“How would I look with bangs?” — If you’re thinking about updating your hairstyle to one of this summer’s top trends, you’ve probably asked friends that exact question.
Of course, there are no take-backsies when it comes to chopping off front fringe. Our recommendation? Instead of asking your bestie, make sure that your tresses continue to impress by using this foolproof method to check how you’ll look with bangs before you chop.
How To Tell if You’ll Look Good With Bangs
The most surefire way to ask for bangs with confidence is to try them out before you cut. Say what–how’s that even possible? Just follow these simple steps:
1. Divide the Bang Section
Take a fine-toothed come and create a part across the top of your head in a horseshoe shape that starts from both corners of your forehead and connects back at the crown.
2. Brush Your Faux Bang Section
Secure the remainder of your hair in the back. Then, gather the front section you separated in the first step by brushing it up and back, like you would when making a high ponytail.
Slide your fingers up the section until there are roughly five inches left. Loosely pinch the hair here with one hand, then use your other hand to even out the ends to make the most realistic fringe.
4. Lay Your Front Section Down
After you’ve adjusted the ends to ensure that they’re relatively even, grab the section and twist it back near the crown of your head. Use two claw clips to secure your faux-bangs an inch or two back from your hairline, allowing them to fall slightly lower than the desired length.
5. Secure the Back With Bobby Pins
With your faux-bangs temporarily held in place, then use bobby pins to secure the lengths that are twisted as a mini-bun. Once firmly in place, remove your claw clips and adjust your faux fringe to get an accurate feel for how you’ll look with bangs.
If you’re in need of a little extra guidance to get the look right, not to worry–just check out the easy-peasy instructional video below:
Why go through so much trouble when you could just hold your ends up to your forehead and call it a day?
Super-Important Reasons Why You Need to Know How You Will Look In Bangs Before You Cut
First, because as of simple thirty minutes of prevention is worth 12 months of cure! (Or even longer, depending on how long those bangs have to go.) Of course, that’s if you just downright hate them–which shouldn’t ever be the case if you went to a professional (and attentive) Shades stylist.
“Then,” you might be asking, “why not just go for it and deal with the potential “meh” results?”
Plain and simple: As easy-breezy as bangs appear, potential first-time fringe-choppers need to know that they’re deceptively high maintenance. Here’s what you should expect:
● Because bangs sit on the oiliest part of your face, they need to be washed more often. At least every morning.
● You can’t ever not style your bangs. There’s no sock-bun solution for misbehaving fringe either–you’re sitting in your bathroom until those suckers look right.
● They grow really fast when you love them. (And really slow when you don’t.) Meaning that you should pencil in visits to your stylist at least every two weeks or else you might look (and feel) like Cousin It.
● Unless your stylist specifies otherwise, expect to spend $14 or so on each bang trim–which, at twice a week, adds up to at least one cute item a month that’s kicked out of your shopping budget.
In a nutshell, instead of asking your friends “How would I look in bangs?” ask your most honest bestie for a reality check: Do you have the time and budget necessary to keep your bangs looking fresh?
If yes, bang on! But, if not, don’t worry–you’re not completely left out of summer 2017’s trends.
We suggest that you pop into Shades and talk with one of our stylists–go ahead, bring that Pinterest board full of inspiration! We’ll help you discover what hot styles compliment your features, schedule, and budget.