Boy oh boy bangs are everywhere nowadays. But they’re not for everyone (Olivia Wilde, ahem). So how to know if bangs could work for you?
1. You look great in hats
Are you a hat person? Do you love winter so you can bust out your ski caps? Were you totally rockin’ the fedora trend? If so, this means your face looks nice when framed from above. A nice set of bangs could be your everyday hat.
2. You have a five-finger forehead
If you look good in hats, you might also have what Tyra Banks once called a “five-finger forehead” on an ANTM episode. Slap your palm above your eyebrows. Do all five fingers fit up there? Yeah, you could cover that up with some bangs. No offense, but you have the space.
3. You don’t mind maintenance
Here’s the thing about bangs: they hang on your FACE. If you don’t keep them trimmed, they make it difficult to SEE. You will run into things. Get poked in the eye. This is not fun.
Most salons offer free bang trims between cuts. Because I’m kind of loath to get myself downtown and pay for parking just for a two-minute snip, I do it myself. Which is really no big deal, so long as the bangs are dry and straight and I haven’t been drinking.
4. You like products
You might get bangs and realize your hair does funny things. I discovered I have this ridonk cowlick right above my eyebrow, which I sizzle flat with my Chi (fried hair for the win!). Straight bangs don’t really need much else, but if you want to do the pretty swoopy-bang (a la Emma Stone), you’re gonna need product. Hair spray and quite possibly straightening balm. Because bangs do not swoopy by themselves.
5. You like looking young
Certain hairstyles make statements. The Victoria Beckham bob says severe and sophisticated. The Halle Berry crop says unfussy or sassy. Bangs say young. Right now they’re trendy, but otherwise they’re usually found on little girls, so they definitely say youth.
6. You like getting hit on
Men. love. bangs. Given #5….I’m not sure how I feel about this.
7. You’re not afraid of commitment
Divorcing the bangs is a painful process, requiring months of headbands, bobby pins and patience. Once you get ‘em, it’s hard to get rid of ‘em. But if you’re cool with all of the above, you probably won’t want to let them go anyway.
*Not actual lyrics.