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How to style long hair

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If you’ve been looking after your hair through the past year’s extended lockdowns, it’s probably looking a lot longer than usual by now. And of course, length brings options. From a shining ombre color to weight-lifting layers, or even a choppy fringe, long hair inspiration can be found everywhere.

Here, see the best celebrity looks to bookmark before that long-awaited salon visit.

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At the premiere of her latest film, cruel, Emma Stone revealed her longest hair yet. Her strawberry-blonde lengths of her were styled in loose waves, with a deep side parting to add clever volume at the roots.

Keeping your longer length sleek, but not flat is a difficult task. Amanda Seyfried achieves it by curling just the ends of her hair and sweeping the lengths over one shoulder.

The ultimate braid inspiration? It has to be Zendaya. The star has been showcasing head-turning styles on the red carpet, including these perfect waist-skimming box braids.

Priyanka Chopra’s ultra-long, poker-straight hair is kept classic and sleek with a deep side parting.

Add more movement to your hair by bending the lengths over a straightening iron. It works even if you then tuck your hair behind your ears, as Ashley Graham shows.

Layers can work on straighter hair too, creating movement and volume – as well as a care-free feel.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley often throws her long hair up into a messy high bun, which accentuates her bone structure. To stop it looking too severe, follow her example of her and leave two tendrils out.

Copy Blake Lively’s trick to keeping loose waves off your face by lightly slicking back your roots. Try L’Oreal Professionnel’s Techni Art Pli, £11.50.

Above all, uber-straight hair needs to be glossy, so apply heat protector before employing your straighteners and try a shine spray as well to keep flyaways at bay. Naomi Campbell is your inspiration.

Meghan Markle’s go-to hairstyle, the messy bun, might have broken royal protocol but it is a perfectly imperfect way to sweep long hair off your shoulders.

A ponytail is a simple way to keep long hair looking groomed. Just ensure your parting is clean and you control any messy-looking flyaways.

Turn your pigtail plaits into a sophisticated up-do like Emily Blunt, by pinning them on top of each other at the crown of your head.

The Duchess of Sussex makes a strong case for the low-slung ponytail.

While face-shaping layers like those cut into Kaia Gerber’s hair are mainly the work of a good hairdresser, you can enhance them when straightening your hair by making your hair flick-out at the ends.

Ensure your curls look healthy like Jourdan Dunn’s by using curl-defining products such as Color Wow’s Dream Coat for Curly Hair, £24.

For glamorous-looking hair that doesn’t take too much preparation, sweep your hair to one side, add a little volumizing powder like Oribe’s Swept Up Powder Spray to your roots and twist large sections of your hair around a curling iron.

Follow Rihanna’s example and use lots of gel but also a diagonal parting to get an on-trend wet-look finish to your hair, while still adding volume to your crown.

For additional body around your roots when wearing curls, tip your hair upside down, apply volumizing spray and tuck the under layers of your hair behind your ears like Emily Ratajkowski.

To stop super-sleek hair looking greasy or flat, slightly tousle your roots and use a touch of Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray, £41, to add height at your crown. It’s a trick Bella Hadid often uses.

Jennifer Lawrence proves that you don’t need naturally curly hair to achieve big waves. The trick is to use a thin-barrelled curling wand, like Ghd’s Soft Curl Tong, £99, before brushing out the curls and using lots of lots of texture spray.

As Penelope Cruz demonstrates, by parting your hair far across to one side, you’ll effortlessly add volume to your roots. Try Ghd’s Root Lift Spray for height that looks especially natural.

Half-braids are a creative way to keep your hair off your face, while still allowing you to embrace lots of volume through the lengths.

Laura Bailey proves that long waves don’t have to be overly styled to look grown-up. Embrace a little fuzziness by changing the direction in which you use your curling iron and run your hands through your hair afterwards so the curls aren’t perfect.

To make wet-look hair wearable, sparingly apply Aveda’s Brilliant Rexturising Gel from lengths to ends so it looks sleek, but use pins not product to keep your hair flat to your head.

Take note of Joan Small’s ponytail – by enhancing the natural texture of your hair, either by brushing out your own curls or using a crimping tool, you’ll hair will look so much thicker.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s retro Hollywood waves – best created using a wide-barelled curling wand – are a timeless ticket to looking glamorous.

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