If you love the variety of hairstyles with bangs seen on celebrities but don’t think you can pull it off, think again. Bangs are usually one of those style changes that scare people off, either because you don’t think your facial shape works with the style or you don’t want to commit to hair that accentuates parts of your face. If you are feeling adventurous and want a new style, InStyle Magazine shares their tips for getting the best looking hair no matter what your facial shape is. If you are unsure what shape your face is, here is a simple way to figure it out: Get a measuring tape and measure the width of your brow, across the cheekbones and the jawline. Next, measure the length of your face. Once you have your measurements, check it against this guide:
Square: Length of the face is equal to the width.
Round: The forehead and jaw are rounded along the edges, and the face is similar in length and width.
Long: The jaw, brow and cheekbones are all similar in width.
Heart: Your brow is wide but the face narrows around the jaw.
Now that you know what shape you have, here are a few hairstyles with bangs that are sure to flatter your face:
Square: Short bob with slanted bangs. The bangs in this style bring the focus up to the eyes, while the shorter bob looks chic without emphasizing the angled jawline. Want a longer style? Keep the hair around the shoulders and add plenty of layers throughout. Part the hair off to the side and add texture to the bangs by layering with a razor.
Round: For the most daring, a pixie is one easy way to accent a round face. Keep the entire style choppy, leaving some length at the top to add height and balance out the round face. For a longer look, a shaggy bob around the neck helps the face appear longer and less rounded. When you have a round face, avoid cutting bangs too close to the jawline which can make your face appear even wider.
Long: A shoulder-length bob is ideal because it keeps the face from looking longer and increases volume around the sides to add width to your profile. Choppy layers and bangs keep hair looking light and airy. For a longer look, try the same style but with more piecey layers throughout.
Heart: Since you have a narrow jaw, the best style with bangs is one that decreases the width of the brow and widens the jaw slightly. One easy style is a sleek pixie with side-swept bangs. For a longer look, look for an asymmetrical bob that has longer, choppy layers around the jawline. This will add volume to the ends of your hair, widening the jaw just enough to balance out the brow bone.