Fringe benefits: Our guide to hair styles with bangs

Your essential guide to bangs--from hot fringe hair styles to finding the right bangs for you.

Oct 02, 2012
Karen Kwan


Make growing out your fringe bearable

Already taken the fringe plunge and ready to be bang-less again? Since they can take awhile to grow out, Lavoy offers some style ideas on managing your growing-out-the-fringe stage: "Play with accessories such as headbands; braid your fringe to the side, or slick all of your hair back," he says. If you have blunt bangs, as you grow them out, he suggests trying an angled fringe, which covers your forehead, going from the top of the nose to the cheekbone.

Find your ultimate fringe
If you have a very low hairline...

Go for a sideswept bang to help minimize the appearance of your small forehead. Any other style may close in your face, says Lavoy.

If you have a heart-shaped face...
Blunt bangs (think Zooey Deschanel) are flattering for your face shape. But don't go too far into the temple. "The idea is to create a different focal point," explains Lavoy.

If you have an oval face...

You've got carte blanche when it comes to fringe styles as you can do just about any type, says Lavoy.

If you have a long face...
A side-swept bang will suit you best as it'll break up the vertical length of your face, drawing the focus more horizontally.

If you've got curly hair...
Avoid straightening your bangs while leaving the rest of your hair curly. "Unless you're styling all of your hair to be smooth, it can look very teenage to have the straight fringe with curly hair," says Lavoy.

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