Banging Bangs

In Beauty on January 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Are bangs back this spring? It sure looks like it according to the red carpet hair styles we saw at the Golden Globes this year. From Sandra Bullock to Lea Michelle and Natalie Portman to Olivia Wilde — they all sported blunt and side-swept bangs along with their stunning gowns. This season may be the perfect time for a hair change-up and time for you to sport some bangs.

Here are the best bang styles for your face shape:

Round Faces:
Celebs such as Cameron, Carmen, Christina, Kirsten and Kate are just a few famous femmes with round faces. If you have a round face, you’ll first want to start off with a haircut that flatters your face shape and then move onto the “fringe benefits” later.

What you’re aiming for is long, side-swept bangs or wispy fringes. Both help take attention away from the sides of your face, creating an arch which will help elongate your face. Stay away from super-choppy bangs or short layers that add volume to the sides.

Square Faces:
This rare face shape belongs to some seriously sexy A-list stunners such as Katie Holmes, Kate Walsh, Jessica Simpson, Sandra Bullock, Paris Hilton, Mandy Moore, Demi Moore, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Things to do when you have a square face is that layered bangs that fall to or below your eyebrows are very flattering, especially if they are swept off to the side. Fringey and wispy bangs look great, too, since they will soften the edges of your face shape.

Oval Faces:
If you have an oval face shape, you are lucky, since you can play around with many different bang options. For example, if your hair is thick, try a blunt-cut short bang. If your hair is thin, then a billowy fringe or long wisps will look great too!

The goal is to add some width and fullness at the sides so that your face looks more symmetrical. Avoid creating too much volume at the top, or you will only make your face look too drawn-out and oblong.

Heart Shaped Face:
Again, side-swept or off-center long bangs are great for drawing attention to your eyes and cheekbones and away from your sharp chin. Also, short wispy bangs and fringe will work well on the different types of hair thickness.

Steer clear of blunt bangs if your face is very wide by the eyes and then very narrow down below. This will only make your face look longer.


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