Side-swept bangs are a staple of feminine sexiness that draw attention to the eyes with a flattering, asymmetrical shape. Swingy fringes look great with a variety of lengths, but in this cut the swooping front becomes the focal point. Tapered sides and short length overall place the face framing front at center stage. The effect is dramatic but soft, especially when paired with a pale blonde shade. The light color adds to the diffused feeling of the shape; blurring the transition from short to long. Get this graceful cut in a few simple steps. — Laura Martin

Step: Ask your stylist for a tapered pixie with a graduated shape that softly accentuates the head shape. At the front, a swing bang will give maximum versatility; shorter sides and a longer center will keep the shape soft no matter which way you push it.

Step: To accentuate the cut and add seasonal brightness, consider pairing it with a pale blonde shade. Pick a hue that flatters your skin and makes your eye color pop. For blue or gray eyes a buttery or champagne tone works well. For dark eyes, try strawberry.

Step: To style the cut at home mix a dime sized dab of hair creme with an equal amount of texture paste and apply from roots to ends. Dry with your fingers, directing hair towards the face. Refine the bang area by drying in a back and forth motion with a comb, creating a smooth, sleek surface.

Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology schoolfor sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted


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