Bangs are largely a personal preference issue. Some women need a hairstyle that features
bangs because they have a high, broad forehead and need to camouflage the excess area in order to create a balance in the face. The
length of the bangs in this case is determined by how much of the forehead needs to be covered or obscured.
However, many women prefer
to wear bangs simply as a matter of fashion, or because it is the current trend. In these cases, the length of the bangs must take into
consideration the overall balance of the features since bangs that are too long or too short can create emphasis on features that otherwise would not be so prominent.
As mentioned before, the length of the bangs has to take into consideration more than just the
length or width of the forehead. You must also consider the other features of the face.
If, for example, a woman has small, close-set eyes and wears her bangs short (covering less than
half the distance from her hairline to her brows), then the excess forehead area may cause the eyes to appear even smaller. On the other
hand, if the woman has large open and expressive eyes, having the bangs hang far over the brows and onto the upper cheek will make the face look crowded.
Another example would be the effect of long bangs on a woman with a prominent nose. If the bangs
obscure the forehead and eyes, then the most immediately visible facial feature will be the nose, which in other circumstances might
not be that noticeable, but becomes out of balance without the counter-point of the eyes and brows.
Another important factor in creating the proper bangs look also takes the facial shape and features
into account is that of the shape of the bangs, or the cutting line of the bangs. The most common shapes of bangs are blunt cut
horizontal, tapered horizontal, curved blunt cut, curved and tapered and staggered or textured.
The horizontal cut bangs – basically those where the bangs are created by cutting a straight
horizontal line across the forehead – tend to be only appropriate for those individual who have longer or narrower faces. Persons with
wide faces often find their faces look far too wide with horizontal bangs because of the way such horizontal lines draw the eye outward.
The variation between blunt and tapered bangs comes into play depending on whether the individual in question needs concealment of the
forehead for whatever reason, or simply needs obscuring – or perhaps if a softer look is desired.
Curved bangs are generally most appealing when worn by those individuals who have a square face
shape and/or angular features in order to soften the look of the face. This style is not recommended for those who have a round face,
as the repetition of the curved line only exaggerates the roundness. In addition, if the individual has widely-set eyes, the lowered
sides of the bangs can make the eyes appear crowded, exaggerating the width.
There is a variant to the curved bangs style that has become increasingly popular in recent years.
This variant is side-swept bangs. This bangs style is created by cutting the bangs to taper in length from one side to the other.
Typically, the bangs are cut so that the longest length is sufficient to be combed across the forehead and tucked behind the opposite
ear. This allows the hair to be styled into a smooth sweep of bangs without an overabundance of bulkiness. The bangs can also be styled
in the opposite direction to create a softer effect.
The staggered or textured bangs look is actually a variation of the other two main styles – these
styles being heavily razored or point-cut to create wispy or tendril-like bangs that do little to cover the forehead area, but rather
add some visual interest to the hairstyle.
• Always make certain that your bangs “hang”. Cutting bangs so short that the hair
sticks out away from the forehead defeats the purpose that having bangs serves.
Be especially careful if you have very coarse or curly hair, as coarse hair tends
to require more weight to hold it down, and curly hair will tend to draw tighter
when it is cut. Remember, when in doubt, leave the bangs longer than you
intend, you can always trim more length, but reclaiming the length takes time.
• Be careful of over-styling the bangs area of your hair. Because it is a section of
the hair more exposed than most of your hair to sun, sweat, wind, etc. and is
often fretted with and restyled most often throughout the day, the bangs can be
badly damaged if you don’t take measures to protect it.
• Feel free to leave your bangs a utilitarian length. There are many ways in which
to style and wear your bangs, and you may want to be able to create a variety of
looks by using accessories and or products to shape the bangs in countless
ways. Be creative and have fun.