Bangs have a bad rep for being the first (hopefully not of many) irrational moves we make post break up. Understandably, they’re a quick and easy way to switch up your look when you’re craving a major makeover. But there's a very rational argument for why fringe bangs are a smart move when you're looking for a big change.
If it's your first time having bangs, getting a fringe is your best bet. A fringe bang is longer, hitting either right above or along the brow line, and it doesn’t require months of growing out your hair to get them tucked back behind your ears, should you have a change of heart. A couple things for you to consider before you go all in:
When making such major hair changes, you should always put matters in the hands of a professional (at least for starters). When you go see your stylist and request a fringe, be sure to wear your hair in it’s natural state (or, if you’re someone who under no circumstances will leave the house without straightening or blow drying your hair, then so be it). Point being, you want your stylist to see you as you always are. To keep this style from becoming high maintenance, showing up for your appointment with clean, dry hair, styled the way you always style it, will enable he or she to give you a quick, dry cut and provide you with the immediate gratification you’re looking for.
We’ve rounded up a solid group of reference photos for you to browse through. Find the fringe that suits you best and take the photo in to the salon with you when you’re ready to make the leap. Whether you’re fresh out of a break up or just looking for something or someone new, we've got you covered for your first fringe.
As if this texture wasn’t something we’d want to replicate on its own, Carey Mulligan has us swooning over her long textured bangs.
To help set your bangs, use a wet texture product like surf spray, pin your bangs in the desired position with no crease clips, and very lightly blow dry with a diffuser.
Soft Blow Out
Penelope Cruz keeps her fringe soft with a classic blow out. Use a paddle brush to direct your bangs and add soft, touchable volume. When it comes to styling bangs, using a round brush can go wrong very fast.
Kirsten Dunst wears her long fringe split down the middle, cascading down gradually into her face framing layers. Check out our guide on how to cut your own hair for a slide cutting technique that can help you get face framing layers from the comfort of your home.
Since a good fringe is long to start with, it can give you more versatility than your average bang. Try pushing them over into a side swoop a la Karlie Kloss when in-between trims.
Worn with a heavy set fringe, these beachy waves on Jessica Biel make us want to go running into the nearest ocean (reaching for the salt spray will also do).
Elizabeth Olsen pairs her long locks with a long fringe and it has us wondering if we should be growing out our hair, too.
If you’re unsure about making the leap and cutting a fresh fringe, try grabbing some clip-ins first. Kendall Jenner’s faux fringe had us fooled.
The only downside that can come with fringe bangs is the upkeep, which is why we recommend learning how to trim your own bangs.