What to Know Before You Cut Bangs

April 18, 2012
BANGS!  If there is one thing my clients are the most back and forth about, it's their bangs.  We've all been there.  There are a few things to consider before you decide to cut your bangs.

1.  What type of bang you want
2.  You hair texture/type
3.  Your face shape

Before you cut, know exactly what kind of bang you want so you can tell your stylist.  Here are a few options:

1.  Straight across - blunt

2.  Straight across - textured

4.  Side swept - short

5.  Side swept - long

Some of us will never have bangs like this, including me:

I just don't have the right hair texture! 

1. If you have thick hair -
Blunt, thick and heavy bangs work well on thick hair.   If you want more of a feathered or soft bang, be prepared for a lot of texturizing and thinning.

2. If you have fine hair -
Soft and feathered bangs work well on fine hair.  Don't bring in a picture of Zooey Deschanel!  It's just not gonna happen.  If you want your bangs to look thicker, ask for blunt bangs, or try pulling a lot of hair forward in your bangs like Carrie Underwood:

You can also try clip in bangs.

1.  If you have a round face:
The goal is to use your bangs to break up the roundness of your face.  Long bangs that sweep the cheekbone work great on round faces.  Avoid center parts and volume at the sides.

2.  If you have an oval face:
Since the oval is the most balanced face shape, nearly any type of bang will look good on you.  If your face is more oblong, try a wider straight across bang to add width to your face.

3.  If you have a square face:
Go for a softer bang.  Blunt or heavy bangs will only make your face look more square, while razored bangs will soften a strong jaw line.

4.  If you have a heart face:
Use your bangs to balance out your face shape by making your forehead look slimmer.  Side-swept bangs or straight across bangs work well.  Keep your straight across bangs at least to the brow, and try to end them before your temples, making your forehead look more narrow.

A few more things to consider:

Cowlicks - the best way to deal with a cowlick in bangs is the keep them long or thick.  Short, thin bangs + a cowlick = a disaster!

Styling  - A lot of how bangs look on celebrities depends on how they are styled.  Are they curled?  How are they blow dried?  Do they piece them out with hair product?  Pay attention to those details so your bangs can look just like the picture you brought in.

Be realistic - I love these bangs-

But think about it, is it really the actual bangs that I love?  Or is it the whole look - the cute side braid and how it's curled and the hat.  Or is it just the fact that it's Rachel McAdams and she always looks amazing.
When you look for pictures of bangs, looks for pictures of celebrities at public appearances or doing real things, rather than from photo shoots.  This will give you a better idea of what bangs really look like and how they'll look on you.

Happy bang cutting!