Read This Before You Get Bangs

Photo: MediaPunch/REX USA.
"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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Photo: Copyright 20th Century Fox/Everett/REX USA.
Long & Split: Brigitte Bardot
Long bangs that are split down the middle soften square faces, explains stylist Matthew Monzon. Fluffy texture and volume at the crown only enhances the appeal. The best part? When you put up your hair, it gives your fringe an instant, brand-new allure.
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Photo: Camilla Morandi/REX USA.
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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Photo: MediaPunch/REX USA.
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: James McCauley/REX USA.
Short-Hair Fringe: Michelle Williams
Short-haired ladies look sweet with bangs that are the longest part of the cut, says Monzon. Michelle Williams' pixie (RIP) is the perfect example.
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Photo: Gregory Pace/BEImages.
Choppy: Kate Moss
The best way to get brow-skimming bangs to remain front and center is “to blowdry them downward with a small, flat brush and finish them with a flat iron,” says stylist Creighton Bowman. We love the piece-y texture on Kate Moss' fringe here — it feels a little more approachable than a blunt style and more modern than the Bardot center-split.
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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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Photo: Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images.
Shaggy: Freja Beha Erichsen
Got waves? Rock a full-frontal fringe! Rough-dry bangs for a natural, textured finish, suggests stylist Anh Co Tran. Dry shampoo — especially the kind that imparts a little bit of texture — will bestow your bangs with extra oomph, even when you've skipped your regular lather-rinse-repeat routine.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
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.
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Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages.
Short & Blunt: Rooney Mara
For a blunt fringe à la Ms. Mara, Tran suggests prepping bangs with shine serum pre-blowdry. Then, “create lightweight definition with Shu Uemura texture spray and a touch of L’Oréal Elnett to finish them off without weighing them down,” says Monzon. This is a committed style without a doubt, so realize that you will have to play to the graphic, geometric nature of the cut.
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Photo: James Devaney/Getty Images.
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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