A Girl’s Guide to Getting Bangs

Bang, bang into the barbershop and reinvent yourself

by Ashley Wright

Arts Editor

As anyone who has ever paid attention to fashion knows, it’s all about the trends. Colors, styles, even general “vibes” come and go at speeds that makes keeping up seem almost impossible. However, despite this ever-changing landscape, there is one fashion question that has haunted us all at one time or another—should I get bangs?
There are few things as therapeutic as chopping off all of your hair, and bangs seem like the perfect outlet to do so without sacrificing all of your length. Unfortunately, though, bangs have been known to be one of the most high-maintenance of hairstyles, making many wonder if they’re even worth it in the first place.
Whether you figure “If Zooey Deschanel can do it, why can’t I?”, or you’re feeling rebellious and your parents won’t let you get a tattoo, or you just want to try something new, here is the ultimate all-you-need-to-know guide to getting bangs.

  1. Everyone You Ask Will Tell You Something Different
    Before committing to bangs myself, I asked just about everyone in my life what they thought. Decision making had never really been my strong suit, and for some reason this felt like the kind of thing best left to committee. What I was not prepared for was to be left even more conflicted than when I started. On the one hand I had my sister urging me to go for it as soon as possible (though she also told me to bleach and dye my hair silver, so her opinions are often taken with a grain of salt), while my roommate reacted as though I’d just suggested we try a juice cleanse for fun. In the end, it was still just my decision on what I wanted to do.
  2. There Are So Many Types Of Bangs
    Like most women of the 21st century, the first thing I did when I decided I wanted to cut my hair was turn to Google images. While searching every combination of “celebrities + bangs” and “cute bang hairstyles 2019” I expected to find a few variants of one style that I could present to my hairstylist. Because maybe it’s just me, but I figured bangs consisted of brushing the front few sections in front of your face and chopping, but that is not the case. Start preparing yourself to think about things like length, thickness, and texture.
  3. Yes, They Are A Lot Of Work
    Once you’ve decided to get bangs the next hurdle is learning how to maintain them. While it may be a given that bangs require frequent styling, incorporating this fact into your life may take some change. For example, I was previously what is known as a “night showerer” Unfortunately, hair that sits on your forehead gets a lot oilier than the rest of your hair, so bangs need to be washed and blown dry almost daily. Now I find myself waking up nearly an hour earlier than I used to in order to shower, or at the very least shampoo them in the sink.
    Another aspect of maintaining bangs is being prepared to trim them yourself when necessary. To some, the mere suggestion of cutting your own hair may seem inconceivable, but the truth is, it isn’t practical to expect to have the time or money to get your hair done by a professional when needed. And your hair will need it, most likely sooner and more frequently than you may think. Apparently, hair grows crazy fast. It all depends on the style you’ve chosen, but I’ve found I need to trim my hair at least every three weeks.
  4. Even If You Don’t Love Them, It’s Not The End Of The World
    As I already mentioned, hair grows a lot faster than most people realize. And while growing out bangs may seem daunting, it’s actually very doable. The worst part is dealing with that awkward, in between phase where your hair is no longer quite a bang but still isn’t a fully-formed layer either. However, thanks to countless YouTube videos, it’s easy to find an assortment of different styles meant solely for biding time during this period. Of course, bangs are typically considered a commitment more than anything, so if you’re already thinking about how you’re going to grow them out, than you might want to save yourself the heartache and get some washable hair chalk for now.

In essence, this story has two morals that can be summed up as follows. If you want to change your hair and you think bangs are the way to do it, then go for it. It’s your head and if someone else doesn’t like it, then that’s their problem. Just make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into first.

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