Whether or not bangs are your go-to for a little hairstyle switch-up or you haven’t sported them since your Girl Scout days, bangs are clearly the latest hair trend to hit Hollywood!
As seen on Jessica Biel and Gabrielle Union, the long, thick, blunt bang is huge this season. But before you make the cut, weigh the pros and cons for this high maintenance ‘do!
Pro: Bangs Glam Up Straight Hair
Bangs are the perfect solution for adding some edge to an otherwise bland hairstyle. To get the look, celebrity hairstylist and Nexxus Salon Hair Care Creative Director Kevin Mancuso suggests using a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t overly soften hair which can make bangs lok greasy even when they are clean. Try Nexxus ProMend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo ($18, Nexxus.com) and ProMend Split End Binding Daily Conditioner ($18, Nexxus.com) to build smooth bangs with volume.
Con: Bangs are High Maintenance for Textured Hair
Mancuso warns that if you have unruly textured hair, bangs are difficult to maintain and a daily time consuming straightening process is mandatory. But if you just can’t resist trying the trend, use a shaping styler like Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Bodifying Mousse ($11, Nexxus.com) on damp hair and blow dry bangs down, creating controlled volume. “Use your fingers and the force of the air to style,” says Mancuso. “This works well for a softer sexy look.”
Pro: Bangs Can Draw Focus to Your Best Features
For heart shaped and oval faces, bangs frame the face and accentuate your best features: your eyes and lips. To emphasize the eyes, get brow-level bangs. Want to play up your lips? Aim for cheekbone level.
Con: Beware of the Cowlick
Mancuso warns that “bangs cut on a cowlick may look good when you leave the salon but you may be arm wrestling with it at home.” He offers a quick styling tip. Using a Denman brush, go back and forth through the bang with the brush following the dryer. “This will ‘neutralize’ the growth pattern of the cowlick and help it lay flat. The biggest mistake is to take a round brush and overextend your bangs, creating more of an awning than a bang.,” advises Mancuso. To create the turned under affect, use a round brush to lock in place.
Pro and Con: Fringe Can Make You Look Younger
Not only are bangs sexy, but they make women look younger by covering lines and softening the whole face. But with thick, blunt bangs you may enter the danger zone of appearing too young. Think Punky Brewster.
So what do you think? Is a blunt bang worth the extra styling? If anything, you will get lots of one-on-one time with your hair stylist.