Bangs and Face Shape

Many of today's trendy hairstyles include wearing bangs. These fringes can be wispy or full, straight cut or angled, short or sweeping past the eyebrows. The tricky part, however, is that it can be difficult to know what type of bangs will look good on your face, and, once they're cut, they are gone!

To avoid a mistake you'll be dealing with for a long, long time, the first step to choosing bangs is to consider the shape of your face. Different face shapes need different styles to highlight your best features and camouflage your weaker ones.

Oval Faces
The sky is the limit for those with oval-shaped faces. Nearly every hairstyle looks good on an oval-shaped face, and that includes bangs. So, whether you like them wispy and barely there, or you want the bold look of long angled bangs, with an oval-shaped face you can most likely pull it off. The only danger is making sure they aren't too short. Since you can wear different hairstyles, you want to make sure you have enough hair left to pull back in case you want to try a new look.

Round Faces
If your face is round, you may want to try angled bangs to soften your wider cheek area. Another option that works well on a round face is a squared-off bang. Both these types of bangs add some angles that will diminish the roundness of your face. You can also offset a round face with choppy bangs that add different lengths and angles.

Square Faces
If your face is square-the forehead, cheeks and chin are all about the same width-then side-swept bangs or angled bangs will both add some much-needed softness. By taking the focus off your forehead and putting it on your bangs instead, you can camouflage the squareness nicely. Another good look that adds some softness is textured bangs. A feathered bang with a bit of fluff will lighten up those angles and add the illusion of length to your face, as long as you avoid Farrah Fawcett territory. It worked in the -70s, but not today. Finally, slight, wispy bangs also work well with a square face.

Heart-Shaped Faces
Do you have a heart-shaped face? If your forehead is wide and your temples are strong, with a chin that draws to a point, your face has a heart shape. Your first choice of bangs could be a classic blunt cut bang. Cut straight across, a blunt bang will cover your wide forehead and soften the point of your chin. Another choice is an angled bang. The angle of the bangs will distract the eye from the point of your chin, as well as covering the fullness of your forehead. Heart-shaped faces also look great with short, choppy bangs or super-short bangs.

Narrow Faces
If your face is more long and narrow, then you can use your bangs to add attention to your eyes and shorten the overall look of your face. A side part, with bangs that sweep across the forehead is a great look for a long, narrow face. Straight, long bangs look good on a narrow face, camouflaging the forehead and shortening the length of your face.

Maintaining Your Look
The biggest thing to remember when you have a hairstyle with bangs is you need regular trims. You should have your bangs trimmed every four to six weeks to keep them looking their best and at the proper length.

Growing Out Your Bangs
So, what do you do when you are ready for a new look and want to grow out your bangs to the same length as the rest of your hair? You can use a few tricks to reduce the hassle of having fringe that is too long for bangs, yet is still significantly shorter than the rest of your hair. Try using a side part, sweeping your bangs to one side and clipping them with a stylish barrette. You can use a headband-the kind with the teeth-and try moving it from right at the hairline to farther back on your head to help manage the stragglers as your hair grows out. Try using stylish clips and tiny barrettes to hold the hair back on the sides.

Styling gels can help to direct your bangs off your forehead and back toward the top of your head. You can also use a rat-tail comb to tease and backcomb your bangs up and off your face. Another idea is to grow your bangs out in stages. Separate your hangs into two sections, horizontally. Grow out the top section, using clips or headbands to blend it back into the rest of your hair. Meanwhile, you can keep trimming the bottom section into bangs until the top section is completely grown out. This trick lets you gradually grow out your bangs, leaving you with less hair to contend with at one time.

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