Before you make this monumental decision, consider the pros and cons:
Pro: Bangs are an easy and inexpensive way to instantly give yourself a new look and update your style.
Con: If you figure out you don’t look good in bangs after getting them chopped, well, curl up with a box of Kleenex. Hair grows about a half an inch a month, so it might take over a year to grow your bangs out, especially if you have long hair. Just ask Carrie Underwood, the country superstar, who seemed to start growing her bangs out the next day after her chop.
Here are their favorite bang tips:
- Remember that bangs are a commitment to shorter hair. When in doubt, do not cut.
- Even if you don’t wash your hair every day (which is a good way to keep it glowing and shiny), you can take a little shampoo and water and wash your bangs, so they don’t go limp with oil.
- Deep conditioning your hair. Avoid your bangs. Again, you don’t want to make them go dead from too much. Along the same lines, avoid using too much product in your bangs.
- Buy a tourmaline brush to control your bangs. Do not use your straight iron on them or they will eventually fry and dry out.
- Look at Rashida Jones’ bangs as inspiration for longer bangs. They were not cut blunt. Make sure they’re tapered and hit below your brows. Bangs that are too short make you look like Jim Carrey in some bad movie.
- Hate your bangs? Try eating more protein or take the supplement Biotin, which helps hair grow faster.