There is a widely-held view that curly hair and bangs are much like water and oil. They don’t mix. However, no matter how confidently one proclaims this, it is simply not true.
Still, the belief came from somewhere, and that place was probably at the hands of an unqualified stylist, be it a mom, an actual hair stylist or an eager do-it-yourself-er.
The truth of the matter is that not all professional stylists are trained to handle curly textures in their natural state. Too often, they interact with curly hair only to straighten it and so do not develop the skills necessary to handle the curls themselves.
There’s also the fact that even with straight hair, cutting and shaping bangs in a manner that flatters the wearer can be difficult, so it’s no wonder it’s so challenging to get bangs right on curly hair.
Add to this the tendency of natural curls to do whatever the heck they want when they want, unless beaten into submission with copious amounts of gels and mousses and the challenge multiplies itself tenfold (Ok maybe not tenfold, but it does make things a whole lot more complicated).
When looking to get bangs with curly hair, there are some things you can do in order to minimize the potential of breaking into tears once the stylist turns you around with a dramatic flourish and proclaims, “Ta-dah!’
Bang out that research
Search high and low for someone who matches your features as closely as possible whom you believe has flattering bangs with curly hair. As much as possible your curls and shape face should closely approximate that of your muse, in order to ensure that you’ll end up with a finished look you love.
Remember that the shape of your face, how your curls hang when you style them, or naturally, if you do very little styling and or apply little to no product to your hair, is going to be super important in determining the length and the shape of your bangs.
You should also give your stylist a clear image of what you want so that they know exactly what they should be working towards. Unless you and your stylist have been in sync for a while, there’s also the risk that things get lost in translation when you try to explain, and since a picture is worth a thousand words, using one will get your message across quickly and effectively.
Seek out a stylist with experience cutting bangs in curly hair
You do not need to be someone’s guinea pig, unless, you’re looking to be someone’s guinea pig. There have been many times when I allowed my sister to try different styles on my hair and bravely put my trust in her vision.
You may have someone like that, or maybe you just like living dangerously. However, generally speaking, you do not want to be the first curly hair client that your stylist has ever had, let alone be the first one he or she has even given bangs. In this instance, an experience is absolutely essential.
Use social media
With social media, it has become easy to not only find images to inspire us but also find out exactly where to find what we’re looking for. Get recommendations for stylists and salons who are likely to get the job done right from people who have interacted with these salons and stylists.
Create a shortlist and then visit them to ask questions, get a consultation and check out the ambiance of the salon before making the final decision on what stylist you’ll end up using.
Make sure you and your stylists use the same products
Products can greatly affect the way a style looks for most curlies, and curly hair can be very persnickety. If your hair is particularly particular, make sure you and your stylist are on the same page and you know what products to use at home to recreate your salon results.
There’s no point in getting a haircut with or without bangs, that you’ll have issues maintaining by yourself on a day to day basis. Much as we would all like to have stylists at our beck and call, whenever and wherever we like, that kind of perk is usually something only rich celebrities can afford. Which leads me to my final tip when it comes to getting bangs with your curly hair.
Get as involved in the process at the salon as possible. There’s nothing like looking great when you step through those salon doors. You may run into problems when you need to wash and style your bangs all by yourself only to realize you don’t know how to.
Ask questions, take notes if you need to. Just ensure that you leave the salon confident in your look and how to recreate and maintain it.