For women too spineless to give up their long curl, I want to say that it looks neat to take about ear length, dye it black, streak it burgandy or baby blue, and give it that slightly tossled/slightly spikey look. If you have not enough courage to cut it, I have some more recommendations for you.
I love to tie really long (butt-length and longer) ribbons into my hair. A blah ponytail changes to something really elegant when it has a long black velvet ribbon trailing from it. Just be careful not to sit on them. Be also prepared to face people wanting to play with them when you wear them. And then of course, there are pony falls for when you really want long hair.