Ever get a haircut with bangs and think never again? We’ve all had awkward hair moments, and when it comes to getting eye-grazing ends on our faces, we often shy away because of that one time it didn’t work out so well.
Well, no need to fear — the hair experts at Madison Reed are here to tell you that bangs can look good on almost anyone. It’s just important to choose the right bangs for your face shape. It’s easy! Here are just a few reasons to take the plunge.
Why Get a Haircut with Bangs?
- They make you look younger. They can hide forehead lines, make hair appear thicker, and some stylists say it’s an instant facelift — without actually getting a facelift, of course. They can even make you feel more fun and flirty.
- They can soften facial flaws. Bangs can cover up scars, blemishes, and other imperfections.
- They can disguise an uneven hairline. Low widow's peaks, cowlicks, and other unruly hairline issues — bangs can be the solution for all of this.
- They can make your face look proportionate. Do you feel like your forehead is too short? Or like your face is too wide or too long? The right bangs can disguise the shape of your face and give added dimension without too much effort.
- They’re low-maintenance. Bangs can give you a perfectly up-to-date look, without all the maintenance that goes with it. You just need 2 minutes to straighten/blow dry the pieces around your face, and you’re done styling!
With all these benefits, it’s safe to say that bangs aren’t so scary, right? The next step is to get the perfect style of bangs for your face.
Here are the different types, and the face shapes and hair types that suit them best:
Bang Hairstyles for Your Face Shape
- Side Swept
Side swept bangs can make a face appear angular, and can give a linear extension to the tops of the cheekbones. They can be cut thick, wispy, asymmetrical, or covering one eye. Whatever you choose, a side swept bang adds dimension and movement to the hair.
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Styling Tip: If you want the sexy, swept-away look, use a curling iron or straightener to curl away from your face.
Face Shape: Round, Heart-shaped
Hair Type: Straight, Wavy, Curly & Coily
Also called the undone — or parted — bangs, these give a casual and flirty feel to the hair. This look works best when the bangs are long and tapered to the sides and can be parted anywhere on the face.
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Styling Tip: When blow drying curtain bangs, use a round brush to brush your hair up toward the ceiling. This will give them body and bounce, adding to the personality this look.
Face Shape: Oval, Square
Hair Type: Straight, Wavy, Curly
This type of bang puts the weight of the hair at the front of the head, so if you have a large forehead, this is the best cut. The bangs could be brow-skimming, for a little mystery, or can be cut short (baby bang) for more edge.
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Styling Tip: Since the cut is blunt, it’s best to use a straightener for flyaway pieces in the front, so they’re all even.
Face Shape: Oval, Heart-shaped
Hair Type: Straight, Wavy
As the most versatile type of bang, this style works on all face shapes and hair types (finally)! Wispy bangs give a soft and feminine feel to your look, and are easy to style and manage in a short amount of time. Just make sure to ask your stylist to give you face-framing layers based on your regular part, so that the pieces can surround the structure of your face appropriately.
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Styling Tip: Since the hairs are sparsely framing the face, it’s best to style them in small bunches or pieces (whether they are straight or curly). Just pay careful attention to these pieces, as they can make or break your look.
Face Shape: Oval, Heart-shaped, Square, Round
Hair Type: Straight, Wavy, Curly, Coily
- Baby (or Pixie)
Know what type of bang looks best with a pixie cut? Baby bangs. If you want to get very edgy, you can get this style with shoulder-length hair, too. Baby bangs look great with a bit of hair texture so they don’t fall flat on the forehead. This incredibly stylish and low-maintenance cut is trendy, yet sophisticated. Perfect for the woman on the go (and the woman who can’t get too much hair in her eyes)!
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Styling Tip: Since baby bangs are typically very short, it’s best to add a little bit of mousse or hair spray and blow dry with a tiny brush. Or just use your fingers to rustle them up. They’re very easy to style.
Face Shape: Round, Heart-shaped
Hair Type: Wavy, Curly
Related: what to do when you have too short bangs.