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Hairstyles with bangs! Are they right for you?

Long hairstyle with angled bangs

A hairstyle with bangs is a great choice for many of you

Bangs or no Bangs . . . how many times have you labored over this question? It’s a big decision after all the time and effort it takes to grow bangs out. And, what if you hate them after cutting them in?

The most important thing a hair stylist looks at when considering if bangs or fringe are an option for you will be your face shape. Bangs have the ability to make you look younger, heavier, more severe or softer. Now that’s a lot of power in such a small space!

Here are a few thoughts about face shapes;

We aren’t all perfect, a oval face shape, heart face shape or an oblong face shape however, we will fall within close range of one or two of these geometric shapes. The underlying bone structure of your face plays a role in the three-dimensional profile of your look.

So, one thing to remember in discerning your face shape is to keep it simple. What is the overall shape you see? If you vary between a couple of face shapes, which many people do, which face shape is the more dominant? For specific instructions on how to determine yours check on my article devoted solely to face shapes

 

Britney Spears in Long Layered Hairstyle With Bangs

Oval Face Shape

Britney Spears has your face shape. Go with what suits your fancy when it comes to choosing thou stick with angled, wispy, fringe, blunt cut or no bangs, whatever suits your overall style!

Oblong Face Shape

Gwyneth Paltrow has your face shape. This face shape is considered angular. Bangs will work well with your face shape, especially if you are a long oblong. They will balance well by giving the face a shorter appearance. Wispy, fringe, angled, piecey, will all work well for you. However, stay away from a blunt cut haircut with bangs, which will mirror the jaw line giving a more severe look to your angular face shape.

Round Face Shape

Isabella Rossellini has hair for your face shape. Generally, this face shape should stay away from bangs or fringe, if not worn, selectively, they can cut off your face and create an illusion of added weight. The exceptions may be, light wispy partial bang only over part of the forehead (as shown) and short, short wispy fringe hair type bangs. Also if they should be styled asymmetrically and mostly off the face.

Michelle Pfeiffer with a medium lenght layerd haircut with bangs

Square Face Shape

Michelle Pfeiffer has your face shape. Many times it is hard to differentiate between round and square face shapes. They have very similar characteristics, in that they are both symmetrical by nature. The same rules apply to you as to round face shapes.

Jennifer Love-Hewitt medium length hairstyle with bangs

Heart Face Shape

Jennifer Love-Hewitt has your face shape. Bangs are best worn off-center. You can wear wispy or fringe type bangs. Stay away from blunt cut bangs which will tend to exaggeration the width of your face.

Elizabeth Hurley with medium length layered hairstyle with bangs

Diamond Face Shape

Elizabeth Hurley has your face shape. A diamond face shape is really a cross between an oval and a heart. Like the oval you can look equally beautiful with or without bangs. But, the only type of bang you should be cautioned about wearing, would be the blunt cut. . . . which like the heart-shaped face, can over exaggeration the width of your face at the cheekbone, eye area, making the chin line look longer and more narrow.

 

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21 Comments »

  1. Hey Devleena,

    It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the article, and I would be more than happy to help you find the best hairstyles to suit your unique features. The article titled Hairstyles for Women with Big Noses is a fabulous guide with lots of useful information. I think that it will be a perfect piece for you to check out.

    Have a fabulous hair day!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — June 19, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  2. Hey there. :)
    thanks for the suggestions, helped a lot. According to your article, I should stay away from bangs since I am round faced. I have tried bangs before and they worked alright, not too bad. I think the problem lies with my seriously huge nose . It overshadows all other features of my face. I need a haircut that can somehow make my nose appear smaller, maybe some volume-adding haircut.
    Now its seriously infuriating that all models and celebs have the perfect nose, which leaves with no ideas at all for myself.
    My hair is straight and really thin, I am scared to curl it because I didn’t get my hair trimmed or cut in the last 2years, and its damaged. (I know im an idiot )
    Please help. Please.
    Sincerely, devleena.

    Comment by Devleena — June 4, 2012 @ 11:28 am

  3. I am 14 years old, and I have had bangs since I grew hair. I’m really sick of mine, because I have to poof them up every morning other wise they fall flat and get into my eyes. They cover my entire forhead, and I’ve been considering side bangs. I have a longish oval face, a really long nose and ears that stick out. Would whispy side bangs kind of like the ones that Ashely Tisdale has in the picture above look good on me?

    Comment by Erika — August 11, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  4. i am 11 years old and don’t know if bangs will look good on me i mean the ones that are along the forehead i would appreciate it if you send back thanks

    Comment by jenny — July 14, 2011 @ 4:51 am

  5. i am 11 years old i cant diecide (epic fail) if weather to have bangs or not when i mean bangs i mean the ones that go along the forehead

    Comment by jenny — July 14, 2011 @ 4:43 am

  6. Sush,

    Sure, send me two pictures with all your hair pulled back, straight on, smiling and not smiling. You could also send me one with your hair looking as you normally wear it.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 21, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

  7. Hi! Can you help me please? I can’t determine my face shape, all the face shapes have something similar in a way, I’m confused
    Can I send you some pictures so that you can tell what my face shape is? So I can know whether hairstyles with bangs are right.
    I’m hoping for your reply..

    Comment by sush — April 18, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

  8. Hey,
    My face is oval and i have a normal size everything but when i try to decide how far over my bangs should go i just cant decide whether hairstyles with bangs are right. i think i look better with then going over pretty far but then they fall in my face. but i look bad with them shorty but hey are esier to maintain. what should i do for when i get them cut?????

    Comment by emma — February 14, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  9. You need better pictures so I can understand which face I am

    Comment by Valerie — November 11, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  10. Dawn,
    Bangs on a square face shape makes it look more square. To balance your face shape, create height at the crown, length and keep close to the face on the sides. If you are set on bangs, create a side part and have wispy bangs rather than solid bangs.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — November 2, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  11. Hey !

    What the best bangs cut for a square face shape with a rather large nose? Are Hairstyles with Bangs right?

    Thanks.

    Comment by Dawn — October 30, 2009 @ 10:03 am

  12. Alicia,
    You could try to ‘fake’ bangs by using some of that hair of yours. Take a sectiong from the crown of your head and try placing it in a way that will give you ‘faux-bangs’ and see what you think!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — June 29, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

  13. hey i have long one length blunt cut hair at waist length at the moment with a center part. i have a ovalish shaped face. i do not have any bangs at the moment but looking to get thick blunt bangs. i am going for the hard lined blunt look. i am not sure if i should do but my boyfriend says i should. any advice?

    Comment by Alicia — June 28, 2009 @ 3:04 am

  14. Brianna,
    Maybe you should go try on a wig with bangs and see what you think?

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 26, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

  15. hii. i have doubts about getting wispy hairstyles with bangs.. my face is oval shaped and my hair is long but my forehead is a bit flat and that s what worries me..what should i do? i dont want to go ahead and cut it because im afraid i might not like it, so its not worth the risk if i go ahead and do it and then end up maybe hating it. so i want to make sure before i make up my mind..so please help me.

    Comment by brianna — May 23, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  16. hi, this is a bit like vickys. i am 55 my hair is beginning to thin has a bit of a curl and i use a medium blonde vegetable dye every few weeks. my face shape seems to be between oval and diamond although i was once told it is long. i badly need a good haircut,my hair is just about shoulder length cut in long loyers, has a side parting and comes down over my forehead to my eyebrow i was very disappointed with my last cut about 5 weeks ago. i want something new that suits me and will make me look a bit younger. i have thought of adding in a bit of darker dye but am not sure if i should go a lot shorter. i just need help, hope you can give me some good advice re colour and cut thanks

    Comment by rosemary — January 20, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  17. hi!!my face shape is round but my bangs are not actually short,its below my one eye (right).wat can i do?

    Comment by angelica — December 8, 2007 @ 12:35 am

  18. love the advice!
    thanks!!

    Comment by me — December 22, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

  19. Hello, I have medium hair, I have my grey roots done about every four weeeks, I have had the same hair style for years, it has lots of curl and I just wash and go. My face is between square and heart shaped. I am so tired of the same old thing. Do you any suggestions. After the the first day of washing it ends up in a scrucy or clip. I have gone to the same hairdresses for about 20 years. Please give me some advice. I am 50, but have taken care of my body and skin. I want something to make me look younger. Please Help me if you can. Sincerly, Vicki

    Comment by vicki — May 17, 2006 @ 3:11 am

  20. Thanks for the heads up Christina, could you tell me what browser you are using? I’d like to get the centering issue looked into.

    Comment by Barb — March 30, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

  21. I like your articles but i think you should center your page mor that it’s not all off to the side like that. You could also add a more colorful background to add spice to your page. Thank you for letting me give you some advice because it is well needed.

    Comment by chrisitna — March 30, 2006 @ 11:03 am

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