Bangs are back in a big way. From Zooey Deschanel’s heavy “adorkable” bangs to First Lady Michelle Obama’s sophisticated fringe, bangs have become a hairstyle staple for women of all ages. Whether you want blunt, flat bangs for a professional look or long, angled bangs for a more daring ‘do, you can achieve that flattened look by incorporating a few pro tips to your hair-styling routine.

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Plug in a flat iron to heat up while you ready your bangs for straightening. You don’t have to use a flat iron, but the flat iron offers a straightening power blow drying alone can’t match. Flat ironing also helps your hair stay flatter for longer.

Apply a small dollop of straightening cream to wet bangs. For best results, use a cream that offers heat protection, usually labeled as “thermal protection” or “thermal technology.” If you have thin hair, choose a light-weight cream labeled for thin hair, as using a cream for thick hair will weigh your bangs down.

Comb bangs into place, brushing from root to tip.

Blow dry your bangs into the desired angle — to the side or straight. Always blow dry from root to tip, holding the blow dryer steady about 6 inches above your hair. Shaking the blow dryer back and forth will mess up your style and make it harder for your bangs to look smooth and flat.

Continue to comb your hair as you blow dry to help it stay straight and sit at the desired angle. This is especially important if you don’t have a flat iron.

Flat iron your dry bangs. Divide your bangs into about three or four sections, depending on the size of your flat iron. Clamp the flat iron on a section of bangs at the roots, and gently glide the iron down to the tips. Continue until you’ve flattened all sections.

Mist your flattened bangs with dry shampoo if you want to reduce the shine from the flat iron. The flat iron makes your bangs shinier because it helps flatten the cuticles. Flatter cuticles reflect more light.

Tips

  • To protect your hair from heat damage, use a flat iron with ceramic plates. The ceramic plates help distribute the heat so your locks don’t fry. You can also apply a heat protectant serum before you flat iron or blow dry.

  • Make your style last longer. At night, cover your bangs with a scarf or a soft, wide headboard to keep them in place while you slumber.

  • Longer bangs lie flatter. When you cut your bangs short, the hair has a tendency to poof up.