Should I Get Bangs? 9 Questions to Ask Yourself First

Should I get bangs? Find out now with the help of our comprehensive checklist.  

Should I get bangs? Great question. With fringes firmly back in vogue, are you now dead set on getting bangs, too? Well, before you take the plunge there are a few things you should ask yourself to make sure it’s right for you.

1. Do You Really Want Bangs?

First things first, why do you want to get bangs right now? Are you looking for a hair overhaul after a major life event (a break-up, for example)? Or, has your favourite celebrity got a fringe style you completely adore?

Ponytail with bangs: Jennifer Garner with brown hair layered bangs ponytail.
Jennifer Garner adds layers to her bangs for a graduated effect. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Or, maybe you’re questioning ‘should I get bangs?’ before a special occasion (be it graduation or a wedding). If so, do you want to look back and be reminded how that split decision to get bangs should have been given another thought? Moral of the story: be 100% sure you want them.

2. Are You Prepared for the Maintenance?

Perhaps the most important thing to know when it comes to bangs is that they are quite needy and require a fair amount of attention, depending on which type of fringe you go for. And, if you want them to look red carpet-worthy, be prepared to spend time caring for them. Which bring us onto the next part…

krysten ritter dark medium length hair with micro bangs
Retro lovers rejoice for the micro fringe trend. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Can You Keep up With Regular Trims?

To keep them looking their best, you may be required to get your fringe trimmed as often as every 3-6 weeks, as they will grow faster than you expect. If you want to avoid that awkward in-between time, getting regular cuts is all you need to help you maintain your bangs’ length and shape. But for obvious reasons, please don’t try to cut them yourself…

lizzy caplan brown hair in updo with short sweeping hepburn bangs

4. What Styling Products Will You Need?

If you do get bangs, you’ll need to fill your arsenal up with styling products to make your fringe look its best.

And if there’s one product that’ll make maintaining your bangs easy, it’s dry shampoo. Our favourite? The TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo. Not only will it help keep grease at bay (which is another issue you’ll be dealing with if you decide to get bangs, as they tend to get greasy quicker), but it will also revive them and give them added bounce and volume.

5. What’s the Right Fringe for Your Face Shape?

Now, it’s all well and good looking at your fave celebrities or influencers for inspiration, but just because your favourite looks amazing with a blunt fringe, doesn’t mean it will necessarily work for you. This is why it’s essential to know what your face shape is before taking the plunge.

alanna arrington curly brown hair with fringe
This VS model shows you how to wear bangs on curly hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. What’s Your Hair Type?

Like all hairstyles, bangs need to work with your unique hair type. This may mean that the fringe style you have your heart set on won’t work for you, but there’s no need to fret: just look for those who have the same hair texture as you, and see how they pull off bangs.

Whether you’ve got fine, straight hair or thick, curly hair, we promise there are many different fringe choices you can pick from.

7. Have You Tried Fake Bangs?

Also, why not play around with faux bangs and different fringe styles using clip-ins – Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner do, after all.

Learn how to create a faux fringe with our tutorial.

groegia may jagger blonde wavy shag haircut with bardot bangs
From Georgia to Alexia, Bardot bangs have never been so popular. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. How Will It Affect Your Hair Routine?

If you’re the type to hit snooze 6 times or barely have a moment to yourself after getting the kids ready for school each morning, you may need to consider if you even have time to prim and prep your bangs.

But it doesn’t stop there, oh no. Are you a gym bunny? If you like all your hair to be out of your way while getting your sweat on, take a moment to think on how you plan to secure your bangs for that gym sesh.


Editor’s tip: Be sure to keep your bangs and hair looking on-point with a shine spray like the VO5 Tame & Shine SprayThis magical spray fights flyaways, adds a pretty sheen and also can be used as a heat protect!

9. How Will You Style It?

Whether you are a nervous newbie or a bold beauty, don’t forget to do your research to find your favourite bang hairstyles. And as a starting point, look at our fringe hairstyles article. We answer the most frequently asked questions, offer inspirational looks and provide must-know styling tips.

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