips for long hairstyles

Big curls hairstyle

Big curls hairstyle

Do you struggle to control your natural curls? Let them loose this season and embrace the natural curve of your hair. Blow drying hair with an ionic hairdryer and a round barrel brush will help to eliminate frizz, while keeping your volume and shape in your style. Hair by Katie Mulcahy

Luxe curls hairstyle

Luxe curls hairstyle

One of the most flattering hairstyles of the season, long romantic curls are making a comeback. Whether your hair is naturally curly or not, fixing hair with heated rollers, then gently brushing out the cooled ringlets will give any hair type luxe, lust-worthy waves.

Long curly hairstyle

Long curly hairstyle

Anti-age your hairstyle with a youthful, 'dirty' blonde hue and some soft, billowing waves. Adding layers to the front sections of the hair will also help to frame your face and hide the jawline. Hair by Headmasters

Long curly hairstyle

(Image credit: Andrew O'Toole)

Long curly hairstyle

Romantic styles are back in vogue and were all over the spring/summer catwalks. adapt the style to your hair with some soft, pretty waves. This style will work best on medium to long hair, so the weight will keep the curls loose for a more relaxed, boho vibe. To achieve these girls, wind hair around one inch curling barrels and hold. Let go, and spritz with hairspray to help keep the curl in shape. Hair by Mark Leeson Discover our top tips for long hairstyles

Long tied back hairstyle

Long tied back hairstyle

A low, loose updo is so much more flattering than a high, unforgiving 'do. Rough your hair up at the crown and spritz a texturizing spray - or some dry shampoo - on the roots to add hold and volume. Leave face-framing strands at the front.

Long tied back hairstyle

Long tied back hairstyle

If you're a brunette who's hankering after a new shade, why not look to a richer, red-haired hue to really add a new twist to your style. This rich red was achieved using the new Schwarzkopf Palette at-home colour range.

Long curly hairstyle

(Image credit: Andrew O'Toole)

Long curly hairstyle

To get the look, prep damp hair with volumiser, blow dry with a round brush and then wrap hair around a medium-barrel curling iron. Hair by Shaun Hall

Long straight hairstyle

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Long straight hairstyle

A centre parting can really drag the face down, especially when you are over 40. Soften your look with a side-swept parting. Make sure you look after your hair and blow-dry it with care to get that really luxe look. Hair by Mark Leeson

Long curly Hairstyle

(Image credit: Andrew O'Toole)

Long curly Hairstyle

If your hair is naturally curly, it's most probably frizzy too. Beat the frizz by spending a few minutes on your style every day - and you'll notice the difference. Keep hair well-conditioned with weekly intensive at-home treatments and make sure to use products that relax stressed out hair, like serums and creams. And our last curly hair rule? Never blow-dry - always let your hair dry naturally. Hair by Mark Leeson

Long straight hairstyle with fringe

Long straight hairstyle with fringe

Frizzy hair can be ageing, so tame flyaways with a straightening serum, such as Sassoon Smooth Drape. If your locks start to lack shine, it's time for some regular TLC; home treatments, such as a nourishing hair mask, will strengthen hair and make it much easier to manage.

Poker straight hairstyle

Poker straight hairstyle

Crimping might be back, but healthy, shiny, straight hair is just as hot. The key is prep. Treat your hair to a luxurious mask once a week to repair and seal in shine. Go easy on the hair straighteners too - a good heat defence spray is invaluable. At the hairdressers, ask for natural looking, light reflective colour that looks multi-faceted to make locks look thicker. Hair by Sassoon Creative Team

Long straight style

Long straight style

If you want hair long, it has to be strong. This means taking time to care for your locks, every day. Always use a conditioner for damaged hair and blow dry on the lowest settings. Make sure you have regular trims and go easy on the heat styling! Hair by Sassoon Creative Team

Long curly hairstyle with fringe

Long curly hairstyle with fringe

If short, blunt fringes and poker straight hair do nothing for your features, you can still work the trend - but add a softer touch. Opt for a longer, eye-skimming fringe and soft, natural waves to inject youthful beauty into your style. Hair by Jamie Stevens

Long curly hairstyle

(Image credit: Andrew O'Toole)

Long curly hairstyle

Create soft, romantic waves for your next event. The ultimate glamorous hairstyle, 40s finger waves are easier to create than you may think. These curls are set with a one inch curling barrel, and teased out lightly to give a softer, more natural look. Set with hairspray to finish. Hair by Ken Picton

Long curly hairstyle

Long curly hairstyle

Give your hair a hint of a Farrah Fawcett wave with a wide curling iron, curling away from the face. Brush out curls to create loose beach waves. Hair by Headmasters

Long curly Hairstyle

(Image credit: Andrew O'Toole)

Long curly Hairstyle

Glam up your look with some luxe, 70s disco waves. Use large heated rollers to section off the hair. once cool, tease out your curls and brush with a large paddle brush to create soft, sexy waves. Hair by Mark Lesson for FHI Heat

Long wavy hairstyle

Long wavy hairstyle

Have you dreamt of long, luscious hair your whole life? Then now is the time to try hair extensions. Ask for natural hair - synthetic will look...synthetic - and go for a realisitic length. You'll be surprised at how your style will hold once they're attached. Hair by Phil Smith

Long wavy hairstyle

Long wavy hairstyle

Set your curls and waves free this season and let your natural beauty shine through. Elimiate frizz by using a heated waving wand to create soft and pretty locks. Hair by Desmond Murray Discover our top tips for long hairstyles