How to decide if you should get bangs or not

Written by Bangstyle • June 22, 2015

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

I’m convinced that at some point in our lives, every one of us has longed for bangs. They are just so fun and beautiful, it’s no wonder why it’s so easy to develop a major crush on them. But, for the average person, it’s a big jump into a completely new look, which can be a little daunting. So what’s a girl to do? Quietly obsess over photos on the internet?? While we’re never one to discourage fawning over gorgeous hair images, we wanted to take our shot at helping you to answer the age old question, “Will I look good with Bangs?”

The first thing to consider is that getting bangs will be a change. It’s not necessarily something that you can just do on a whim, especially if you want to be happy with them – which you should! NEVER cut them yourself. I know it’s tempting…there are some scissors, and there’s your hair, it’ll be so easy. It’s also extremely easy to go from quick snip to “Disaster City” so please, let your hairstylist do it. They’ll be excited to be a part of your transformation and they’ll have some great insight into which styles would be best for you.

Keep in mind is that while bangs will be a different look for you visually, it’s a different style for your hair too. You most likely are not wearing your hair down over your face everyday (unless you live in a well and are preying on people through their televisions) so it will take a bit of time to train your hair to fall into the style you want. This means more work in the mornings to style it, and blow-drying. You can also sleep in a headband to help hold your bangs in place and set the new style.

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You should also know that Bangs provide a frame your face. This means certain features might be accentuated by default, so you may want to change your makeup style.

“Got it! But, what Bangs will look good on ME?”

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

If you have a longer face, bangs are a great style for you because they will shorten the face, providing more width. “Long bangs” are a good choice here.

Oval faces can essentially get away with any style of bangs. If you have an oval shaped face go for it and get a “heavy bang”.

If you have a rounder face, you can use bangs to make your face appear more oval. “Wispy bangs” are perfect here because they will show more forward, adding length to your face.

Heart shaped faces look best with “blunt bangs”, cut just below the eyebrow, which will cover the forehead and soften a pointed chin.

If your face is more squared, go with Long Wispy Angled Bangs. This will be very flattering for your face and draw the eye in diagonally.

If you do take the plunge and decide that you are not happy with your new bangs, do not worry! There are plenty of ways to hide them that just so happen to also be really on-trend. You can braid them off to the side, stick them up into a Faux-Hawk, or even slick them back for a posh wet look. As your bangs grow back out, there are heaps of gorgeous styles you can try along the way so you won’t ever have to wallow in that awkward stage.

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“Should I get bangs?” is something you’ve probably wondered at least once in your life (or like, every spring, when craving a dramatic hair change. )

Although it may not sound like a big deal to some, cutting your bangs (or fringe, whatever you call it) is actually quite an important decision for most of us. After all, you’re changing your look completely, and what if you don’t even like it? Where is the ‘undo’ option?!

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

Bangs can be the best thing you’ve ever done, or something you wish you hadn’t.

Well, our lovelies, here are some things to consider, which will help you decide whether or not you should cut your bangs.

1. Surprise! Bangs don’t always look red-carpet-ready

Bangs are high maintenance, and they require work. If you want your fringe looking pretty and wonderful, be prepared to spend time on it. Bangs need to be styled, tamed at night, during workouts, and kept at their optimal length for best results. Which brings us to the next point.

2. Your bangs will grow faster than you expect

You get your beautiful bangs, enjoy them for a few weeks, and then realize they’re just not the same anymore! It’s because they’re probably getting too long – bangs can grow much faster than you think. You then end up constantly clipping them up with a bobby pin or partially covering your vision. Whichever one. To avoid this (depending on your hair growth rate), plan on being able to trim your bangs every 2-3 weeks, to keep them at their optimal length.

3. No, please don’t cut your own bangs

As tempting as this can be, unless you’re a professional hairstylist, just trust us on this one. Don’t cut or trim your bangs by yourself with dull scissors especially if it’s your first time. Cutting beautiful bangs requires a special technique that can be achieved by a hair professional much better than a first-timer.

4. Naturally curly hair dilemma – can I still get bangs?

Why yes, of course. But be prepared to spend even more time (and products) to keep your fringe looking styled and straight, as well as have the tools to maintain it that way throughout the day.

5. Your bangs will get oily faster

That’s the bad news – but the good news is that you can wash *just* your bangs in the sink (just like we mention here), which is totally better and quicker!

6. Cutting bangs is not the problem – growing them out is!

There will come a time when you want to grow your bangs out. Although it’s amazing to witness how fast they grow (judging by the amount of trims you need to maintain them), ironically, growing out your bangs completely can seem like the slowest process on Earth. Like ever. But not to worry our loves, here’s a a very useful video on how you can still look stylish and cute while growing out your bangs:

7. Choosing the style

When choosing the type of bang you want, consider your hair texture/type, as well as your hair part. For example, blunt and heavy bangs look great on thick hair. Fine hair beauties, however, should consider softer, side-swept bangs or be prepared to pull lots of hair forward for a heavier look. If you have a middle part, full frontal bangs may not work for you.

8. Consider your face shape

Be aware of how the bang style can flatter your face shape. For example, long-swept side bangs look amazing on round face shapes, as they help to make an illusion of a less round face. For square face shapes, avoid blunt heavy bangs – they will only make your face look more square. Instead, opt for softer side swept bangs. When looking for inspiration on celebrities or others, look at those who have a similar face shape and hair type to yours.

It will take time, but you’ll get there!

Getting a hang of styling your bangs can definitely take some time, but don’t be discouraged. Like anything new, it will require some practice to master the art of fringe styling.

All this being said.

Changing up your look can definitely be a rewarding experience. How can you know if bangs really work for you, until you’ve tried them? Keep in mind that hair does grow out eventually, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! Just remember to consider the points mentioned above.

Another option is to give clip-in bangs a try before cutting your actual hair. Unlike real bangs, clip-in bangs don’t have to be styled everyday, can be reversed, and and a zero commitment way to get bangs! Clip-in bangs are the perfect solution to the “should I or shouldn’t I” dilemma we all face. Check them out here.

Have you ever considered getting your bangs cut? Did you do it? How was your experience! Please share with us, we love hearing your stories.

Recently, I’ve started to have the itch that women my age start to experience. Not the baby itch or the wedding itch. The bangs itch. (Blame the patron saint of bangs, Zooey Deschanel.) That feeling when I start to think that maybe it’s time to try bangs again, even though I just finished growing them out from the last time. This feeling is apparently not uncommon. Kristen Bell’s husband Dax Shepard once tweeted, “A man’s main job is to protect his woman from her desire to “get bangs” every other month.” Maybe it is a man’s job to do so, but sometimes men don’t do their job, and sometimes they’re powerless against the bangs itch, and sometimes you’re single. What is a woman to do when she doesn’t have a man around to stop her from getting bangs? Well, I’m glad you asked. I have developed a pre-bangs questionnaire that will, if answered honestly, reveal whether you should get bangs again, or at the very least delay you from getting them for the five minutes it takes to read this questionnaire.

1. Did I like my bangs when I had them before? This seems like a pretty duh question, but when it comes to hair, people throw logic and common sense out the window. That’s the only way I can explain the fact that I went fully blonde twice, or that I continue to bring pictures of Gisele to my highlighting appointments. If you liked bangs before, you’ll probably like them again. If you hated bangs before, you’ll probably hate them again. Or as this commonly misattributed “Einstein” quote says: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

2. So why did I grow them out? If you’re me, the answer is that my hair is fine, dark, and greasy and having bangs meant that I had to shampoo it every day, and no, it was not a dry-shampoo situation.

3. Has there been some change wherein the reason I grew out my bangs is no longer relevant? In my case, no. The texture of my hair has not changed appreciably since the last time I had bangs. Your case may be different. Maybe you grew your bangs out because your boyfriend hated them and now he’s dead (OK, or doing a Ph.D. program in Seattle or whatever), in which case, cut away!

__4. Is it April, May, June, July, or August?__If you answered yes, then no, you should not get bangs. Bangs can be a rough transition—is that what your face looks like when you put it in a little hair frame?—but they can be a really rough transition if they’re sticking to your forehead like wet-dog hair because the humidity is at 90 percent. (No, this isn’t an issue in April or May unless you live in hell or Florida, but cutting bangs in April does NOT give you enough time to grow them out by July.)

At this point, you hopefully know whether you actually want bangs again, but if you still don’t know, ask your boyfriend or @daxshpard1 or any man on the street and they will probably tell you.

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Adding bangs to your hairstyle can be a fun way to change your look and freshen your style.

Do you have an idea for a blunt fringe or side-swept wisps? Our guide will help you figure out which style works with your face shape.

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If You Have a Round Face: Round faces are identifiable by full, wide cheeks. For these face shapes, straight bangs are a big no-no, as they accentuate your face’s fullness. But bangs can still look great with your face shape. Instead of straight bangs, go for thick, side-swept bangs that are cut at a strong angle. For a celebrity style reference, look at Emma Stone’s side-swept auburn locks. Also check out how Kirsten Dunst’s angled bangs flow into her wavy shoulder-length hair.

If You Have an Oval Face: This face shape is defined by a rounded jawline and a forehead that’s slightly wider than the chin. If you have this face shape, you’re one of the lucky ones who can pull off any style of bangs. Your face shape is the most versatile, so experiment with shorties or a longer fringe to match the style you seek. For a celebrity style referance, check out the looks of Beyoncé and Zooey Deschanel.

If You Have a Square Face: Square faces are identified by an equal width and height, as well as a defined jawline. For these face shapes, don’t go short with your bangs because they’ll pull your face downwards. Instead, go for long, heavy bangs that hit mid-eyebrow to just below the eyebrow. You can style them as a straight fringe, try pushing them to one side or even part them down the middle. In celebrity style, check out how Keira Knightley has worn her bangs both straight across and side swept. Also see how she’s paired the look with long or short haircuts. Also look at how Kate Hudson’s bangs nicely frame her face.

If You Have a Long Face and/or High Forehead: This face shape is similar to the oval-shaped, but the forehead, cheeks and jawline are all the same width. To complement this face shape, don’t get baby bangs because they will further elongate your face. Instead go for longer bangs that softly get longer at the sides. If you’re feeling adventurous, make it choppy! For a celebrity style referance, check out how Rihanna styles her thick locks or how Nicole Kidman’s long bangs work with her face shape.

If You Have a Heart-Shaped Face: If you have a wider forehead and a pointed jaw with a small chin, then your face is heart-shaped. In this case, avoid full-fringe bangs because they will accentuate your wide forehead. Instead, go for layered side bangs to draw attention to your eyes and the middle of your face. Make sure the cut angle goes from the eyebrow to the top of the cheekbones. Your celebrity style reference is Reese Witherspoon, who uses her bangs to balance out her heart-shaped face. Also check out how Kerry Washington uses blunt, heavy bangs that hit below the eyebrows to give the illusion of an oval-shaped face.

Now that you’ve figured out the right style, remember these three things:

First, your bangs will require maintenance to keep them looking sharp. Trim them every two to three weeks to maintain the right length. Taylor Swift posted about her overgrown bangs by saying, “My bangs are long enough to use as a sleep mask on long flights. So really, I just need a haircut.”

Second, you’ll need to wash them often. Your bangs will be against your skin, so regular hair washing will prevent oil buildup both in your hair and on the skin of your forehead. If you’re pinched for time, try spot washing your bangs in the sink.

Third, you’ll need to style your bangs every morning. There’s no get-up-and-go with this cut. To have them look good, you’ll need to give them some attention. And remember that your bangs will dry quicker than the rest of your hair, so blow-dry with a round brush immediately after you shower.

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

If your style seems a bit dull and you’re itching for a change, bangs may seem like the way to go. They can go a long way in refreshing your current cut, but they can also create weeks or months of regret. So how do you know if bangs are right for you and what kind of style suits you and your lifestyle? Read on for some things you may want to consider before you rush in.

Also, refer to our previous blog post for some other initial questions you should ponder before going all in with bangs.

One set of bangs doesn’t fit all

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

Depending on the shape of your face, certain styles of bangs may not work. If your face is more round, blunt, straight across the forehead bangs may be too severe but a thicker more layered type of bang could create a more flattering angle. Think of what type of bangs you’re looking for and whether they’d work well with your features. As with most styles, what looks good on one person may not look as great on another so before you commit, “test out” bangs by pinning them back in various lengths and thickness.

Think about maintenance

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

Some styles of bangs take time to maintain, in both daily styling and regular visits to your stylist for a cut. You may like the idea of bangs, but when it comes down to getting that fringe just right, you may not want to invest that kind of time. If you’re someone who loves to work up a sweat, consider a longer style of bangs that you could pin back during a workout. You may also want to consider that in the summer months, when hotter temperatures cause your forehead to sweat, even the best-styled bangs may not hold up to the heat.

Don’t try this at home

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

It may seem simple enough to just grab your scissors and cut across your forehead, but we can almost guarantee that deep regret will immediately follow that one snip. It’s a frustrating time right now as we are waiting to return to our stylists for regular upkeep of cut and color, but trying to maintain in the interim by cutting your own hair in any way may result in what’s being dubbed as “pandemic bangs.” Not only could you end up doing more harm than good, but it’s unclear when you can return to your stylist to have it corrected.

Spend your waiting time searching for inspiration

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

Many of us are getting restless as we wait for the go-ahead to get back into our stylist’s chair, but use these tips as inspiration to consider the style of bangs you’d want and how you would manage them going forward. Then on that glorious day when our doors are reopened, you’ll know exactly what you want!

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Tyra Banks
“Bold/Straight Full Bang”

Having trouble deciding whether or not to get bangs at your next hair appointment?

You’d be surprised at just how many women out there are pondering the question day and night like it’s life or death.

I consider bangs to be one of the most highly fretted choices that woman face in the salon.

It sounds like a silly thing that hardly matters….but it does.

Should I get bangs?

Choosing to get bangs or not get bangs means several months of suffering while you wait for them to grow out. It means changing your entire look and not knowing whether you will like it or not…then being stuck with it for better or worse!

That’s why I’m giving you the lowdown on bangs, and hopefully it’ll be a breeze!

Things to Consider…

Before you go crazy thinking about bangs and clipping pictures out of magazines there are a few things you need to know. Your hair characteristics can tell you whether or not you should get bangs and what type of bang you should get.

Carrie Underwood
“Dramatic/Swept Side Bang”

I know that some of you may be thinking, “What’s that got to do with it? I either cut them or I don’t.”….while others are anxiously contemplating the decision.

Some of you are torn, nervous, and acting as if this will be one of the biggest decisions of your life.

If you’re not a teenager…there’s no excuse for getting dramatic about it!

Hair is not always as simple as you may think.

The texture of your hair, your cut, and those funny cowlicks can tell you a lot.


Is your hair curly, wavy, or straight?

Do you let it air dry or do you blow dry and flat iron?

All of these things can make a huge difference on which way you go with the bangs.

  • Curly – The curlier your hair is, the more weary you should be of getting bangs. If you’re willing to straighten them everyday it might work out, if not you will look like a poodle. I feel that full bangs with curls just don’t mix….why straighten only one part of your hair…hello 7th grade!
  • Wavy – This type of hair is a little easier, you can straighten them if you want, or let them flow(I would only suggest a side bang here!).
  • Straight – Then we have straight hair….I’m more fond of full bangs in this situation. If your hair is too straight side bangs may look awkward.

Your Part

Sometimes we can work with a stubborn part line, sometimes we can’t.

It all depends on how flexible your hair can be. Believe me, if you get the wrong bangs for your part…you will regret it!

  • In the Middle – If you have a definitive middle part…side bangs may be a difficult option. Your hair has been going the same way all it’s life, don’t confuse it!
  • No Part – If you wear your hair on ONE side or the OTHER and change it with the wind…you may want to skip the bangs. Go for a long side bang or nothing at all, they are more flexible and anything else will probably be a pain.
  • Side Part – If your hair is always parted on the same side…get the side bang! I love side bangs! The best part is you’ll barely notice it if you want to grow it out!


Everyone has them, but some of us are less fortunate than others. If you have a cowlick right smack in the middle of your front hairline please don’t get full bangs! I can’t even say how much this annoys me!

I learned this lesson in the 3rd grade and I can’t stand seeing someone deciding it’s a good idea at 20! They will never lay straight and you will suffer while growing them out! Sometimes a cowlick like that can make side bangs look awesome, it’s what I stick with and it works.

Full Bang vs. Side Bang

Taylor Swift
“Romantic Side Bang”

The first question I always ask when someone is contemplating bangs is whether they want it to the side or full & straight across. I’m often surprised because most people have no idea what they want.

I consider full and side bangs to be complete opposites.

I can usually look as someone and tell which one they would look best with, so there must be something to it!

We are all unique and what we want may not be what we need!

Hopefully after reading this section on the pros and cons to each type of bang you will know exactly what to go for!

Full Bangs

  • Require regular trims, usually every 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Are much harder to grow out than side bangs.
  • Will change your look more drastically than side bangs.
  • Looks great with more simple, straight styles.

Side Bangs

  • Don’t have to be trimmed as often, sometimes I go as long as a few months.
  • Can be easily grown out if you decide you don’t like them
  • Will change your look slightly but sometimes a little goes a long way!
  • Are easily incorporated into a wide variety of styles.

NEVER try to cut your own bangs!

It’s not going to work….it’s just not.

Things to Remember…

  • If you can’t stand hair around your face, bangs are probably a bad idea.
  • If you’re not willing to come in and get them trimmed regularly, full bangs may not be the best option. When people trim their own bangs it just doesn’t work!
  • If you’re having a mini life crisis make the decision after your emotions have calmed down….breakup bangs or haircuts are usually an impulsive mistake!

Just another friendly reminder….
Please don’t attempt to cut your own bangs!

As always, feel free to contact me via e-mail if you have any questions or just can’t make the decision!
If you attach a photo I will gladly give you a mini consultation on what’s best for you!

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How to decide if you should get bangs or not

Every girl often asks herself (and her friends) if she should get bangs. They look amazing and fun and bring a chic spin to your look. But that doesn’t mean that bangs are for everyone. Which is why we always think about getting them but never actually do. Definitely do not make the cut on a whim, there are plenty of important things to consider before you get a stylish new fringe, and no, we don’t mean your face shape. We tell you everything you should factor in before getting bangs – it really is such an important decision, after all!

1. Your Hair Texture And “Hair Issues” Make All The Difference

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

You may be thinking cute Zooey Deschanel blunt bangs but could end up with something totally different thanks to how your hair behaves on a regular basis. A heavy, box fringe like that works best on thick hair, while a softer, wispy fringe looks great with fine hair. You may not end up with the bangs you wanted if you don’t think it through. Be realistic about your hair texture, talk to your stylist who will advise you best on how long/ short you can go with your hair type. Curly haired girls can also rock bangs, contrary to popular belief!

2. Are You Ready For This Kind Of Commitment?!

Be honest with yourself. It takes a certain amount of time and effort to look fringe-fabulous. That means waking up earlier to style your bangs, getting used to your hair cutting down your vision and basically battling with wind and humidity on a daily basis (they will be your bangs’ worst enemy!). You definitely won’t have a wash and go style, your bangs will require some styling and primping to get them looking decent.

3. You Will Eventually Learn How To Style Them

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

It takes a certain amount of trial and error to get your fringe looking great. If you always had center-parted hair and suddenly take the plunge and get blunt bangs, it will definitely take some time for your strands to adjust and sit properly. Styling it well also comes with practice; you’ll learn that your flat iron will make it look too flat while blow drying will make it a bit too bouncy. Don’t worry, you’ll strike that perfect balance soon. Blow dry your bangs immediately after your shower for better results.

4. You Will Need To Wash And Trim Your Hair Way More Often

We told you they were high-maintenance! Unless you want to be completely blind, you need to trim your bangs every few weeks to help keep them in shape and looking great. Don’t worry, it’s much cheaper than getting a whole haircut or trimming all your hair. Also, your fringe will tend to get oily much faster and more easily than the rest of your hair, which means you’ll need to factor in more hair washes. If you’re a lazy girl, stock up on dry shampoo or simply tie the rest of your hair out of the way and wash your bangs in the sink. It won’t take you more than 5 minutes!

5. You Might Have To Change Up Your Makeup Routine

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

When you look past everything else, bangs really do look lovely and add drama to your face. Pair them with the right makeup to help flatter them. Don’t overdo the eye makeup, it can look a tad much with your dark fringe. Keep your makeup clean and simple, to help compliment your bangs best. Cute winged liner and some lipstick is enough to work well with your stylish fringe.

6. You Can Fake Them To See How They Look

The most important concern we all have when we think about making the cut is we don’t know for sure how we would look with a fringe. Well, you can try faux bangs to see if you like the look and just how different you do look. Watch this easy video to learn how to do it and make the right decision before your next haircut appointment.

7. To Bang Or Not Bang?

How to decide if you should get bangs or not

There may be days where they just don’t behave and drive you mad (that’s what hair bands are for!), but your fringe will help give you a head-turning new look without chopping off the rest of your hair and can definitely help you look extra glam. If you’ve always wanted them, you should just get them. Who knows? Maybe you’ll love your new look so much you’ll want to keep them forever!

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How to decide if you should get bangs or not

How to decide if you should get bangs or not


Hair grows about a half an inch a month—and just a fraction of that amount can completely throw off how—and where—bangs fall. “When bangs aren’t precisely the right shape, it can alter the proportions of your face as well as be extremely difficult to style,” says Blandi, who suggests getting a bang trim every two weeks to keep them perfectly polished. “Keep track of how long after you got them cut that you truly loved the length, so that you can time a trim just right.”

Forget bed head. The state of your bangs in the morning could be disastrous. Whether you’re giving them a fresh start with a shampoo and blow dry or working with second day hair, bangs take styling priority. “They’re always on display and the main focal point of your style, so you no longer have the luxury of just pulling all of your hair back,” says Blandi. If you’re in a time crunch, slightly dampen just your fringe, then blast strands with a blow dryer to reshape them stat.

Forget Botox. Bangs have the power to completely transform your face. If you have a longer face shape, avoid a blunt cut for a more softly shaped style or long side sweep to balance out your naturally angular jawline. Have a more round face with not-so-distinct cheekbones? Go for a straight-edged short or heavy fringe with longer side pieces that graze your cheekbones, to create the illusion of contour, says Blandi.

Although you often look at yourself straight on in a mirror, Blandi says it’s crucial to remember that you’re being seen from every angle. All. Day. Long. And so, taking your profile, not only your face shape is key. “It’s universally flattering to have a few pieces that sit on your cheeks to prevent your profile from being visually cut off,” he says.

When you have finer hair, getting bangs can create instant volume—simply because the front section of hair appears thicker. However, go too far back to include ample strands, and the body of hair can get thinned out. Blandi suggests starting bangs only slightly back from your forehead and using face-framing layers to add depth (“This lets you keep as much hair as possible in the rest of your style,” he says.) For thick, even coarse or wavy hair, opt for a longer fringe that can easily be pushed to the side and having a little movement to hair actually works with the finish.

Grabbing a scorching hot iron to smooth strands is for sure a fast fix. But turning up the temperature day after day (typically around 400 degrees) will fry strands—not a good look for bangs. “Only go over hair quickly with an iron if hair is very coarse or curly,” says Blandi. Otherwise, a blow dryer and brush is all you need. Blandi’s tool of choice: a medium sized round brush. “But use it as if it was a paddle brush,” he says. “Grab hair at the root, pull it straight through to the ends without curling them under, then repeat until hair is completely dry.”

Because sometimes it’s just a little natural oil at the scalp that can leave bangs looking like an oil slick. And dry shampoo, is just that—dry shampoo—and all you need to keep them looking freshly washed. To prevent product overload, Blandi recommends spraying some dry shampoo onto your fingertips then massaging it in directly at the roots, not applying it all over. Plus, it can give flat fringe a bit of lift, he says.

You know that constant blow drying and styling can rip strands, so imagine the constant assault that bangs are subjected to. Before going crazy with any hot tools, always use a heat protecting cream to shield strands. “I like to apply a strengthening treatment on the brush, not hair directly, then comb through just below the roots,” he says.

Just how color can add depth and dimension to the body of hair, it can do the same for bangs. “For women with fine texture, adding a few highlights or lowlights to bangs will create the appearance of fullness,” says Blandi. Or simply make more of an impact. “Color can make bangs much more beautiful and interesting—and going more extreme with color gradations makes more of an impact that people notice right away,” he says.

And the very best part about bangs despite being so high maintenance? It’s a dramatic change that isn’t actually all that dramatic. Because, face it, the rest of your hair and style can remain untouched. “Bangs are such a classic,” says Blandi. “There’s so many ways that you can wear them, and change your look entirely from one tiny tweak.”