By now, you know that this season, bangs have become a major trend seen on the catwalk and on some of our favourite Hollywood stars. And while it's difficult not to fall into the trap when you see a photo of Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, or Selena Gomez looking fab with their new hairstyle, bangs are one of the most regretted hairstyle choice one can make, meaning it's important to put a little more thought into it.
With all of the different styles of bangs to choose from – messy fringes, choppy and short, or side-swept – it's easy to make the wrong choice. That's why we're here to provide you with everything you need to know before making this major hair-changing decision.
BANGS ARE HIGH-MAINTENANCE
While bangs aren't a permanent decision because, of course, hair grows out, they are a decision that you'll have to live with for a while. If you're simply bored or looking for a change, you'll probably regret your new bangs later when they're taking what seems like forever to grow out. If you're a fan of your current long, beautiful locks, and have been for a while, getting bangs may also be a decision that you'll soon regret.
CONSIDER FACE SHAPE
Bangs close off your forehead and change the entire shape of your face, meaning you have to know what function you want the bangs to have, as well as your current face shape. It's important to know if you would like your bangs to shorten your forehead, lessen the width of your cheeks, or make your face look wider before you can decide which type of bangs you would like.
...AND HAIR TYPE
If you have thinner or finer textured hair, stick to a blunt bang that won't look so thick on your forehead. If you have thick or curly hair, you may want to go for a more layered, blended look (think Selena Gomez and Hailey Baldwin) which are easier to grow out!
DON'T CUT THEM YOURSELF!
If you've never had your bangs cut before, never attempt to do it on your own. A pro will be best at determining what type of bangs you need and why. If you need a slight touch up or feel confident in providing the upkeep, then feel free to give it a try for yourself. But remember to never cut your bangs when your hair is wet, because the hair will shrink when it dries giving you a completely different look.
GET YOURSELF SOME DRY SHAMPOO
If you ever decide to get bangs, it's likely that you'll start to touch them a lot. This will stimulate the scalp and produce more oils. To avoid washing your hair daily, carry around a travel-size dry shampoo that you can easily apply within minutes anywhere, anytime.
YOUR HAIRSTYLING ROUTINE WILL CHANGE
When you get bangs, they may look great upon leaving the salon, but when it comes time to style them yourself, people often get lazy or aren't sure how to work them. Make sure you know how to properly style them to your liking before leaving the salon, and be prepared to deal with this everyday. To avoid frying your hair daily with a blow-dryer, keep the dryer on low heat and then follow up with a serum to piece out the ends.
WAIT UNTIL FALL
While bangs seem to be the hottest trend of the summer, you may want to avoid getting them during the hotter months of the year – especially if you're a fringe first-timer! In the summer months, we tend to sweat on our foreheads more often, so if you do want to have summer bangs, make sure you have plenty of dry shampoo and oil blotting papers with you at all times.