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Tips on Achieving Long Luscious Locks

Updated on August 1, 2010

Long, luscious locks are coming back into fashion big time.  Curls, waves, and the tousled look is currently considered the hottest look you can opt for.  But getting that look, in a way that looks best for you can be challenging.  Read these tips for how to achieve long luscious locks for your new springtime look.

Consider Your Face Shape

Believe it or not, not everyone can pull the long hair look off.  It's more important to create a look that is most flattering to you than to go for a style just because it's "in".

If you have a long, narrow face, opt for a shorter "long" look with face framing layers to help keep the face from looking even longer from long hair pulling it down.  Then, go for curls, or waves that will help draw the face up further than a straight haired look will create.

Round and Square faces also do best with some face framing layers to soften the roundness or squareness.  Talk to your hair stylist about this to help determine the best long hair look for you.

Consider bangs as well.  Sometimes bangs can really help create a gorgeous effect, especially if you are dealing with face shape considerations.

Growing Hair Out

This is the most frustrating thing.  There are so many in between stages that your hair goes through when it's growing out.  Using headbands, barrettes, and other hair accessories can be life savers at this point.

Continue getting your hair trimmed, about once every three months.  This will keep at least some semblance of style to it, and help keep it healthy while it's growing.  Also, take your vitamins.  Your hair needs vitamins and will grow faster if it's healthy from the inside out.

Curls, Waves, and Tousled Hair

If you all ready have natural waves or curls, this is so easy.  Just work some mousse into your hair, comb and finish with a light styling spray.  Your hair will naturally form into the waves and curls that is natural for it.

If you need to tame the curls and waves and then create a look, use your straight iron.  Straighten your hair partway and use your iron to wrap hair around to form the curls and waves.  Finish with hairspray.

If you have stick straight hair, opt for the tousled look unless you want to be tied to a curling iron for hours every day, which is an option, but not a very fun one.  Instead, go for a layered long hair look and use a texturizing styling product.  See our list of recommended products.  Work that into your hair and mess it up.

Volume for long luscious locks

If your hair is on the thin side and you need more volume, flip your head over and apply styling product from the roots up.  Then flip head up and use a light spray.  You can also get more volume from blow drying your hair that way too, just keep your head flipped over and blow dry it upside down.  Spray the roots and flip head up and spray lightly one more time.  Also, avoid heavier gels and opt for volumizing products.

Dealing with Coarse Dry Hair

Sometimes using just a bit of conditioner and leaving it in can work wonders if your hair is naturally coarse or dry.  Leave in conditioners are great too, but I've found that regular conditioner works better, especially for dried out winter hair.  You also want to make sure and use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

A good deep conditioner, or hot oil treatment once a week is also great to help.  Try the Honey Conditioner treatment from Fix the Top Six Beauty Problems with Honey.  You'll love the effects of this treatment.

Choosing the Right Styling Products

  • Consider your hair type.  Do you need volume or moisturizers?  Choose products that cater to your specific needs.
  • Mousse works better for curly hair styles than gel does.
  • Gel works better for tousled styles than mousse will, opt for a good texturizing product and use sparingly for volume and texture.
  • Hair spray or finishing spray is a must!
  • If you need to use an iron, opt for a straight iron.  It will give you the most natural look when you straighten hair a bit and then twist it into curls or waves.
  • Remember those vitamins!

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