Trust me: You definitely aren’t alone if you’ve hit a styling rut with your long, curly hair—I mean, who wants to put in the effort during quarantine? That’s why I’ve made it my personal mission to find the 25 prettiest and, wait for it, easiest long, curly hairstyles that require v little time and patience. I’m talking wispy buns, braided ponytails, and even ‘90s-inspired tendrils that you can recreate in 10 minutes or less. Seriously. So scroll through them all, ahead, and prepare to screenshot your favorites for a rainy day.
This Pineapple Hairstyle for Long, Curly Hair
There’s nothing cuter than a pineapple updo on long, curly hair. Loosely secure your curls with an elastic at the very top of your head, pull your hair forward, and let your curls hang freely over your face. Then tie on a headband or hair wrap for good measure.
These Wispy Buns for Long, Curly Hair
The best thing about this hairstyle for long, curly hair is that it’s, like, deceivingly easy to recreate. Just twist your curls into two loose and messy buns on either side of your part, leaving out a few face-framing pieces in the front. Psst: A quick blast of non-crunchy hairspray will help keep your look in place.
This Hair Clip Hairstyle for Long, Curly Hair
The easiest way to take a classic high bun to the next level? Slip on a few hair clips towards the back of your head, muss up your curls for a low-key vibe, and call it a day. You’re welcome.
This Blunt Middle Part for Long, Curly Hair
If you feel like wearing your curls down for the day, you should def consider trying out a blunt middle part. It’s a cute and easy way to frame your face, and it adds just a bit of style to an everyday look.
This Deep Side Part for Long, Curly Hair
And if middle parts aren’t really your vibe, there’s always a good ol’ side part. Excuse me, deep side part, where you swoop your curls all the way to one side. Volume is key with this look, so prep your hair with a lightweight mousse to really play it up.
This Braided Ponytail for Long, Curly Hair
TBH there’s never a wrong time to wear a braided ponytail—especially when it’s as cute as this one. Part your hair down the middle and create two braids on either side, joining them at the crown of your head and securing with an elastic. You can even wrap a scarf around the base of your ponytail to amp it up.
This Low Ponytail for Long, Curly Hair
Um, can we just talk about how pretty this low ponytail is for long curls? Between the sleek side part and the soft texture throughout the ponytail, there’s nothing really not to love about this look. BTW, anti-humidity spray is a must for recreating this bb.
This Half-Up Ponytail for Long, Curly Hair
This simple-AF hairstyle for long, curly hair is a no-brainer for lazy days. It looks like it requires some serious effort, but in reality, you only need to spend two minutes max raking a mousse through your roots and gathering your curls into a high, half-up pony.
This Slicked-Back Ponytail for Long, Curly Hair
This Bow-Tied Ponytail for Long, Curly Hair
Make that super-rushed ponytail look totally intentional by finishing it off with a cute little bow. The messier, the better with this long curly hairstyle, so don’t worry about making it too perfect.
This High Bun for Long, Curly Hair
This Loose Bun for Long, Curly Hair
There’s nothing not to love about this long, curly hairstyle, but I’m pretty damn obsessed with the loose, face-framing layers. Lock it all in with a finishing spray to make sure your loose bun lasts alllll day (or night).
This Braided Ponytail for Long, Curly Hair
Level up your basic-ass ponytail by weaving in a short fishtail braid at the base. Your long curls and waves will look so damn pretty peeking out of the braid.
This Subtle Side Part for Long, Curly Hair
Want to wear your hair down but still look kinda-sorta put together? Try out these side-parted curls, which are equal parts low-key and inspo-worthy.
This Loose Braid for Long, Curly Hair
There’s something about a loose braid at the nape of the neck that looks so freaking pretty with long curls, as proven by Laura Harrier. Dress it up with a red lip or keep it subtle with a no-makeup makeup vibe.
This Headband Hairstyle for Long, Curly Hair
Um, forget everything you know about hair accessorizes, ’cause this long, curly hairstyle is definitely the prettiest approach. Luckily there are plenty of cute headbands and wraps on the market rn, so feel free to play around with how perfect or tousled you want your style.
These Double Clips for Long, Curly Hair
And while we’re on the subject, can I add that there’s no such thing as too many hair accessories? Part your long curls right in the middle and double up on hair clips for a cute and easy look.
This High Ponytail for Long, Curly Hair
These ’90s Tendrils for Long, Curly Hair
Yup, ’90s hairstyles are still going strong, and this cute updo for long curly hair is proof. Tie back half of your hair toward on the crown of your head, then leave a couple braided tendrils loose along your forehead.
These Half-Up Braids for Long, Curly Hair
Itching for a curly braid, but also want to wear your hair loose and down? Get you a hairstyle that can do both, like this cute half-up updo with two subtle braids at the root.
These Curly Bangs for Long Hair
Text your hairstylist this pic of Zendaya’s bangs and make that appointment stat—your long curls will thank you.
This Wrapped Ponytail for Long, Curly Hair
Add a lil extra something to your high ponytail by wrapping a few of your curls around the base of it. Don’t worry, you can still use a hair tie to actually keep your hair up—just secure the wrapped strands with a couple bobby pins underneath for a hidden effect.
These Double Buns for Long, Curly Hair
This Faux-Wet Hairstyle for Long, Curly Hair
This Half-Up Bun for Long, Curly Hair
It doesn’t get much easier (or prettier!) than this half-up bun for long hair. Leave the rest of your curls loose, down, and super volumized to finish off the look.
Ruby is the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers beauty across print and digital.
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