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18 Long summer hairstyles you'll love too much to cut

/ 07.24.2015

During the summer, getting a short or shorter haircut makes a lot of sense (neck sweat, anyone?) but going for the chop isn't necessarily right for everyone, especially when there are so many inspirational long hairstyles to try! Check out some of our favorite long summer looks below to find out exactly what we're talking about.

1. Voluminous waves

Long voluminous waves
Long voluminous waves

Big, wavy hair always looks stunning, and a little humidity-induced frizz can actually enhance the volume! The tumbling curls and added height at the crown put a subtle retro spin on this style, so it's perfect for anyone who loves vintage beauty.

Styling tip

When backcombing your hair, make sure you don't rip through your strands as this can cause them to snap off. Instead, push the hair back on itself with a fine-tooth comb, take the comb out, then repeat.

2. Jennifer Lopez's tousled layers

Jennifer Lopez's tousled layers
Jennifer Lopez's tousled layers

Jennifer Lopez's beautifully highlighted layers are so summery and perfect- even though she actually got a bob recently. And anyway, J. Lo spent years with lengthy, swishable tresses before making the leap to shoulder-skimming strands!

Styling tip

Make sure you keep colored hair well hydrated, especially during the summer when it's more likely to be exposed to stressors like UV rays, chlorine and sea salt. Alongside your regular conditioner, top up with leave-in products between washes, and add a deep conditioning mask to your weekly routine if you haven't already!

3. Long sleek ponytail

Long sleek ponytail
Long sleek ponytail

When ponytails look this polished, it's hard to think about getting a shorter cut. This particular pony is smooth, sleek and it showcases the length of the hair perfectly.

Styling tip

Before straightening your hair, make sure you always apply a thermal protectant such as Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray first. Spritz it on in sections, then comb your hair through for the most even roots-to-ends coverage.

4. Long curly hair

Long curly hair
Long curly hair

A headful of long curls has it all: texture, volume and length. The main challenge is keeping frizz at bay when you don't feel like embracing fuzzy coils, but we think the effort is totally worth it if you really want long, seriously covetable curly hair!

Styling tip

To air dry your hair without any unwanted frizz appearing, apply a smoothing product like Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream while it's still damp. Next, plop your hair by wrapping it in a cotton t-shirt, then leave it to dry.

5. Blake Lively's Hollywood waves

Blake Lively's Hollywood waves
Blake Lively's Hollywood waves

It doesn't get much more glamorous than long hair icon Blake Lively at a red carpet event, especially when she shows up with some classic Hollywood waves! This A-list staple has been trending since the golden age of Old Hollywood and shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon.

Styling tip

For curls that won't fall flat, clip each piece of hair up to cool when it comes off the curling iron. This ensures the hair sets completely for resilient, long-lasting waves.

6. Long blonde layers

Long blonde layers
Long blonde layers

Pale, almost platinum strands have an ethereal vibe that is only enhanced by long, flowing hair. Tresses like these look lovely when worn in a braid, a chignon, a ponytail, or when left loose.

Styling tip

Between washes, keep the lengths and ends of your hair nourished and hydrated by applying hair oil regularly.

7. Long layers with subtle highlights

Long layers with subtle honey highlights
Long layers with subtle honey highlights

Brightening the ends and lengths of long hair with some subtle balayage makes for an effortlessly pretty, sunny hairstyle. Lighter hues just a shade or two brighter than the base color add dimension to blonde locks, especially after they've been colored or highlighted repeatedly over a long period of time.

Styling tip

Allow your hair to air dry to create a naturally undone texture.

8. Long blown out curls

Long blown out curls
Long blown out curls

A full-bodied curly blowout looks amazing at any time of year, it can just take a bit more effort to achieve and maintain throughout the summer months. However, the voluminous, ultra-glam results speak for themselves- who wouldn't want a sultry mane like this!

Styling tip

When your hair is only slightly damp, apply a smoothing product like Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream before dividing your hair into sections. This will prevent frizz while the hair dries.

9. Freida Pinto's half-up hairstyle

Freida Pinto's half-up hairstyle
Freida Pinto's half-up hairstyle

As half-up hairstyles go, they don't get more beautiful than Freida Pinto's. This stunning 'do is the best of both worlds, keeping most of the hair back off the face while showcasing the length of the hair.

Styling tip

Add shine to your finished style with a glossy finishing spray like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray.

10. Tousled bronde hair with bangs

Tousled bronde hair with bangs
Tousled bronde hair with bangs

Multidimensional hair colors like 'bronde' look gorgeous with some added texture. This long, tousled hairstyle with bangs catches the light in all the right places, without being conventionally beachy.

Styling tip

Scrunch some flexible hold, matte product such as Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the lengths and ends of your hair to add texture. Start with a small amount and add more as needed to avoid over-applying.

11. Long messy waves

Long messy waves
Long messy waves

Textured waves with a disheveled, matte finish basically comprise the summeriest of all summer hairstyles for long manes. You can wear them with a beachy look or go for more of a cool-girl, bedhead look.

Styling tip

Apply a curling product such as Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to damp hair then let it air dry to encourage any natural movement. Then, when your hair is completely dry, use a curling iron to add more waves if necessary.

12. Sleek side part hairstyle

Sleek, straight side part hairstyle
Sleek, straight side part hairstyle

Smooth, shiny hair always looks polished. Just make sure you stay on top of split ends by getting regular trims, and keep your hair well conditioned to maintain strong, healthy strands.

Styling tip

Use a tail comb for added accuracy when parting your hair. Use the tail part of the comb to trace the part, then comb it into place.

13. Long hair with curly ends

Long hair with curly ends
Long hair with curly ends

Curled ends bring added romance to any hairstyle, and with long, flowing locks, there is just more to fall in love with!

Styling tip

You can get the curls just right with a round brush during a blowout. Simply wrap a piece of hair around the barrel, then gently glide the brush downwards as you dry the hair. Then, holding the brush vertically, pull it downwards until the hair pops off the top.

14. Long brunette layers

Long brunette layers
Long brunette layers

Long layers teamed with a rich brunette color create a simple, classic hairstyle that will look just as gorgeous with air dried waves as it does with a smooth blown out finish. If you have really thick hair, layers can help to remove bulk and keep the style manageable.

Styling tip

If you struggle to get the results you want with a round brush, skip it and use a large barrel curling iron to add movement and curve the ends once your hair is totally dry.

15. Long swept back curly hair

Long swept back curly hair
Long swept back curly hair

Long curls create a ton of volume when swept back off the face. The texture remains in view but under control, plus you can always throw a mane like this up into an XXL ponytail!

Styling tip

Prop up a high or mid-height ponytail by sliding two large bobby pins diagonally underneath the hair tie.

16. Messy bouffant

Long messy bouffant hairstyle
Long messy bouffant hairstyle

Another great vintage inspired long hairstyle, this messy bouffant is equal parts retro beauty queen and modern day cool girl. Pair it with some loose waves through the lengths for added movement.

Styling tip

When backcombing your hair, always work in sections and make sure you're backcombing from behind so you can simply smooth it all over when you're done.

17. Long ponytail with curly ends

Long ponytail with curly ends
Long ponytail with curly ends

This ponytail with curled ends could be the prettiest way to keep long hair under control without braiding it. It works with all placements, whether you want the ease of a low ponytail or the movement of something higher.

Styling tip

Backcomb the hair at the crown to add some extra height before securing the ponytail.

18. Long messy hair with bangs

Long, messy hair with bangs
Long, messy hair with bangs

Whatever the season, nothing beats the effortless beauty of disheveled hair and peekaboo bangs! It works best with second day hair as the natural oils give the strands more texture than freshly washed, slippery tresses.

Styling tip

Curl the ends of your hair with a 1" curling iron to add movement to a bed head hairstyle. Just don't forget to apply a thermal protectant like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray first to prevent heat damage!

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