HOW-TO: The Best Fringe For Your Client's Face

By Lauren Salapatek | 09/16/2013 2:51:00 PM


For the past few years, we’ve seen the resurgence of bangs as a beauty must-have, time and time again. From Michelle Obama’s debut of fringe in January to Hayden Panettiere’s recent blunt bang moment on David Letterman, bangs continue to stay relevant on the beauty and celebrity scene.

Over the past 20+ years that Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, has been styling hair and operating his two eponymous hair salons, he’s seen countless women sit in his chair and ask what type of bangs are best for them. As a result, he decided to share with MODERN his go-to guide on how to choose the best bangs for your face type and hair type.

The Blunt Bang

Posh yet oh-so-bold, the blunt bang is one that makes a statement.

Face Type:

For someone with an oval or square face, blunt bangs can be very flattering. To make the style less severe, angle off the sides of the bangs to be a bit longer than the rest of the fringe. This will help to better incorporate the bangs into the hair style.

Hair Cut/Hair Type:

If done correctly, blunt bangs can compliment both long and short hair cuts. Typically, blunt bangs work best on women with thicker hair, so that there is enough hair to work with to really define and shape the bang.

click image to zoomGetty Images/Flickr RFHave your client's try a blunt bang to make a statement. Credit: Rekha Garton/Getty Images

The Side Swept Bang

Versatile and unassuming, the side swept bang compliments many different face and hair types.

Face Type:

A round face can benefit from a side swept bang because it creates a flattering, angular look that will help to make the face appear longer.

Hair Cut/Hair Type:

Whether you have thin or thick hair, side swept bangs can easily be styled and blow-dried off to the side of the face. Make sure the bang is cut thick, so that it doesn’t appear too soft or too wispy, which for a round face, can be unflattering. Side swept bangs work well with both long and short hair cuts, especially cuts with layers and angles that provide the hair with more shape and definition.

click image to zoomAFP/Getty ImagesThe side swept bang. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

The Wispy Bang

Playful and youthful, wispy bangs can be a great choice for someone who doesn’t want to commit to a full bang.

Face Type:

Heart-shaped faces can benefit from wispy fringe because of the way the hair is layered and feathered. This texture softens the shape of the face and wispy bangs are easy to style in mulitple ways – off to the side, towards the face or back.

Hair Cut/Hair Type:

Thinner hair is ideal for light, wispy bangs because it can easily be cut and shaped to compliment the rest of your hair style. A mid-length cut with layers and angles can compliment a wispy bang. The combination of the light bang with a layered cut makes for great movement in the hair.

click image to zoomGetty Images/VettaWispy Bangs. Credit: Amanda Rohde/Getty Images/Vetta






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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Glen Oropeza    
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York, PA  |  September, 17, 2013 at 09:52 AM

There are way more types of bangs then just those three... nothing talks about accentuating features like eyes, brows, nose, cheeks, or hiding features like a large forehead.

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