Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year, New Look: More Bang with Bangs

Taylor Swift at the AMA Awards
 Bangs come and bangs go, and today bangs are hot! I love bangs – they bring out a woman’s eyes, they are sexy and carefree, and can be used to create different effects based on the shape of your face and the texture of your hair. Why not consider a new look along with your New Year’s Resolutions? Oh, and did I mention that the best thing about bangs is that they make any woman look younger?!

Reese Witherspoon/
Katy Perry/
Nicole Ritchie/
Heidi Klum/
From Taylor Swift’s blunt fringe debuted at the American Music Awards, to Reese Witherspoon’s side-swept style, bangs are a staple of celebrity hair. Personalities as diverse as Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, and Nicole Ritchie are all sporting their own version of the fringe. Bangs can be totally rock-and-roll and a bit messy, or smoothly controlled and very geometric. Remember though, not all faces are created equal. Before we start cutting, I have to take into account the shape of your face and the rest of your hair. Look at Nicole Richie, who has a lovely square face. Heavy bangs with tapered sides work for her and create a flattering balance. 

Jennifer Hudson/

When we cut your bangs, you have a whole new set of styling challenges. I will show you tricks for styling your bangs, the easiest of which is to blow dry and brush your bangs all the way to the left side, and then to the right side, and finally straight on. A bit of matte wax or pomade can be used to pinch and piece strands to allow a bit of your forehead to peek through. If we cut a heavier, more geometric fringe, I’ll show you how to make those Cleopatra bangs lie flat and cooperative. At my salon at Two City Plaza, we always offer free bang trims. 
The other beauty of bangs is that they do grow out, and I can show you how to handle blending them in when you’re ready for yet another CHANGE, my beautiful fashionistas.

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