08/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
Slinky, sexy, youthful bangs are showing up on stylish stars like Gwyneth and Beyoncé. Keep in mind that "you don't want the severe, straight-across cut that's so 1997," says Chris Cusano of Manhattan's Avon salon. "Today's bangs are messy, long, full and flat to the head. Think '60s." For styling, Cusano uses a defrizzing product and a flat brush. Aim the dryer down toward your nose while brushing to avoid rounding the bangs or giving them too much volume. Touch up with flat iron.
"Smooth, straight hair makes you look put together," says N.Y.C. hair-stylist Arturo. "But you can't pull it off without good products." To get the sleekest, shiniest locks, he and other top hairdressers swear by these two:
BIOSILK "SILK THERAPY" ($19) Apply before drying for instant shine. (farouk.com)
KERASTASE OLEO-RELAX ($24) FINISHING SPRITZ to hold in smoothness. (877-748-8357)
Does Chi or Doesn't Chi?
Have these celebs discovered the Chi Turbo ceramic hairstyling iron (above, $200; farouk.com), which straightens hair without frying it?
Smooth tool: Frédéric Fekkai's small, flat travel brush ($48). (888-F-Fekkai)