Ask a Hairstylist: Best Hairstyles for Stick-Straight Hair

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The grass is always greener on the other side—and that old adage is never truer than when it comes to hair. Wavy-haired girls envy the tresses of straight-haired women, and straight-haired ladies would kill for some of that curl pattern. The key is finding the perfect cut for your hair type. In this case, we're interested in the best haircuts for straight strands for every texture.

You’d be surprised how the right snip can take you from dull, lifeless hair to model off-duty tresses—just ask the experts (we did). Hair pros Mark Townsend and Trey Gillen weighed in on their favorite straight-haired looks. The result? A roundup of the 20 most flattering haircuts for straight locks as worn by our favorite celebs.

Keep scrolling to see our tips for the best cuts for stick-straight hair.

Meet the Expert

  • Mark Townsend is Dove’s celebrity hair pro. His clients include the Olsens, Dakota Johnson, and Shay Mitchell, among others.
  • Trey Gillen is a hairstylist and director of education at SACHAJUAN.
01 of 20

Blunt: Mid-Length and Ombré

Jessica Alba curly shoulder-length

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For those with fine, straight hair, a blunt haircut is the way to go. "Excessive layers will only cause fine hair to look thinner, so resist the urge to get 'choppy layers for movement,'" notes Townsend. "By keeping all the weight at the bottom, your locks will appear thicker and fuller in an instant." Add ombré color to get Jessica Alba's California beach vibes.

02 of 20

Blunt: Sleek and Smooth

Maya Jama sleek straight black hair

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No split ends here. Maya Jama's straight jet-black hair couldn't look healthier thanks to her clean ends (read: blunt) and all-over luster. Don't forget the shine spray if you're trying to replicate her glossy finish.

03 of 20

Blunt: Long With Heavy Bangs

Tyra Banks straight blunt hair with bangs

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Tyra Banks looks fierce with her stick-straight strands and heavy bang. Not only is this long hair with bang combo very mod, but a bang is also one way to flatter a larger forehead, in case that's something you're interested in.

If you're looking for a bang to complement your straight, blunt cut, consider opting for a choppy finish. This will achieve balance and will keep a blunt 'do from appearing too boxed in and perfect.

04 of 20

Blunt: Wavy With Side Flip

Wavy bob with hair flip

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If your hair leans fine or thin, a side flip will give you an instant boost of volume. "Always top off your wavy look with generous amounts of dry shampoo (dry shampoo is the new hair spray, after all)," says Townsend. We suggest Amika Perk Up Talc-Free Dry Shampoo, $25) from the mid-shaft to ends for piecey-ness and shine.

05 of 20

Blunt: Long and Lustrous

Gemma Chan long, blunt haircut with red lip

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Blunt cuts look amazing straight but don't be afraid to add a slight wave to enhance texture and movement. Paired with a classic red lip and the perfect natural flush, this is a look that will transition easily from day to night—and back again.

06 of 20

Bob: A-Line

Karlie Kloss posh bob

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A sleek and sophisticated bob is classy and timeless—not to mention, it works amazingly well on fine, straight hair. "I love giving my fine-haired clients a bit of an A-line cut where the hair is snipped shorter in the back and has longer pieces in the front. By keeping some length around your face, you give yourself more options when it comes to updos and other styles," says Townsend.

07 of 20

Bob: Collarbone-Grazing

Keke Palmer sleek straight bob

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Keke Palmer has a stunning rotation of hairstyles to fit every mood and occasion, whether it's starring in new movie roles or hosting the VMAs. "This bob also tucks nicely behind the ears for an effortless feel and convenience when working from a home office. Sachajuan’s Finish Cream ($32) is amazing for styling the finishing touches to keep this bob in its best shape all day long," says Gillen.

08 of 20

Bob: Chin-Length and Wavy

Freida Pinto textured bob

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Take your hair from limp and lifeless to fun and flirty with a wave of a wand. "Be sure to leave your ends out for a modern feel," advises Townsend. "Avoid any 'stacking' in the back and keep this style fresh by going blunt," he adds.

09 of 20

Bob: Asymmetrical

Soo Joo Park asymmetrical platinum bob

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Asymmetrical cuts are like the one-shoulder dress of hairstyles: delightful and eye-catching. Model Soo Joo Park makes a statement with this chic, non-traditional cut that requires minimal styling (just keep in mind that on the maintenance front, platinum blonde is not the most care-free of colors). A chandelier earring strikes some balance and completes her look.

10 of 20

Bob: Textured Layers

Jourdan Dunn textured bob with center part

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The modern bob is all about texture. "Be sure to invest in a good styling paste, like Sally Herberger 24K Texturizing Paste ($40), when you make the chop," notes Townsend. When it comes to color, light brown highlights can really work to brighten your complexion while still being super low-maintenance.

11 of 20

Pixie: Mussy

Ginnifer Goodwin textured pixie

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Lots of stars rock gorgeous pixies, and this is a great option for women with fine, straight hair. "The messy hairstyle for straight hair adds texture and volume," notes Townsend.

Not only is this pixie cut ideal for a fine mane, but the length on the top also serves to elongate a round face.

12 of 20

Pixie: Volumized Crop

Halsey volumized blonde pixie with dark roots

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Halsey is a hair chameleon (need we explain why?). This bleached pixie with dark roots is glam meets grunge. Extra volume at the roots and crown breathe life into limp strands. Prep with a root-lifting product like Boldify Hair Thickening Spray ($25) before blowdrying.

13 of 20

Pixie: Peter Pan

Kate Mara "Peter Pan" pixie

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When it comes to pixie trends, those that are longer on top and shorter in back are in. "And with this new cut, you'll be surprised by the amount of natural texture that comes from not having it weighed down," comments Townsend. "I love how Kate Mara incorporates a dainty side-swept bang, adding a bit of flair to this classic style."

14 of 20

Pixie: Feathered

Rowan Blancard pixie with bangs and rainbow glitter eye makeup

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Rowan Blanchard is doing everything right with this casual-chic pixie, from her feathered bangs to long, wispy sideburns that accentuate her cheekbones. Oh, and let's not forget to mention those arches (natural and rainbow). They are all kinds of wonderful.

15 of 20

Pixie: Polished

Sarah Paulson sleek, side-parted bob with dark roots

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The ever-talented Sarah Paulson's super-sleek 'do is bold and beautiful. Her dark roots melt organically into her blonde mids and ends. "You'd be surprised how many times I've actually added a darker root to blondes on photo shoots using Rita Hazan Root Concealer Spray ($12)," admits Townsend.

16 of 20

Layered: Shag with Micro Bangs

Emma Watson micro bangs and wavy shoulder-length hair

If you're the less traditional type, a shag paired with bangs can be very rock and roll. For a softer interpretation, curl hair slightly like Emma Watson. Shag haircuts provide movement and add a little somethin'-somethin' to "hair that doesn't like to do anything," says Gillen. "Perfect for a fringe that doesn’t have any cowlicks or a wave, micro bangs are short, fun, and frame the eyes wonderfully (with an edge)," he adds.

17 of 20

Layered: Invisible

Elizabeth Olsen rooted blonde hair

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Look closely: Elizabeth Olsen's layers are subtle but they're still there. "Invisible layers" create texture and body—fine-haired friends take note—and coupled with loose curls can fix flat hair.

Want to fake thicker hair? Having darker roots provides more dimension at your crown and actually creates the illusion of fullness.

18 of 20

Layered: Long With Curtain Fringe

Sofía Vergara long chesnut hair with curtain bangs

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Sofía Vergara freshens up classic, long layers with a curtain fringe. "Adding chestnut tones will bring in a color trend to add a wow factor," comments Gillen. "Use Sachajuan's Scalp Shampoo ($28) when washing hair to remove residue and buildup on the scalp and roots of your hair, this will keep the grease away and spread your washing days out," he adds.

19 of 20

Layered: Face-Framing Bed-Head

Alexa Chung "bed-head"

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Talk about bed-head. If you're looking for a style that is trendy, low-maintenance, and not to mention, charming, look no further. Alexa Chung's collarbone-grazing length and face-framing layers are flattering on nearly all hair textures, as well as face shapes. The finish is it-girl cool.

20 of 20

Layered: Beachy Waves

Chrissy Teigen beachy waves and balayage

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Just because you've got stick-straight strands doesn't mean that you can't rock perfect beachy waves. Paired with dark roots, Chrissy Teigen's mane is visually effortless. The added benefit of not getting your highlights done so regularly is that you save your hair a lot of damage. Go ahead and let it grow.

  • Is short hair or long hair better for stick-straight hair?

    Both short and long hair look great on those who have stick-straight hair. Take a look at the photo gallery above for inspiration. If you have straight hair that is also fine or thin, however, you should stick to haircuts that are medium-length or shorter to help your hair look thicker.

  • What is the best hairstyle for a round face with stick straight hair?

    A long, sleek hairstyle would look great on those who have a round face as it helps elongate your face. A shorter pixie cut with some height on top is another good choice, as this cut will also help slim a round face. Another great option for this face shape is a long bob haircut with a deep side part.

  • How can I get straight hair to hold a curl?

    Stick-straight hair is notorious for not holding a curl. First off, hair that hasn’t been washed in a day or two will hold curl better than freshly washed hair. You should also use a volumizing mousse to prime your hair for curling. When using a curling iron, use a smaller rod and shake the curls—don’t brush them! Finish with a light spray of hairspray to hold your curls. 

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