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Cute bang styles
January 4, 2018, 4:35 pm

What can make a face softer but edgier at the same time? Bangs. The style can enhance any face shape provided you wear them the right way. Here are a few ideas with fringe benefits, along with tips from hairstylists on how to pull them off.

Classic bangs: Perhaps best known as Audrey Hepburn bangs, this cut falls mid-length with uneven, wispy ends. At the salon, request to have your hair cut with a little razor to help soften the edges. Oval faces are ideal for this style, but anyone can try it. If your hair is prone to cowlicks, start sleeping with a headband on to flatten your bangs out. In the morning, add volume back by applying a spritz of volumizing spray.

Free-spirited fringe: For more of a boho look, go for medium length bangs. It’s slightly messy and that’s the beauty of it. As the ends hit pretty close to eyes, trims may be needed on the regular, depending on how fast your hair grows. Aim to find a salon that offers complimentary or inexpensive bang trims. It will save you in the long run. To keep your hair looking like a cute mess instead of a hot one, dry hair 90 percent and apply a tiny dab of a styling paste to keep flyaways at bay.

Curly bangs: For all the ladies out there with naturally curly hair — whether that may be corkscrew, ringlets, spirals or gentle waves — know this: bangs can add a nice softness to your face and overall haircut. You can get this look by investing in a small barrel curling iron to define random pieces to keep your strands looking fresh. Statement-making bangs: Bangs cut above the brows are strong, which is ideal for round or square faces. Flatironing these bangs once they’re blown dry gives them edgy definition. To avoid having your bangs cut too short, ask your stylist to trim them gradually. A quarter of an inch too short may not matter when you’re getting a haircut, but it makes a big difference with bangs. Ask your stylist to cut them longer at first and take them up in increments until you reach the perfect length.

Lash-grazing:  Trimmed to the eyelashes and angled down slightly at the temples, this bang shape packs major attitude while adding mystery, and are the focus of the entire hairstyle. Dramatic as it is, the horizontal line softens any woman with a heart-shaped face. Since blunt fringe is heavy and adds width, it also flatters oval faces. To maintain the look, blow-dry them with a round brush. Determine how smooth your hair gets when you blow-dry it before you cut anything. Ask your stylist to cut your bangs while they are dry (hair stretches when it’s wet), so you’ll know exactly how they’ll fall.

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