Confession: I have a total girl crush on Zooey Deschanel. Ever since [amazon_link id="B001E5CH0G" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Elf[/amazon_link] and even more since the 2011 premiere of [amazon_link id="B0072KZ0Z6" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]New Girl[/amazon_link], I’ve been a tiny bit obsessed. Not necessarily with her acting, which is admittedly pretty spectacular. No… I’m in love with her hair.
I know! Pretty awesome, right? I’ve been growing my hair out since August 2011 and since that point I’ve had the same conversation with my hair stylist every single time I went in for a cut & color.
Andrea: “Should I cut bangs?”
Stylist: “Hmmm…. I think you should think about it.”
Andrea: “But I really want to do it!”
Stylist:”Ok, let’s do it then.”
Andrea: “No, I think I should think about it.”
What can I say – indecisive is my middle name. Well, friends, in September I finally took the plunge and got the super thick fringe I’ve been lusting after for more than a year. I’m absolutely in love and I want to help you decide if thick, blunt bangs are for you!
Should I cut bangs?
The first day of the new ‘do!
There’s lots of websites out there that will tell you if it is “right” to cut bangs based on your face shape. I think that’s a lot of hooey! I think just about anyone can look great with this style of bangs. It’s less about your face shape and more about your level of commitment. The only person I would not recommend thick, blunt bangs for is someone with a very small forehead.
I think the thing you need to think about is do you have the time and desire to fix your hair each day. When you have bangs, you cannot wake up and go. I have to fix my bangs each and every day, even on days I do not wash my hair. Granted, it takes me 3 minutes tops but it is something you wouldn’t have to do if you didn’t have this hair style.
We’ve talked about some of the drawbacks of having bangs – but now let’s talk about why you should cut bangs. They make you look younger! When I first cut my hair, I got so many comments and compliments on my new look. The thing most people said was “wow! you look younger!” It is also any easy way to drastically change your look. Honestly, I feel so chic with bangs. I don’t need a ton of makeup, a sparkly headband, or hat. My bangs make a statement all on their own.
Keeping Your Bangs Looking Fly (Not Flyaway!)
I have my bangs trimmed every 2.5-3 weeks. I really need to have them trimmed at 2 weeks, but I stretch it to 3. If you are handy with scissors, DIY! I’m not, so I have to make an appointment with my stylist,drive to the salon, pay $6, and get my bangs trimmed every three weeks.
Growing out this type of bangs will not be a simple process. Whereas with side-swept bangs you can simply blend them in with the rest of your hair while they grow out, with this type of bang you will have an uncomfortable growing out process. To address this, ask your stylist to cut longer pieces around your temples.
One thing I’ve been asked is if you can have bangs if you have a cowlick. Yes! I have both a widow’s peak and a cowlick. It does make it a little more difficult, but the weight of the thick bangs and they way you will dry them (more on that later) will tame your cowlick.
So You’ve Decided to Go For It. What Now?
Now you need to learn how to style your new bangs.
- First things first – no product on your bangs! It will just make your them greasy. I can go three days before I need to wash my hair. (On the third day, my bangs and roots are a little questionable, so I use dry shampoo.)
- Dry your bangs immediately. Do not let your bangs air dry. I air dry the rest of my hair, but as soon as I get out of the shower I blow dry my bangs.
- I use a boar bristle brush to style my bangs. I blow them first to the right while brushing, them to the left. Then I pick them up with the brush and pull straight down as I direct heat with my dryer. This entire process takes me about 2 minutes.
- I have thick, frizzy hair so I follow up with a flat iron. This also really helps my cowlick stay down. I turn down heat on my flat iron to low and give my bangs a quick pass. Then I comb through and I’m ready to go!
- On days 2 & 3, I simply flat iron my bangs (since they are sticking straight up from my night of tossing and turning).
So what do you think? Is this a style you are interested in? Will you be sporting thick, blunt bangs this winter?
Andrea House is a Southern bell and a self-titled beauty maven that deals with her toddler’s frequent meltdowns by seeking peace in the aisles of Sephora and Ulta. By day she is a social worker, while at night she manages her household while reading story books in her best Elmo voice. Andrea blogs at My Chihuahua Bites, where her blog philosophy is “keepin’ it real.” You can read more from Andrea on her blog, My Chihuahua Bites.