Bangs can draw attention to gorgeous eyes or exquisitely frame a face to accentuate cheekbones. Whether your bangs hang in a sexy side-sweep or fall in u-shaped fringe, this section of hair can make or break your style. Because bangs have the ability to change your look dramatically, we’ve put together the five best things we love about bangs.
Fringe-style bangs offer amazing versatility. From DIY side bangs to symmetrically parted bangs and wind-swept looks, basic fringe can be styled to suit your mood or any occasion. To side-sweep your fringed bangs, simple part your hair to whatever side your hand naturally moves to when you brush the hair from your face. Allow several wisps to fall across the eyebrow for a sweetly seductive peek-a-boo look. Side-sweeping your fringe-style bangs also works great when wearing a rocker braids that mimic the funky, chic side-shaved look.
Bangs are not high maintenance. Unlike longer tresses, bangs are easy to maintain. Brush blunt bangs down to meet the eyebrow (or cover the eyebrows depending on the bangs’ length) or finger-comb choppy bangs for a simple carefree look. Sometimes bangs will need a wash before the rest of your hair. Bangs are easy to wash in the sink and then quickly blow dry to set the style. In between your normal cut-and-style appointments, pop in to have your stylist do a quick bang trim to keep your look fresh. These touch-ups take almost no time and most stylists don’t charge a full cut fee just to trim bangs.
Defines and Enhances Facial Structure
Bangs can help define your facial structure and enhance your natural beauty. If your face is square-shaped, try a short, above-the-brow u-shape bang that offers a soft, sensual look. Heart-shaped faces like Reese Witherspoon’s look fabulous with a side-swept bang, worn in longer, layered wisps. Draw attention to your eyes with short, choppy bangs for a round face — it’s a youthful look that can actually add a bit of length to the face. If you’ve an oval shaped face, most bang styles will complement your face, so try out different styles to see what you like best.
Make a Statement
Just like a great color, bangs can really make a statement for your overall look. With an edgy pixie cut, try an asymmetrical bang, point-cut for a choppy effect. Channel your inner pin-up girl with a Bettie Page-inspired short bang worn curled under and above the brow. Again with the pixie cut, opt for pixie-style bangs that are micro-short, barely-there wisps that can be styled to lay flat against the top of the forehead with a product like Ion texturizing wax. Simply place a bit of wax on your fingertips and apply to the tips of the bangs, pulling the bangs down onto the forehead into points. Got curls? Cutting bangs for curly hair is a great way to frame your face, making your curls work for you. Curly bangs can be cut to wear over the eyebrow or even swept to the side. Make a statement by coloring just the tips of your bangs in blue, pink, green or magenta.
Easy to Grow Out for New Style
One of the best things about bangs is that you can grow them out when you tire of that particular style. We know growing out any style always seems to take forever. But, remember point number one? Bangs can be versatile, especially when growing out wispy, fringe, side-swept or even blunt-cut bangs. As the bangs begin to grow, add a bit of wave or curl with flat iron to keep the hair from falling over your eyes. Curl blunt bangs under, when growing out, to keep the length manageable and still looking fresh.
If you’re considering going with bangs, play around with a few styles first before committing to the cut. Ask your friends and stylist for opinions and don’t be afraid to try something new. Remember, bangs are flattering on many faces plus they’re versatile and generally easy to grow out when you’re ready to move on to something new.