If you've always worn your hair long and straight, consider switching up your look with some bold bangs.
Short hair may be trending, but long hair is forever in style. This year we saw a comeback of the super long straight hairstyles that were popular in the 1970s-ultra sleek, ultra silky, and down to there. But, as we get set to start a new year, you may be looking for a way to upgrade this classic look. If you love your length but want a change, try long straight hair with bangs. We spoke to New York City Stylist and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Amit Abraham to learn more about this popular hairstyle and to get his tricks for how to style long straight hair with bangs like a pro.
Why We Love Long Straight Hair With Bangs
Whether you like to wear your long straight hair all down, half-up, or in a power ponytail, bangs help to give your everyday look a little something special. Bangs can be flirty and girly, professional and powerful, or all of the above at once! But the key to bangs is getting them cut by a pro. Professional hairstylists know how to customize a cut so that it will suit your face shape, your hair texture and type, and your level of maintenance. So when you're ready for bangs, be sure to find a salon near you to book an appointment.
How to Pick Your Bangs
Once you've decided to give long straight hair with bangs a try, you need to determine the best bangs for your face shape.
Bangs, specifically curtain bangs , were one of the biggest hairstyle trends of 2018. "I like them a little longer, almost grown-out looking, because they give a certain sexiness and allure to the hair," Abraham says. Worn wispy and parted down the middle, curtain bangs flatter just about every face shape thanks to how easily they can be customized. If you're new to bangs, start here.
Long straight hair with side bangs is an incredibly popular hairstyle year after year. Like curtain bangs, side bangs flatter all face shapes and are also great if you're new to bangs as they can easily be blended into your length and grown out. To keep them in place, reach for a hairspray like Tecni.Art Infinium 4, which locks in your style but allows you to comb and re-comb without any sticky residue.
Baby bangs, or micro bangs, are not for the faint of heart. Perfect for girls looking to make a bold statement, micro bangs tend to look best on shorter hairstyle, so if you're keen on keeping your straight hair long, you may want to skip this one.
Blunt Cut Bangs
Whether you cut them wispy or prefer them to be heavy, blunt cut bangs are great for girls with oval face shapes. Keep them long, falling just over your eyes. Abraham advises that the best way to style long bangs is with a flat brush with mixed bristles, not a round one. This is the secret to a modern bang: "If you use a round brush it can date them," he says. To style, blow dry bangs completely to one side, then to the other until they are 90 percent dry. From there, bring your bangs forward to finish the look.
When you have long straight hair with bangs you'll want to keep your trims pre-booked on the calendar to ensure your bangs never get unruly. Our professionals suggest that you schedule a bang trim every 3-4 weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows. For shorter bangs that fall above your eyebrows, go for a trim every 2 weeks, Abraham says.
Whatever you so, resist the urge to cut or trim your bangs on your own. "Whenever it comes to anything that has to do with sharp objects, stay away," Abraham warns, adding that only professionals know the true nuances of bang cutting. "Hairdressers can't make the hair grow, and there's nothing worse than having to grow out a mistake."