Michelle Obama first showed up in them during the inauguration. Jessica Biel has worn them most of the year. Kerry Washington heated up the Golden Globes red carpet with them. And Rachel Zoe took Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week by storm with them.
Lots of celebrities and A-listers seem to be sporting bangs these days. The look, of course, is not revolutionary. Hairstylist Tiki Spruill of About Faces Day Spa & Salon in Canton says the trend goes back to fashion icon Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s, giving the look both a classic feel and a fashion-forward sensibility.
Perhaps one reason they're so popular is that anyone can wear them. "Bangs are for everyone, regardless of face shape and hair texture," Spruill says. "They complement your eyes, accent cheekbones and give you an instant makeover without sacrificing length. But the 'perfect bang' must be cut to flatter your face shape."
Here's how to pair your face shape with the perfect bangs.
Oval: Eye-grazing bangs are ideal for round and oval faces like Jessica Alba's and Washington's. Spruill also recommends getting bangs trimmed every three weeks to maintain their shape.
Heart-shaped: Try long, side-swept bangs for a "mysterious and sexy look," says Spruill. These bangs are great for round and heart-shaped faces like Kelly Osbourne's and Jayma Mays'. The long wispy pieces soften the face and give the illusion of an oval shape.
Round: Short or mini bangs slim a round face. You want to make small foreheads appear longer.
Square: Blunt bangs should be cut narrow for women with square faces.
All faces: Blunt bangs, like those worn recently by Biel, are bold, according to Spruill. They are also good for all faces.
Finer hair: If you have fine hair, have your stylist carve out heavier bangs like the ones Taylor Swift has been sporting and follow the same guidelines, Spruill says.