Long hair is having a moment, and it’s not just about length – it’s about embracing natural beauty and effortless elegance. This season, we’re witnessing a shift towards styles that exude a quiet sort of sophistication while maintaining a softer edge. So, what can you expect in the world of long hair trends? Let’s dive into the anticipated trends and explore some examples of effortlessly chic hairstyles.
In a world that’s increasingly drawn to authenticity, the trend in hairstyles mirrors this sentiment. Long hair is becoming a symbol of being true to yourself, embracing natural textures and effortless styles over meticulously arranged perfection. “It’s natural and embraces natural-looking textures versus every hair in the right place,” says Lauren Kunijo, the master stylist and co-owner of Kenna Kunijo, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based salon.
The theme of “old money” is taking center stage, reminiscent of Kate Middleton’s effortlessly styled and colored locks. “The dramatic cuts are shifting out to make way for more ‘I have perfect long hair and don’t even know it’ vibes,” continues Kenna Ehman, Lauren’s colleague and another co-owner of Kenna Kunijo.
This year, taking proper care of your hair is in the spotlight. Healthy locks take center stage, leading to an increase in tutorials on achieving and maintaining the desired look. According to Kenna, deep condition treatments and hot oil treatments are making a comeback as essential steps in the quest for beautiful long hair.
When it comes to color, illuminated brunettes and mulled wine hues are stealing the spotlight, believes Amelia Thompson, a professional hairstylist and salon owner. Illuminated brunette is all about adding subtle highlights to dark hair for a multi-dimensional effect, while mulled wine brings a rich burgundy flare to long hairstyles.
Gina Rivera, a beauty and hair expert and owner of Phenix Salon Suites, points out that reds are leaning towards bluish and violet tones, providing a more intense hue. Bronde remains popular, with roots that look more grown out, creating a warm, lived-in effect.
Long hair is enhanced by the current trend of natural-looking balayage highlights, providing dimension and depth with minimal upkeep. This technique complements various hair colors and skin tones effortlessly.
Deep side parts and bangs continue to be a hit, with curtain bangs and styles that are swept up and to the side gaining popularity. The key is leaving enough room for versatility – whether it’s styling your bangs down the middle, to the side, or straight down.
Stylists unanimously agree: hair accessories are making a statement this year. Think bows, ribbons, stylish barrettes, headbands, and ties. These accessories are the perfect complement to long hairstyles, adding that extra touch of flair.
Enhancing the natural flow of long hair, classic long layers create a timeless, soft, and effortless look with romantic minimal waves.
A softer version of last season’s wolf cuts, the kitty cut features soft face framing and a romantic fringe, embracing soft edges and an effortlessly chic appearance.
Showcasing the natural beauty of long hair while maintaining a softer edge, the shaggy layered cut adds volume and movement for a modern and chic vibe. “It’s flattering for all hair textures and adds an effortless, yet chic vibe,” adds Amelia Thompson.
Embracing natural texture, boho waves create relaxed, tousled waves ideal for long hair, adding a touch of romance to your look.
“Braids are a great way to keep long hair managed whilst also using them as a style statement,” explains Amelia Thompson. Incorporating braids into long hair provides a unique and magical element, merging functionality with style. From delicate braids along the hairline to intricate braided updos, this trend offers playful and elegant options.
A unique twist on long hairstyles, this combination pairs short, edgy micro bangs with mega-long hair for a captivating contrast. “This dynamic combination evokes a sense of vintage Hollywood glamour with a modern, avant-garde edge,” adds Shaun Surething, the lead stylist and owner of Seagull Hair Salon, a downtown NYC salon.
It’s time to make the most of those beautiful, lengthy strands in 2024. Whether you’re a fan of effortless waves, intricate braids, curtain bangs, or hair jewelry extravaganzas – embrace the long hair trends that speak to your style. Take these photos with you to the salon and discuss them with your stylist for a long-lasting, effortlessly chic look that embraces the beauty of your natural locks. Get ready to turn heads and make a statement with your Rapunzel realness all year long!