What’s more striking than a great haircut matched with an even more stunning color? Our style compasses have been pinging us in the direction of looks that feature red hair with bangs, an oldie-but-goodie that we missed for quite a bit, especially when balayage, auburns and icy blondes were stealing the show. This style is dramatic and not for the faint of heart, but for those who want to take the leap, we highly encourage red hair with bangs!
Scroll on for a few reasons we can’t get enough of this high-contrast look:
On Our Radar: Red Hair with Bangs
1. It’s high-impact.
Unlike lower-maintenance ombrés, sombrés or balayage dye jobs, red hair with bangs, particularly those that are cut super bluntly (as above), are looks that demand upkeep. This means those that manage to impeccably maintain this look deserve major kudos; not only does this hairstyle require time and moolah, it also works the best on confident ladies who are comfy in their own skin. No loose, sexy waves or diffused hairlines to hide behind here—this look belongs to those who like to show up and show it all off.
2. It’s subversive… in a fashionable way.
Can you say pretty in punk? Wearing a bright copper hue is already a statement in itself. Paired with a mod, ’60s-era fringe? The look then makes a beeline to über-cool, instantly making your whole ensemble a few notches more interesting. Even graphic liner increases in sex appeal when dusted with a straight-edged fringe. Add a moto jacket and it’s immediate #girlcrush levels.
3. It’s pretty versatile.
Not all red hair with bangs features a full, blunt haircut. We’ve been seeing several versions of this combo. From the more directional micro fringe to a more democratic side-swept bang (even faux versions get a thumbs-up!). The look is inherently unique. Make it even more of a standout look by getting your bangs bespoke to your facial features.
Ed’s note: Red hair is also notoriously challenging to maintain, as it has bigger pigments that leach out quicker than other shades. Coating hair with a primer, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, before you shower helps repel water and lock in your shade for more luminosity. A low-sulfate system, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner, also helps cleanse and revitalize strands while keeping your hue vibrant.