by BR Tabatha
We all have that friend who has the horror story about cutting their fringe. It usually goes something along the lines of:
"So, I decided to cut my own fringe thinking it was a great idea rather than paying a stylist. I grabbed my nail scissors and began to trim it, but it was wonky and so I trimmed it some more, and then it was wonky on the other side, so I trimmed it again, and now I have a fringe that finishes halfway down my forehead instead of cutely grazing my eyebrows. Big mistake. Huge."
Next thing you know, they take to wearing hats until it grows out.
Every now and then the fringe horror story goes like this:
"I let my friend cut my hair, and instead of chopping below her finger line, she chopped above it, and now I'll be living my best bobby pin life for the next three months."
The above is a true story. It happened to my friend's mum.
With lockdowns in progress and trips to the salon no longer a thing for a fair few of us, it's tempting to trim our own fringe. Some would say necessary. However, should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of hacking too much hair off, you can now say you're doing it to be in fashion, because Baby Bangs are back, baby!
So what's the difference between baby bangs and just a regular old too short fringe? Well, er, for one, it's something you intentionally ask for rather than get stuck with. All jokes aside, baby bangs are specifically designed to not hide but emphasise your forehead. The length can be super short or sit at the mid-way mark, and the cut of your Baby Bangs will depend on your hair type and the way you like to style your hair, which means the cut of the fringe can be blunt, or choppy, or even cut on an angle so it goes shorter to longer horizontally.
So who might want to avoid baby bangs? Only those who really don't like the idea of them. If you're willing to put the time and effort into managing the bangs, you can rock them, but the key is to have a trained stylist create them, otherwise you could end up with a major fringe flop.
Interested to try the look out but don't want to commit to the cut only to suffer regret? If your hair's long enough, you can pop it up in a pony, flip it over so the ends are lying on your forehead and have a play with length and style. It won't look as good as a hair stylist would do (especially if, like me, you've split ends for days thanks to lockdown), but it will give you an idea if you're ready to rock the baby bang.
So... Baby bangs? Would you? Could you? Have you already?
And if so, accidentally or on purpose? Chat below!