We’ve all seen our favorite celebrities rocking some serious bangs on the red carpet and on magazine covers. But becoming a fringe convert means finding the right style of bangs for your face shape, and for your lifestyle.
For advice, we turned to celebrity hair stylist David Babaii, whose clients include A-listers like Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow. Here’s how to tell which bangs will work best for you, and how to keep them looking slick no matter what your hair type.
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Oval “This is the perfect face shape that can wear any bang,” says Babaii. “This is where you can own your own style. My tip is to select a bang that complements the rest of your haircut.”
While Zooey Deschanel might be the poster child for bang coolness, we love the trendy blunt bangs of her New Girl co-star Hannah Simone.
Square “Longer sides are the best to offset a square shape,” says Babaii, who also advises those with a square jawline to avoid center parted bangs and super blunt bangs cut straight across like a china doll.
Olivia Wilde pulls off the look perfectly with this fringe plus ponytail combo.
Round For girls with rounder faces, Babaii says “a long wispy side swept bang is the best to break the roundness of a face shape.” He advises never to go for super short bangs, as they will emphasize the roundness of your face shape.
Kirsten Dunst's side swept layer accomplishes what bangs are meant to do — soften the face — while staying wisipy enough to complement her round face.
Fear not, frizz-prone hair types can still wear bangs, they just may need to put in a little extra effort, says Babaii.
“Consider having a straightening treatment just for the bang area to control frizz, or ask your stylist for the right thermal products,” he advises. “Plus, a great flat iron can get rid of those frizzies.”