There is a longstanding narrative in both movies and television that likens the acquiring of bangs as a cry for help. It is also sometimes used to signify the advent of a new era, or the divulging of a character’s current mental state without resorting to explicit dialogue and exposition. Bearing this in mind, it is safe to say that the mere act of snipping a set of bangs has garnered new connotations and significance in modern-times. Take Andy from The Devil Wears Prada, for one, who acquires a fresh new fringe midway through the film that is meant to portend the immolation of her own moral code for the sake of her career. Then there’s Emily from Emily in Paris, who opts for one impulsively in a bid to distract herself from her imploding love life. All in all, the consensus is clear: the procuring of bangs is a magnitudinal decision—though, admittedly, with significantly lower stakes in real life as compared to the media we consume.
In fact, for those who exist outside the big screen, the drama centering said chop lies largely in the aftermath. That is, figuring out how to work with and maintain your new look effectively. Typical questions encompass the necessity of heat tools; the most efficacious products to incorporate into your regime; as well as the best methods and approaches to styling—all of which Vogue Singapore addresses in this feature thanks to insight from hair and make-up artist, Zoel T. Your masterclass begins now.
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“This is a fringe that is longer at the sides, where it curves down to frame the face,” explains Zoel. “I recommend utilising a hair straightener to style it instead of curling tongs, as the latter will give a tight shape that exudes a rather aged vibe. The hair straightener will allow for a looser, more relaxed wave that appears effortless. Add a lightweight hairspray and dry shampoo into your rotation, and you’re pretty much set.”
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These soft, airy bangs are lightly feathered, and are best suited for those with thin, fine strands to help add shape and volume. “This is a style that is a little more high-maintenance, as it has the tendency to look unkempt if you’re not applying the right products,” advises Zoel. “Your best bet is to use a hair dryer as well as a round brush to control the volume and shape of the fringe. You can also use spray wax, hair serum and hairspray to create and add on texture if it’s looking a little flat.”
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Arguably the most low-maintenance fringe of the lot, side bangs help frame the face while also adding depth, whereupon they create angles and shadows to shape fuller visages. What’s more, they also come with a degree of versatility where they can be tucked behind the ears or pinned up depending on your personal needs. Adopters simply have to ensure strands appear shiny and smooth—which means the upkeep required is significantly lessened compared to the other variants mentioned in this roundup. Low effort, but with high rewards? No doubt about it.
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“They are essentially bangs that are cut without layering,” states Zoel. “These are simple and easy to work with. All you really need is a hair straightener to keep them neat. Run through your strands, and finish off with hairspray. Voila.”
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Referred to also as baby bangs, this cut is steadily gaining traction due to the steady influx of Hollywood heavyweights who have elected to attempt this style. Think Zoë Kravitz, Emma Watson, and Rooney Mara amongst others. Granted, it doesn’t require an extensive amount of styling, plus it allows for users to keep hair out of their mien in a decidedly chic manner—but it does, however, come with a caveat which is that there will be a long grow-out period, so it’s best to take on this look only if you’re committed to it. Beyond that, some added shine and a good hair brush is all you need to keep this fringe in order.