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5 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Bangs

Getting bangs is one of the major decisions any fashion forward lady has to deal with at some point in her life. Here’s what you need to consider before doing just that though.

While bangs may look absolutely stunning on your favorite A-list celebrity, it doesn’t mean that they’ll look the same way on you. You can’t just strut to the hair salon and have your hair stylist cut your hair for the fringed look on a whim. There are a lot of things to consider before you get bangs.

1. Bangs are extremely high-maintenance.

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Yes, some people claim that bangs are effortless. But, as someone who has had them before, let me tell you the truth: an effortless, fringed cut only exists in our dreams.

Regardless of what kind of bangs you get and the type of hairstyle you have, your bangs will need attention. They should be cut once every two weeks so that they stay at the right length. If you can’t do the cutting on your own, you’ll need to make an appointment with your stylist, which will require time and, yes, money.

Aside from that, having bangs means that you have to adjust your preparation time before you go to school or work. You have to wake up earlier than you used to so you can ensure your bangs will look perfect for the day, especially if the bangs you’re after are heavy like those Zooey Deschanel has.

So, if you’re the kind of gal who can’t even commit to a serious relationship, then don’t get bangs. They’re only for committed ladies!

2. Styling your bangs takes time and patience.

You may have the time, but do you have the patience?

Getting bangs means you also need to have a hairdryer and a really good paddle-shaped brush. In addition, you have to hunt for the perfect styling products to help you achieve the style you want for your bangs.

You have to read reviews online or maybe ask your girlfriends which styling products they recommend. After picking the right styling product, you’ll have to buy it to test on your hair. It’s basically trial and error until you find the perfect one that works best for your bangs and hair type.

So, not only patience is required but perseverance, and dollars, too.

3. Bangs can sometimes cause acne.

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The bad news is that having bangs rest on your forehead all day long may irritate your skin and cause acne.

For this reason, getting bangs is something that you should really think over, especially if you have very sensitive skin.

If this happens to you after getting bangs, use a gentle face cleanser with salicylic acid to make sure your face is always clean and to get rid of the acne.

4. Bangs can be difficult during workouts.

Bangs can glam up your look for a day at the office, casual days out, a low-key date or even when you’re attending formal occasions. However, they can also be a bit of a hindrance when you are working out.

You don’t want to have them fly everywhere while you’re running on the treadmill or using the elliptical machine.

So, if you have rigorous workout sessions but still want a fringed cut, figure out how to keep them off your pretty face during your workout. You can use headbands or clips, but these may ruin the shape of your bangs.

5. There is a fringed cut for every face shape.

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The good news is that if you really want bangs but aren’t sure that you can carry them off, don’t fret.

There is a style to suit every face shape. The key is to know what face shape you have then take inspiration from celebrities who have the same face shape as yours and have had or currently have bangs. For example, if you have a heart-shaped face like Reese Witherspoon, go for side-swept bangs.

Bangs require commitment just like a relationship. Now that you have the 411 on what you need before you join the bangs brigade, consider them carefully before you make a decision.

There are also apps that you can download where you upload your picture and try out a variety of bangs virtually so you have an idea of what you’d like before you get them cut.

Ask for your stylist’s input, too. If, after having done all this, you decide to give it a try, then go for it! After all, if you’re not satisfied with the results, you can always use headbands or clips until your hair grows out again.

Have you ever had bangs? What was your experience of them? Do you have any additional advice for our girlfriends who are looking to get a fringed cut? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Maine Belonio

Maine Belonio is a twenty-something mom and writer who has a penchant for coffee, long distance running, Tolkien, Switchfoot, and Jesus.

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