Bangs (continued)

Long blonde hairstyle with bangs
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Adding color to your fringe can also change the style without cutting it any differently. Adding a few light blonde highlights to your fringe can brighten it and alter the shape. You can also add a few panels of different colors to the underside of the fringe; this also changes the look without changing the length, style, etc. of the hair. Having dark hair with a blonde panel underneath your fringe is a really nice look.
Many of my clients have been requesting a new fringe recently, as the bohemian look is currently in fashion. Quite often, when you see a girl wearing a gypsy skirt, beads, and flip flops, you will notice that they usually have a long, blunt fringe that skims their eyes to suit the current fashion.
You must remember that just because it is fashionable, it may not suit you. As I have explained before, every different face shape suits different bangs, and that is where some fashion-conscious people go wrong. They think that because it is the current style, they must have it, but end up looking worse than they did before as it does not suit them at all.
Remember to always ask your hairdresser for bangs that best suit you, as a fringe is one of the most difficult styles to grow out. It can reach a certain length and become unmanageable.
Even though a fringe can make you feel more confident, change your hairstyle, emphasize your face, etc., there are also some disadvantages to having a fringe. If you have a job where you need to keep your bangs out of your face, you will have to constantly wear them back, either pinned with a Kirby grip or by wearing a hair band. If you wear glasses, your bangs may constantly fall over them and be annoying, or they may even fall into your lenses and get into your eyes. If you have bangs and go outside into a humid, drizzly atmosphere, be warned, your bangs will be the first thing to stick out, curl, or become frizzy.
Bob haircut with long bangs
Image: AI illustration
I quite often just scrunch my hair and let it air dry, but I find I always have to blow dry my fringe into style as it tends to do its own thing and looks messy, so there is more of a commitment to your hair if you have a fringe.
If you have curly hair, a fringe may not be the best idea as it can be difficult to manage. You can use straightening irons, but they can sometimes make your fringe too straight, causing it to appear flat and fly-away. Your best option if you have curly hair is to get a few angled layers around your face to soften the look.
Most people suit fringes, as there are so many different types to suit many different faces and looks. However, make sure you are absolutely certain before you commit to a fringe, as it can be difficult to grow out and control if you decide you don't like it. Fringes will always be in fashion, so don't worry if you've had a fringe for years; it will always look trendy. Just make sure it suits you and you'll always look good!
See also:
How to cut a fringe
How to trim bangs
Tips for better bangs
Swoop bangs
How do you know if a side fringe will suit you?