Are you looking for an easy way to update your hairstyle? Highlights, coloring, and keratin treatments can take a long time at the salon and aren’t exactly easy on the wallet. A simple anti-aging hair hack to update your look can be as easy as snip, snip, snip – and may be something you haven’t even thought of. Bangs are having their moment in the world of fashion and might just be right for you.
Wanting To Give Bangs A Try? Consider This
Before committing to bangs, there are definitely some things to consider. How much time are you willing to put into styling each morning? Are you (and your wallet) up for regular trims at the salon, or will you brave it and try to trim them yourself? Are you willing to invest in some extra styling products for your new ‘do? These are all things to consider before taking the plunge. Once, you’ve fully committed you’ll want to decide which type of bang will suit you best and how to properly care for and style your new bangs. Take a look below for a comprehensive guide on choosing the right type of bang and how to style them to work towards your advantage.1
The Anti-Aging Hair Hack You Didn’t Know You Needed: Bangs Can Make You Look Years Younger
From side-swept to micro, there are many different types of bangs. When considering the right bang style, you should take your face shape and hair texture into consideration in order to maximize the anti-aging potential of your new ‘do.
When it comes to the shape of your face, consider this:
- Round faces are given the appearance of more length by side-swept bangs. The angle of the bangs can reduce the look of fuller cheeks.
- A-shaped bangs, in which the length of the bang is longer on the sides than in the middle, can give softness to an angular or square face.
This type of bang also draws attention to the eyes and away from the jawline.
- Long, feathery crescent bangs are great for heart-shaped faces. Crescent bangs are longer on the sides and slightly shorter in the middle. Baby bangs also look adorable on heart-shaped faces. The fringe should hit in the middle of your forehead.
- Softened, blunt bangs highlight the symmetry of oval-shaped faces and can detract from an elongated mouth and chin.
- Long, layered bangs soften and balance the features of square or oblong faces. A great option is curtain bangs.
- Round faces can also look great sporting a set of micro bangs.2
Your hair type also plays a big role in your bang type decision. When it comes to the texture of your hair, consider this:
- Older schools of thought discouraged bangs for curly-haired women. The new school of thought says that anyone can rock bangs. Curly-haired women should make sure that their stylist cuts bangs while their hair is dry, or the curls may spring back up and create a much shorter fringe than intended.
- Those with thinner, finer heads of hair should avoid thick, heavy bangs and opt for a lighter, more feathery style.
- Women with thick hair should opt for a longer bang, as a shorter style can look a bit poofy. Those with medium hair can wear just about any type of bang and look fabulous.3
Note: If you need help deciding which bang is right for you talk to your stylist. You should also always leave the initial cut up to a professional. Trying to give yourself bangs can go terribly wrong and you might end up with a look you don’t like. Once your stylist gives you the bangs you love, you can always trim them up a bit yourself if you feel comfortable.
Anti-Aging Hair: How To Make Your Hair Look As Young As You Feel
We all know things that can make skin appear old, like lack of moisture, wrinkles, and dark spots to name a few. But other than gray hair, what can make your hair and scalp look old? Plenty! As you age, stress and hormone fluctuations can cause hair thinning and can cause the hair shaft to become more brittle. Lack of moisture can cause dry and damaged hair, which leads to breakage. All of these factors can age your strands, undoing any anti-aging hair hacks such as bangs.4
Through the use of innovative products that contain hydrating ingredients such as argan oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera, moisture can be added back to help strengthen the hair. There are also a few hair care steps you can take to keep your locks and new bangs looking lovely. Here are some ideas:
- Use a moisturizing hair mask weekly. You can even use coconut oil.
- Use shampoo and conditioner that helps protect against breakage.
- Use an anti-aging scalp serum that may support hair regrowth for thinning hair or hair loss.
- Use an SPF 30 (or above) natural and organic spray to protect hair from UV rays. You can also wear a hat while in the sun.5
Hair Products For Bangs
Great bangs need great products. Here are some products to keep your bangs looking flawless:
- A round hot air brush, especially for those who might not be so adept at the hairdryer/round brush combo
- A good dry shampoo to get rid of grease and perk up your look on those days when you are rushing to get out the door
- Gel or other texturizing product to keep your bangs in place
- At-home keratin treatment for women with curly, frizzy, or thick hair
- (Optional) A great at-home trimmer, in case you get tired of visiting the salon every time your bangs get a bit too long.6
Great bangs done right can take years off your face. However, you still need to put in the work of keeping them styled. Keep your anti-aging products handy and don’t be afraid to ask your hairstylist for advice. Try to avoid using any counterfeit products. Be sure to keep up with your skincare routine if you want people checking out your hair. And if all else fails, summer and ponytail season is right around the corner. The best thing about hair is that it grows back, so if you wind up not loving your locks, you won’t have to wait long to find the style of your dreams!