Long hair allows for infinite styling possibilities, but not all of them are necessarily good for your strands nor your scalp. Read on to see which hairstyles for long hair cuts are healthiest — as well as hairstyles to avoid if you want to keep your tresses strong and shiny.

Healthy Hairstyles for Long Hair

These hairstyles will allow you to show off your beautiful long hair without causing considerable damage. 

Loose Double Buns



If you’re wondering if you can pull off double buns, yes you can (even if you’re not at a music festival or dressing up as Princess Leia). They aren’t reserved only for adorable second-graders (just look at the gorgeous lady above!). Just make sure your buns are loose; your favorite hair tie, preferably made of organic cotton or satin, isn’t too tight; and to alternate where your buns sit on your head from day to day to give sections of your scalp a well-deserved break. 

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Loose Braids


Braids can add a fun, youthful appearance to any face shape. Simply part your hair whichever way you like and start braiding your hair, gently and not tightly. After you’re done, tie the end and rustle your scalp with your fingers to loosen things up. This safe style is perfect for the gym, having brunch with friends, or just lounging around — but really, anywhere!

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Beach Waves

Who can resist the romance behind this popular style? It’s no wonder that beach waves have always been a desired hairstyle for so many women (including Gisele of course). There are many ways to achieve this look WITHOUT using hot tools. This style can be achieved by letting hair dry naturally with a braid in or using rollers. Plus, this style can last for days so you won’t have to worry about touching up your hair.

Related: How to Get Perfect Beach Waves

Hairstyles That Can Cause Damage for Long Hair

For those with long locks, it's just as important to know which hairstyles don't work as the ones that do. To avoid damaging your hair, it's best to think twice about these hair styles:

Sleek and Tight Ponytails

Who doesn’t like this style? It’s simple, easy, and quite frankly, anyone can create this look. However, not all ponytails are the same. "A ponytail everyday can cause breakage at the ponytail holder if pulled too tight," say Max Gierl, Senior Stylist at Mizu New York [1]. So the next time you decide to wear your hair in a ponytail, make sure it’s not too tight. You should also avoid wearing your hair in a ponytail every day.

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Wet Hairstyles



This effortless, chic look has become a favorite style amongst celebrities and fashion bloggers. Although this look is super-convenient, as it cuts down prep time by half, you should avoid or minimize this style as much as possible because it strains your hair and scalp. Wet hair is weaker and messing with it can cause breakage and ruin your hair in the long run. For wet hairstyles that won’t damage your hair, click here.

Next time you’re thinking about styling your delicate mane, be cognizant of the healthy and unhealthy styles for your long locks. This way, your hair will grow faster, longer, and stronger.


Disclaimer: Information in this article is intended for general informational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician.