If only "long hair, don't care" was so easy. Being the possessor of a long, flowing mane certainly has its perks, but when it comes to getting ready in the morning—especially in a rush—it turns out that there's a lot to care for. Lengthy strands are more tangle-prone and likely to show signs of bedhead and being unwashed than their shorter counterparts. Waist-skimming hair takes more effort to make presentable, requiring more product to tame and more time to style. If you're the owner of an enviable head of long hair, mornings with few spare minutes are not your friend. To get your hair looking ready to take on the day and to get you out the door in no time, here are 10 five-minute hairstyles for long hair.
Sling your hair into a low ponytail on the final day of your wash cycle as it holds better. The textured quiff adds an edgier look and means you don't have to worry about potential grease buildup.
Chances are you're probably focused on the nails in this image, but we want you to check out the hair. The best thing about having length is being able to pull it back into the perfect ballerina bun without any flyaways. And it takes no time at all to do. Just turn your head upside down to gather the hair, and twist until you like the way it looks. Messy or neat—it's totally up to you.
If you're not ready to go a full-on crimped hair look, why not plait the front of your hair when wet and let it air-dry? This will leave you with subtle crimped waves, giving you enviable bedhead.
Crimped hair is back, and a quick once-over with your crimpers will give your hair a focal point. Ideal if you need to detract from dry-shampooed roots.
Super speedy, just pull your hair into a braid, twist it round and pin in place at the nape of your neck—you'll be good to go.
If you find braids too twee, try teasing it with your fingers so it looks a little ruffled and lived-in.
Pulling half your hair back off your face and into a knot will tame any wild curls but still gives a lived-in look. Leave a few tendrils loose around your face for a super-flattering effect.
If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, this option can be a saving grace in the morning. It's the perfect "I woke up like this" look. For added oomph, try Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (£41).
This simple twisted updo looks effortless and cool, plus it's quick and simple to do. Win-win.
A half-up braid keeps your hair off your face while still enjoying the length and feel of wearing it down. This purposefully messy approach gives off breezy vibes and won't need any upkeep over the day.
Nineties hair accessories are back, like this zigzag headband (get yours from Claire's Accessories) and use adorn a simple bun.
This style is incredibly low-maintenance. Skip spending time on perfecting your braids and get out the door with this intentionally undone 'do.
If you're leaving your hair loose, add some effortless braided detail with this half-crown Heidi look. You still get to show off your length, but you automatically spruce up the look with this self-made hairband.