How to Tell if Bangs are Right: The Bang Quiz!

Bang Quiz: What Bangs are Best??? 

1.) I have a high forehead.

a) Yes. My forehead (from the hairline to the brow) is greater than equal distance when compared to the length from my brow to nose and nose to chin.

b) Actually, I have a short/low forehead. The distance from my hairline to brow is less than the length from my brow to nose and nose to chin.

c) No. My forehead is pretty average in size.

2.) I would describe my chin and/or nose as strong or prominent.

a) No. My chin and/or nose are not large/prominent features.

b) Yes.

3.) My face shape is wide.

a) No. My face is average width.

b) Yes. I would like to find a style that narrows my face.

c) No. My face shape is narrow or long.

If you answered all A’s: you are a good candidate for straight across bangs.

If you answered all B’s: you are a good candidate for side-swept bangs.

If your face shape is not too wide or too narrow and your forehead is not tall or short, then it is likely that you could pull off a wide variety of bang options from a full bang to no bang.

You may not have answered all A’s or all B’s though. That’s OK! In efforts to make things a little clearer, I am going to break down why I put each question in the quiz and give you some things to consider when thinking about what type of bangs to get. I strongly suggest asking your stylist at your next appointment. He/She will know best how to give you the most customized answer to this question.

The Break-Down: 

1.) High/Low Forehead: Side-swept bangs help to elongate a low forehead. Heavier bangs (like a straight-across bang or a full coverage sweep) help to conceal taller foreheads. If your forehead is average in height you will likely have more options when it comes to choosing your bangs.

2.) Strong/Prominent Chin or Nose: A full or straight across bang can emphasize a strong chin or nose. If this is already a prominent feature it may not be flattering. I would suggest a side-swept bang if you have a large nose and/or chin. However if you do not have a prominent nose or chin, you may be able to pull off a full bang.

3.)   Wide Face Shape: A side-swept bang will help to narrow a wider face. Straight across bangs and middle parts do not typically flatter wider face shapes. If you have an average to narrow face, a side part and/or sweeping bang will likely be a flattering choice.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s side swept long faux-bang elongates a shorter forehead.

Hayden Panettiere’s middle part is less flattering for a wider face shape. A sweeping side bang or wispy full bang is a much better choice.

See the difference? Christina Ricci has a tall forehead. Full-coverage bangs are a much better choice.

Blunt bangs are edgy and add or emphasize definition and structure to the face.

There are several factors to consider when trying to choose the best bangs for your face shape. So feel free to ask questions and look for more article to come on this topic!

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