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Do You Really Want Bangs?

Salon Karma Admin - Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Written by: Hair Artist Cassie Palmer

We’ve all been there. You look in the mirror one morning and think, “You know what would be cute? Bangs.” Whether its post-breakup, you saw a celebrity with a new look, or you’re starting a new job, every girl has thought this once or even multiple times. So here are a few tips to think about before you get the scissors.

Before we dive too deep, let’s be clear: If you have never worn bangs, I definitely would NOT suggest baby bangs. I know baby bangs have been coming back; The look was stapled by Audrey Hepburn as well as a quick fad in the 90s, and a number of celebrities like Emma Watson tried them out for a brief time recently, but this is NOT an easy bang to pull off. They are also super high maintenance if you plan on keeping them short. Talk to your stylist if you’ve thought about baby bangs for yourself.

Before you cut yourself bangs, remember that if you don’t like them, there’s no going back. That length is gone and if you hate it, your only option is to clip it back and let it grow out again. If you’ve been thinking about bangs for a while, my motto is to just go for it. If you have an educated stylist who knows what type of fringe would look good on you, chances are you’ll rock the look.

With that being said, there are different types of bangs that look better on different face shapes. The easiest bang to pull off (and probably the most trending at the moment) is the curtain bang. A curtain bang works for almost any face shape and is especially flattering on someone with a round or square face shape because it softens the face without appearing too dramatic. It also works best with a middle part.

If you want to go shorter than a curtain bang, but still don’t want to go overboard, a wispy straight across bang will be your new best friend. Wispy bangs are the perfect boho addition to someone who wants to change their look. They go hand in hand with beach waves and can be easily hidden in curls if desired.

This type of bang is best for someone who has a longer forehead or an oblong face shape. If you have a shorter forehead, this look probably isn’t for you unless you’re trying to look like your mom in the 80s (I speak from personal experience.)

Those who do have shorter foreheads who still want a straight-across bang, will want to get a deeper bang (one that starts further back on the head) in order to give the appearance of more fullness. A blunt bang like this, however, is a little more difficult to grow out, so it demands more commitment.

Once you know you want bangs and have decided what kind you want, go to a stylist to have them cut. It’s extremely likely that cutting your own bangs at home will result in way too thick of a bang, they’ll be too short, and/or they’ll be uneven. If you need to maintain them at home every once in a while, that’s okay, but let’s try to limit our at-home bang horror stories to as few as possible! 

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