Welcome to our photo collection featuring loose hairstyles for women.
Letting your hair down is a great feeling. Wearing your hair loose is great for casual settings and everyday looks, but there are plenty of chic loose women hairstyles.
Wearing your hair loose is a great way to draw attention to its natural texture and length!
There’s no denying that women love styling their hair to look their best. But aren’t there a few days when you just don’t feel like putting in any efforts? Whether you had a rough night or are running late, sometimes you wish you could just walk out wearing your hair down as it is or simply tie it up in a bun without even bothering to comb through it. This is one of the top reasons why the ‘messy bun’ gained extreme popularity overnight but as it turns out, even the ‘perfect’ messy bun can be quite challenging to form.
It is in such scenarios that a loose hairstyle or haircut comes to your rescue. Loose hairstyles for women include anything and everything from relaxed braids and ponytails to slack updos or even a simple down-style hairstyle. If you are looking for some great hairstyles that are quick and easy to sport yet bring out your A-game, then loose hairstyles are your best bet!
Check out our celebrity-inspired gallery featuring lots of ideas and several examples of loose hairstyles and haircuts for women.
Jessica Alba’s loose hairstyle for women with long hair features wearing hair down in a side-parted style. It might take some hairspray to add that lustrous finish but the style is the right mix of casual and elegant.
Kerry Washington’s loose hairstyle is easy to form if you have some hair gel readily available. If not, you can curl your hair casually when wet and then sweep all the locks to one side to create a more voluminous look. Choppy tips contrast well against the springy tresses.
Natalie Portman’s loose hairstyle for women features a short haircut that has been adorned with subtle highlights. She has heavily tousled her hair on one side and clipped back the remaining strands on the other side to get this gorgeous hairstyle that is suitable for even red-carpet events.
Here we see the charming Kerry Washington flaunting her short bob cut hair in a loose and relaxed but truly chic hairstyle. Her jet-black hair has been heavily curled while the actress has gone for short side-swept bangs for a more stunning look.
Amanda Seyfried’s relaxed hairdo consists of a loosely braided fishtail that is fit for both casual, as well as, formal events. The way she has rested it over one shoulder in a side-swept style adds a voluminous touch.
For the lazy days when you don’t want to brush your hair, Gwen Stefani provides a useful hairstyling tip. Simply gather your hair and knot it loosely over the top. Let out some flyaways. Despite the messy style, the high bun is bound to catch attention from afar.
Here we see Hayden Panettiere sporting a loose hairstyle by wearing her wavy hair down. She has darkened the roots to add more texture to her pale blonde hair.
Loose hairstyles or wearing hair down in a plain manner is always the go-to for women with unique hair colors. For example, here we see the singer, Ke$ha, showing off her fascinating pale pink and pastel blue hair dye by letting her hair cascade down.
At the 85th Academy Awards held in Beverly Hills, CA, the Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence was spotted flaunting her thick and healthy, voluminous hair in a simple and loose style. However, she did get some honey blonde and caramel lowlights in her chestnut brown hair to accentuate the down-style and make it more captivating.
She has been an advocate of short pixie cuts for a long time but here we see the lovely Shailene Woodley sporting a completely different style. Her extra-long hair is extra tousled and has been swooped in front to look like a golden waterfall.
Michelle Monaghan appears far younger than her actual age when sporting this loose ponytail accompanied by deep eye-skimming and airy-separated bangs. A loose hairstyle like this one gives you a bubbly and sporty image.
Get a feathery bob cut, dye your hair in a spectrum of dark and neutral brown tones and that’s it! You need nothing else. Even on the most important occasions you can wear your transformed hair in a loose manner like Rachel McAdams and turn heads wherever you go.
Securing her auburn hair that is simply to die for, in a low hanging bun at the nape of her neck, Ahna O’Reilly looks really majestic sporting this loose hairstyle for women. It is super-fast to recreate. Plus, it overflows with beauty and class.
This is a classic example of a loose updo and how finely it balances casual and formal. Emma Watson sported a high but loose chignon while the hair at the front was teased into segments to achieve this exclusive look.
Who said loose hairstyles only provide a casual and careless touch. You can form a loose hairstyle like Shantel VanSanten and ooze dignity and grace. With a side-swept division followed by bouncy waves, this somewhat long bob cut is a good example of a loose but elegant hairdo.
Hayden Panettiere’s over-the-shoulder split evokes beauty and grace despite the simplistic approach. All she has done is slightly curled the tips and worn them half in front and half at back. Side-swept bangs also enhance up the style.
A feathery cut for slightly wavy hair can make you look far more stunning than you could have imagined. Opt for a shoulder-length cut coupled with deep, uneven, and feathery bangs and this haircut can be worn straight down or in a half-up-half-down manner as Lindsey Broad has done here.
Emily Osment’s thin and ultra-sleek fishtail plait is quite neatly formed but she has left the upper part of her champagne toned hair in a loose style. Some strands are tucked behind the ear while others drape in front to give her this friendly look.
Sported by Missy Peregrym, this loose hairstyle for women doesn’t require much styling except getting a few frontal strands bleached beforehand. The honey blonde highlights in her dark brunette hair enable her to look impressive even when wearing her hair down casually in a loose style.
Analeigh Tipton’s loose hairstyle is so messy that it’s hard to notice that there is a three-strand braid incorporated into it. Tossing her hair to one side, the actress has formed it into an extremely loose plait but note that despite the chaotic style, she still looks pretty attractive.
The tips of her dark shoulder-length hair are curled in wild directions but Natalie Portman manages to get a sophisticated touch to her loose hairstyle simply by clipping back two front strands in a half-up-half-down manner. This results in a neat look that will make her fit well in professional settings.
Wearing your hair down is an old technique to draw attention to yourself. And that’s what most loose hairstyles are all about. But if you go for some vivid highlights such as bright pink in pale blonde hair, you take the effectiveness of this technique to a whole new level. After all, Rachel McAdams isn’t hailed as the fashion guru for no reason.
It is common knowledge that high and tight ponytails are a widely-followed workplace hairstyle for women. However, Cecile de France broke the tradition when she sported this low and loose ponytail at an international conference in Berlin, Germany. No one can argue that she doesn’t look equally (if not more) refined and classy.
Whether you have naturally coiled hair or use curling irons to achieve the texture, this easy-going hairstyle for women takes just five seconds and makes you look young and lively. Part your hair along the middle, take two tresses from the front, twist them, and clip them at the back. And you are ready to rock!
Esmee Denters’ loose hairstyle will compliment you well if you are heading off to a beach party or a Saturday night with friends. With bouncy curls at the ends, she has formed a soft puff at the top for a fancier finish.
Kristin Bauer demonstrated why loose hairstyles are a versatile option in the sense because they not only go well on various hair colors and face profiles but are also super trendy for women of all ages. Letting her shiny wavy locks drop down, she has held back the side waves with a pin to look relaxed and laid-back.
Camilla Belle is a real charmer and here this young beauty has lightly tossed her naturally wavy hair over the shoulders after curling them half-way down. This uncomplicated and trouble-free hairstyle will look equally exquisite no matter what your hair color.
Highlights are a great way to up your glam game exponentially. And going for bright and brilliant hues will make you look all the more dazzling. For instance, Andrea Russet visited the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles while displaying this royal and lustrous hair color in a loose down-style hairstyle. Her widely crimped waves make her look like a true diva.
Mariah Carey made an appearance at The Bank Nightclub, Bellagio Resort & Casino last October 04, 2008, with this messy updo that showcases her elegant neckline.
This is a youthful Michelle Monaghan that flaunted her simple, messy updo with tendrils. This photo was taken last April 13, 2003 at the NY premiere of “It Runs in the Family”.
Michelle Monaghan arrives for the “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall” LA Screening on February 22, 2018, in Hollywood, CA with a tousled and loose hairstyle that has auburn highlights. These stand out against her stark white blouse and dazzling smile.
Michelle Monaghan attends the 2019 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee with a messy relaxed hairstyle with dark curls to match her red and black sexy dress.
The actress in a very charming look flaunting a red dress with her wavy hair braided on the side. A pair of gorgeous earrings completed the look she wore on October 18, 2018, during the amfAR Inspiration Gala at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
The TV personality shows off a very feminine look with a floral tube dress and a curly hair which is center-parted flowing freely to her shoulders. This was taken last January 6, 2019, during the Golden Globe Awards.
Hailee Steinfeld slayed the Red Carpet Premiere of Apple’s DICKINSON last October 17, 2019, with her stunning nude dress and long wavy hair falling freely like a waterfall.
The singer arrives for the MTV Video Music Awards held on August 26, 2019, in a chic dress and matching red lipstick. She finishes the look with a permed hair showcasing gorgeous waves.
Brazilian model Adriana Lima walks on the Desigual catwalk during the 080 Barcelona Fashion runway on July 09, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. She was relaxed and confident in her colorful beach dress and beach curls tousled and loose.
After the Dolce and Gabbana fashion show in Milan Fashion Week September 24, 2017, Lima was spotted with a street-style denim outfit and a loose half-up tousled hairstyle.
Hayden Panettiere arrives for the Hollywood Life’s 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards on October 11, 2009, with a sophisticated purple dress and a messy upstyle hairstyle incorporated with tendrils.
Simple Tisdale at the FIG 7th Grand Re-Opening last June 19, 2014, with loose shoulder-length hair complemented with light makeup.
Ashley Tisdale looked ravishing at the “The Walking Dead” Season 5 Premiere at Universal City Walk on October 2, 2014, with her long blonde hair. It has subtle waves providing volume on her sleek hair.
Malin Akerman wore a loose, wavy bob with side-swept bangs for the LA Special Screening of The Space Between Us last January 17, 2017.
Malin Akerman wore her hair beach waves with a brown tinge to the loose tousled curls at the 4th annual Icons & Idols party in West Hollywood, California last August 28, 2011.
Nicole Scherzinger slayed the red carpet at the FOX TCA All-Star Party at the Fig House on February 1, 2019, with her voluminous black hair and a gorgeous red dress.
Last February 24, 2019, at the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Celebrating EJAF And The 91st Academy Awards, the singer showed up in a furry dress and her naturally black hair side-parted with big waves.
The vibrant actress had a brilliant smile for the cameras at the 4th Annual US-Ireland Alliance Pre-Academy Awards Party in Los Angeles last February 19, 2009. She wore a gold strapless dress to match her loose and tousled wavy hair.
The talented actress went for a goddess look with her loose tousled raven waves resting on her back at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Rise of The Planet Of The Apes’ last July 28, 2011.
Demi Moore was seen at the press conference for Entertainment Industry Foundation I PARTICIPATE Kick-Off Promotes Volunteerism held on September 10, 2009, with a simple loose hairstyle that goes well with her professional-looking attire.
Demi Moore rocks in a white halter dress that’s paired with a long necklace along with her black tousled hair partially permed with subtle waves. This look was worn during the De Re Gallery Opening last May 15, 2014.
Rachel Bilson was seen at the CBS TCA Summer 2011 All-Star Party at Robinson May Parking Garage on August 3, 2011, in a floral top and tousled highlighted hair. It was center-parted with subtle dark roots showing up.
The actress looked ravishing in a Monique Lhuillier dress and Juicy Couture bracelet worn at JUMPER Premiere, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York on February 11, 2008. It was completed with a simple, loose hairstyle and smoky eyes softened with a nude lipstick.
Jessie J, English singer and songwriter, performed at the FIB last July 14, 2012 in Benicassim, Spain. She had a floral casual shirt to match her floral headdress that complements her loose wavy tousled dark hair.
Last September 29, 2019, The singer Jessie J had long loose tousled hair with small braids at the side during her Rock in Rio concert in Rio de Janeiro.
Nikki Reed showing off her sleek black hair that’s loose and side-parted during the Humane Society Of The United States LA Gala at the Paramount Studios on May 7, 2016. It perfectly goes well with her jumpsuit getup with a deep V neckline.
The model rocking a loose side-parted hair with subtle waves during the Noble Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 27, 2015. It is complemented with red lipstick that stands out against her black velvet top and leather skirt.
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were at the American Ballet Theatre 2009 Fall Season Gala in Avery Fisher Hall last October 7, 2009. Kunis was in white that contrasts her long and loose dark hair with highlights at the tips.
The actress Mila Kunis was seen at LAX last October 23, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. She opted for a casual black hoodie jacket paired with a reddish-brown dyed loose tousled hair.
Salma Hayek was seen at the BBC studios last Oct 6, 2015, in London in a casual black ensemble outfit paired with casual loose tousled wavy hair and a bright smile.
Salma Hayek had long wavy hair that is loose and tousled with highlights when she arrived for the CinemaCon 2017-Awards Presentation last March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Miranda Kerr looked sophisticated in a black velvet dress along with her brunette loose hair styled with subtle curls and middle parting. This was taken during the 2018 LACMA Art+Film Gala Honoring Catherine Opie + Guillermo Del Toro on November 3rd.
Paris Hilton looking all charming and sweet with her loose blonde tresses pinned back on both sides. She paired it with a blush sequined dress during the 2019 FN Achievement Awards on December 3, 2019.
Cameron Diaz wore a sexy form-fitting black leather outfit when she attended the UK Gala premiere of ‘The Other Woman’ at The Curzon Mayfair on April 2, 2014, in London, England. She paired this with her loose and tousled blond hairstyle.
During the 2014 “The Other Woman” Los Angeles Premiere, she sported an effortless loose center-parted hairstyle with blond layers and finished it off with some bold red lips.
Gwen Stefani was spotted in Primrose Hill in London last August 20, 2013, with a messy loose half-up bun and long side-swept bangs that went well with her sunglasses and lipstick.
Gwen Stefani was classy and iconic with her blond, vintage loose waves that she wore during the Empire State Building and kick off the holiday season last November 20, 2017, in New York City.
The actress sported a simple loose hairstyle with middle parting and highlights during the ‘InStyle Awards’ 2018 on October 22, 2018 in Hollywood, CA.
Jennifer Aniston with a loose highlighted hairstyle at the 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 held on February 22nd. She looks very classy yet carefree featuring her natural-looking hair parted from the side.
Alyssa Milano definitely wowed the crowd with her sophisticatedly styled loose upstyle locks at the NHL 100 Gala on January 27, 2017.
Julia Roberts was spotted at the Hillary Clinton benefit event on October 17, 2016, with her medium-length tresses styled in loose, layered waves.
Sandra Bullock was gorgeous with her loose and pinned tousled hairstyle with highlights at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City last May 31, 2009.
The talented actress wore a black patterned dress with her highlighted medium wavy hair that has subtle highlights at the Gravity Premiere back on October 10, 2013.
Gwyneth Paltrow looked gorgeous in a black dress and her long blonde locks styled in a simple loose hairstyle. This look was worn at the ELLE Women in Hollywood on October 14, 2019.
The actress attended the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1, 2019 with a simple loose hairstyle contrasting her edgy outfit.
Blake Lively sported a sandy blond loose and tousled hairstyle at The Dark Knight World Premiere, AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York back on July 14, 2008.
Emma Bunton exhibited a dazzling aura with a loose parted hairstyle at the VIVA Forever Spice Girls the Musical held on December 11, 2012. It was paired with a classy lace dress reflecting her stunning blue eyes.
Britney Spears wears her iconic loose waves hairstyle during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards held on May 22, 2016.
Gigi Hadid walked the runway at Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Pier 19 On September 9, 2016 in New York. She looked sexy in her black leather pants and long wavy tousled hairstyle.
Tyra Banks was quite stylish with the black dress that she paired with her long and tousled raven curly hair with a slight half-up hairstyle when she arrived at the 2013 CBS TCA Summer Party at the private location on July 29, 2013, in Beverly Hills, CA.
Tyra Banks’s center-parted wavy reddish-brown hair complemented her simple smart casual outfit and cheerful make-up at the “The New Celebrity Apprentice” Cast Q&A at Universal Studios on December 9, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA.
Kelly Osbourne’s transformation somewhat can be seen in her 2005 appearance at the premiere of The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz in Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, 27th of April.
On November 24, 2013, the singer attended the 2013 American Music Awards Arrivals in Los Angeles, CA showing off her voluminous loose tresses with wispy bangs.
Katy Perry pulled off a simple loose hairstyle with subtle layers and middle parting at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 12, 2011.
Lady Gaga wore a colorful bodysuit with floral details and silver sequins to go with her long, straight center-parted white-blond hair when she arrived at the 2nd Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards on March 20, 2016, in Hollywood, CA.
Selena Gomez arrived at the InStyle Awards 2015 on October 26, 2015, in Hollywood, CA wearing a sexy outfit with a short skirt and a loose tousled dark hairstyle.
Angelina Jolie’s simple make-up and black dress paired well with her loose and tousled wavy hairstyle with long side-swept bangs at the 2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, California.
Kristen Bell rocked a voluminous layered hairstyle along with smokey eyes at the 2009 American Music Awards, AMA’s, held on November 22, 2009, at Nokia Theatre LA LIVE, Los Angeles, CA.
Cara Delevingne attended The British Fashion Awards 2012 held at The Savoy in London on November 27, 2012. She came wearing a lovely golden dress that went quite well with her long and loose sandy blond hairstyle with subtle highlights.
Natalie Dormer showcased a sultry look with a sexy beige dress and a loose wavy hairstyle at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie Casanova held last November 13, 2005.
Margot Robbie attended the Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation during CinemaCon at Caesars Palace on April 12, 2016. She wore a gray check suit that complements her tousled half updo.
Kate Hudson was at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Oceans Initiative on June 06, 2011, in Malibu, CA. She came wearing a simple black dress that emphasized her wavy blond curls that are a bit tousled and center-parted.
Vanessa Hudgens’ short frilly black dress went quite well with her long and loose wavy hairstyle that has a slightly tousled finish at the Guitar Hero Live Launch Party at the YouTube Space LA on October 19, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA.
Reese Witherspoon’s tousled and highlighted loose blond hairstyle had wispy bangs at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on March 22, 2009.
Wearing Your Hair Loose
Ideally, you should trim your hair to a comfortable length. Wearing your hair loose is fun but might become inconvenient if it is too long. Trimming your hair is also a good way to avoid getting split ends and will revitalize your hair if it looks dry or dull. Wearing your hair loose can be a risk in some situations that would require something a little more dressed up. You can make loose women hairstyles more interesting by adding some structured elements or some hair accessories. If you want to create a fun look, combine loose hair with a hat!
Complement Your Hair with The Right Accessories
Hair accessories are a fun way to dress up a loose hairstyle. You can, for instance, wear your hair down and add a small clip on one side to create something that is a little bit more structured. Beads are another fun way to accessorize. Avoid accessories that might look too big or not be noticeable because of their small size. It is usually best to only wear one hair accessory at a time.
Add Some Structure with A Loose Ponytail
A loose ponytail is a very easy hairstyle that will add a little bit of structure to your loose hairstyle. This is also a convenient way to keep hair out of your face. The best way to create a loose ponytail is to divide your hair into two sections. Create a tight ponytail with the top section, and use bobby pins to loosely attach strands from the lower section to the ponytail. You can complete this loose hairstyle by pulling some strands out of the ponytail to frame your face.
Add Some Texture with Bangs or Layers
If you often like to wear your hair down, think about adding some texture with some layers or even with some bangs. These loose women hairstyles are very versatile and will make your loose hair look more glamorous. Bangs may or may not work depending on the shape of your face. Layers are a safer way to add texture to medium or long hair.
Try the Half-Twist or Half-Braid Look
These hairstyles are very easy to master. They are chic and glamorous and will look great in a casual setting or with a more sophisticated outfit. All you need to do is a strand of hair on each side, twist it and attach it in the back. This style will keep your hair in place and add a visual element to your loose hairstyle. You can take larger strands of hair to create a small braid in the back. If you want, you can add volume to this hairstyle by teasing a section of your hair directly above the twist or braid.
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