Bangs-havers, former bangs-havers, bangs-wannabe-havers….. there are few of us that don’t have a story to tell or something to say on the matter.
Do you remember where you were when you got bangs for the first time?
Maybe you were aged six and took a pair of arts and craft scissors and cut them yourself (guilty).
Or maybe you went through a bad breakup and because you weren't thinking straight you took to the salon to get it done. But whatever the way, every woman has something to say on the matter.
Oh, and speaking of, Hailey Baldwin Bieber just got bangs and...actually looks good?
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Follow the Hudson north from Manhattan and you will reach the highlands where @HaileyBieber grew up. The model returns to the mountains near her childhood home to try out the new season’s bohemian spirit in myriad fabrics, from folky tapestry florals to patchwork coats and cosy accessories. See the full story in the October 2019 issue of #BritishVogue, on newsstands now. #HaileyBieber photographed by @MattEaston and styled by @DenaGia, with hair by @PanosPHair, make-up by @TheRealOfficialFrankB, nails by @LollyKoonNails and props by @AliceMartinellli.
For the October issue of British Vogue, Hailey debuted the brand-new '70s inspired cut, and maybe we too should get bangs? Hailey’s new-do was done by New York City-based hairstylist Panos Papandrianos, who gave her a custom-made fringe designed to perfectly match the colour of her highlighted blonde hair and frame her face in just the right way.
Equal parts carefree French cool-girl and super high maintenance, some bangs are cut with the sharpest of intentions, while others come to fruition in a slightly more accidental manner.
When bangs work, they really work (Hailey Baldwin) – when they don't, you're talking four months of barrette clips and hairbands... before they were cool! (us).
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A home-spun cardigan thrown casually over @ChanelOfficial’s silk frock oozes 21st century prairie girl. See the full story featuring @HaileyBieber in the October 2019 issue of #BritishVogue, on newsstands now. #HaileyBieber photographed by @MattEaston and styled by @DenaGia, with hair by @PanosPHair, make-up by @TheRealOfficialFrankB, nails by @LollyKoonNails and props by @AliceMartinellli.
Of course, considering we haven’t seen any awkward pics of Hailey growing out her bangs, it’s safe to say that these could just be clip-in extensions meaning that now even a supermodel believes in bangs.
But in case you're still feeling tempted to do like Hailey, our Editorial Dept. recounts their anecdotal tales of their own fringe flights of fancy and we collectively wonder if bangs are ever truly a success?
AMY HEFFERNAN, EDITOR OF IRISHTATLER.COM
I decided to get bangs in secondary school, maybe in 2nd year, long before I had discovered ammonia and my hair was thick, glossy and auburn. I went to the salon full of conviction, armed with a picture of Marissa Cooper from The O.C. and told my hairdresser to recreate her feathered look (the naturally occurring, beachy waves, golden skin and coltish limbs, all being out of her control, of course).
I genuinely burst into tears when I looked in the mirror, post-chop and can't even blame the flurry of teenage hormones. After a month or four of constant hairband-wearing though, it grew long enough that I could split it and rock a deep, deep-set Noughties’ side fringe. Silver linings and all the rest.
Bangs Success Rate: Fair, after four long months.
Sarah O’Hegarty, Editor of Irish Tatler magazine
Everyone’s into endurance sports these days, but the ultimate test of will is growing out a heavy, blunt fringe. My relationship with my fringe has been on/off for the last ten years or so and I all too often play the ‘keep it’ or ‘grow it out’ game of tennis. It’s so not as easy as the shaggy-haired likes of Alexa and Suki might have you believe.
For those of you braving that awkward limbo-stage, Kirby grips and willpower are crucial!
Bangs Success Rate: Still haven't DTR.
Brenda McCormick, Managing Editor
I was a child of the eighties, mostly, so the classic bowl-shaped haircut of the era featured heavily in my formative years. I wasn't a fan of a fringe - for myself - after that. I love them on others though and a while back I had a change of heart: perhaps, I'd like to give one a try. It'd cancel out the frown lines/to Botox or not Botox? the dilemma in the future, I thought.
My hairdresser at the time shut down that idea pretty quickly. It appears I have a 'jumpy hairline', and the sleek, heavy fringe I imagined would need extensive crafting every morning. Thus ended my fringe flirtation... For now anyway.