The Right Bangs for Your Face Shape
Bangs with benefits
Considering bangs? There's a reason why the hairstyle continues to be popular season after season: bangs flatter many different face shapes and can even give you an instant face-lift, since they accentuate your cheekbones. Before you head to the salon, find the perfect cut for your face shape and hair texture with this guide.
Meet your basic starter bang: "If you don't want the commitment but still want to try bangs, a long, swooping style is for you," says Mark Townsend, a celebrity hairstylist for Dove in Los Angeles. "It requires the least amount of maintenance and flatters any face shape and hair texture—even fine." To get these soft side bangs, ask for face-framing layers starting at the tip of your nose; you'll have a flexible cut that can be pushed to either side.
The thick, layered Brigitte Bardot—style fringe is back. And while it works for most face shapes, it's especially flattering on square faces, as it softens sharp lines. "You want the cut to be in the shape of an inverted V," notes Townsend, "keeping the shortest pieces just above the eyebrows, from arch to arch, and tapering off around the eyes from there." To avoid looking too Farrah Fawcett feathered, blow-dry strands from side to side using a flat brush, with the dryer blowing from above to ensure that ends lie flat instead of rounded. Finish with a spritz of dry shampoo for an effect that's "rough and modern," as Townsend calls it.