A few things to consider before you zero in on your best bangs:
Now it’s time to select the best bangs for your hair type! Here are the do’s and don’ts of bangs.
If you have fine hair:
Do…opt for soft, feathered bangs.
Do…consider longer, side-swept bangs.
Don’t…try to sport a solid, heavy fringe—it will be too “peek-a-boo.”
Don’t…part your bangs in the middle. It will make the hair on each side look even thinner.
Do…try a softly textured, eye-grazing length.
Don’t…wear your bangs too long or they will fall limp.
Do…shampoo them (or use dry shampoo) frequently if your hair is oily.
If you have thick hair:
Do…opt for a blunt, heavy, thick shape.
Do…be prepared for lots of thinning and tapering if you prefer a softer, wispier shape.
Do…consider a long, side-swept fringe that’s blended into face-framing layers.
Do…try gently layered bangs that will give you versatility and frame your cheekbones.
Don’t…cut your bangs too short. They’ll look puffy.
Don’t…part your bangs in the center. It will skew the proportions.
Don’t…be afraid if your stylist wants to cut your bangs with a razor. It will remove weight and give you lots of styling options.
Do…style your bangs with a smoothing balm or treatment oil to control frizz.
If you have medium length hair:
Do…understand that just about any bangs will work for you.
Do…consider a cool, solid, square shape—very dramatic!
Do…try the newest look—center-parted “curtain” bangs that frame your face.
Do…experiment with super-layered, shaggy, ‘70s bangs.
Don’t…rule out a dramatic, short baby-bang. Just be sure to keep it no more than an inch and a half or so above your brows, and rather than straight across, soften it with a gentle, upward curve.
Do…style your bangs with a lightweight lotion to tame flyaways.
If you have curly hair:
Do…be sure your stylist cuts your bangs when they’re dry to avoid shrinkage. This way you’ll get the exact length you want.
Don’t…fear shorter bangs—they’re the hottest trend for curly girls at the moment!
Do… try long, piece-y bangs cut with straight scissors for a classic shape on curly hair. Don’t…have your bangs cut with thinning shears—they’ll pop out all over the place. Find a stylist who is skilled with curls and knows how to snip into the ends with straight shears.
Do…try straightening your bangs partially for a smoother look.
Don’t…make them pin straight, though, if you’re wearing your hair in all of its curly glory.
Do…mist your bangs with a curl-refreshing spray between shampoos.