To bang or not to bang, that is the decision;
Whether tis smarter in your mind to suffer
The wings and sorrows of the grow-out phase
Or, refuse the trends and let your locks live
Long and prosperous. To cut. . . to trim
Perchance to change. . .
(Not) William Shakespeare
Okay, so that wasn’t Willie, but we think if he were to write a soliloquy in the 21st century with the intention of illustrating a constant, ruthless and relentless struggle, he’d totally talk about bangs.
If you’ve ever had bangs and then proceeded to not have bangs, you’ll agree that the growing out process . . . sucks. It is with this reality in mind that we urge you to mindfully consider whether chopping your bangs is right for you. A tip – don’t do this if you’re presently in an emotionally unstable state, as in recently gone through a break up or just finished watching The Notebook (like the whole thing as we tend to stop it when she finally chooses Noah – “and they live happily ever after forever and ever and have lots of sex and babies. . . THE END!”). Decisions like this should be made with a level head and dry eyes.
If you’ve done the necessary soul searching and feel you’ve come to a decision, we strongly urge you to first have a heart to hear with your stylist. Bangs are rad, but at the end of the day, aren’t for everyone – things like cowlicks, small foreheads (see Libertee’s tiniest forehead ever) and bone structure are all a determining factor as to whether or not you should take the plunge. Lastly – listen to what they say – your stylist has your best interest at heart as you are their real - life resume; they truly don’t want you looking like a drunken Howdy Doody when you walk out of their salon.
We hope this goes without saying, but, in case that one experience in the seventh grade when you walked into the bathroom with scissors and an idea and walked out looking like one of your cabbage patch dolls wasn’t emotionally scarring enough (we're looking at you, Boyko) we warn you not to even consider doing this yourself. Cutting bangs is a lengthy process and should be left in the dedicated hands of a professional. Like or friend, Amanda. . .
This is our friend, Amanda.
She is a stylist at M Salon and was rad enough to walk us through determining whether to bang or not to bang; principally, Amanda reviews with us important conversations to have with your stylist before taking the plunge. Amanda also went on to state that “you should either really love the person, or said person should be really hot.”
This is Amanda’s client, Rebecca. Along with being just the loveliest person and sweetest mom, Rebecca is a bit like an old married couple as she goes back and forth between banging and not banging. Presently, Rebecca is on the bang train! Choo Choo!
After having a robust conversation with Amanda, the two agreed that bangs were a good option for these reasons: Rebecca has a lot of hair, and won’t be taking away from the body or volume of her hair by allocating locks directly to the front; Rebecca has strong facial features and bone structure, and as a result can accommodate the solid line along her forehead; lastly, her eyes are the perfect picture to fall under the frame of a bang. Beautiful!
Once you’ve decided to take the plunge, we highly recommend that you visit second base before you full on bang; this is especially true if you’ve never banged before. Ask your styling to start with a side sweep, and let you see how it looks. See below:
If you’re still feeling excited about an even more substantial change, we encourage you to take the plunge and go full bang. See below:
As a last detail to consider before taking the full on bang plunge, know that you will be visiting your stylist more often for bang trims. These are usually done free of charge (be sure to double check) and make a huge difference when it comes to maintaining your sanity. Bangs have every capacity to make you look bangin’, but if left untended, can also just make you look banged up. Take care out there, ladies.