Bangs: A Trending Hairstyle or a Cry for Help?


Have you ever seen your friend or a girl you know randomly post a picture with her hair chopped, dyed, or with a new set of bangs, and thought “I wonder what happened to her?” Or maybe you are that friend or girl that decided to change her hairstyle impulsively and are either loving or hating your new look. Anyways, it has come to my attention that these dramatic hair transformations are usually a result of some traumatic event or experience. And in fact, there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We’ve all been there at some point, and it is what it is. Only some of us have the guts to actually do something “risky” by switching up our hair and making a bold change, and I am not included in this group. I have always been afraid to do anything to my hair, and I mean anything besides cutting it. I’m not one to switch it up, and sometimes, I wish I would just say YOLO, but that’s not the type of person I am when it comes to my appearance, especially my hair.

The point is that bangs hold many different meanings nowadays, and as young women, it’s important to understand them, whether we are in the “Bangs Club” or not. Sooo.. as someone with zero experience in this category (changing your hair to overcome some mental trauma, heartbreak, toxic relationship, life/identity crisis, etc.), I needed some help. I talked to some friends who are now rocking cute bangs on their foreheads and have maintained this trendy hairstyle. And I also spoke to a few friends who have dreaded their decision ever since and want to forget it ever even happened. Here are a few tips and opinions they wanted to share on this matter:


RESEARCH:

  • Search photos of influencers on Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, who have hairstyles that interest you and choose the style you like best. Make a collection of inspo pics that reflect the look that you want. 

  • If you are cutting your own hair, watch Youtube videos to cut your hair properly. Also invest in different haircutting tools, especially scissors (hair-cutting shears). However, I DON’T RECOMMEND doing it yourself!

CHANGE/INSTANT GRATIFICATION:

  • Changing your hairstyle dramatically by either chopping it, dying it, or cutting bangs could bring you the satisfaction you’re missing. However, this is NOT guaranteed. If you want to be safer about your decision, I recommend going to a salon or professional hairstylist to get the job done.

INTENTION:

  • Understand your intention behind your haircut. If this is to get your ex’s attention or related to anything of that sort, maybe reconsider your decision. Dying your hair pitch black from blonde or vice versa, or even a more colorful pink, blue, purple, or green, may not be the best choice. Who knows? It may come out amazing, and you’re suddenly the trendiest “e-girl” or “Billie Eilish look-alike,” or you could also look like a troll who fried their hair. It happens to the best of us. The point is emotional decision making clouds our judgment. Give it some time until you know it’s something that you really want to do. There’s no rush.

JUST DO IT:

  • If this is the sign that you are waiting for, just do it. Remember, it’s hair and it will grow back :)





Inspo Pics: *click on the image to view the original post*


P.S. For more info on the type of bangs that will suit you best, check out Cosmopolitan's article: "20 Best Types of Bangs for Every Hair Texture and Length"










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