Jennifer Hudson: Round Face
WHY THEY WORK: The gently arching fringe complements Hudson’s soft, feminine features, says LeCompte.
WHAT TO ASK FOR: Bangs can make a circular face appear even fuller, cautions LeCompte, so the right cut is key. Request a graphic, curved shape, which will flatter your bone structure—and be sure the bangs are thick. Wispy versions won’t have the same impact.
Reese Witherspoon: Heart-Shaped Face
WHY THEY WORK: “A heart-shaped face can be a little top heavy. Sideswept bangs have a balancing effect and draw the attention down and towards the eyes,” says LeCompte.
WHAT TO ASK FOR: Layered, feathered bangs. The shortest pieces should hit the arch of your eyebrows; the longest should meet the outer corners of your eyes.
Lea Michele: Oval Face
WHY THEY WORK: Nearly any fringe works with an oval-shaped face, but these airy, pin-straight ones accentuate the prettiest parts of the face without feeling bulky.
WHAT TO ASK FOR: “Ask for bangs that hit between the brow and the eyelash and are longer on the edges,” says stylist Mark Townsend, who cut these for Michele. “That way, you can wear them swept aside or straight with a middle part.”
Taraji P. Henson: Small Forehead
WHY THEY WORK: This sloping, asymmetrical fringe makes a short forehead seem stronger and more pronounced, says Lecompte.
WHAT TO ASK FOR: To elongate a small brow, ask your stylist to cut your bangs on a steep, sideswept angle that blends into cheekbone-skimming layers. “These bangs also require a deep side part, which is flattering for many face shapes,” he adds.
Claudia Schiffer: High Forehead
WHY THEY WORK: Swingy bangs like these have a two-fold effect: The thickness works to conceal the forehead while the gradual angle opens and widens the face.
WHAT TO ASK FOR: “Heavy sideswept bangs that start in the center of the forehead and taper diagonally to a cheek-grazing length,” advises LeCompte. Be advised: These bangs start behind your natural hairline, but that’s okay. Because they’re so substantial, you’ll need the extra heft.
Nicole Richie: Square Face
WHY THEY WORK: Long, eye-grazing bangs that are tapered on the sides add a soft element to square face shapes.
WHAT TO ASK FOR: Heavy bangs like this need to hit the right place, otherwise, they can easily overwhelm your face, says L.A. stylist Andy LeCompte. Ask your stylist to snip them just below the brows, leaving the heaviest pieces on the sides so they don’t mask your eyes. The center strands can be feathery as a little forehead peeking through is ideal.
Summary: Bangs can offer a versatile character to your hairstyle and a simple but effective change to your haircut.
Make sure you find the one that matches your personality, your style and the 2010-2011 trends. There’s a huge variety to choose from, starting from extra short ones and till the choppy long ones.
If your not quite sure if you want to cut your locks off to create such a trendy look that you might get tired of in time. You can purchase a clip in bang.
If you want to save yourself the salon visit, and a human hair investment isn’t right for you, there is a solution!
The clip in bangs by hairdo are made of a revolutionary heat friendly (up to 350 degrees) synthetic fiber called Tru2Life.
You can style these bangs with heat tools just as you could the human hair version. The Tru2Life fiber also looks and feels remarkably like your own human hair, no one will be able to tell it’s not your own.
Clip in bangs are also perfect for thinning areas around the front and fringe area of your hairline. Clip in bangs by Hairdo are the easiest and most affordable way to see how bangs work for you.