Get a Bang Out of Bangs

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Get a Bang Out of Bangs
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Cutting bangs is a fun way to heat up your hairstyle, but taking the plunge requires a little research. The cut of your bangs depends on your hair texture, face shape and the time you’re prepared to spend styling them. Beverly Hills-based celebrity hair stylist and colorist Tara Blackstock-Carlson gives eHow her simple guide to bangs, from different style suggestions to how-to tips.

Style Suggestion: Get Heavy
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Style Suggestion: Get Heavy

“Heavy bangs that taper off longer on either side, creating an upside-down crescent shape are hot right now,” Blackstock-Carlson says. "It should be just above your eye in the middle, then the outer edges reach your cheekbones.”

Style Suggestion: Small Faces
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Style Suggestion: Small Faces

“If you have a shorter forehead -- if the distance between your brow and hairline is less than two inches -- you’re probably not a great candidate for dramatic bangs,” notes Blackstock-Carlson. Instead of a heavy fringe, opt for a longer, angled style. “Start your bangs further back from your hairline toward your crown as this gives the illusion of a longer forehead.”

Style Suggestion: Cowlick Cure
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Style Suggestion: Cowlick Cure

“If you have a cowlick in the front of your hairline, bangs are going to be harder to style.” Follow Blackstock-Carlson's advice: "Blow out your bangs or flat iron them, then while they’re hot, hold them flat to your forehead for at least three seconds. Repeat this a few times to train your hair not to pop back up.”

Style Suggestion: Side-Swept
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Style Suggestion: Side-Swept

“If you have curly hair, side-swept bangs like Heidi Klum's would be most effective,” Blackstock Carlson advises. “You can blow them out a little easier and even keep a little of the curl in there.” Side-swept styles can also look better on those with wider faces, as they have a slimming effect.

Style Suggestion: Cheekbone Skimming
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Style Suggestion: Cheekbone Skimming

“If you have a long-shaped face, bangs that layer to your cheekbones will flatter and make your face appear wider,” Blackstock-Carlson said.

How-To Tip: Brush It Out
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How-To Tip: Brush It Out

If your hair is thick or unmanageable, use this trick from Blackstock-Carlson to blow out your bangs straight: "Take a flat paddle brush and blow the hair first to one side of your face, then to the other, almost like you’re ‘wrapping’ your bangs onto your forehead. When you’re done they should fall evenly onto your forehead.”

How-To Tip: Take the Time
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How-To Tip: Take the Time

“Realize that bangs take work for most people,” Blackstock-Carlson says. “Unless you have easy hair and can just leave your hair to air dry, your bangs will take a lot of maintenance. This is not a wash-and-go style.” Work styling your bangs into your morning routine.

How-To Tip: Clip It
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How-To Tip: Clip It

If you’re not sure about bangs or want to try a very dramatic fringe, try clip-in ones. “They’re so easy to put in and remove,” notes Blackstock-Carlson . “You simply clip them in where you would normally place a headband. It usually looks best if your hair is pulled into a ponytail as the join is less obvious.”

How-To Tip: Keep It Clean
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How-To Tip: Keep It Clean

"I advise clients to use as little styling product as possible in the bangs to avoid forehead breakouts," Blackstock-Carlson said. "Especially avoid any products containing oil."

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