Style & Beauty
To Bang or Not to Bang: Addressing an Age Old Question
1/14/2016 4:29:42 PM


Bangs are the opposite of the little black dress. They go in and out of fashion, the trendiest shapes and styles change constantly, and, let’s be real, not every style works for everyone.

But none of those facts have ever stopped centuries of intrepid women, from Cleopatra to Audrey Hepburn, from trying and winning at bangs. At their best, good bangs can hide wrinkles and update a heavy hairstyle. At worst, they can hide a pretty face and date a hairstyle.

So what’s a girl to do?

According to Morgan Hester Shows, lead stylist at Hairspray and Company in Bossier City, Louisiana, there are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about bangs.

"You should get bangs if you want a noticeable change to your look without cutting off length,” Shows says. "It can really freshen up a tired style. Bangs can also camouflage forehead wrinkles and accent your eyes. They can make a pixie cut more feminine or edgy, depending on the shape and style.”

The first step to getting great bangs is consulting your stylist about your face shape. For example, if your forehead and chin are equal width, you’ve got a square face, and Zooey Deschanel’s thick fringe would suit you well. A pointed chin is best suited to a side swept option, while a round face is best complimented by wispy bangs. And oval faced girls? Congratulations. All of the above might be great on you, depending on your personal style.

Remember though, these are just guidelines, not rules set in stone. If you and your pointed chin are dying for baby doll bangs, find a stylist who supports you and will help you work out a plan to get the look you’re going for.

And curly girls? Don’t let the world tell you that bangs aren’t for you. However, seriously consider wearing them curly. Your curls will make a cute frame for your face and the cut will take some of the weight off, making your hair look less heavy.

However, that comes with one caveat. "If you have curly hair, never cut your bangs at home,” Shows says. "That is something best left up to a trusted professional.” If you have curly hair, it can be very easy to cut bangs too short and unevenly, forcing your hairdresser to give you the classic "toddler with scissors” corrective style.

And finally, what should you do when you’re ready to bid your bangs goodbye? Talk to your stylist, of course.

"When you're done with bangs, don't just skip your hair appointment,” Shows says "See your stylist and tell them you're ready to grow your bangs out. A few little trims and some styling advice can make the process a lot less awkward. Learn a few braiding techniques, and you can get them out of your face without having to bobby pin them to the side.”


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