Like jeans and shoes, bangs are hardly one size fits all. Here is a fringe glossary to help you convey to your stylist what you want (or don't).
Blunt: Bangs that lie straight across the forehead -- like Liv Tyler, Nicki Minaj and Zooey Deschanel.
Sideswept: Fringe that swoops across half the forehead -- like Christina Hendricks, Cameron Diaz and Kirsten Dunst.
Brow-skimming: Longer bangs that cover the eyebrows -- like Florence Welch, Lea Michele and Nicole Richie.
Choppy: Intentionally messy, uneven bangs that are easily parted -- like Alexa Chung, Taylor Momsen and Ashlee Simpson.
Bumper: A once-popular pouf that looks as if there's a hot roller under your fringe -- like Janelle Monae, Carmen Miranda and Elvis Presley.
Wispy: Light and beachy -- like Mischa Barton, Hilary Duff and Penélope Cruz.
Baby: Short bangs that rest well above the eyebrows -- like Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams and Ginnifer Goodwin.
Pinup or V-shaped: Bangs that are longer in the center and increasingly shorter toward the temples -- like Bettie Page, Katy Perry and Beyoncé in the music video for "Telephone."
Shaved: Fringe that looks as if you took a razor to it -- like Lady Gaga.
NEW YORK TIMES