Bang! Bang!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Ready to frame that perfect face of yours? Here are six of the best hairstyles with bangs.

Bangs are back with – well, a bang. The sexiest fringe is bold and blunt, long and side-swept, or short and ingénue-like. Allure shows us how to get the celebrity styles of the moment – for every length, texture, and face shape.

Bang! bang!

LONG AND SIDE-SWEPT

These sleek bangs are flattering for every face shape. ‘This look is sexy and mysterious,’ says Garren of the Garren New York salon. Ask your stylist to cut long bangs at an angle, so they blend in with the rest of your hair. If you can get away with it, tuck your bangs behind one ear and let them air dry. Otherwise, comb styling cream through wet bangs (or gel, if you have curly hair). Pop a nozzle attachment on your hair dryer, and direct the airflow straight down from the roots. Bonus: The style works on all face shapes, hair textures, and lengths.

LONG AND THICK

On long, straight cuts, blunt bangs have a cool ’60s vibe. This heavy brow-skimming fringe suits thick hair (fine hair gets wispy) and makes oval faces seem thinner. Avoid this cut if you have strong cowlicks at the crown; they can cause unwanted separation in your bangs. To re-create Olivia Wilde’s look, prep wet bangs with styling cream and blow-dry with a vent brush, making crisscross motions to eliminate your natural part. Finish by quickly sweeping a flat iron over the hair in an arc, which helps the ends lay flat against the forehead. ‘It makes the bangs look more polished,’ Garren says. If bangs begin to separate later in the day, mist a dry shampoo at the roots and massage through bangs with your fingertips.

LONG, FACE-FRAMING BANGS

‘Bangs that hit right at the corners of your eyes highlight the cheekbones,’ says Garren. That’s especially flattering to oval and round faces. Use a small comb to pull bangs away from the face while blow-drying, creating volume. Then part them down the center and smooth a flat iron over the ends. Since this look draws attention to the eyes, play them up with black liquid liner.

Bang! Bang!

LONG, PIECEY BANGS

Alexa Chung’s bangs are quirky and cool – not prim and proper. ‘The separation in the middle adds a little imperfection to the style,’ Garren says, ‘It gives off a rocker vibe.’ Roughly blow-dry the hair without a nozzle attachment until the hair is about halfway dry. Then run a brush through the bangs before letting them air-dry the rest of the way. ‘These bangs work on all face shapes as long as you mess them up with your fingers to give them some separation,’ says Garren. Tame fly-aways with a dab of styling wax or cream, and set with hair spray.

SHORT BANGS

Mini bangs make a pixie cut, like Ginnifer Goodwin’s, appear ‘more ingénue and gamine,’ says Garren. They also slim a round face and make a small forehead appear longer. Ask your stylist to cut blunt bangs two inches back from your brows, he says. Let them air-dry, and then use a pea-size amount of pomade to create a piecey texture and control flyways. ‘Push bangs to the side,’ he says. ‘It makes them look cooler.’

CLIP-IN BANGS

‘This is a great way to add fringe without the commitment of actually cutting your hair,’ Garren says. For faux bangs that look natural (like Kim Kardashian’s), find a hairpiece that matches your hair color and texture. Garren recommends getting the bangs custom colored and cut by your stylist, but bangs with longer pieces at the sides easily mix into hair, making fake fringe look real. Part your own hair down the middle, tease the roots, and mist them with hair spray before clipping in the piece about an inch or two back from the hairline. Finish by brushing your real hair over the piece to blend the bangs with the rest of the hair. Expert tip: Try clip-ins if you’re considering getting bangs—it’s a great way to test out the look temporarily. The pros rely on human hairpieces, like Helena Collection.

Originally written by Renee Trilivas, this article appeared on Allure.com.

Images: PRPhotos.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Sue1N

    Love the long, side-swept & face-framing bangs!

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Long and side swept are my favorite type although I would never have them myself.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riana Alexander

    I never liked Bangs – but I might give it a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I hated my blunts bangs as a kid and grew out of them as soon as i finished school. Now that I’m older, I’m loving the blunt bangs and super long straight hair.

    6 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    Love fringes. I have always had one.

    7 years ago •

  1. Ting

    Long and side-swept is probably the best bet – I want to get this cut soon.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    cant have bangs as my face is round

    7 years ago •

  1. mika24

    I have long piecey bangs and love it. I dont grow them out because I think they frame my face well.

    7 years ago •

  1. PrincessNoo

    Ive always loved the long and thick bang but usually keep mine for winter as it gets a bit sticky in summer.

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Like the idea of the Clip on bangs

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I always had bangs…short and long and side-swept so this is really like one article about me ;)

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Nice article. Bangs can actually change ones look but difficult to mainain/ manage.. I would wear a clip or headband the next 3 days after.

    7 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    I have long straight hair, with my blunt bang-bang :P Lucky me can also wear them side swept :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Ladies are looking fab with their hairstyles.

    7 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Awesome,this is just what I needed,thanks

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Bangs never suited me. Surely going to try the clip in ones like Kim’s. They look Sexy on her! Thanks for the tips on clip ins!

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Not fond of the long-face-framing-bangs – it just looks like bangs grown out.

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love long and side swept! And clip in is great to try out before taking the cut

    7 years ago •

  1. Alicia

    Loving the side swept bangs it just so happens to be my current hairstyle:) , love the long and thick bangs as well.

    7 years ago •

  1. Charne

    Great article. I’m off to the salon to get me some bangs.

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Great article I love all these looks!!! fun article thank you

    7 years ago •

  1. Crystal

    right, got my hairdresser to give me this (hair was all one length) and she went nuts – ended up with bangs the same length as my son – boohoo hoo – not for me. now waiting patiently for it to grow:(

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I wanted a bang for a long time, but was a bit sceptical on whether it will suit my face and something versatile, thanks to this article it seems as if the side swept is best suited for my needs right now.

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I really want to cut myself a bang but had the fear of being annoyed with it or that it would not suit my face but luckily i’ve now realised that the long and side swept option is probably the best option right now..

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    I love side-swept. Always looks classy.

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Also love the long and side swept.

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    I love them all! Thanks for the article

    7 years ago •

  1. Judy

    I have bangs. And I have fine, curly hair… Not the best combination because every time I was my hair I have to use a straightening iron on my bangs and I have a suspicion I might be doing some irreversible damage. But if I use a heat protecting cream, my hair gets greasy super quickly. Help!

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    The short bags is looking lovely. very nice, I like

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    The side swept bangs are awesome!

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Bangs can really change your face. I’ve tried it once and it looked nice but hard to maintain and I’ve never cut them again. But my fave look on ladies with straight hair is the side swept one.

    7 years ago •

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