I Got the French-Girl Bangs Everyone Is Obsessed With and Regret It—Here's Why

At the risk of sounding boastful, I have really good hair. It’s incredibly thick and can take a lot when it comes to color (my strands have run the gamut from platinum to a dark burgundy brown). Every stylist or colorist who touches my hair is blown away at the sheer mass of it, so needless to say, I’ve been rather experimental over the years. Before your eye rolls commence, I’m not here to brag. My hair is far from effortless. I have a dry, coarse texture with a natural wave that operates with reckless abandon, so I never let it air dry—it’s way too wild for that.

Styling takes forever, and most of the time it takes a day or two for my hair to settle before I’m into it (I like when it develops a natural bend and a bit of oil). To wit, I get bored easily, which means I become fixated (and possibly overambitious) when it comes to trendy cuts. Enter: French-girl bangs. You know the kind—a thick full fringe that lays across one’s forehead just so. You’ve surely witnessed them more and more recently on a range of It girls and celebrities alike. My personal inspiration was this photo of German model Julia Stegner.

There you have it—everything you need to know if you’re considering getting bangs.