The bob hair cut is one of the most popular all time hair styles. It has been popular in every generation and has gone through many changes in shape and mood. Currently, any style bob cut is in style and can be formed to your personal taste. In fact you can change the look of your bob hairstyle to be uniquely yours by changing the look of your bangs – also called fringe. The shape and length of the bangs can serve to flatter or to detract from certain features.
Narrow face, small eyes, long face
These short bangs are also sometimes referred to a baby bangs. As the name implies, you give a youthful appearance to the hairstyle. Since they are short, they expose more area around the eyes. This draws attention to well shaped eyes or eyes of a beautiful color. It also causes the eyes to appear larger. Short bangs that are cut fairly straight across serve to add width to the forehead. This is flattering to a narrow face shape. To add less width, angle the bangs down at the sides or create a more narrow bang section that does not extend as far into the temple. The short bangs will also be more apt to add length to the face than bangs that are trimmed at or below the eyebrow.
Narrow face, Long face, large features
These bangs are trimmed at or below the eyebrows giving a more sophisticated and dramatic look. This type of bang will sometimes tend to conceal the eyes
rather than accentuate. When these bangs are heavy, they can have an overpowering effect to a face with small features. Texturizing this type of bang will
soften it and lessen the overpowering effect. This type of bang will also add width to the face as discussed above making it flattering for a narrow face shape.
Oval face, Wide face, Round face
This layered bob has soft layered bangs. The layering adds fullness and height to the top of the head and forehead. The layering causes the sides to cling closer to the sides of the face. This style is flattering to a wide or round face shape. The odd lengths in the bangs “open up” one eye giving the face an illusion of length, while draping over the other eye giving the style sophistication and drama.
Wide face, Round face, Triangle or Square face
The long side bang is the most dramatic of this set. The bangs are trimmed to a level that is just below the cheek bone, causing the forehead to appear more narrow and calling attention to the lips. The angle of the bangs adds length to the face the illusion of height. This style is flattering to a triangle, square, or round shaped face.
You don't have to settle for bangs (fringe) like everyone else.
Be creative. Be you.
Lynne Chapman served as Hair Site Editor of BellaOnline.com for fifteen years. She is a professional stylist and colorist of more than forty years.