Fringe, or the American term “bangs” are a great way to change up a hair style without losing much length on the hair. For those of you who are growing hair out or trying to maintain length and need a change, adding fringe is the way to go.
Not everyone can wear a particular type of fringe, but everyone can wear some type of fringe. The fringe that looks best on you will depend on your face shape and facial structure. When someone looks at you, your face is the piece of art and your hair is the frame. Make sure the frame enhances the artwork.
Let’s start with face shapes. If the person has a round face then the idea of bangs would be to lengthen the face by diminishing the width. Softly layered side swept bangs work well for this face shape. The fringe directs the eyes inward and down, lengthening the face by giving the illusion of less width.
If the face is square a long wispy, side swept bang works well here too. This fringe softens the angular jaw line, because the hair is rounded around the angular areas. Hairstyles that work for round faces usually work well for square faces because the problem areas are around the sides of the face.
The heart shaped face has a prominent chin and a wide forehead. This face shape does well with a heavier, blunter fringe which gives more coverage to the forehead and balances a prominent chin.
An oval face shape can wear just about any type of fringe in relation to face shape. However, the oval as with any other face shape should take facial features into consideration when choosing the right fringe.
The forehead is a major factor for most when deciding to go with fringe. A large forehead is concealed well with any kind of fringe; a small forehead however should go with something side swept so as not to throw the face off balance.
The eyes are a factor when deciding on fringe also. If the eyes are small and/or close set then don’t let too much forehead above the eyes show. This will put the focal point on the eyes alone, making them appear smaller. A longer fringe will pull the focal point toward the eyes still, but will soften the area around the eyes, lessening the appearance of the eyes being so small. If the eyes are larger, the fringe can be shorter which really accentuates the eyes as being the main focal point.
A prominent nose will only be accentuated by a heavy bang that obscures the some or most of the eye, making the main focal point the nose. Instead go with a side swept and wispy fringe drawing attention to the eyes, or a longer bang that accentuates the cheekbones or jaw line.