Bangs are one of those haircuts that can instantly change your look. It’s no coincidence debating getting them has become symbolic (even a parody) of a big life change. The right style—whether that’s long and layered or micro bangs—can dramatically play up your features, as well as lend symmetry and balance to your face. 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 bangs for your face shape.