Most women go through a phase where they consider the eternal hair question: should I get bangs?
Bangs are a commitment. They require regular upkeep, special attention, and can be a pain to grow out if you change your mind. However, at the end of the day, hair always grows back.
If you’ve been debating bangs, here are some critical thoughts to consider before you snip.
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What Kind of Hair do You Have?
Your hair type will ultimately determine how bangs look and what style you should go for. If you have thin, wispy hair, it can be challenging to pull of straight-cut bangs. If you have thick, unruly hair, side bangs can be a nightmare to control.
If you have curly hair, bangs are still a possibility. Natural curly bangs can look incredible and retro with the right styling products. To get a better idea of what bangs would work with your hair type, look up a few celebrities with similar hair, and see what style they choose. Alternatively, get a wig from EvaWigs and to rock the bangs you want.
What’s Your Skin Type?
One thing most people fail to consider when they get bangs is their skin type. As foreheads tend to be one of the more oily areas of the face, having the additional oils from your fringe can cause breakouts. If you’re already acne-prone, you may want to rethink your bangs.
However, if you have a great skincare routine, you’ll just have to make some adjustments. If you opt for bangs, dry shampoo and oil absorption pads will be your best friends.
What Is Your Face Shape?
Your face shape will play a role in how bangs look on you, and what style would work best. Here are the best bangs for each face shape:
- Heart-shaped – a crescent or jagged fringe that’s longer on the outside and shorter in the middle to offset the angles.
- Round – side-swept bangs will add length to the face.
- Square – long, textured bangs will help add dimension to the face and detract attention from a strong jaw.
- Long – Angled or thick straight bangs detract attention from a broad forehead and frame the face.
These are just guidelines to use for inspiration. Only you can determine what feels right for your personal style.
How Often Can You Visit the Stylist?
The only thing worse than impulsively getting bangs is deciding to trim them yourself. If you get bangs, you need to commit to regularly visiting the salon and getting them trimmed. Not only is this a scheduling commitment, but a financial one as well.
Fortunately, getting your bangs trimmed is more affordable than a full haircut. However, if you lack the resources to visit the salon every six weeks, bangs might not be the hairstyle for you.
How Active Are You?
If you like to hit the gym or go for a run every day, you’ll have a few extra considerations to keep in mind, including:
- Keeping your bangs out of your face while exercising.
- Washing them and preventing further sweat transfer after your exercise.
- Restyling them if you exercise during the workday.
As mentioned before, dry shampoo will be your best friend when you have bangs. However, opting for wispier or longer styles might be optimal if you train daily as they’re easier to manage than straight-cut bangs.
How Much Time do You Have?
If you pride yourself on a minimalist hairstyle that requires very little attention before you leave the house, bangs aren’t for you. When you have bangs, you’ll have to dry them with a hairdryer every time you shower and take some extra time to make them just so.
If you roll out of bed after hitting snooze multiple times and have to make a mad dash to be on time, bangs aren’t for you.
Should You Get the Bangs?
Only you can decide if you should get bangs or not. However, working through these questions and giving them careful consideration before booking your appointment will help you make the right decision.