Read This Before You Get Bangs

"Should I get bangs?" It's an eternal question that plagues many of our brains. You've probably considered taking the plunge at least once. Well, here's a friendly PSA from R29 Beauty: The year to make it happen is 2015. Plus, winter — with its cooler temps (no sweaty foreheads) and lack of humidity (see ya, frizz!) — is the perfect time to give the fringe a shot.

If you’ve never been banged, you probably require a little guidance — and maybe some encouragement. So, we asked a few celeb hairstylists for their expert advice on the best look for each face shape and how to style 'em all, as well as pulled some pics of our favorite fringed muses for inspiration.


Click through to find the right bangs for you. Then, call your salon — a DIY cut is not the way to start your new year.

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Side-Swept: Emma Stone
Heart-shaped faces look great with a side-sweep, says Monzon. It breaks up the forehead and softens the point of your chin for a more balanced effect.
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Extreme Side-Sweep: Taylor Swift
Rounder faces should start their fringe from a far side-part, says Monzon. This adds a sharp line to an otherwise circular face, which helps enhance your jawline and forehead.
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Photo: REX USA.
Face-Framing: Alexa Chung
These sorts of bangs often look like they've grown out, which is part of their effortless appeal. They also blend seamlessly into layers and can create the illusion of thicker hair for finer types. With longer fringe, start by blowdrying with a paddle brush, and then add a subtle bend by switching to a medium round brush when hair is nearly dry, says Bowman.
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Short & Textured: Audrey Hepburn
With shorter looks, you’ll need to “brush [bangs] from left to right and vice versa with a paddle brush to neutralize any cowlicks,” says Tran. Audrey's baby bangs are a style that takes a certain amount of confidence, but it's not the least bit dated — that easy, feathered bend keeps them totally chic.
Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages.
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Long & Blunt: Beyoncé
With blunt styles, frequent salon trims may become necessary, which may dissuade low-maintenance types. But, the payoff can be spectacular — especially for longer face shapes, who benefit from the balancing effects of a straight-across fringe. Fair warning: Do not try this at home unless you have professional shears, confidence in your abilities, and a steady hand. If your hair pro is your pal, offer her a little bit of an extra tip to help give you some pointers.
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