Bangs are one of those haircuts that can instantly change your look, especially when you take the different types of bangs into consideration. It’s no coincidence debating getting them has become symbolic (even a parody) of a big life change—who among us hasn’t texted “should I get bangs” to everyone in their contacts after a breakup?
Though they can satisfy that itch for a change, bangs can also totally transform your face shape, and play up your best features. Soft, wispy bangs, for example, help contrast sharper jawlines, while dramatic side bangs can visually add more dimension to rounder faces.
Of course, don’t feel pressured to live by these rules. “If you style it and own it, you can rock any type of bangs no matter what face shape you have,” says Jon Reyman, hairstylist and founder of Spoke & Weal salons. But if you’re looking for some helpful guidelines, scroll on to find the best types of bangs for your face shape.