Zooey Deschanel, pictured above, and her signature hairstyle is one of the main driving forces encouraging many women to cut bangs. Before you jump right into it, however, it’s worth noting that Zooey Deschanel is the exception, not the norm.
Many celebrities like Zooey make bangs look effortless, but in reality they are a very high-maintenance hairstyle that requires a lot of time, patience and effort. Instead of viewing that as a discouragement, you could view it as an exciting challenge to see if you could pull off a hairstyle that, if done right, could rejuvenate and refresh your whole look.
We, here at Daily Vanity, are all in favour of experimentation and trying out something new – after all, hair grows out eventually – but here are some important things to take note of when it comes to cutting bangs so you can make an informed decision at the end of the day.
Try them on first: faux bangs
We can always try on clothes to see if we look good in it before we purchase, but the same can’t be said for haircuts. Hair grows out eventually, but you’d still need to put in at least a couple of months of effort to disguise an unflattering haircut. This doesn’t need to be the case with bangs! Faux bangs have become a style of their own, but they’re still a great way to have a sneak preview of how bangs are going to frame your face. Unfortunately, this technique is reserved only for those with longer hair, since the ends of your hair will be standing in for the bangs.
The easiest way to create faux bangs, if you’re not intending to wear it out, is simply to tie a ponytail (make sure to clip up any fringe that you already have to start with a bare forehead) and flip it over your head so that the ends rest on your forehead. There, you’ll already have an idea of how you’d look like with bangs.
If you really want to go all out, you can create faux bangs with a top knot. Check out this tutorial to see how it’s done!
Do take note that if your hair ends are rebonded or coloured/bleached, it might not be an accurate representation of how your bangs are going to look like. If you fall into that category, or if you have short hair, you might simply want to use fake hair closest to your hair colour and type (your hairdresser may have samples) in order to test-drive the style before committing to it.
The high maintenance of bangs
The harsh truth: in order to look good, bangs require a ton of work regularly, especially in a climate like Singapore’s. It is recommended that bangs be blow-dried with a brush after every wash, and that ideally happens before you leave the house in the morning. Furthermore, different hair textures produce different types of bangs, and it’s quite difficult to say how much effort yours is going to take until you actually try it out for yourself.
Some people like to curl them, some people straighten them, some people simply blow-dry and apply frizz control cream.
Do you have the time, patience and energy to experiment with your bangs with various hair styling tools until you find a style that suits you? After that, do you have the persistence to recreate that style every time you leave the house? If you’re able to commit to that for at least a couple of months, then you’re ready to embark on your new bangin’ adventure.
Still intrigued by bangs? Read on to find out more aspects to consider before taking the plunge!