As I near 30 (well that sounds weird), I can see my style evolve into more of a “look.” I like to think my tastes in fashion and beauty are pretty eclectic, but in the end I tend to sift out only those golden nuggets that truly fit me. This year, getting bangs without-a-doubt defined my look and that little row of fringe seems to guide my style in unexpected ways. Bangs are a lifestyle, and this curly, thick-haired girl is going to make it work.
Bangs provide a framework that makes my look make sense. This so-called look I’m talking about? It’s a little retro, a little leather, a little minimalist. These bangs totally helped me narrow down my style a bit. When I’m buying clothes or putting together my capsule wardrobe each season, I often include a throwback item with each outfit, whether it’s high waisted pants or a scarf. I know what my hair is going to look like virtually every day, so it makes it so much easier to focus on my outfits. Who knew bangs were so practical?
How I Make Bangs Work
And because I’m a blogger, this is the part where I share a few tips I’ve learned along the way (giving out unsolicited advice is just what we do). If you have thick, curly, wavy, or textured hair like me, here’s how I survive having bangs:
1. Dry them just so.
I can’t let my bangs just air dry or gently dry with a dryer. They need coaxing because my hair is wavy and curly. If I manipulate them too much, they become stick straight and awkward. I learned this new way to wrangle my bangs from my stylist, Creative Director Lisa Baber, of the Seattle Sassoon Salon location:
- Dry your bangs first before the rest of your hair.
- Dry them with a hair dryer but do not apply direct heat like you would if you were giving yourself a blowout with a round brush.
- Take a regular paddled brush and alternate brushing your bangs from left to right until dry. Alternating directions allows them to lay more naturally.
- And if you need to tame them further, I added this step: Use your flat iron to quickly smooth out just the midsection of the shafts of hair. Do not iron your roots or your ends, or else they won’t lay right. Does that make sense?
2. Bangs don’t actually need to be Zooey Deschanel perfect.
I flipped through my latest copy of Vogue and every other model in each ad campaign had shaggy, slightly wavy, natural bangs. What?? My curly hair is actually on trend? I feel so cool. I’m learning it’s okay to let my bangs keep some of their natural wave when they dry. It makes me feel a little rock n’ roll, but also more… me. The theme continues!
3. Make the time.
The big picture: It’s 4-6 weeks in between trims, so get used to visiting the salon a lot more. It forces me to get some me time whether I was planning to or not. And Sassoon Salon in downtown Seattle is in the middle of tons of shopping and a block away from AllSaints. I actually bought the jacket I’m wearing right after my last trim. It was a good day.
The Total Look
Sassoon’s latest collection, TORQUE, is all about “The Total Look.” Are bangs that thing that will help you define yours?
I love my bangs because I can style them straight across or part them down the middle and brush to the sides for a wannabe Alexa Chung look. Built-in options are great when you’re committing to a hairstyle.
If you’re looking for a change, but don’t want to commit to full-on bangs, try side-swept. “We’re seeing side-swept fringes from the Fendi and Markus Lupfer SS16 shows,” says Lisa Baber, Sassoon Seattle Creative Director. “This look adds drama to the classic bob and works best on hair with very gentle, natural movement.”
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Note: This post is in collaboration with Sassoon Salon. I received compensation for this post.