To get bangs or not to get bangs? The eternal question… or at least, a question that most women will ask themselves at some point in their adult lives. Are they fashion-forward and très chic? Or an unmanageable pain that will ruin your peaceful morning routine? Two HUM staffers find out with a bangs makeover courtesy of stylists Joey Frank and Misha Rice from Mane Duo Salon.
Initial Inspiration for Bangs
My main motivation to get bangs is to change my look! I don’t really love how my hair crowds the sides of my face naturally, and I often pin it back. One could say this habit makes me a very bad candidate for bangs, but I theorize that I’ll be happier with hair that hangs over my face in a more artful and purposeful way.
The week leading up to our bang makeovers, I load up my Pinterest board with so many photos of Penelope Cruz that I look like a bonafide stalker. I also have a series of effortlessly chic French women pinned including Jeanne Damas, Caroline de Maigret, and makeup artist Violette. I’m a big fan of long, shaggy, layered bangs that give you that soft pouty je-ne-sais-quoi look.
My fellow bangs-makeover guinea pig prefers the side-swept variety of bangs. “I still think the best celebrity bangs were Kristin Cavallari on Laguna Beach,” our Director of Education, Sarah Greenfield, shares. “I think those long, side-swept bangs will be lower-maintenance, which is very important to me.”
My fear with getting bangs is that I’m going to look six years old. I haven’t had blunt bangs since kindergarten, so I’m hesitant that I’ll end up looking like a kid on Full House instead of a gamine, New-Wave French woman. I’m also concerned about the upkeep. I like to get ready in about 15 minutes, and I’m afraid fussing with a fringe will eat into my otherwise swift routine.
“I’m a little nervous because I had bangs before and never really loved it,” Sarah admits. “But I think it’s fun to update your look and try something outside of your comfort zone.”
Our expert stylists give their own caveats about bangs. “Some people are hesitant to get bangs because they can take a little bit more work in terms of styling,” says Misha. “It’s a commitment!” Joey adds. “It’s also important to ask yourself if they’re appropriate for your face shape.”
“It was fun to change up my look and they weren’t too high-maintenance,” Sarah says. The only difference in her routine is having to wear a headband when she works out. As a pretty active person though, Sarah finds it still might be more work than she prefers. “This was a good experience because it taught me just how low-maintenance I am when it comes to hair,” she says. She’s already thinking of letting them grow out.
As for me? I’m still digging my bangs weeks later! Although some days I wake up looking like Joey Ramone, all it takes is a few minutes to get them looking tamed and chic again. Ultimately, I’ve been impressed with how low-maintenance they are to style. My bangs air dry just fine. I’m someone who likes to lazily throw her hair up in a ponytail, but having bangs gives my look a sophisticated and put-together edge.
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