Bang, bang. Pow, pow. Let your hairstyle of choice give a factor of “wow!”
Your hairstyle can make or break your overall look, much like shoes can make or break an outfit. No matter the color, style or length of your hair, most everyone cares dearly about their hair. Even bald heads can look suave, sophisticated and smooth!
With so many hairstyles to choose from, a particular addition to any hairstyle that I find lovely, playful, youthful and trendy is the bang.
Bangs, also known as fringe, is a shaped cutting of the front part of the hair so that the hair lies over the forehead. Bangs are often cut straight at or above the eyebrows, ragged or ruffled, spiked, swept to either the right or left side of the face (or both), wispy, or dangling over the eyes!
Bangs Fun Fact: The term bangs originally referred to hair cut bang-off (straight across the front), although the term is now applied to diverse forms of hair stylings. The term fringe refers to the resemblance of the short row of hair to ornamental fringe, such as often found on shawls or tasseled accessories.
Hairstyles that feature bangs have come and gone out of fashion as frequently as various hairstyles themselves, and bangs can be worn in a number of ways. Influential people with bangs in modern times have included silent movie actress Louise Brooks, 1950s glamour model Bettie Page, the Beatles and Elizabeth Taylor in her role as Cleopatra.
No matter if your hair is black, brown, red, blond, blue or gray, whimsical, cute, sexy bangs are here to stay!
Common Styles of Bangs:
- Straight Across or Full Bangs: The hair is combed straight down with no interference, as opposed to side-swept. These bangs can be wispy or blunt.
- Side-Swept Bangs: The bangs are longer than straight across bangs, and brushed to one side of the face (either left or right).
- Blunt Bangs: The hair is cut straight across the forehead in a thick, full, blunt manner.
- Wispy or See-Through Bangs: These bangs are the opposite of the blunt style. This style is achieved by trimming thin layers of hair with thinning shears or a thinning razor. You can often see the forehead through wispy or see-through bangs.
- Arched or Rounded Bangs: A more rounded type of cut, in which the bangs form the shape of an arch, similar to a crescent moon shape and pointing up. This style is generally thicker and heavier than straight across bangs.
- Parted Bangs: The bangs are parted down the middle or slightly off center, then swept to both sides of the head (right and left).
- Baby Bangs: The hair is cut above the eyebrows, normally bluntly across the middle of the forehead, or shorter. Baby bangs wear great with short haircuts and bobs.
- Brow-Skimming Bangs: A bang style that falls below the eyebrows and can look either heavy or light on the face.
Bangs Fun Fact: In the 1970s, English actress and singer Jane Birkin helped establish the iconic look of brow length bangs combined with overall long hair. In the 1980s and 1990s, curly, teased bangs were all the fashion rage. In 2007, bangs saw another massive revival as a hair trend, this time thick, deep and blunt-cut. In October 2007, style icon Kate Moss changed her hairstyle to have bangs, signaling the continuation of the bang trend into 2008.
Nancy Mangano Fashion Tidbit: Kate Moss, to me, remains the epitome of fashion chic, fashion style and fashion cool!
We all love and care for our hair, but do really know what hair is composed of? Hair is a protein filament, notably keratin, that grows from follicles found in the dermis, or skin. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair.
Most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care, not to mention hair color. People’s attitudes toward hair vary, such as hairstyle preference, hair removal, hair length choice, but hair is often used and worn to indicate a person’s personal social position, age, gender and/or religion.
Bangs Fun Fact: Each strand of hair in your bangs and on your head is made up of the medulla, cortex and cuticle. The cortex, or middle layer of the hair, is the primary source of mechanical strength and water uptake to keep the hair healthy and strong. The diameter of human hair varies from 0.017 to 0.18 millimeters (0.00067 to 0.00709 inches).
Four Types of Natural Hair Growth:
- Straight Hair
- Wavy Hair
- Curly Hair
- Kinky Hair
No matter the type of your hair, or whether you prefer to wear your tresses long or short, make sure you rock your signature hairstyle any way that you dare!
Hair Fun Fact: Although many people are fond of particular brands of shampoos and cream rinses, there is no denying that what you put inside of your body plays a vital role in the health and strength of your hair. Important vitamins and nutrients to help grow a spectacular head of hair are protein, iron, B vitamins, and zinc! And plenty of fresh water to drink!
Wow. You have a spectacular head of hair, I think!
Let your hairstyle go over with a bang!
Dang, I love your hair…layered and long with blunt, beautiful bangs!
Bangs add a soft touch to any face, can’t you see? Who’s hiding behind those fabulous bangs? Oh, it’s me.
“Oh, how I adore the way that your beautiful hair fans around your face.”
“Yes, the color and texture so fine, gives you a soft look touched with grace.”
“The wispy bangs that lay light and whimsical across your forehead add an elegant touch.”
“Personally I love my full head of hair so thank you very much.”
“I’ve been looking for a hairstyle change. Perhaps I’ll try me the bang.”
“There are so many fun ways to wear them: blunt, side swept or merely let them hang.”
Bangs can highlight, frame or touch off a face…so jump on the ever popular bang hairstyle race!
Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to bookstores and online bookstores in early 2017.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846