Everyone from Karlie Kloss and Ciara to Lily Collins and Dakota Johnson are recent fans of the beautiful bang theory. Unlike with fashion trends, however, this haircut doesn't accentuate every face shape—and, even worse, it can leave you feeling insecure and frustrated while you wait for your hair to grow back.
Clip-in bangs to the rescue!
"Bangs are a good way to switch things up," said celeb hairstylist Anthony Pazos, who has worked with big names like Beyoncé. "I keep clip-ins in my kit. I try them on clients first so they can see what it looks like. It's funny—nine times out 10, they're like, ‘Maybe I won't try bangs after all.'"
Using Bellami Clip-in Bangs (you only want to use real hair, urged the stylist), the pro straightened each set with a flat-iron before fastening to hair. To secure, he sprayed the actual clips with Stylers by 180Pro TEASEless Volumizing Powder Shake "to anchor" the clip-ins in the hair.
You'll have to read on for the before-and-after photos.
Fringe BangsAlanah B.B (Before Bangs): I've tried bangs a few times but I had a few problems with them. The oil from my hair was causing acne on my forehead. I had to put much more heat on my hair, because there's nothing worse that frizzy bangs. And, I don't have a large forehead, so I felt like they were overwhelming for my face.
"If you're going for a more casual look, keep a few bumps in it," recommended the hair pro. "If you're going to a more formal event, make it as sleek as possible."
After you tie up your hair, clip in the bangs, always starting with the center fastener, followed by the two sides—it's that simple.
Pro tip: Use your flat-iron to flatten out any bulge the clip-on may create on top of your head, noted the pro. Just rest the non-heated side of the iron on the bump for a few seconds to let a low heat transfer and smooth.
Piece-y BangsKailey B.B. (Before Bangs): Bangs bring back bad memories of wall-like fringe when I was in elementary school. I also fear it makes my face look rounder and my cheeks chubbier the more my hair is in my face, so bangs are usually out of the question.
Use a flat-iron to create beach waves or if you have an aversion to heat tools, the pro recommended sleeping in The Sleep Styler for the same effect. Clip in the bangs and then use thinning shears to take out the volume of the faux bangs.
"Always gotta customize those bangs; otherwise, they'll look like they are just sitting on top of your head," said the pro. "You have to cut the bangs while it's on your head. You don't want them to look fake."
Curl the longest edges of the clip-ins and blend them into your real hair—voilà.
Blunt BangsDiana B.B. (Before Bangs): I've tried bangs before in college and because I have very fine hair and not a lot of it, it looked really sparse on my forehead. When it got oily, it was just a mess. On top of that, I have high cheekbones and a square jawline that protrudes out just enough to make my actually round face look wider (first world problems, I know)—needless to say, bangs weren't doing me any favors.
"Something super structured, super straight, super angular, with hair on the sides, will fame your face," noted the expert. "It's very graphic, very fashion."
Pro tip: Don't cut this one—the fringe should look really thick.
When it doubt, clip it in.