No matter the color or texture, long hair means spending more money on products like shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray — and endless hours fussing with it in front of the mirror. However, long hair doesn't have to be such a hassle. If you're a bride-to-be who's committed to keeping your length for your special day, you'll want to start compiling a list of wedding styles for long hair.
It's fair to admit that extra-long locks can be hard to handle, but lengthy hair makes way for lots of experimentation when it comes to styling. At a loss for fresh inspiration? Look to your favorite celebrities for the long-hair guidance you've been searching for. Try complex dutch braids like Lily Collins, Lea Michele's glossy waves, or Alicia Keys' elegant ponytail. Choose a simple hairstyle to play up your gorgeous gown, or go for something bold to make a statement. You'll love the endless opportunities that come along with your extensive length.
Ahead, find celebrity-approved hairstyles that work double duty for the red carpet or your wedding day along with the products you'll need to create salon-worthy hair at home.
At the premiere of her latest film, Second Act, in New York City on Dec. 12, Jennifer Lopez sported a twisted top knot with face-framing tresses pulled out on either side. This hairstyle is slightly more relaxed than a slicked-back bun, with the ability to show off her multi-tiered diamond earrings. Perfect for second day hair, this look is just as time-saving as it is sophisticated.
Nicole Kidman brought back an iconic childhood style in the most polished way when she arrived at AACTA in Australia on on Dec. 5. The 51-year-old actor wore a side-swept fishtail braid with voluminous roots and overgrown bangs loosely draped on each side of her face. This princess-inspired style adds an undone, bohemian component to an intricate ensemble like Kidman's sequin gown. After achieving your desired length of braid, use your fingers to gently pull it apart for an intentionally messy look.
Soft waves are a classic when it comes to styling long hair for a formal occasion. Lea Michele stopped to smile backstage at the Noon By Noor show during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 6., proving that you can never go wrong with hair that looks hydrated, shiny, and full of bounce. Although curling super-long locks may seem like a daunting task, it's much easier to carry-out when you're equipped with the right tools.
Slick-Back With Volume
Alicia Keys attended Variety's Power of Women event in New York on April 13 wearing her lengthy curls in a slicked-back ponytail style. Perfectly shaped, bouncy curls act as the ultimate balance when paired with an ultra-tight, pulled back updo. Use a brush to smooth the upper section of your hair, then stop halfway through to avoid risking your vibrant curls.
Lily Collins donned a sleek middle-part, topped with thin dutch braids at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 10th Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood on Nov. 18. The key to achieving this look is starting with smooth hair and keeping it in place during the entire styling process. If you're looking to add a little more wedding day glamour, adorn your braided crown with jeweled hair pins or floral clips.
Heidi Klum accentuated her subtle layers and blended highlights with a stick straight style at the 'America's Got Talent' Season 13 Finale Live Show on Sept. 19. When opting for a smooth style, it's important to avoid frizz at all costs. Ensure your hair is 100 percent dry before going in with a straightener by using a round brush while blowdrying.