Bangs can be a fun and exciting way to change a hairstyle, but it’s also pretty high stakes, especially with how many types of bangs there are. If you end up not liking your bangs, too bad—you’re stuck with them until your hair grows out. This can be even more worrying regarding a very strong move like baby bangs. The good news is that if you understand your face shape, which has to do with your facial features, you’ll be much more likely to love whatever type of bangs you get. Here’s how to choose a new bang hairstyle for the main face shapes.
Round faces are generally softer, with less definition in the chin, cheeks, and jaw, and are often shorter and wider than other face shapes. That means you’ll want to choose a bang style that will lengthen your facial features and create structure.
Micro bangs, also called baby bangs, are a big hit for those with round faces, as they lengthen the forehead. Plus, micro bangs are a great addition to a super-short style. The side-swept bang is also a great longer style, as it provides more angles for your face and lengthens it a bit.
The high cheekbones, prominent forehead, and smaller chin set a heart-shaped face apart from others. Heart-shaped faces are also generally softer, with more rounded edges, so bangs that create angular features and highlight your bone structure, such as feathered bangs, can be helpful.
Wispy bangs are definitely a great trendy choice for heart-shaped faces. A wispy bang that falls around your eyebrow will bring attention to your face and show off your gorgeous features. Pair it with medium-length hair with choppy layers to add volume and dimension.
The square face shape or rectangular face has a forehead, jawline, and cheekbones of the same width. By utilizing a gentle bang style, you’ll avoid enhancing the sharpness of the face.
Tousled bangs are a great way to do that. They’re gentle and have a bit of lift while still staying short. A shoulder-length cut with curls and a wavy texture will offset the tousled bang look, which is one of the reasons those with curly hair or wavy hair might want to opt for this style. Both loose waves and tighter coily hair can look great paired with the tousled style.
The oval face shape is exceptionally versatile, which means it’s the perfect shape for bangs. No matter what kind of bangs you’re interested in—face-framing layers, side-swept bangs, curtain bangs, baby bangs, choppy bangs, and even curly bangs—your stylist should be able to adapt the pictures to your hair type.
Textured bangs can be a great option for oval shapes, especially if you’re looking to rock a natural hair texture that utilizes the “beachy waves” style. Lots of layers and a curly texture go a long way to create loose curls that will pair well with the texture of the bangs.
The long face shape is an oval face with a bit of extra length. Like the oval shape, this shape benefits from all kinds of hairstyles with bangs.
Consider trying out classic thick blunt bangs with a long face shape. A cute fringe look is a blunt fringe that is coming back into style with the rise of the Y2K aesthetic, and it’s great to pair with straight hair for a bit more of a classic fringe. It can create a more flattering appearance if you’re not happy with how long your face is.
Finding the Right Bangs for You
There are many things to think about to find the perfect hair with bangs. You might want to start with fake bangs or hairstyles that give the illusion of bangs before you take the leap into your favorite style of bangs. There are so many types of bangs that playing around a bit can be important to come out of it with a bang style that gives you a flattering appearance while also playing with your natural texture.
It’s also important to consider how you’ll style the bangs. Will you need to use a flat iron or hair straightener every morning? What about products? Will you use your natural curl, or will you need to add extra volume to the curls with a hair curler? Plenty of flattering haircuts require very little styling, but also lots of chic style options that may need some styling every morning. Make sure you know what you’re comfortable with going into it.
Regardless of what bang style you end up choosing, it’s probably not a good idea to go in with scissors and damp hair yourself. The choppy style you’ve been looking at probably isn’t as easy to create as you think, and creating flattering haircuts is difficult enough that people spend years mastering the skill. Instead, visit an Ogle School salon and discover the types of bangs that people really love on all kinds of hair—straight hair, wavy hair, and curly hair alike.