She bangs! She bangs! (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) But seriously, the hottest trend on Hollywood heads are thick, eyebrow-grazing bangs. Thinking of making the cut like Rose Byrne? We spoke to Caile Noble and Elba Rodriguez, stylists for Serge Normant at John Frieda in L.A., about all things fringe-related so you can get a bangin' new hairstyle.
Want perfect, side-swept bangs like Dianna Agron? You have to speak the same language as your hairstylist. According to Elba Rodriguez, "Bangs or fringes can be described as heavy, piecey, wispy, light, soft, straight across, arched, angled, blunt, choppy, side-swept, long or very short." Caile Noble adds, "Blunt-cut bangs are thick because they need the weight of the hair to appear drastic. Side-swept bangs can often appear wispy or not as heavy as a thick bang."
Don't listen to Mick Jagger. When it comes to your hairstyle, it's easy to get exactly what you want. Want eyebrow-grazing fringe a la Nicole Richie? Both Noble and Rodriguez say to bring a picture for reference. Even if you like a particular celebrity's haircut, it may not be the best hairstyle for your hair type, texture or your face shape. Rodriguez also says that bangs should never be cut while hair is soaking wet or with too much tension.
Before making the cut, Caile Noble says to ask yourself, "Can I commit to having bangs? Am I prepared to style the bangs on a daily basis if needed? Can I handle the in-between stages when I decide to grow them out? Can I handle them being in my face or on my forehead?." It's also very important to know if your hair texture is suited to bangs.
Elba Rodriguez notes that choosing the right shape and proportions for your bangs are key. Caile Noble adds that bangs are best suited to longer or heart-shaped faces. Both stylists agree that it is difficult for women with round faces or small foreheads to wear bangs. Having bangs can enhance the roundness of the face, as you can see with Kelly Osbourne.
It's not just your face shape that you have to consider when getting bangs; you also have to think about how your hair type will react to the shorter length. Medium-texture hair that is straight to slightly wavy like Zooey Deschanel's is the best for bangs. Really fine, really thick, curly and wiry hair are not well-suited to bangs, and widow's peaks and hairline cowlicks can also make bangs a challenge.
"All bangs will require some type of effort," Noble says, "It really depends on the individual's texture and desired look. Try and comb your bangs in the direction you want them to lay when they are wet before any of your hair has time to dry. Use a product with hold if the bang requires you to alter the natural texture of your hair. If you're allowing your bangs to air dry but want to fight frizz, use a water-based serum or finishing cream."
If it's the way your bangs were cut that you have a problem with, consult another stylist to see if they can be salvaged. If you just don't like the way they look, then you'll have to wait for them to grow out. In the interim, try styling them to the side or pinning them back to blend in with the rest of your hairstyle. Rodriguez recommends using a product that allows control like mousse or gel to force direction and style. And remember: Hair grows; it's not the end of the world.
Having bangs will definitely require more frequent visits to the salon--"typically every three to four weeks," Rodriguez says, and certain types, like blunt-cut bangs, often require more maintenance. Most stylists will accommodate clients with bangs because of the specific precision required to maintain the style. Don't worry, you won't end up looking like Lake Bell!
Can you trim your bangs yourself so you're not in the salon every three weeks? It's not highly recommended. You should really try to resist the urge to grab the scissors (even for that one little piece that's just a smidge too long--yeah, you know the one). If (this is a huge if here) your stylist gives you a detailed 411 on how to trim your bangs, Elba Rordriguez says that you should be okay. Remember, though, you'll have only yourself to blame for mishaps!