A sideswept shag
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