A sideswept shag

First For Women - - Style -

How it flat­ters: Strands that sweep the neck give the spotlight to an al­lur­ing dé­col­letage while the slight waves created by long lay­ers in back cre­ate sub­tle move­ment that gives hair di­men­sion. The key to en­sur­ing straighter locks don’t fall flat in front? “Snip­ping in vo­lu­miz­ing shag-like lay­ers around the face,” says Bianca Ortiz, a hair­styl­ist at Préma Sa­lon in New York City, who styled Nancy’s hair. “And cut­ting in a more de­fined side bang opens up the face to ex­pose pretty fea­tures like bright eyes and high cheek­bones.”

Get the look: Ask your stylist for a shoul­der­length cut with cas­cad­ing, grad­u­ated lay­ers and soft brow-skim­ming side bangs. Then to add ex­tra oomph, work a dol­lop of a vo­lu­miz­ing mousse (we like Pai Shau Royal Abun­dance Mousse, Pai-Shau.com) through damp hair from roots to ends. Next, blow-dry us­ing a medium-size round brush, pulling strands in­ward to cre­ate bend at the ends.

Spritz with hair­spray to keep bangs from fall­ing onto the face.

Nancy Nieves, 50

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