Best Bangs For Your Face Shape

Going for fringe? Check out the best and worst styles for your face shape first — you can thank us later

Bangs — gotta love ’em. Well, at least you can love the right bangs for you. The wrong ones can make you look like a junior high kid from the ’80s or a mom from the ’50s — not good.

So what’s the secret to finding the perfect bangs for you? OK, OK, I’ll spill. Lean in close. Closer. Just a little closer. OK, the secret is: YOUR FACE SHAPE! Oops, sorry about the yelling, I forgot you were so close to the screen. But seriously, your face shape is the best way to figure out what bangs hairstyle will look the most fab, and help you steer clear of ones that’ll have you majorly cringing. Because while it only takes a minute to cut bangs, it takes months to grow them out. So let’s get it right the first time around, shall we?

For a little help in that department, I talked to Jet Rhys, stylist for Jet Rhys Salons in San Diego, Calif. who broke it all down for me. Now all you have to do is find your face shape and see which styles will look awesome (and, er, not-so-awesome) on you. And if you don’t know your face shape? Uh, you should find it out immediately, it’s beyond important to know when picking a hairstyle. Luckily, this face shape quiz will hook you up.

And if you’re still unsure on your face shape? Rhys offers a bang hairstyle that’ll work on almost everyone: “A long bang that is layered to be worn to either side will work on any face shape, but beware of long bangs if you have a small forehead as the length will make it look even smaller.”