How to Draw Long Straight Hair in 14 steps with explanation

Start by adding some volume around the head..
 Hair shouldn't lie flat on the scalp..!

straight hair volume
Add even more volume if you're going for manga-like hair

Draw the parting in your chosen place..

straight hair parting

Draw the outline of the hair around the face..

straight hair face outline

Draw the direction of the hair gently flowing down over the shoulders..
 Keep in mind that you're not drawing the single hairs here, just their flow..

straight hair flow

As I've mentioned before, hair doesn't lie flat on the scalp. Show it by elevating the front..

straight hair elevated front

Hair is grouped in strands, and that's what we see. Create skewed edges of such strands..

straight hair strands

Each strand can be divided into smaller strands..

straight hair little strands

The strands we'll be partially visible on top of the head as well..

straight hair top of the head

Draw some strands on the side, too, to add some texture..
 Don't draw them as simple straight lines, but rather as narrow "Y" shapes (normal and upside down)..

straight hair single strands

Make the hair elevated along the parting..

straight hair elevated parting

Outline the whole hair, following the rhythm of strands..
 Don't press too hard—hair is soft and shouldn't have a hard outline..

straight hair soft outline

Draw long lines along the strands..
 This will give the hair some detail and add depth to the whole haircut..
 Don't press too hard, and don't make the lines too tight..

straight hair gentle lines

Shade the hair now .. thinking in terms of strands .. not single hairs. 

straight hair shading

Add some stray hairs here and there to make it look more realistic..

straight hair stray

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