Q: Hi Bill! I have fair to medium skin, hazel eyes and very curly hair. I've tried many different colours—currently it is auburn—but my main issue is finding the right cut.
I have a long face with a larger forehead. I know bangs are flattering for my face, but with naturally curly hair, they're very problematic, time-consuming, and make my forehead oily.
In addition, when my hair is curly, I don't love the look of straight bangs.
Lastly, I would really love to have long, Kim Kardashian-length hair, but I always hear how this is against the "rules" for long faces.
Quite a few conundrums! Any suggestions for a hairstyle that can look great both straight and curly, and flatter my face? Thank you! — Marie
A: Marie, thank you for your consultation request. You seem to be on the right track with most of your cutting and styling decisions. However, it seems to me that you never quite get there and leave it for a while.
Here are a few examples of a side-swept bang that is fairly non-committal compared to a strong bang:
From The Skincare Edit Archives
Notice the longer length of these bangs, which fall at the cheekbones. The reason you haven't been happy with your side-swept bangs is because they are too short and don't blend into the rest of your hair.
If you were to grow out your bangs, a centre part would look so beautiful on you:
This is also the colour I feel you should work towards, and then leave it and grow your hair:
With or without a bang, I would consider growing your hair to this length:
I love this looser, less controlled wave for you. This voluminous style will also help to create the illusion of a wider face shape.
You seem to be able to handle your bangs quite well, even if it can be a nuisance keeping them straight. If you were to want a full bang again, then I would suggest making it more narrow and wispy:
This way, there is less bang to control, and the wispiness gives the hair some movement that would be pretty. It will also be easier to blend them in with the rest of your hair on a non-bang day.
I hope this helps you, Marie.