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The Right Style of Bangs for Your Face Shape

Out with the old, in with the new—now’s the time to test-drive a new ‘do, and all signs are pointing to bangs. Forget how you think they’ll look on your face shape because we picked a pro’s brain to get the fringe facts straight. Keep scrolling for a guide to the best bangs for your face shape, according to hairstylist Colleen Duffy. Take the guessing game out of the equation by knowing which bangs look best on your face shape!

Round Face

The best bangs for your face shape: Piecey baby bangs or long pieces

Why: They both elongate the face. The baby bangs allow you to have bangs without covering half of your face, and the space between your bangs and eyebrows makes the face look longer. Pieces longer than chin length also drag the face down and make it appear longer. 

How to style them: For baby bangs, blow dry them back and forth with a comb so they’re flat and straight. For the long pieces, you can use a medium round brush, take the pieces from both sides, and blowdry them up and back. If you’re waving them, wrap them away from the face.

Heart-Shaped Face

The best bangs for your face shape: Cheekbone bangs and piecey short bangs 

Why: They both accentuate this face shape, highlighting the cheekbones and jawline. 

How to style them: Let them air-dry or blow dry them with a round brush to add a bit of volume.

Oval Face

The best bangs for your face shape: Rounded brow-length bangs or baby bangs

Why: Oval faces are the most balanced, so they can pretty much wear any style of bangs.

How to style: For baby bangs, blow dry back and forth with a comb. For longer bangs, use a small round brush and take horizontal sections down. Dry shampoo can be used in between washes if they get too greasy, or just section out the bangs and wash them if the rest of the hair doesn’t need to be washed. 

Long Face

The best bangs for your face shape: Eyebrow-length bangs or long pieces around your cheekbones (no longer than the chin)

Why: Both of these add width to your face so that you’re more balanced. Anything longer than chin length will accentuate the length of your face. 

How to style: Section out a triangle for the bangs then use a small round brush and take vertical sections, starting with the one closest to the hairline, and blow dry them down. If they’re longer bangs, separate them in the middle after doing this using a medium brush. 

Have a specific bang style in mind? If you want to know which type of curtain bangs best accentuate your face shape, find out HERE!

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