Bangs Breakdown: How To Style Your Fringe

Bangs, like their cousin, the bob, are one of those hairstyles that never really go out of style, but instead, enjoy brief periods of popularity each season. Thanks to stars like Jessica Biel and Katie Holmes, it seems it's once again time for our fringe infatuation to kick into high-gear.
The reason this 'do continues to prevail is that it's one of most striking, yet still understated things you can do to your mane. A pixie is very in-your-face (and let's be honest, it doesn't really work on every face) and pastel hair color practically screams "look at me!" to passersby, but bangs, when done right, have a kind of quiet bad-assery and an air of mystery that draws people in without hitting them over the head with a sign that says, "hey look, I'm edgy!".
To the untrained eye, it may seem that all bangs are created equal, but in reality, there are subtle nuances to each style of fringe. We asked Tresemmé celebrity stylist John D., who works with Krysten Ritter and Lea Michele, to enlighten us on the five most copy-worthy looks, plus his tips on how best to wear them. Read on for the full bangs breakdown.
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The Blunt Bang

This bold take on bangs, as worn to best effect by the luminescent Rooney Mara, makes the strongest style statement, but according to John D., is the least versatile of all the looks — the weight line makes it harder to blend the bangs into the rest of your hair. He recommends this style for girls with straight, medium-textured hair. It's also a high-maintenance cut, requiring a trim about every two weeks.

"To style the blunt bang, blowdry hair straight down using a bristle brush," he says. "Finish by spraying with a strong hold hairspray. I like Tresemmé Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray. It's got a natural hold that resists humidity, so it keeps those bangs in line."

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The Piece-y Bang

John D. created Krysten Ritter's signature hairstyle by cutting a blunt bang and then "chipping" into it to soften it up and create a lighter weight line on the ends. "The piece-y look is a more versatile take on a heavy or blunt bang," he says. "The weight of the bang is lighter and has a separated texture, making it easier to style them to the side, as well as straight forward." This style is best for those with thin or medium hair — the texture in the bang adds extra volume to less-than-thick locks, giving the illusion of a fuller-looking mane.

"I like to dry the hair using a small bristle brush while I blowdry," he says. "A trick I use is to direct the bangs in multiple directions. This technique leaves the style with a touch of softness. To finish, apply a smoothing serum for extra shine and to tame any flyaways."

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The Side-Swept Bang

Emma Stone's pushed-to-the-side bangs are actually more like the shortest layer of a layered hairstyle. This length gives them tons of versatility, as you can wear them pretty much any way you can imagine. "This style works well with almost all textures, but especially really wavy hair," says John D. "It's also less of a style commitment. I usually recommend this option to an apprehensive, first-time bang wearer, because it's easy to style and to grow out."

"Start by blowdrying the hair with a round brush, which lends itself to the swoop of the bangs. Finish with a workable hold hairspray."

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The Rounded Bang

The secret behind Lea Michele's cool cut is that it blends in seamlessly to the rest of her hair. The bangs frame the browline, but are graduated to be shorter in the center and longer on the sides. This gives it a bit of a rocker-chick appeal and is great for girls with angular faces because it will soften up their contours.

"This style can be achieved by blowdrying hair forward using a round brush to emphasize the shape," says John D. "Finish off the style using a spritz of workable hold hairspray."

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The Long Bang

A brow-grazing fringe like Rose Byrne's is great for girls with long faces or high foreheads because it shortens the appearance of your visage and gives you a more proportionate look. While it works with most hair textures, you will need to get regular trims to avoid having hair hanging in your eyes all the time.

"To style a long bang, blowdry hair forward using a paddle brush," he says. "The paddle brush will help smooth the style as it dries. Finish with a spritz of hairspray for hold."

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