How to tell if you look good with bangs

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How to tell if you look good with bangs
Wispy side fringe flatter most face shapes. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bangs can be a dramatic or subtle change to your hairdo, depending on the style you are going for. You can tell whether or not you would look good in fringe based on the shape of your face and the size of your forehead. Although straight-across fringe can be harsh on some face shapes, soft side fringe can flatter most faces. Once you decide what style of fringe you would like, determine how long your fringe should be and how thick.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Face a mirror and pull all your hair away from your face with a headband.

  2. 2

    Observe your hairline. If you have a receding hairline or blemishes, fringe can cover these up and might be a good idea for you.

  3. 3

    Observe the length of your forehead. Bangs can hide an irregularly long forehead. Be careful if you have a short forehead, because fringe could emphasise this feature even more. If you have a short forehead, straight-across fringe will most likely not flatter your face; consider long side fringe.

  4. 4

    Study your face shape: does it resemble an oval, rectangular, heart, square, triangle or diamond, or is it round? Different types of fringe can flatter different face shapes.

    Oval face shapes should avoid blunt straight across fringe because they cover up your well-balanced facial features. Side fringe flatter this face shape.

    Rectangular face shapes can wear wispy straight-across fringe and side fringe. Blunt fringe can emphasise the squareness of the jaw line -- avoid that.

    Round face shapes should avoid straight-across fringe because they emphasise the roundness of the face. Off-centre long to medium-length side fringe can take away from the roundness of the face, flattering it.

    Square face shapes should also avoid blunt straight-across fringe because they emphasise the square jaw line. Wispy fringe and off-centre side fringe flatter this face shape.

    The heart face shape has wide temples and a small chin. Blunt fringe emphasise how wide the temple is and can make your face look off-balance. Because of this, off-centre wispy fringe are the way to go because they add new angles to the face.

    If you have a triangular face shape you can wear straight-across fringe, wispy fringe, blunt fringe or side fringe. This is because the goal is to take emphasis off, and balance out, the jaw line.

    Diamond-shaped faces can also wear any bang style because the face is dramatic yet balanced.

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