Your Ultimate Guide To Getting Bangs

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By Justine Marjan

If you're looking for a new hairstyle but are wary of dramatic change, look no further! A big transformation can be intimidating, which is why we love the idea of adding fringe to quickly update your look. There are lots of different options available, so check out our suggestions to find the variation that’s best for you.

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Blunt
Are you inspired by '60s flair? Then an eyebrow-grazing, blunt bang may be just the thing. A fringe like this tends to work best on long, oval, or heart-shaped faces — and for those of us who may not mind styling our hair. To keep these looking fresh, you can’t be afraid of maintenance. You’ll want to trim them every two weeks and blow-dry them straight out of the shower to control unruly cowlicks. Make sure your stylist sections your bangs from the arch or outer eyebrows to best suit your face.
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Micro Blunt
Do you want to make a statement with your bangs? Do you have impeccable eyebrows that need to be shown off? Then you must try a mini-blunt bang. Though not for everyone, these look especially great on girls with jaw-dropping eyebrows, strong cheekbones, soft features, and perhaps larger foreheads. Micro bangs can do wonders for smaller face shapes — to open up the hairline and frame the eyes. The grow-out can also be nice if you want to experiment with longer lengths between touch-ups.

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Piecey
A softer version of the blunt bang, these tend to grow out nicely and can easily be pushed to the side after a few weeks. The wispy edges make them romantic and seductive. We suggest using a lightweight styling paste, such as Davines Medium Hold Styling Paste, to bring more texture to the edges or to roughen up the bangs for a more natural feel.

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Micro-Piecey
A micro-piecey bang can be the perfect addition to a textured haircut with a lot of layers, or a blunt cut that needs contrast. As with all short bangs, make sure your eyebrows are well-kept to keep your look polished. These look great on round, oval, square, diamond-, or heart-shaped faces when done correctly. We suggest using a wax or pomade — Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax is a great option — to bring out texture and separation. These are perfect for low-maintenance gals who want something that looks styled without having to do much.
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Middle-Parted
Is it just us, or is Bardot having a major comeback? Nothing is more chic than the right eyebrow-grazing, middle-parted fringe — when done just right. Make sure to go to an experienced stylist if opting for something like this, as this type of bang can get unruly very quickly. If you’re in the process of growing out your bangs, this is absolutely the look for you. To style, we suggest using a small/medium boar-bristle brush like Spornette Round Brush and blow-drying the bangs forward towards your nose, creating a slight bend at the edges. Let cool with bang clips, and you’ve got the seductive look we all swoon over.
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Side-Swept
By far the most popular style, a side-swept bang is flattering on virtually everyone. This is the best bet for girls who haven’t tried bangs before and are looking for a change. An experienced stylist can choose a length that's flattering for your face shape, but we love something that starts over the arch of one eyebrow and ends just above the cheekbones. We suggest keeping the ends textured to avoid a bulky grow-out.

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