20 Formal Hairstyles for Long Hair to Wear in 2022

Do you have long thick hair and aren’t sure what hairstyle to choose for your wedding day or a formal occasion? Read on for 20 great options just for you! Whether you prefer your hair all up or just pulled back, a sleek style or a looser look, there is a formal hairstyle for long hair you’ll definitely fall in love with!

#1: Chic Braided Updo

This braided style is the perfect romantic style for long thick hair. We added in a headband accessory from Twigs and Honey for added detail in the front. This style is well suited for a bridal gown with a deep V cut in the back.

Boho Braid Hairstyle for Long Hair

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#2: Waterfall Braid Half Updo

If you are more comfortable with some hair down, you can’t go wrong with a half up crown braid! We went with a French fishtail braid for a softer delicate look.

Half Up Half Down with French Fishtail Braids

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#3: Twisted Bun Hairstyle for Long Hair

This low textured updo is one of my favorite requests for formal occasions this season! It is the perfect choice for a wedding updo and looks great with all necklines!

Twisted Bun Hairstyle for Formal Event

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#4: Simple Hairstyle for a Formal Event

This bubble braid is perfect if you are looking for a more sleek, modern style. This is a great choice if your hair does not hold a curl and you want to keep your hair straight.

Bubble Braid Hairstyle for Long Straight Hair

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#5: Elegant Low Bun

Textured low buns make excellent formal hairstyles for long hair! Pro tip: we utilized a micro crimper in combination with a volumizing powder at the root for added texture and volume on finer hair!

Crown Twists into Low Bun with Loose Strands

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#6: Ponytail Hairstyle for a Special Occasion

Ponytails are one of the biggest trends in bridal hair this season! For this look, I chose a soft glam wave for the perfect modern style that will suit any formal outfit.

Voluminous Low Ponytail Hairstyle

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#7: Long Wavy Hair Half Updo

This is great half up option if braids are not your style! This style requires quite a bit of hair, so it is better suited for thick hair or extensions added.

Half Updo Hairstyle for Long Wavy Hair

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#8: Sleek Braided Bun

If you love braids but want a tighter sleek look, this updo is perfect for you! We went with a 4 strand braid for an eye-catching detail!

Neat Braided Bun for Special Occasion

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#9: Messy High Bun

If you are looking for a high updo, this high bun is sure to have all eyes on you! You can find a pictorial on how I created his voluminous bun style here on my Instagram page.

Large Messy Bun with 90s Flair

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#10: Long Side Braid

This over-the-shoulder boho braid is the perfect choice if you want to see more detail from the front! The more length the better for this look! Extensions added for length can help ensure that your braid reaches the most flattering length- armpit level or below is ideal.

#11: Romantic Half Up Hairstyle for Long Hair

This half up hairstyle is the perfect romantic style for long hair. I find the occipital bone region to be the most flattering placement for half up styles. We added in a Dutch fishtail braid accent for added detail.

#12: French Braid into a Chignon Bun

This braided updo is a great choice for any special occasion! And the dimensional hair color adds to the look in such a great way. You can find a tutorial for this look on my Instagram page.

Crown Dutch Braids into Low Bun

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#13: Infinity Braid Ponytail Hairstyle

This is a perfect choice for the modern bride or a wedding guest! The infinity braid in combination with a low ponytail touches on all of the latest trends.

Low Pony with Infinity Braid Base

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#14: Infinity and Bubble Braid Style

This half up style is sure to wow! The combination of the infinity braid with the bubble braid is so unique and fun! Add in some loose waves, and you’ll get a super cute look for a prom night.

Cute Hairstyle for Long Hair with Infinity Braid Detail

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#15: Fishtail Braids into Rolled Bun

The Dutch fishtails coming back into a low bun roll is the perfect choice for any occasion. Keeping some strands loose adds laid-back vibes to the ‘do. You can find a tutorial on this style on my Instagram page.

Side Braids into Low Bun Roll

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#16: Twisted Bun for Long Straight Hair

This sleek bun is a perfect choice if you want to keep your formal hairstyle simple. It is both modern and timeless and a very popular look this season!

Neat Bun Hairstyle for Long Thick Hair

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#17: Boho Style for Long Thick Hair

This is one of my favorite boho hairstyles for long, thick hair! If you prefer your hair down but are worried it won’t hold up, this is a great choice for you. You can have the feel of it down, with the security of knowing it is going to last all evening.

Long Hair Down and Gathered for a Formal Event

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#18: All About Sassy Texture

If you like lots of volume and texture, this is the perfect updo for you! Be sure to prep hair with a texturizing spray and quality root lift powder for added volume. This style is great on its own or with an accessory or florals added!

Formal Hairstyle with Crown Texture and Chignon Bun

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#19: French Twist

Here’s another classic formal hairstyle for long hair that can be styled with a beautiful twist! Namely, I use a topsy tail tool to create loops, which makes the style full of volume and texture without the worry of the hairstyle falling out. Bobby pins with pearls are great accessories to finish off the look.

French Twist for Long Thick Hair

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#20: Half Up Style with Loose Messy Braid

Half up styles and loose braids are very popular choices for all occasions, and combining the two win-win for long hair! This style works best with a lot of hair to work with, so extensions may be needed for extra fullness.

Loose Half Up Half Down Braid

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With long, thick hair you have so many options to choose from for your perfect hairstyle! Be sure to consider how you feel the most confident and comfortable, and look for inspiration photos featuring hair that is similar to yours in terms of color and texture. This will ensure that you have realistic expectations of how this style will look on you. You can find lots of other options and tutorials on my Instagram page @updos.by.jocelyn.