Here at makeup.com, we believe everyone should try bangs at least once in their life. Even if the hairstyle sounds like a traumatic middle school haircut gone wrong, they’re are a learning experience for all (even if said experience means you’ll never get ‘em again). We reached out to hairstylist Zach Morad for his insight on bang-centric hairstyles that work with a cowlick and flatter a variety of face shapes. Ahead, Morad speaks on each bangs style, as well as the pros and cons of each one.


Side-Swept
 

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“Nothing is sexier to me than a deep side-swept bang,” says Morad. “It’s a relaxed and effortless look that can often support itself with very little styling. Simply create soft side bangs with a drastic part on the side of your choosing. The result is a low-maintenance look that gives your face definition and shape and can easily be changed or adjusted.”

Pros: These bangs are easy to maintain, require little commitment and styling, are easy to grow out and are a great way to minimize your forehead.


Cons: None!

Wispy

 

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“Long, wispy bangs are a great way to go if you’re interested in trying out a new look but don’t want a heavy commitment,” says Morad. “Having wispy bangs will not work with all hair types, but they will flatter most face shapes.”


Pros: These bangs offer a variety of styling options, as they can be brushed back or to the side. They are also super-versatile and can be worn with short or long hairstyles. They’re super easy to grow out, too.


Cons: Because of their feather-like cut, these bangs tend to get greasy quickly. To fight the grease, try spraying them with dry shampoo.

Rounded

 

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“I find rounded bangs to be a modern and sleek look,” he says. “Can’t picture them? Think Anne Hathaway in ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ Rounded bangs are sharply angled, which contours your face and makes them a great look for all. Whether you prefer them full and thick or a bit shaggy, it’s a great route to go if you’re looking to refresh your hairstyle.”


Pros: This look is very modern. They can usually be worn to the side or parted in the middle for an alternate look.


Cons: To maintain the right length and sharp angles, these bangs need to be trimmed regularly.

Blunt

 

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“I love a chic classic,” says the stylist. “From 1920s flappers to the recent high fashion looks dominating the runways, blunt bangs have stood the test of time. If you’re a girl that likes to live on the cutting edge of style, this bold look is for you.”


Pros: These bangs are a great option for those with cowlicks, as the weight of a heavy, blunt bang will help to suppress your wayward hair.


Cons: These bangs need to be trimmed regularly to maintain their blunt lines. They are also not the easiest to grow out.


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