It’s a question that almost everyone has pondered at some point in their lives: Should I get bangs? Whether the sudden urge for some fringe was inspired by a major life change (who doesn’t love a good post-breakup makeover?) or a simple desire to switch things up, there’s no better time than now to rock a fierce fringe. And there are various (chic) different types of bangs to choose from.
If you’re hesitant, just know that you’re not alone. “Most clients have had a bang experience in their past — usually when they’re young — that kind of ruins bangs forever,” Ashley Streicher, celebrity hairstylist and member of the R+Co Collective, tells Bustle. If you’re someone who’s been scarred by a past bad chop, don’t write bangs off so quickly. Streicher offers hope, noting that “your hairline and growth patterns, as well as your hair texture, are always changing.” In fact, she admits she’s often growing out and chopping off her bang. “Each time is an entirely different experience. Usually, they lay quite differently,” she says. There’s always a chance that the second time around could end in a better result, so why not give fringe another shot?
Another bang barrier that may be keeping you from scheduling a chop could be the commitment factor. This is the reason why Yene Damtew, a Washington, D.C.-based hairstylist who’s worked with Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross, suggests consulting with a pro and asking questions about the grow-out process. “When your bangs are growing out, it’s a good time to experiment with different styles,” Damtew says. “But it’s important to ask about the process beforehand and know which styles you can wear as they’re growing.”
Ready to give them a go? Bustle experts for the scoop on six different types of bangs, so no matter what your hair type or face shape, there’s a style for you.