Should I Get Bangs? Pros and Cons of Bangs


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Bangs or No Bangs?

Are you debating on whether you should get bangs or not?

Bangs aren't just for middle schoolers. Bangs can be really flattering and really soften your look, but they can also be a pain to deal with. Also, bangs not cut correctly look horrible!

Continue reading for the pros and cons of bangs and to determine if bangs are right for you.

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Pros and Cons of Bangs: Should I Get Bangs?

If you aren’t sure about whether to get bangs, here are a few things to consider and think about!

Pros of Bangs

Here are a few reasons you may want bangs.

1. You want to soften your look.

2. You want a different look - but you don't want to cut your hair length.

3. You want to look dramatically different.

4. You have a big forehead.

5. You want to look younger.

6. You know a good hair stylist!

7. You have an oval face shape.

Cons of Bangs

Here are some things that you may HATE about bangs.

1. Bangs require styling every morning.

You can't simply walk out the door. Flat bangs look horrible! 

2. Bangs have to be cut often.

Bangs have to be trimmed regularly to stay looking good.

3. Bangs may increase acne on your forehead.

Hair gets greasy, which means it may result in pimples showing up on your forehead.

Why I Decided to Get Bangs

When I first went in to get a haircut, I asked the stylist for side bangs. I showed her a picture of one of my friends and said, “I want hair like hers!”

I also asked her to cut my hair, as the hair ends had become damaged and straggly looking.

Here’s the picture of my friend for inspiration.

Blonde Girl with Side Bangs and Curtain Bangs
Inspiration for Side Bangs

And here’s a picture of me “before” the haircut!

before haircut with no bangs
Before Haircut with No Bangs

I wanted to get bangs to “soften” my look. My mom always says, “you look so harsh!” So, I thought that bangs would help.

Side bangs are also more stylish than just having plain, straight hair.

Should I Get Short Hair or Long Hair?

I know that guys LOVE long hair, so I told the stylist that I wanted to keep the hair below my shoulders. She ended up cutting it above my shoulders, which is actually okay with me!

I thought about getting chin length hair, but decided against it.

If you have great cheekbones, you can definitely pull it off. I know that I would look good with chin length hair, but I honestly love the longer hair for now.

Should I get Bangs? The Drawbacks of Getting Bangs

One of the drawbacks of getting bangs is that if done incorrectly, you can look like a little kid! Bangs also require 2-3 minutes of styling each day.

BUT…if done correctly, bangs are super glamorous and stylish! Just make sure your bangs aren’t cut straight and super thick.

My stylist angled my bangs so that it looks stylish versus 5-year-old girlish.

After Picture of Haircut and Bangs

And below are two after pictures! I’ll admit it…I love my bangs!

If I add glasses and bright lipstick I look like a completely different person.

My guy friends said that I “looked cute.” Definitely not Victoria’s Secret model sexy, but it is a fun look for now.

After Picture with Bangs and Short Hair

after haircut with bangs
After Haircut with Short Hair and Bangs

After Picture with Bangs + Short Hair + Bright Lipstick + Glasses!

Christina Marie from Very Easy Makeup with Bangs and Short Blonde Hair
Christina Marie from Very Easy Makeup with Bangs and Short Blonde Hair

Should I Get Bangs? YouTube Video with Before and After Pictures of Bangs

Want to see more before and after pics? Nothing can beat a video! Check out this Very Easy Makeup video below to see my hair before and after getting it cut and adding bangs.

Tools for Styling Bangs and Short Hair

I know that I’ll personally start curling my bangs every morning and using a pomade to “put them in place.”

I’ll also give my hair a quick blow dry (20 seconds) to “puff it up” and give my hair volume.

Here’s what you’ll need for styling your bangs.

1. Solid Hair Dryer for Bangs

Any hair dryer will do. I’ve had my Revlon hair dryer for YEARS and it still works out well. I personally own the black one below. The white one is a little bit prettier though, and fancier if you are willing to pay the extra $5.

Revlon Hair Dryer

2. Pomade to Keep Bangs in Place

My stylist used the Pravana Detail Shine & Define on my hair.

Unfortunately, Pravana no longer makes this! It’s a pomade, which I learned is a wax. Here are two alternatives online.

Kenra Professional Platinum Working Wax #15

OGX Low Shine + Bamboo Fiber Texture Flexible Fiber Wax

3. Amazing Hair Straightener for Curling Short Hair

I used to have the hardest time curling my hair. But then another hair dresser mentioned the BaBylissPro Nano Titanium hair straightener and I love it! I use the one inch.

The BaBylissPro straighter isn’t cheap, but it is definitely worth it.

BaBylissPro Nano Titanium for Curling Hair

How to Get Dark Blonde Hair with Toner

P.S. – Like the color of my hair featured above? You can copy my hair color!

I have naturally dark blonde/light brown hair. I mix the Wella T18 toner with 20 volume developer, leave it on my hair for 25-30 minutes, and then rinse it out.

If you don’t bleach your hair beforehand (I didn’t this time around), your hair won’t be platinum blonde.

Wella T18 Toner Plus Developer on Amazon

Should I Get Bangs? Common FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions that women ask along with the question of, "should I get bangs?".

Is getting bangs a bad idea?

No, not at all! You can always grow out bangs or pull them out if you don't like them.

The drawbacks of bangs are that 1) they can cause acne on your forehead and 2) you do need to style them daily to ensure they look good.

Do bangs make me prettier?

Yes, bangs can make you look prettier. Bangs emphasize your eyes and can soften your look.

Bangs are also great if you have a larger forehead or a receding hairline.

What kind of bangs are in right now?

Right now (2022), curtain bangs are super in. Ask your hair stylist to give you curtain bangs if you want to be trendy.

What's an easy way to style my hair if I have bangs?

Just blow dry your hair upside down (to add volume) and then pin one of your sides back with a cute hair clip

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