Fact: quarantine leads to chaotic hair decisions. Recently, there’s been plenty of evidence in the form of girls cutting their bangs and dying their hair and putting the entire process up on the internet. Bangs are one of those controversial hairstyles that people either love or hate. They can easily go awry and aren’t necessarily flattering on everyone. However, if you take into account your face shape and haircare routine, it is possible to find a bangs style that will flatter you and be manageable to maintain.

I got bangs for the first time ever in October of 2019. Over the relatively short time period I’ve had them, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to love the look of my bangs. The type of bangs style I have are called curtain bangs – they are longer, slightly wispy bangs that are parted down the middle to frame the face. The fact that they can be worn either straight across in front of the face or parted to the side makes them versatile, and this particular style gives off an effortlessly cool vibe. 

Suki Waterhouse with curtain bangs.
[Image description: Suki Waterhouse with curtain bangs.] Via Deborah Praha on Pinterest.
Before I took the plunge into getting bangs, I made sure to do plenty of research. I scoured the internet for reference photos of the type of look and bangs style I was going for. This is essential to making sure you get the bangs that you want when you show up at the hairdressers. I also found it extremely helpful to take a quiz on my face shape prior to getting bangs. I have a heart-shaped face, and based on that, I found celebrities with similar face shapes sporting bangs to get an idea of how they would look on me. 

Another key thing to consider when getting bangs is how much time you are willing to dedicate to your hair. Bangs are not the most low-maintenance style, depending on what type you have. They also tend to have a long growing-out period. Therefore, it is imperative for you to be willing to put in the time if you decide to cut bangs. 

Sometimes it can be a good idea to go to a hairdresser when you are first cutting bangs. However, I know cutting bangs yourself often makes sense and can save you both time and money. We’ve all watched those chaotic YouTube videos and the results can be great if done right. If you are tempted to go down the DIY route, make sure you have the right supplies. Sharp scissors are a must, as is a comb to separate out the hair to cut into bangs. Hair-ties are also useful to mark where to cut. I also recommend a second pair of eyes to help you double check the length and evenness of your bangs.

Girl with brown hair cutting bangs.
[Image description: Girl with brown hair cutting bangs.] Via Loepsie on YouTube.
From then on, if you need a trim, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing it at home. I have trimmed my own bangs at least three times since I’ve gotten them. As long as you’re careful, the results can be great. Just keep in mind to cut your hair while it’s dry and to cut off less than you think you need to initially. There’s always the option to cut off more, but you can’t go back if they’re too short. When cutting your hair at home, be sure to use haircutting shears in order to make the process as fool-proof as possible. 

When it comes to styling bangs, hair type really matters. I, for one, have straight to slightly wavy, medium length hair that is thin. As a result, I am lucky to not need any hair products to get my bangs to where I want them to be. However, that is not always the case for other hair types, especially those with curly or very thick hair. One thing all hair types should be aware of is that bangs do have a tendency to stick up or dry weird. This just means that when sporting bangs you may need a little extra time in the morning to make sure they fall nicely. For me, this sometimes means wetting down my bangs and then lightly blow-drying the hair until smooth. 

Girl with brown hair and bangs wearing various hair accessories.
[Image description: Girl with brown hair and bangs wearing various hair accessories.] Via Ruben Chamorro on cosmopolitan.com.
My advice to any girl with bangs is to invest in some hair accessories in case you’re having a tough hair day. Bobby pins, clips, hats and headbands can be lifesavers for mornings when your bangs are being uncooperative. They’re also great if you want to switch up your look or pull your hair away from your face.  

Above all, when getting bangs, listen to your instincts and follow your gut. People will try to tell you what to do all the time in life. In the end, it’s always up to you to make your own choices. If you want bangs and like to switch up your hair, go for it! Ignore the naysayers and do what makes you happy. If I had listened to everyone who told me not to get bangs, I never would’ve done it. Those same skeptics became my biggest supporters upon seeing my bangs.

  • Maggie Mahoney

    Maggie Mahoney is an editorial fellow based in Washington D.C. She is a soon to be graduating senior at American University studying Literature with a minor in Communications. Maggie is passionate about poetry, elementary education, blogging, and R&B music. She loves to cook and try new cuisines and considers herself a textbook Virgo.