Your Hairdresser's Guide to Perfect Bangs
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It’s not hard to fall into the trap. You see one picture of Jane Birkin or Selena Gomez and you immediately think: It’s time — I’m getting bangs! Bangs aren’t just an accessory, they are also something that should go well with your facial features, style and personality. Therefore, we recommend all our clients to think one more time before they do the chop. How do you know if it’s time for a cut and most importantly; which type of bangs should you go for?
Cutting bangs may seem like a huge commitment, but it doesn’t have to be like that. If you feel unsure, start off with longer ones to make the grow-out phase easier. You definitely want your bangs to be cutting-edge, and that’s why you need to take a few things into consideration. First of all, your facial features. The shape of your face, eyes, eyebrows, and hairline are just a few things that may affect the look of your bangs. A 60’s inspired fringe may be flattering for your face but not to someone else’s. Therefore we always recommend our clients to consult with a hairdresser before cutting it off.
Another thing to keep in mind is the hair type. If you have shorter hair, the gap between the bangs and the hair won’t be as dramatic. So if you’re not happy with your style, it’s easier to blend it back in again. If you have hair on the finer or thinner side, bangs may require taking a lot of hair from the back of your head and that might affect the layering of your style.
Last, but definitely not least, your bangs have to go well with your lifestyle. Having great bangs is like having a good purse. A classic Chanel looks good with every outfit, but a Bottega Veneta might not be for everyone. Cutting bangs takes a couple of minutes, but months to grow out. Even though this can be a drastic change in your looks, always remember that hair grows back. It’s not a tattoo.
Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions.