I just changed the style - I have long hair also and the gal that cuts it layered it into a shag with shorter layers on top. But left plenty to wave in the wind out the back. Oh and be careful not to push chin bar up much after you put on your helmet - that's what screws up your bangs and gives them the geeky "square top" look. I just shake mine out (fun to do b/c guys do a double take) and it's fine - a helmet with good top ventilation is a must! that prevents "sweat head"