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“Should I get bangs?” Ah, the question we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another in our never-ending beauty quest. Sometimes, you might not even consider getting a little fringe until you’re actually sitting in the salon chair waiting for your haircut. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if bangs are a good idea, we’re here to tell you that the answer is yes, yes, yes! Seen all over fashion week runways and award shows, it’s clear that bangs are totally on trend—and they’re more versatile than ever before. Know what that means? With a little research, you can find the perfect set to frame your face. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about bangs—from which one will look most flattering on you to how to style them once you have them.
Bangs aren’t one size fits all. In fact, there are quite a few different types to choose from when you’re at the salon. Brush up on your bangs basics with the guide below.
1. Blunt bangs. Reminiscent of just about every ‘90s girl’s childhood and now popping up all over runways left and right, theses geometrical bangs work well with any face shape and are very flattering.
Give blunt bangs a try…
If you have thick hair. When it comes to blunt bangs, the thicker, the better.
If your hair is on the straighter side. If you have wavy hair these bad boys might be a pain to style.
If you don’t have a round face. Since they can help soften your jaw, blunt bangs can work with just about any face shape. But that coveted effect won’t look quite as good with an already round face, since they can make your face look even rounder.
2. Curly bangs. Once upon a time, you’d never see bangs on curly-haired girls. Oh, but how things have changed. Curly bangs are nothing short of fierce—and they’ve become super-popular these days. We can dig it. And we’re pretty sure you will too!
Give curly bangs a try…
If you have curls! Pretty self-explanatory.
Regardless of your face shape. Curly bangs can work well with any face shape.
Whether or not you have a cowlick. While a lot of bangs can look a little funky with a cowlick due to the way they create a bit of a bump, this totally works with curls because they tend to do their own thing as it is.
3. Micro bangs. Super-short bangs used to be associated with a haircut gone wrong, but in today’s day, they’re nothing short of edgy. Typically, no longer than an inch and a half, these bangs have been seen on celebs, models, and style icons recently.
Give micro bangs a try…
If you have straight hair. Pairing these with curls is just asking for a big ol’ poof.
If you don't have a cowlick. Since these bangs are super-short, when paired with a cowlick, this can force your bangs to go straight out since there isn’t enough weight to hold them down.
If your forehead isn’t high. If you have a high forehead, there will be too much space between the bottom of your bangs and your eyebrows, which will only accentuate your facial shape.
4. Shaggy bangs. The ultimate cool-girl fringe, shaggy bangs have been seen on It girls for decades—and we have to say, we’re so excited that they’re still in style.
Give shaggy bangs a try…
Regardless of your face shape. Jackpot: This is another set of bangs that looks good on everyone! With the feathery, tapered shape, they can easily balance out any face shape.
Whether or not you have a cowlick. Shaggy bangs aren’t about perfection, so if you have a little out-of-place movement, it will look totally natural—almost purposeful, even.
If you have pretty straight hair. Super-curly hair doesn’t really work with this look because this type of bang can disrupt your curl pattern.
When it comes to rocking bangs, let your face shape be the guide in addition to your hair type. Keep these tips in mind when asking your hairstylist to add some fringe.
If you have a square face…
Long, eye-grazing bangs that are heavier on the sides than in the middle will fit wonderfully with a square face shape. When you add a gentle curve to your bangs, this can soften an angular square face shape. To get the cut you’re looking for, ask your stylist for heavy bangs snipped just below your brows. Make sure to ask for your bangs to be thinned out a bit in the middle to give an overall feathery appearance with just a peek of forehead showing through.
If you have a round face…
Slightly arched bangs look lovely with round face shapes due to their complementary nature. At the salon, ask for a blunt, curved shape to flatter your facial shape, otherwise, you might risk making your face look even fuller.
If you have a heart-shaped face…
Side-swept bangs have the ability to balance out a slightly top heavy facial shape, allowing attention to be brought to your eyes instead of the farthest width of your forehead. Just ask your stylist for a fringe that hits the arch of your forehead at their shortest and the corners of your eyes at the longest.
If you have an oval face…
Think of yourself as one of the lucky ones. Just about any set of bangs will look fab with your facial shape. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a favorite, though. To accentuate your facial features without looking too bulky, ask your stylist for airy, pin straight bangs that extend just beyond your eyebrows, with a tad more length on the sides. The best part? With this cut you can wear your bangs across your forehead or sweep them to the side. The choice is yours!
If you have a small forehead…
If you’re concerned that your forehead looks a tad too small and you would like to make it look more pronounced, ask your stylist to trim a steep, sloping asymmetrical fringe that lightly grazes your cheekbones. Pair it with a deep side part and you’ll have a flattering hairstyle.
If you have a high forehead…
Go for thick, gradually angled bangs that start at the center of your forehead and finish off in a taper around your cheekbone. While the thickness will conceal your slightly larger forehead, the slight angle will help even out your face.
Now that you have found your fringe match, it’s important to know that they do require a little bit of extra work to style. No worries though—it’s not that tough! Commit the following tips to memory and you’ll be golden.
1. Blow-dry your bangs ASAP. In general, it’s a good idea to wait until your hair has dried at least halfway before blow-drying, but that’s not always the case with bangs. Since bangs are such a small section of hair, they will dry a lot (and we mean A LOT) quicker than the rest of your hair. All you have to do is use a small, round boar bristle brush. The trick to avoiding flat bangs is to curl them around your boar bristle brush while drying them with a blow-dryer and attachment angled down towards them. Using this styling technique can help your bangs flow straight down with just enough body. Just remember: Spritz on a heat protectant, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out Volume HeatSpray, first!
2. Use a thin flat iron. If straight bangs are what you’re going for, be sure to invest in a super-thin flat iron to help easily manage frizz and seal the shape of your super-sleek fringe.
3. Don’t be heavy-handed with styling products. We get it: It can be pretty tempting to load up on styling products. But when it comes to your bangs, keep this motto in mind: Less is more. If you pump your fringe with loads of product, they could end up looking greasy by midday. Um, no thanks. To avoid this, just pump a little bit of styling product into your palm and work it through your entire head of hair, only using what’s left over on your bangs.
4. Be mindful of what you do with your bangs during your skin care routine. You know how vital it is to moisturize your skin twice a day, but what are you supposed to do when you have bangs covering your forehead? The solution is simple! When you start your skin care routine, just make sure that you have your bangs pinned back. Don’t let them down until your moisturizer (applying this should be the last step in your skin care routine) has fully absorbed.
And there you have it. You see? Adding a set of bangs to your hair can instantly transform your look!