The Best Long Hairstyles for 2016

Let your hair down, up, and over with these signature styles and product recs to help you slay this season.

Long hair doesn't care for a reason, darling — it's always on-trend. If choppy lobs and blunt bobs aren't your style, no worries. Pass on the pixie cut and switch up your signature tresses with these trendy techniques that show long hair doesn't just hang low.

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Shay Mitchell — Slicked Back

Paul Mitchell Firm Style Super Clean Sculpting Gel, $10, ulta.com

Slay like Shay with her go-to 'do for all formal events. This look is very "Bad Blood" music-video-babe-meets-bombshell. It's fierce, yet still ultra feminine. Post straightening, simply flip hair forward and back as though you were creating a ponytail. Sleek strands into a strong hold with a generous helping of Paul Mitchell's signature sculpting gel.

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Amanda Seyfried — Side Blowout

John Frieda Volume & Body Salon Shine 1875 Watt Hair Dryer, $40, drugstore.com

Amanda Seyfried's voluptuous 'do is giving us all the retro glamour feels. Considering the actress prefers to use as little product as possible (according to an interview with The Huffington Post, Seyfried only washes her hair every few days with a spritz of dry shampoo in between), we're recommending the John Frieda Salon Shine hair dryer that includes three different nozzles so you can control how bouncy of a blowout you prefer.

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Amber Heard — Beachy Waves

Bb.Curl Conditioning Mousse, $31, bumbleandbumble.com

Amber Heard has become one of Hollywood's most seductive icons, so it's no surprise her red carpet look featured wavy tresses — adding instant sex appeal to her lady-in-red motif. Ideal for a night out with your man or heading out on the town with a few girlfriends, enhance natural curls by applying Bumble and bumble's Curl Conditioning Mousse from roots to ends before letting them air-dry.

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Gigi Hadid — Teased High Ponytail

Vidal Sassoon Iconic Styling Comb Assortment, $3, amazon.com

Some mornings, we just can't, but Gigi Hadid's street style 'do makes quite the argument for effortless ponytails being posh. Spritz a bit of dry shampoo around strands and fully embrace bedhead by throwing your hair into a high, centered pony, and give strands a bit more body by teasing ends with Vidal Sassoon's styling comb.

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Ariana Grande — Messy Top Bun

Conair Bun Maker Set, $5, ulta.com

While Ariana's best known for her signature high ponytail, and the occasional half-up/half-down 'do, the "Focus" singer switched up her style for the 2015 American Music Awards, donning this (hot) messy top bun. We're applauding Ari on styling outside her comfort zone, but we're also thanking her for this serious hair inspo. Buns in general can be a bit tricky, so if you need a boost, look to Conair's Bun Maker Set, equipped with hair tie, bun maker, and plenty of bobby pins for assistance.

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Beyoncé — Curly Side Ponytail

Sedu Revolution 1" Clipless Curling Iron, $120, folica.com

We're bowing down to the Queen whose style is all her own. There aren't many instances where we see Bey with bad hair, and this side pony made of loose spiral curls is very '90s-chic — a trend that worked its way back into fall 2015. For curly Qs that hang low, swap the average iron for Sedu's clipless tool.

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Olivia Palermo — Intense Middle Part/Slicked-Back Ponytail

TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hair Spray, $4, sallybeauty.com

A severe middle part pairs best with angular features, making Olivia Palermo's square chin and high cheekbones ideal for pulling off this hairstyle. To copy her mid-crease, run a comb through your scalp and evenly divvy up strands. Tightly pull back into a low ponytail that starts at the gape of the neck, and spray scalp with TRESemme's Extra Hold Hair Spray to smooth flyaways and keep strands in place.

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Joan Smalls — Pin Straight Strands

Living Proof Straight Spray, $29, sephora.com

Opt for a pin-straight style if your strands fall below your chest. Oftentimes when straightening short hair to an extreme, it loses body. With a longer style like Joan's, there are plenty of stacked pieces that naturally look a bit more voluminous. As far as protecting hair from heat damage and keeping strands straighter for longer, Living Proof's spray is heaven-sent.

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Lea Michele — Side Bangs

Drybar Full Pint Medium Round Ceramic Brush, $40, thedrybar.com

Lea has come a long way since her days of playing Rachel Berry on Glee came to a close, but while we secretly miss her blunt bangs, the side-swept style is a little more grown-up. To ensure all strands are spoken for, invest in a medium round brush, such as this cult favorite from Drybar, and swoop your bangs to the side as the last step of your morning blow-dry.

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