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Choosing the right bangs for your face shape

/ 04.01.2014
Choosing the right bangs for your face shape
Choosing the right bangs for your face shape

Want to change your look entirely with one quick hairstyle update? It's all about bangs! They're a great idea if you're getting tired of your current style, and want to have a fresh update. Why are they so effective? Because they change the way people see your face by providing a different-shaped frame.

However, before you pick up the phone to book your next appointment at the salon, it is imperative that you talk to your hairdresser about what kind of bangs will suit your face shape. What looks great on your bff might be a bad idea for you. Plus, certani bangs need more styilng than others, so it's important to know what you're letting yourself in for.

Round Faces

You should go for bangs that taper out (get gradually longer) at the sides. This will make the face look longer. Alternatively, side-swept or asymmetric bangs could also work well because they change the angles of the face. Avoid blunt, heavy fringes if you have a round face.

Heart-shaped face

Like for round faces, sideswept bangs look great because they make the forehead – which, with heart-shaped faces is normally quite wide – appear smaller. A blunt fringe that finishes at brow level can be good for softening a narrow chin (also typical for heart-shaped faces).

Oval faces

If you've got an oval-shaped face, lucky you! It's the most versatile shape, and suits almost any kind of fringe. From micro bangs to a blunt cut, the choice is yours, it just depends on your personal style!

Long faces

Those of us with long faces can balance out the size of our foreheads with blunt bangs, which make the face appear shorter and wider. Or you could go for softer, more tapered bangs, if you want a more subtle fringe.

Square faces

To soften a square face, go for angled long side-swept bangs, which actually make the face appear longer. Avoid short and blunt bangs, which will not be complimentary to your square face.

Regardless of your face shape, there are so many options out there for you, so don't be afraid to try!


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