Getting bangs is a rite of passage in so many people’s lives, whether it’s done on a whim or after months of decision-making. Choosing your style is a big part of that journey, so a little bit of research never hurts. One of the benefits of bangs is how beautifully they frame your face, so it’s especially helpful to know what shape your face is. So, first things first: Identify your face shape (it’s easier than it sounds, promise).
Now you’re ready for step two: choosing your look. We turned to Moroccanoil Celebrity Hairstylist Bryce Scarlett—a.k.a. the man Gigi Hadid, Margot Robbie, Brie Larson and pretty much every other A-lister trusts with their gorgeous hair—to help break down which fringe is best for each shape. Ahead, find your next hairstyle, along with celeb inspiration to screenshot and show your hairstylist. (Oh, and it goes without saying: It's best to go to a trained professional for bangs—or any big hair change—to avoid catastrophe.)
Face Shape: Round
“Full, choppy, piecey bangs that extend from from lash-length to jawbone-length are perfect for round faces,” says Scarlett. Elizabeth Olsen demonstrates the look flawlessly, and Scarlett also cites Goldie Hawn’s iconic long bangs as a style reference.
Face Shape: Oval
As expert bangs-wearer Dakota Johnson has proven time and time again, oval-shaped faces can wear pretty much any bangs style. Still, Scarlett has a favorite, explaining that “Longer, soft, side-swept bangs frame an oval-shaped face.”
Face Shape: Heart
“A straight across, blunt-style bang is best for a heart-shaped face,” recommends Scarlett. Don’t be afraid to go bold—a strong chin and cheekbones balances the hairstyle, as Rashida Jones demonstrates.
Face Shape: Square
Embrace the curtain bang. “A center-parted, softly feathered ‘Bardot’ bang is most suitable for square-shaped faces,” explains Scarlett. Alexa Chung’s now-iconic soft bangs should be at the top of your Pinterest board.
If You Have a Small Forehead
Yes, you can get bangs! “For smaller foreheads, recommend that the bangs start further back on the hairline to give the illusion of a larger forehead,” explains Scarlett. Hannah Simone's fringe is a perfect example; her blunt style is set slightly past her hairline to allow for a little extra length.
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