5 Trendy Shoulder Length Hairstyles For Straight Hair

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5 Shoulder Length Hairstyles For Straight Hair

14 December 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

There are many women who’d give anything to be the proud owners of very straight hair. Unfortunately, ladies who have it naturally poker straight strands don’t always feel the same. Hair that doesn’t hold a wave can feel a little limiting, but that doesn’t have to be the case!

If you’re searching for shoulder length hairstyles for straight hair, your search is over. Take a peek at these looks.

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Double Dutch Braids

Remember childhood days spent jumping rope on the playground? These double braids are ideal for bringing that sense of childlike fun back into your life. Use a comb to create a sharp part from your hairline to your nape, then start in on a Dutch braid for both sides. Finish the style in either blunt pigtails or a bun.

This look is ideal for a work day because it’s quick and looks good on second-day hair. Plus, braids are an easy way to add texture to your straight mane.

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Twisty Buns

Yes, these are technically space buns on a power trip. Instead of sitting on the crown of the head, this matched set remains demurely at the nape like a modernized chignon split into two. To make these twisty buns a standout that works in both professional settings and bars, use no-show elastics and apply a shine spray to your part for a sleek, clean look.

Pair these buns with a velvet blazer or jumpsuit for an evening look that will stand out (in the best way).

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Sleek Half Ponytail

The half ponytail is another style that dates way back to our elementary school years, but that’s not a bad thing. Updated with metallic hairpins or a matte clip instead of the neon bands you used way back when, the style does an excellent job of highlighting the heavy, silky hair texture so many women with straight hair can boast about.

To take your half ponytail from “fifth-period chic” to “grown up at work,” use a texture spray just under the top layer of hair at your crown or try a bit of backcombing to boost volume.

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Wet Look

We know, wet look hair is a tad controversial. When celebrities wear it, it seems sleek and androgynous. On regular adults, however, it can sometimes look as if you accidentally turned on the showerhead when you only meant to start the faucet.

To make this look work for you in an intentional way, create a sharp part before combing gel through your locks. Pair your faux wet hair with statement jewelry for hair that seems ripped straight from the cover of a magazine.

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Blunt Bangs

We regularly hear from women with straight, heavy hair who just can’t seem to make their strands hold waves, curls, or anything resembling texture. Cleverly cut bangs are the solution to that problem.

Ask your stylist for heavy fringe that frames your face and breaks up the severity of your straight mane. Thank us later.

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