5 Hairstyles for Long Hair (video)

My relationship with my hair has always been complicated.

When I was young and naïve in the ways of the fashion world, I was the biggest tomboy and saw hair as a nuisance. Specifically, I didn’t want any. I repeatedly told my hairdresser this and demanded she cut it all off; but thankfully, due to my mother’s good sense and refusal to let her only daughter have no hair, the most I ever got away with was chin length.

Then I got older, and started demanding slightly more intricate cuts. I went through a phase of lusting after a fringe. Then it was all about the short layers. Then the long layers. Then I wanted a perm, without the permanence factor, refusing to listen to anyone when they told me this was not physically possible.

Besides my hair saga, it appears that the other nugget of wisdom you’re garnering from this little blog post is that I’m incredibly stubborn. It’s endearing…?

A few years ago I got a lob which I loved until three months in, whereupon I discovered that I was in the extremely awkward position of not having enough hair for a ponytail, but not being able to wear it down without looking like I had taken a weed hacker to it. So I started growing it out about two years ago, and haven’t gotten it cut since.

I’m not one to care about split ends, but if I were I probably would have passed out a looooong time ago.

This laissez-faire approach to hairstyling has given me mixed results. Some have called my hair “bohemian” and told me I’m lucky to have it because of all the styling options.

The vast majority have not been so kind. Reviews have ranged from “you look like an Amish person, minus their values” to “honestly I’ve seen better kept hair on a dog, Elly”.

I get it, and it’s time for a change. But before I do that, I thought I’d share with you some of my go-to hairstyles (AND they happen to be heatless!) for those of you with equally long and unmanageable hair. For creativity’s sake, I tried to focus on heatless styles a little more interesting than just a ponytail, which if we’re being 100% honest here is what I do pretty much every day. But that’s boring and here on WhatKumquat we strive for QUALITY content (see: ode to Meryl Streep).

Check out the video and let me know which of the five featured styles is your fave!


  1. These are all such great hair styles! My hair is finally growing out and I’m getting to the point that I’m like UGH WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THESE LOCKS!!?

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

  2. great ideas! I love the braids 🙂


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