April 21 2014

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11 posts tagged "Bangs"

Bangs Are Having a Moment—Again



I’m going to borrow a line from the esteemed film Legally Blonde to describe the beauty move catwalker Karen Elson debuted on Instagram yesterday: She got bangs. Her hair is so now. Fringe is having a moment (fellow model Grace Hartzel sported a covetable rock-and-roll version of the trend in the Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2014 lookbook shot by Hedi Slimane, and Jamie Bochert appeared on the cover of the latest issue of wearing her signature set), which is interesting seeing as balmier weather is (let us pray) almost upon us and the effect it has on bangs isn’t pretty (think strands stuck to forehead). But humidity be damned—whether you wear them long and wavy like Hartzel and Bochert, or short and blunt like Elson, I think going under the scissors this spring is well worth the risk.


Photos: Instagram; Courtesy of Saint Laurent

Fresh Start, Fresh Fringe


joan-smallsSome of us take a vacation, and others—like Joan Smalls—use this downtime to revamp their look and party with Beyoncé at the Versace mansion. Sporting a new set of brow-grazing fringe (reminiscent of the kind she wore at Emilio Pucci’s Fall 2013 show), Smalls started out the New Year with a bang. As did Hillary Clinton, who arrived at the inauguration for Bill de Blasio with a layered set of her own. Times (and hairstyles), they are already a changin’.

Photo: Instagram

Beauty Sound Bites: She Bangs



“I went through all the stages of grief…first you have disbelief, then you have hysterical upset, then you have anger, and then you have acceptance. And that was kind of what happened to me, in a three-minute period after I realized that I actually cut my own bangs.”

In an attempt to fit herself with faux fringe, Rossum’s harmless DIY experiment quickly turned into disaster. “It wasn’t like, Oh, that’s a wispy, cute piece. It was like, Oh, that’s a serious mistake,” she said of the three-inch-deep cut she made into her own hair. “It wasn’t anything that could be feathered in lightly,” she quipped. Above, we pay homage to Rossum’s growing pains with a scene from the season finale of Girls. What can we say, snips happen.

Antonio Prieto Matches Fringe To Face


Recognizing that bangs, like black nail polish, have moved beyond their humble hipster beginnings to become an overarching trend that’s apparently here to stay, we figured now was as good a time as any to provide you with a cutting guide for your specific face shape. And we say your deliberately, seeing as how we have been told on countless occasions that we are not good fringe candidates (an angular chin and big, high-set cheeks apparently equal a lifetime of boring long layers). Below, Manhattan-based stylist Antonio Prieto breaks it down so heart-shaped girls don’t confuse themselves with the diamond-shaped set, thus preventing the kind of post-salon hair traumas that are colored by tears and self-deprecation (yeah, you know exactly what we’re talking about):


Sorry, ladies. You apparently fall in line with us, according to Prieto, who has essentially vetoed the idea of fringe for this specific genetic scenario if only so the wandering eye can see more face, thus preventing a shorter, fuller, wider appearance.


Noting that this shape is more angular overall, Prieto recommends working a short, side-swept look to soften stronger facial contours.


In order to properly offset the pointy chin and wide forehead here, Prieto suggests keeping bangs narrow and making sure they do not extend past the outside of the eye.


Even though we’re having some difficulty visualizing what a triangle-shaped face actually looks like, Prieto describes it as a narrow forehead with fuller jaw line and suggests that these poor souls are ripe for a set of bangs, which, if kept full and wide, should create the illusion of more balanced proportions.


The goal here is to create width through the side of the face, says Prieto, who maintains that longer, side-swept bangs will complement the narrow, drawn-out shape of this face. Making sure that the bangs fall on or near the cheekbone will also yield better results.

Photo: Clockwise from left, Barry King / Film Magic; Araya Diaz / Wire Image; Barry King / Film Magic; Jesse Grant / Wire Image

A Fringe For All Seasons


As a longtime fan of a long, blunt fringe, I have come to understand that during the summer months my bangs will bear little resemblance to their winter-weather counterparts. But the concept of grease and frizz-free bangs at the height of summer’s humid onslaught is not an impossible dream, according to Leonardo Manetti, co-owner of New York’s sleek downtown salon ION. Manetti advises that anyone battling the effects of sad summertime fringe simply heed these five tips:

1. Avoid applying too much conditioner to your fringe.

2. When you are getting ready, try to keep bangs away from your face at all times. Wear a headband when putting on moisturizer, so they aren’t absorbing any product, and finish your entire skincare and makeup routine before styling bangs.

3. If hair is straight or slightly waved, use a blow-dryer to style bangs. If you have frizz or tighter curls, follow up with a straightening iron.

4. Steer clear of any silicone-based products because warmer weather will simply reactivate them, causing grease buildup.

5. If you are still faced with oily bangs by the end of the day, go for products with a high quantity of alcohol, like a volumizer or a hairspray, or break out the dry shampoo to soak up the grease. Avoid darker-colored hair powders, though, Manetti warns, as these will show up on your face if/when you start sweating (ew).

Photo: Photo: Greg Kessler