Bangs – The Long and Short of Them

Bangs – You either love them or hate them. Maybe you have bad memories from when you were a child and your bangs were only one inch long.  You could hardly call them bangs, they were barely a “fringe” (as they’re known across the Pond.) Or, maybe you’re like my friend whose Mom found her with scissors, wisps of hair on the ground and jagged hair across her forehead. She was 5, what did she know! Now she gets nervous when someone comes at her bangs with scissors – No jagged bangs!

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Nowadays you can wear them short, long, in between or swept to the side.  Let’s start with the Short bangs  (Katy) AKA “Baby” bangs look.  This is also called the Betty Page look. Before you ask your stylist to cut your bangs, you could fake it if you aren’t sure you want to make that commitment. As noted, this style of bangs is not for every face; this would not be your best look if you have a long slender face.

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Med. Hold Pliable Paste

If you decide to make the cut, know that this will take a while to grow out…if you don’t like it.  Actually, it’s the same amount of time if you do like it! You will need to allow more time in the morning to get ready – this is not a wash and wear hair style, especially if you hair is not bone straight. Make sure you have these 3 items on hand: Davines Medium Hold Pliable Paste, hairspray and a mini flat iron. Or, you could try the old-fashioned way – raise your hand if your Mom went to bed with scotch tape on her bangs.

Long Bangs work well with straight hair or wavy hair. One variation covers the eyebrows (Jessica), and the other tickles your eye lashes (Zoey). This style can be worn with a center part or slightly off center. It also means you need to trim your bangs more often, just so you can see while driving, eating or walking. Can’t have them covering your eyes completely!

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Side-swept Bangs are so versatile.  You can wear them to the left, to the right and even down the middle.  They can be delicate and wispy or heavy. They can sit up high (Rhianna), braided out of your eyes (Carey), or long and parted on the left (Reese) Side-swept bangs also work great if you are growing your bangs out!

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One more thing, with short bangs, you can also sweep them completely off your face like they’re not even bangs.  What do you think? Is this sleek style too severe or very stylish?

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Now that you’ve considered Bangs or “Fringe” variations, which style is right for you? You can always schedule an appointment with me to discuss it.  Just Book It Here.

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February Fun Hair Ideas

It’s February, the time of year of chocolates, cupids and hearts.  Now you can not only find hearts full of chocolate, but heart designs for hair.  Below are some samples of how to get in the spirit!

3 Heart hair designs

Women are not the only ones with Hair He(art) designs.  Check out this video from Cute Girls Hairstyles on how to style your daughter’s hair this Valentine’s Day.

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It’s important that your hair is in good condition so that it’s at its shiny, smooth best. This is especially true during cold dry weather. Here are 3 tips to help keep your hair smooth with anti-frizz products and techniques.

  1. NaturalTech Nourishing Hair Building PakDeep Condition: Use a deep conditioner, at least once per week. Dry conditions lead to frizz. Massage a good conditioner into your hair and keep on for at least 10 minutes. (This is a good time to treat your face to a facial.) NaturalTech Nourishing Hair Building Pak restructures and nourishes the hair shaft; it prevents your hair from trying to take in the moisture from the surrounding air which leads to frizz.
  2. Be Wise When Drying: Instead of rubbing your hair vigorously with your towel, which damages your hair shaft, squeeze the excess moisture of out your hair. And, if you use a hair blower, aim the barrel down the hair shaft. Finish with the cool air button to help lay your cuticle down.
  3. OI Absolute Beautifying LotionRejoice with Oi: With just 2-3 drops of OI/ Absolute Beautifying Potion, gently massaged into dry hair, from top of your head to ends of your hair, you’re ready to dry your hair. It doesn’t hurt to add a few more drops to your palms and then smooth over hair for added shine and smoothness.

If you want something special, something soft and romantic, you can always schedule an appointment with me!  Just Book It Here.