Considering getting bangs? Read this first before you go for the big chop.
By: Sarah James
Bangs have been on the rise for years and don't seem to be going anywhere, especially considering the First Lady’s recent foray into fringe. (They look amazing, right?)
Why are bangs so popular? Should you make the cut? What types would work best with your features and/or lifestyle? Never fear, I'm here to help you sort this whole thing out. As a six-year, bang-wearing, card-carrying member, I've seen it all in regards to fringe.
Why are bangs so popular?
Well, the simplest answer is this: Bangs can radically (or subtly) change your overall look without requiring you to make a huge change. Love your long hair, but want something new? Cut bangs. Noticing one too many furrows on your brow? Cut bangs. Need a way to emphasize your gorgeous eyes? Cut bangs.
Should you make the cut?
First and foremost, bangs are not going to style themselves. Whether you request thick and blunt bangs or subtle sideswept ones, you will need to style them almost every day. Are you game for styling your bangs every morning?
Here’s a tip: Longer, sideswept bangs are much easier to deal with if you’re looking for a more low maintenance style. If you are wishy-washy on giving bangs a try, go for sideswept ones cut at an angle. That way, they will be a breeze to grow it if you end up not feeling the bang love.
Additionally, are you ready for the upkeep? Especially in the case of blunt bangs, you will need trims monthly, and possibly more than that depending on how fast your hair grows. Don't be fooled — bang upkeep is a commitment, for certain.
What types look best with your features and/or lifestyle?
Blunt bangs are probably the hardest to pull off because your forehead needs to be large enough that they lay properly, but small enough that they don't seem to go on forever. I truly believe that longer faces benefit so much from bangs because they break up the lengthy appearance.
Sideswept bangs look great on a multitude of face shapes, depending on the length you cut them. I like to call them the gateway bang — easy to manage and easy to grow out.
Lifestyle is another huge factor. Like I mentioned above, you need to commit to styling your bangs on a regular basis. Also, consider your climate and your activity level. Super hot and humid climates might not be the best place to wear bangs, as the hair can become sweaty or oily quickly. Also, if you spend a lot of time working out, they can be a hassle to keep out of your face and keep clean.
All in all, with these considerations in mind, bangs are a great way to freshen up your look without dramatically losing length on the rest of your hair. Give them a try and you might never look back!
Quick Tip: If you are feeling wishy-washy on giving bangs a try, go for side-swept ones cut at an angle. That way, they will be a breeze to grow it if you end up not feeling the bang love!
Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “ABC Nightline ” and in The New York Times.