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Bangs come in many different shapes, lengths and styles. From thick, long bangs to wispy, barely there ones, there is a hairstyle with bangs out there for every woman. When choosing yours, consider your face shape and hair type, and ask your hairdresser for advice on the best bang type for you. Then get more bang for your buck by trying different fringe-friendly hairstyles.
Full Frontal Bangs
Go for full bangs that graze your eyelashes and frame your face. If you get slightly longer pieces on the sides of your face, your bangs should blend well into your hair. If block bangs aren't your bag, run a texturizing cream through your fringe to make them piecey. This way, you'll have a bit of forehead peeking out, and your bangs won't look too severe. If you do go for block bangs, avoid blow-drying them with a round brush, which will make them look grade school-ish. Instead, use a paddle brush or flat iron your bangs into place. Thick, blunt bangs look flattering on ladies with long faces.
The side-swept bang is a less severe take on a fringe. This cut works well on ladies with square faces, because it softens the jaw line and draws attention to your eyes. Round-faced ladies can also pull of this face-flattering cut, because it can elongate a short face shape. When styling, give yourself a deep side part and blow-dry your bangs to one side. Use a paddle brush to help flick the ends toward your hair so they will blend well. Alternatively, grab a flat iron and straighten the bangs, pulling them to one side and slightly curling the end pieces of hair.
50s pinup Bettie Page wore her bangs straight across, ending at mid-forehead. Modern-day celebs who've taken on this look include Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera. This bang is not for the faint-hearted, since it attracts a lot of attention. Wear your hair straight if you're going to try this look; too curly or wavy and the bang can look plain weird. If you're seriously into the retro-glam look, accessorize your bangs with red lipstick and liquid eyeliner for a look that screams "Wow!"
Long, Face-Framing Bangs
If you don't want to take the plunge and have your bangs cut short, consider getting them cut past your eyes and sweeping them to one side. Unlike shorter, side-swept bangs, longer ones are more manageable because you can pin them up or pull them into a ponytail. Make yours sleek with shine-enhancing products such as serum and shine spray. Long bangs can add instant glamour to any hairstyle, from a ponytail to long, loose locks.