You’re bored with your hair. You want a drastic change that’s, well, not as drastic as a buzz cut. Bangs could be the perfect solution: eye-catching, versatile, quirky, and if it’s good enough for Zooey, it could be your style trademark too! Follow our guide to see whether bangs are right for you.
Contrary to popular belief, there is a set of bangs for every hairstyle. If you have been blessed with an oval face, then practically any style of bangs will work with your facial structure. To even out the wider top section of a heart shaped face, go for long, side swept bangs. Try to avoid bangs that are heavy or bluntly cut.
For a round face, don’t be afraid that it will make it appear even rounder. Simply ask for bangs that taper at the edges beside the eyes, or side swept bangs that draw attention to your cheekbones. This will give the illusion of a thinner contoured face.
Square shaped faces look amazing with a curved set of bangs—heavier on the outside and wispier in the middle of your forehead. Bangs can have a delicate effect on a square face.
Curls don’t necessarily rule out bangs as an option. In fact, cut the right way fury bangs are downright adorable! However, they require a little more attention. A side bang is the easiest to maintain (for those days when your hair just won’t do what you tell it to do) and gives you the option of straightening or letting your natural curls fly free.
For all you dyed hair beauties, remember that bangs will shine a torch to your regrowth, so be prepared for regular trips to the hairdresser. The same goes for trims—find a hairdresser who understands exactly what you want because a poorly cut bang sticks out like a sore thumb! Otherwise, if you trust yourself enough to trim your own, it can save you money on regular trips to the hairdresser.
If you lead a fairly active lifestyle, become intimately acquainted with dry shampoo as soon as possible. It will become your post-exercise lifesaver.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have bangs that naturally sit perfectly when you wake up in the morning, remember that this hairstyle requires time and effort to tame (but it’s worth the extra couple minutes every day!).
Also, forget anti-aging cream; a set of bangs instantly gives you a more youthful look (and if you’re worried about forehead wrinkles, they’re no longer on display).
Above all, take the risk and experiment with your hair! Bangs instantly provide an edgy look without doing anything out of the ordinary, and they draw attention straight to your eyes.
The best part about bangs is that they will always grow out. A bang is not forever, but it will always be in style.
By Elizabeth Rowe