Cute Things to Do With Your Long Hair Without Cutting it

Blake Lively wore loose boho braids to a premiere in Hollywood.

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When your long locks need a shake-up, it can be tempting to reach for the scissors -- but stop! With a trusty curling iron and a handful of bobby pins, you can transform your look without losing the length. From a chic up-do to beautiful braids, long-haired lovelies can enjoy experimenting with a whole host of super-cute 'dos.

Teased and Tousled

For the perfect day-to-night option, the teased and tousled style is a gal's best friend. Take random 1-inch sections of hair, wrap around your curling iron, hold and release for an effortless wavy look. Lightly backcomb your roots for extra oomph and finish with a spritz of curl-enhancing hair spray. Keep unruly strands back from either side of your face by twisting them toward the back of your head and securing with bobby pins.

Simple Chignon

A sweet, sophisticated chignon is simple style for time-strapped ladies. Wear your chignon high on top of your head or low and to the side to suit your mood and outfit. Pull hair back into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Loosely twist the ponytail around the base and pin into position. Use your fingers to manipulate the chignon into your desired shape. Pull out loose strands if you want a messy, undone look.

Boho Braids

Boho braids are a favorite among the stars, including Lauren Conrad and Nicole Richie. Braid random strands of hair for a relaxed, hippie look that will take you from beach to bar in an instant. Add a touch of glamor by twisting the hair into a loose and messy bun. For a neater variation on the boho trend, a fishtail braid worn over one shoulder is the perfect compromise between relaxed and well groomed.

Pretty Ponytail

Pack a punch with a pretty ponytail. Add rollers first to create body and volume. Pull up your hair into a sky-high pony and secure with a hair wrap. Use your fingers to loosely pull out hair at the roots for a fuller, more relaxed finish. Apply a touch serum to your ponytail for super glossy results.

Statement Accessories

Don't underestimate the impact that a statement hair accessory can make. A bold hairband, large flowers or jeweled hair slide will transform your everyday style in a flash. Search vintage stores for one-off hair accessories that will demand you stand out from the crowd.

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