Choosing the Bangs Best For You
Since bangs (also known as fringes), come in
different lengths, shapes, and thicknesses, you need to decide what
would look best on you. When bangs are included in a
hairstyle, they play a prominent role in framing your face.
They can make you look younger, heavier, more severe, or
softer. Therefore, the type of fringe you choose can make or
break your haircut / hairstyle.
There are so many different options when it comes
to a fringe. You can have highlights, lowlights, or colored
tips. You can mix and match your bangs with hair flips,
chips, layers, shaggy pieces, choppy pieces and panel strands.
In our lesson today we'll look at some of the more
popular and basic bang types, face shapes, and hair textures.
Classic bangs are generally cut straight across
your forehead and draw attention to your eyes. A classic
fringe combined with tastefully applied makeup creates beautiful eyes.
Classic fringes work very well with heart shaped
faces. They balance a large forehead and soften a prominent
nose or chin. Classic bangs should be avoided or modified for
square or round faces.
You can have some fun by adding a little choppy or
layered texture. You can also carefully try some highlights
and lowlights to show case your eyes.
Very Short / Baby Bangs
This style not only accents your eyes, but opens up
your entire face. Baby bangs work best with oval and round
face shapes. This is because they add length and slim down
your face. Avoid very short bangs if you have a long,
angular, thin, or oblong face because they will lengthen your
face. The shorter your bangs, the longer your face will look.
Straight Hair Bangs
If your hair is totally straight, you run the risk
of having a severe look. You can soften your style by having
short, blunt styled bangs.
If you really want your bangs to be as straight as
the rest of your style, you can dress them up for special occasions by
adding hairspray and a touch of glitter. You could also slick
them straight back with gel for a more dramatic look. Color
also adds interest to a straight fringe. Carefully experiment
with highlights and lowlights to see what you prefer.
Bangs that are angled can be angled down only one
side or down both sides. You only need a few longer hairs
blended with other shorter hairs to create many different
looks. You can have just a bit of curl on the ends or you can
have curls or waves throughout. Adding just a touch of gel
and then scrunching can give you a tousled look.
Angled bangs are great for round and diamond face
shapes because they add new angles and soften very wide
cheeks. Longer angled bangs work well with rectangular and
oblong face shapes. They have the opposite effect of baby
bangs. They shorten your face.
Trouble Shooting With Bangs
Bangs can be used very effectively to help balance
or soften prominent or angular areas of your face. Side swept
bangs are wonderful for long or thin face shapes or for pointed or
angular features. Cut your bangs to just one side if you want
to soften your facial features.
Square and heart shaped faces are balanced with
angled bangs. They help to slim down or balance wide cheeks
and jaws. Strategically cut side swept bangs soften the lines
of your face. If you texturize the area around your bangs or
feather your bangs, you'll create a softer look.
There are certain hair types that just don't lend
themselves to have bangs. These are very wavy or naturally
curly hair. Sometimes longer angled bangs work for curly or
wavy hair, but usually you'll need to spend a lot of time styling it in
order for it to sit right.
Another reason you may not be able to have bangs is
a prominent cowlick. If the hair in your forehead hairline
has an obvious swirl or cowlick, you may have a tough time getting the
hair to go in the direction that you want.
You'll need to decide what type of bangs you