How to Choose the Right Types of Bangs for Your Face Shape

There’s a perfect fringe for every face shape, and if you haven’t found the right type of bangs for yours, we’re here to help!

While bangs can be a bit tricky to pull off for some people, there’s a tried-and-tested formula to rocking the perfect fringe, making it possible for everyone to nail this stylish hairstyle. It’s got a lot to do with shapes and symmetry (how were you at geometry class?). Basically, it’s how the shape of the bangs flatter the shape of your faceLucky for you, you don’t have to be a geometry wiz to figure out which types of bangs will work for you—that’s what we’re here for! No, we’re not geometry geniuses either, but we do know a lot about hair; and we’re happy to share with you what we know!

1. Side-swept Bangs

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The right types of bangs for round face: thick and side-swept. Credit: indigitalimages

If your face is round, go for thicker, side-swept bangs. This would create definition and add the illusion of angles to your rounded facial features. Never go for blunt bangs as this would emphasize the fullness of your cheeks and would make your face look even shorter.

2. Messy bangs with layers

Let these shattered or messy bangs overlap with your eyes and your brows, so they can better frame your face. These would look amazing even if you decide to put your hair in a ponytail, as it takes away the attention from the roundness of the face.

3. Rounded Blunt Bangs

Asian woman with curly bob and fringe wearing a rust-colored top
Rounded blunt bangs give off a softer look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Another flattering type of bangs for round face is having your fringe rounded and blunt. This would look best if you have a layered shoulder-length hair as it would perfectly frame your face from your forehead to your cheeks and down to your chin.

1. Heavy Fringe

Asian woman with long hair and blunt bangs wearing an orange blouse
Got an elongated face? A heavy fringe can help offset the length of your face shape. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If you have a long face, getting bangs is actually a good idea. Long, heavy fringe that hits the eyebrows balances out the length of your face. It makes your face appear shorter by covering your forehead. Just remember: micro bangs is not your friend, so stay away!

Editor’s tip: Your bangs can get greasy easily because it absorbs the oil and sweat on your forehead. To keep it looking fresh throughout the day, spritz your fringe with TONI&GUY Matte Texture Dry Shampoo. It will keep your bangs from clumping together in weird, greasy chunks.

2. Angled side bangs

Woman with short hair and side swept bangs wearing a striped asymmetrical top
Side bangs make for a soft, gently look. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re not too keen on having a heavy and full fringe, then you can go for angled side-swept bangs instead. This creates an interesting frame for your long face without being bothersome since the angled style won’t have the bangs hitting your eyes constantly.

3. Center-parted curtain bangs

Asian woman with long hair and curtain bangs wearing a gray cardigan
Curtain bangs parted at the center creates symmetry while offsetting a long face shape. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Another style that would effortlessly frame a long face is by having the bangs parted at center. Given that you have a full fringe, all you’ll need to do is literally part your hair and subsequently, your bangs, at the dead center. This would look best if you have a bit longer length of hair.

1. Long Choppy Fringe

types of bangs for heart-shaped face: choppy
The right types of bangs for heart-shaped face: Long and choppy.

Go for long, choppy fringe if you have a heart-shaped face. This type of bangs would balance out your wide-forehead-pointy-chin combination. Experiment with different looks. Be careful with bangs that are too short or too heavy, as they may not give your heart-shaped face the right balance that it needs.

2. Layered, wispy bangs

Asian woman with long black hair and wispy bangs
Wispy bangs give your wide forehead some coverage without looking too heavy. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Keep it light with wispy and layered bangs. This type of bangs makes for a great “off-duty” look and doesn’t require much maintenance. Just make sure that the length slightly overlaps with your brows and eyes and give it a tousle every once in a while using your hands.

Editor’s Tip: Complete the effortless feel of your wispy and layered hair using TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. Spritz this on damp or dry hair to give more definition to your layers, resulting in that naturally tousled hairstyle.

3. Tapered bangs

Tapered bangs pretty much look like a full fringe that covers just about the entirety of your forehead, and can sometimes look like it was merely attached to the top of your head. This type of bangs can require a bit more maintenance but the result looks nothing short of chic.

1. Long fringe

types of bangs for square-shaped face
Soften up your angular features with a long fringe. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you have a strong jawline, opt for a fringe that is longer, heavier and more rounded,to soften up your angular features. But if you really want to go for blunt bangs, which would emphasize the prominent angles of your face, make sure to add some subtle layers and make it a little rounded for a softer look

Editor’s tip: Nothing ruins a good hairstyle like frizzy strands. Unless you’re going for a messy look, you want even your bangs to look soft, smooth, and perfect. To get rid of frizz, use conditioner that’s designed to make your keep frizz at bay, like Cream Silk Standout Straight Conditioner. It has Frizz Defense Complex which is specially designed to make unruly and frizzy hair straighter, smoother, more beautiful.

2. A-shaped or veiled bangs

Asian woman with top know and veiled bangs wearing a jumper dress
Pair a top know with your veiled bangs for a quirky look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

A-shaped or veiled bangs often touch the eyebrows, eyelashes, and even the cheeks, depending on the length that you want it. It creates a veil-like image with a slight part somewhere in the middle and falling heavier on the sides of your face.

3. Rounded and soft

If you’re not really looking to playing it safe and want to push the boundaries of your style, then having rounded and soft— and slightly blunt—bangs could be your best option. Often seen on fashion personalities like bloggers, this is an upgraded look that you can don from day to night.

1. Baby Bangs

types of bangs - micro for oval face shape
Oval-shaped faces can pull off different types of bangs, including a stylish and edgy micro fringe!

Girl, you are absolutely lucky! Oval is the most balanced, most versatile face type, and it allows you to pull off practically every hairstyle. Take advantage of your asset and don’t be afraid to try edgy, dramatic looks like baby bangs or a pixie cut with short fringe.

2. Wispy bangs

Asian woman with wispy bangs and hair in a ponytail wearing long sleeves
Let wispy bangs frame your perfectly balanced oval face shape. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Similar to having a long face, wispy bangs can also help in framing an oval-shaped face. It’s completely up to you if you have it layered or have it at just one length. The key is to make it look tousled with the length reaching at least your eyebrows.

3. Textured bangs

Woman with two braids with bangs wearing a printed top outdoors
Tie or braid the rest of your hair to draw attention to your textured bangs. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Want a bit more edge to go with your look? Textured bangs are the way to go. Having textured bangs simply means having uneven layers, with some strands falling on your cheekbones and some cut short above your eyebrows.

1. Round, side-swept bangs

Another variation to side-swept bangs is by having it look a bit fuller, as though it was styled with a hair dryer. Match this type of bangs with a length that falls below your shoulder to further frame your rectangular-shaped face much more seamlessly.

2. Straight-across Heavy Bangs

types of bangs for face shape: the model is wearing heavy make up and has one hand on the side of her head
Full bangs on medium-length straight hair look fabulous. Credit: Shutterstock

The most no-fail way of having bangs for a rectangular face is having full and heavy bangs with the same length. This would shorten the length of your face, while also becoming the main focus of your features—as opposed to highlighting your jawline.

1. Long side-swept bangs

Create more depth while also flattering your face shape with long side-swept bangs. The way to pull it off is by maintaining the length of your bangs—to the point that it reaches your cheekbones and even go a little longer than that.

Editor’s Tip: Keeping these longer strands in place may be quite difficult, so you’ll need the help of a reliable hairspray like TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray to give your bangs more hold throughout the day.

2. Curtain bangs

Asian woman with long hair and curtain bangs against a blue backgound
Curtain bangs work well with diamond face shapes, too. Credit: Natasha Estelle

One way to style your semi-full fringe is by creating a curtain-like effect. You can choose to part it in the middle or somewhere by the side, as long as it shows a bit of your forehead without fully exposing it.

3. Baby Bangs and Long, Curly Hair

types of bangs for face shape: model is wearing a nice red top and her hand is on her chin as she smiles shyly at the camera
Curls and baby bangs look perfect together. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Flaunt that kilay on fleek by going for short bangs. These baby bangs don’t just add oomph to your curly hair but also helps give you a more balanced face shape. It’s the perfect type of bangs for your face shape and the perfect length that doesn’t irritate your eyes.

Editor’s tip: If you use a curling wand to create waves on your hair and a flat iron for your baby bangs, then make sure to apply a heat protection spray like VO5 Heat Protect Spray. It keeps your hair from getting dry and brittle and gives it a smooth and shiny finish. 

You’ve probably been itching to get that bangs for a long time now and just doubtful if it will work for you. Well, with a guide to getting the right type of bangs for your face shape, we’re pretty sure you’ll get it right! So go ahead and schedule an appointment with your stylist, asap!

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