Bold, beautiful… bangs, one of the simplest changes you can make to your hairstyle yet one that takes the most consideration. If you’ve tried bangs in the past or had them as a child and saw photos of the awkward growing out phases you know that bangs are definitely a commitment and that your hair will always grow back – but not overnight. So before you make the long-term commitment to bangs, consider these tips:
Find Bang Inspiration
First things first, familiarize with all the type of bangs out there. From the full side-swept bangs and Bardot bangs to blunt bangs and asymmetrical there are a lot of options. It’s a good idea to spend some quality time browsing the Internet, magazines, celebs, etc. to gather plenty of inspiration and ideas. Take these inspiring images to your stylist so she knows exactly what you want.
Think about your face shape and Hair Texture
Unfortunately not all of your ideas are going to work for your face shape – unless you have bangs with a oval face shape. A lot of wish we could pull off the charming Zooey Deschanel blunt fringe but they won’t look great on everyone. You want to create balance with your bangs and face shape.
Long and side-swept bangs are versatile and look great on everyone, longer blunt bangs are great for women with long faces, a heart-shaped face should try full side-swept bangs and a round face could opt for wide blunt bangs or a layered side-swept bang and a square face looks great with long wispy bangs, think Olivia Wilde. You also want to keep your hairs texture in mind because curly hair can be great for a long side-swept fringe but disastrous for curly locks.
Try Clip-On Bangs
Even if you’re inspired and you know the type of bangs you want based on your style, your face shape, and texture it’s still a good idea to give bangs a trial run. Find some clip on bangs that resemble your hair in color and texture so that you can really get a good idea how they’re going to look before making the cut.
Remember the Maintenance
As mentioned above, bangs are a commitment that requires maintenance. You don’t realize how fast a month goes by until you have bangs and you’re in need of a 4-week trim because you can’t see through your blunt bangs. Bangs will need trimmed every 4-6 weeks, although typically a stylist won’t charge for a bang trim. When you’re ready to grow them out, you’ll have to get creative with hair clips and bobby pins, but it’s an opportunity to try new hairstyles.
When considering if you should get bangs and what kind ask yourself and your stylist:
- What style of bangs do I love?
- What style would look good with my face shape?
- How will it suit my hair’s texture?
- How often will I need trims?
- What can I do to grow them out?
Bangs are gorgeous and when they’re done right they can make a bold fashion statement. We hope these tips help you decide on whether or not you should get bangs and what type you should choose.