My Bangin’ New Do

I was once told by a hairstylist that if your haircut looks the same in consecutive Christmas cards, it’s a sure sign that you need to change things up. Unfortunately, I’ve been a victim of this little style rule for, uh… too many years to count. Maybe tenth grade? But not anymore! Lucky for me, I got an ambush makeover the other day from Kronos Hair Care creator and former North American Hairstylist of the Year, Dusty Simington.  Guess what? I have a hairstyle with bangs! (A statement that none of my friends or family initially believed until photographic evidence proved otherwise due to my repulsion for any hairstyle that requires styling.)

In the middle of a meeting, Dusty casually mentioned, “Oh by the way, I’m cutting bangs for you today. No arguing, my assistant is here and everything is set up.” (And yes, my boss and coworkers knew it was coming and didn’t even give a heads up!) My reaction was a mixture of horror, shock and excitement. Because, let’s face it, bangs seem like a dramatic step but at the same time who wouldn’t be ecstatic about receiving a hair transformation from one of the best hairstylist in the country? After my initial protests, “I can’t pull them off! I don’t have the face shape! They are too high maintenance! I’ll never be able to grow them out!” I quickly found out that there was no getting out of it and that he had an answer to everything, “Anyone can pull them off.” “There are different face shapes for different bangs.” “They will add two minutes max to your prep time.” “Growing them out is the fun part!”

You know what? He was right! Bangs have given me a whole new look. I feel a lot more stylish, fashion forward and it literally takes under two minutes to style them. Even my old go-to look (unbrushed hair tied in a not) looks really cute with some fringe bangs around my face! As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like a whole new Amy!

Check out some tips from Dusty on the right bangs for you.

High Forehead- Larger foreheads are easily disguised with long bangs. Try a style that starts fairly close to the hairline and reaches the eyebrows.

Short Forehead- Similar to longer foreheads, short foreheads can be elongated with bangs. Start the bangs further into the crown to create the illusion of more coverage, or choose a style with wispy fringe as opposed to full, short bangs.

Thinning Hairline- To draw attention away from thinning hair around the hairline, opt for bangs that are tapered down toward the temple to draw the eye away.

Round Faces- Round faces can benefit from a style that elongates the face. Try short bangs with a blunt finish or deep, side swept bangs that create an arc, elongate the face.

Square Faces- Opt for bangs that skim the top of the eyebrows to balance proportions or wispy bangs to create softness- either will soften angular features. Avoid heavy bangs, as symmetrical and geometric shapes emphasize angularity.

Oblong Faces- To add fullness and balance a longer face, experiment with bangs that are cut wide to create the illusion of width at the temples. The longer the bangs, the wider the face will appear.

Oval Face- Almost all hairstyles work on oval face shapes. Experiment and have fun

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