They say the best part about experimenting with hairstyles is that hair grows back, so why not try out a new look? If you’re thinking about getting bangs, put on the brakes. They take forever to grow out and can turn your head into a bonafide nightmare if you aren’t careful.
Before you make the decision to risk it all and get bangs, ask yourself these critical questions.
What’s Your Reasoning?
First, why do you want bangs? Have you been thinking about Angelina Jolie’s fringe in Salt for a decade and want to give it a try? Or did you come up with this idea while scrolling Instagram for endless hours during quarantine?
The real question is, do you want bangs, or do you need therapy? Or how about a DIY hair treatment to get you out of your funk?
If you’re going through an emotional time and want a significant change, a drastic new look is not the answer. Wait a couple of months before taking the leap and making such a big change.
What’s Your Face Shape?
Your face shape will play a major role in how bangs turn out. While there’s a fringe solution for every face shape, choosing the right look for your facial structure will help ease the transition and boost your confidence.
For example, round faces tend to look better with a side-swept bang than the straight cut style that looks good on angular faces. Adding a piece or wispy look helps soften strong jaws and square-shaped faces. Take some time to look in the mirror and determine if your preferred bangs match your bone structure.
What’s Your Hair Type?
Your hair type will also impact how bangs look on you. If your hair is thin and fine, the lovely full fringe you had envisioned might look lank and lackluster.
If you dream of straight bangs but have curly hair, you might be better off with a wig that suits your style. Treat yourself to a new one from EvaWigs and protect your natural hair underneath. That way, you can live with no regrets and without the risk of frying your hair with products.
Have You Had Bangs Before?
Having previous experience with bangs can help you make a decision about your hair now. Of course, if you had bangs when you were five years old and thought you looked super cute in your kindergarten photo, it’s probably not the best guide for adult decisions.
However, if you’ve had bangs as a teenager or adult before, think about the experience. What did you like about them? What did you hate? Are you looking at the past with rose-colored glasses, or was it actually a great time?
What’s Your Schedule and Budget?
Bangs are a high-maintenance hairstyle. They take time to style and money to trim. If you think you’ll just trim your own bangs, see the note about therapy above.
Maintaining your frame means trips to the salon, styling after showering, restyling after hitting the gym, and caring too much about your hair. Anna Faris said it best in What’s Your Number? when she mentioned how many events she missed because she was busy growing out her bangs.
Should You Get Bangs?
Let’s be clear: bangs can look fantastic. Some people just pull them off and look like a magical hair unicorn with an epic show-stopping fringe. However, rocking the style means extra product, salon visits, and even extra skincare, so it’s a decision that merits some in-depth introspection.
That being said, it is just hair, and it will grow back. You might just miss a few events while you wait.