Questioning should I get bangs? Find out all you need to know before taking the plunge

Leona | 31 January 2018

Should I get bangs? From Bardot to Birkin, find your perfect bangs look, here!


Should I get bangs? Great question. As with many big decisions, sometimes you need a little time to reflect and question whether you are doing the right thing – and the same goes for our style choices (we already have too many to regret).

With the likes of Lottie Moss and Shailene Woodley making a strong case for the resurgence of fringes, are you now dead set on getting bangs, too? Well, before you dash out to the salon there are a few things we like to remind you before you take the plunge. And after that, if you’re still convinced, we have shortlisted the latest fringe trends to help inspire your next look!


What to consider when questioning should I get bangs?


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

1. Why do you want it?

First things first, why do you want to get bangs right now? Are you looking for a hair overhaul after a major life event – post break up, say?

It is surprising how many women choose to completely transform their style after a traumatic event, like Katy Perry who cut off her locks for a long pixie post-Orlando Bloom romance. As you might imagine, this can often lead to regret, so don’t let that be you.

The same applies if you are questioning should I get bangs before a special occasion – a graduation or wedding for example. Do you want to always look back on your big day and be reminded how that split decision to get bangs should have been giving another thought? Moral of the story: carefully consider your motivation.

2. 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 – much like a dog… or a boyfriend.

Depending on how fast your hair grows, you may be required to get your fringe trimmed as often as every 3-6 weeks. So unless you’re a pro at trimming your own bangs, be prepared to stop by your local salon regularly to maintain your bangs length and shape.

zooey deschanel long brown hair and full thick fringe
Zooey is the poster girl for all things bangs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Figure out what suits your face shape

Now, it’s all well and good looking at your fave celebrities for inspiration (which we totally recommend BTW) but just because Zooey Deschanel looks amazing with a thick fringe it doesn’t mean you will (sad but true). Therefore it is essential to consider your own face shape before taking the plunge. Also, why not play around with faux bangs and different fringe styles using clip ins – Gigi Hadid does, after all?

See our guide on how to match bangs to your face type here.

4. Consider your hair texture

It is no good wanting a Rooney Mara-esque blunt fringe when you’re a curly Sue, unless you plan on straightening it every day (see point 2). So if you have naturally curly hair, look for curly-haired women rocking bangs for inspiration, like Zendaya and Alanna Arrington.

5. How will it affect your normal 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 up and 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.



5 bang styles that are trending in 2018


Now, if after questioning should I get bangs you do decide to take the plunge, you’ll need some inspiration to find the ideal style for you. See which bangs styles are trending in 2018 and how you can pull off the looks, below.

lizzy caplan brown hair in updo with short sweeping hepburn bangs
Lizzy is a master of soft Hepburn bangs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Hepburn

Best for: Those who are always one step ahead of the trends.

From Emma Watson to Lizzy Caplan, Hepburn bangs are taking over as the only new bangs trend to be wearing. The short bangs are brushed forward and then swept softly to the side, much like the way Audrey Hepburn wore her bangs in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 

dakota johnson brown hair in updo with birkin wispy fringe
Wispy fringes have been trending thanks to the likes of Dakota Johnson. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Birkin

Best for: Lovers of Parisian styles.

Named after the iconic look worn by model Jane Birkin in the ’60s, Birkin bangs are all about wispy, soft styles cut along at eyebrow length. Keep your look carefree and unpolished like the cool French girls do, or pull the length of your hair back into a casual ponytail like Dakota Johnson.

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

3. Micro

Best for: The bold, brave and super trendy ofc!

Any retro lovers will already be familiar with this vintage micro fringe style. And as much as we loved the original look, we think the modern take as seen on Krysten Ritter and Bella Hadid is more exciting, and pretty darn trendy.

TIGI Catwalk Camera Ready Shine Spray

Editor’s tip: To show off your micro fringe like a pro, we suggest taming any flyaways and upping your gloss factor by using the TIGI Catwalk Camera Ready Shine Spray.

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

4. Curly

Best for: Curly haired ladies, obvs.

We’re sure that when you were considering should I get bangs, you didn’t think that your curly hair would be one of the top ways to style bangs for 2018. Stemming from the popular shag haircut, curly tresses with bangs are now being spotted everywhere from the catwalk to our social feeds.

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

5. Bardot curtain bangs

Best for: Nervous newbies, as you can grow the style out quite easily.

In our opinion, Bardot bangs kicked off the return of the fringe in so many ways. Turning to style icons and muses of yesteryear (Birkin, Hepburn & Bardot), everyone from Georgia May Jagger and Felicity Jones have been spotted wearing the style.




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