Zooey Deschanel hairstylesBlunt bangs are back! With celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel and Rachel McAdams setting the bar for this beautiful look, it's not hard to see why it's back on the hairstyle radar. But can you pull the look off?

The secret to a great banged hairstyle is making sure the bangs will suit your face shape and work with your hair type. If full bangs are going to clash with your face or your hair in anyway, then they aren't for you.

Face Shape

Model with red hair and blunt bangsBlunt bangs will suit long face shapes best because they will help to cut down on length and width issues.

Blunt bangs that run straight across your forehead and reach longer than your eyebrows are a great option for diamond face shapes. This type of bang will eliminate excess length in your face shape and also help to reduce width across the widest part of your face- the forehead. The same principles apply for oblong faces in need of some balance to their width and length.

If you have an oval face shape, blunt bangs can also suit you, but only if you don't mind a look that will halve the length of your face. That type of option may not suit some people.

You can pull off blunt bangs if you have a diamond, oblong or oval face shape.

Hair Type

Model with black hair and blunt bangsBlunt bangs are a great way to spice up straight hair. If you have naturally straight locks and want to add some edge and glam then blunt bangs may be just the solution.

If you have curly, wavy or unruly textured hair, however, then styling and maintaining bangs will take some work. If you'd rather not fight with your bangs every day, steer clear. If you are willing to put in some styling time then all it takes is some hair mousse worked through damp hair and a blow-dryer pointed down your hair shaft to mould your bangs into shape.

The thickness of your hair also plays a part in whether blunt bangs will work for you. Medium hair that is straight or even slightly wavy should be able to pull off blunt bangs. Very fine hair or really thick hair may pose a problem, as would cowlicks or any other unusual hairline growth patterns.

You can pull off blunt bangs if you have naturally straight hair or medium textured hair with a slight wave.


Model with brown hair and blunt bangsBangs, especially blunt bangs, need styling to retain their wow factor. If you aren't willing to spend time each morning washing and styling your bangs so they look their best, then this option is not for you. You also need to be prepared to have hair sitting across your forehead and possibly getting in your eyes more than once a day (this can be very irritating for some). If you decide to grow your bangs out at a later date, you'll also have to be prepared to put up with the dreaded in-between growing out stages of going from bangs to no bangs.

You can pull off blunt bangs if you are willing to have hair on your face 24/7 and to style your bangs every day.