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In the world of hair envy, I don’t think anyone has developed a cult following like the Dutchess of Cambridge, with her smooth, soft, and ever-so-shiny curls. And now she’s made her hair even more interesting by adding bangs and fringe to frame her face. Everyone needs a change once in a while, right? What do you think of her new look?
Beyoncé debuted her new sleek bangs this weekend and I love them. The look is ultra glam — the perfect fall update in my opinion. If you’re not ready to make the cut, try a clip-on fringe like POP Put On Pieces Bango Tango Clip in Bang, $22. Make sure the shade matches your hair color exactly. Any difference will make them look really fake. The full-on fringe looks best when it’s extra smooth, so hit them with a flat-iron before they go on, (only do this with human hair the synthetic variety will burn). Then add a bit of tinted dry shampoo (try Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo, $9) to give them something to hold on to and also help blend the bangs with your own hair color.
Would you make the leap or test it out with a clip-on first?
Reader Question: I cut side-swept bangs to make my long hair more fun, but I end up pulling them back into my ponytail. How can I train or style my bangs so I’m not tempted to hide them? – Julie
The Answer: Flirty, swooping bangs can make an ordinary style more polished. The key is how you dry them, explains Jeff Chastian, owner of The Jeff Chastain Parlor in NYC. You might be surprised how simple it can be. After you pre-dry hair almost all the way, you’ll want to curl your bangs around a large round brush — here’s the kicker — straight up and back, not forward and to the side, while you continuously roll the brush, explains Chastain. “This gives your bangs a touch of volume at the roots so they don’t sit on your face, getting greasy and tickling your skin,” he says. Then just push them to the side of choice and voila: A side-swept bang. “If your hair is curly, start with wet bangs and blow them straight down in front to remove the curl, then finish with the brush up behind the hair to give them volume and finish the ends,” advises Chastain. Avoid styling with serums or creams around the front of your hair since these can be too moisturizing and weigh your bangs down. If you need extra help in the volume department, start with a volumizing mousse like Kerastase Mousse Substantive, $41 to keep your bangs light. If you have curly hair or it’s a humid day, use an alcohol-based hairspray which gives hair a little stick and will lock it in place. Try Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hair Spray, $3. Now you won’t need to pull your hair back into a ponytail, but if you do, you won’t be tempted to pull the bangs back too.
What other styling tricks would you like to know about?
– Carrie Stern Kleiner
What do you think of Olivia Wilde’s new bob with bangs haircut? I’m a fan. I think the casual, textured look softens her overall appearance. A perfect look for a more angular face shape. If you want to give this haircut a try, ask your stylist for the following:
A shoulder-length textured bob with soft fringe. David Babaii, the stylist who created Wilde’s look specifically cut a precise bob shape and then cut long, natural layers in Wilde’s hair from the nape of her neck to the crown of her head to to create the texture you see here. Next, he used the points of the eyebrows as a guide for the bang length and then chipped into the ends of the bangs to give them a less blunt finish.
To style Wilde’s new haircut, he applied a shine enhancing product all over (try Kerastase Elixir Ultime, $54) and a texturizing spray at the roots (try Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray, $15.50). He then rough dried Wilde’s hair with his hands until it was almost fully dry, and then used a small round brush to create smooth, soft waves. (Creating waves or curls with a round brush can be tricky if you’re not a pro, but a medium-sized curling iron can give you the same effect. Just wrap sections around the iron instead of clamping them in for a looser, less perfect finish.) He finished with a light-hold hairspray (try Suave Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray, $3.49) to make the look last.
Will you try this bob haircut? Or do you prefer a sleeker look — something more like Rachael Taylor’s chic bob?
I finally did it! I took the plunge (OK, maybe it was more like a little hop) and asked Natalie at the Chignon salon in Pasadena, Calif. to give me Rose Byrne’s fabulous haircut. The photo above is how I walked out the door this morning. And here’s how my hairstyle looks at this moment …
The cutting process: Natalie cut off a few inches to create a more one-length collarbone situation then she gave me long bangs that I can easily sweep to the side — thanks to a serious cowlick.
The style: After cutting my strands, she spritzed a little Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion, $19 on my bangs and crown area. She then applied a good amount of Sojourn Thermal Protection Straightener, $29, which smells like an apple Jolly Rancher (in a good way) to help really straighten out my wavy hair. She swears by the stuff.
Next, she used a large round brush (similar to the Cricket Technique Tourmaline Thermal Round Brush, $12) to dry my bangs first, flipping them from side to side on the brush to help them fall nicely. And then she blew out the rest of my hair using the same brush. Quick and simple. And P.S., I do think those thermal brushes truly help speed up the drying time. I’ll have to dust off the one I have stashed in a drawer somewhere and actually put it to use.
Anyway, I’m quite tickled with the result and think it’ll be the perfect look to take into fall, but what do you think? Be honest.
I have been itching to do something different to my hair. It’s not because I’m in a hair rut per se, but it’s more because I’m craving that feeling you get immediately after undergoing a bit of a makeover. Does this make me a beauty addict of sorts — probably. But at least it’s not harmful to my health, right?
When daydreaming about the cut I’ll go for when I’m actually sitting in the salon chair, I envision something along the lines of Rose Byrne’s cut. Full fringe (that can be easily swept to the side) and an almost blunt, just-below-collarbone-length cut. It’s classic, but makes a bit of a statement at the same time, which is exactly what I want.
Now, I know that it’s easy to just look at celebrity photos and think “I want/need that look,” but it’s another thing to actually get it and live with it. That’s why, when you show your stylist a look you want to achieve via a photo you ripped out of a magazine, you have to discuss a few things before you just go for it — or else you’re bound to hate it or have an impossible time styling it.
Here are the questions I recommend asking, and the ones I asked Nicole Descoteaux, senior stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City in preparation of my attempt to recreate Rose Byrne’s haircut:
Will this cut work on a hair texture similar to your own?
When I asked this of Descoteaux in reference to Byrne’s cut, she answered, “This works best on hair with a medium thickness and a wavy texture. It will basically work for everyone, but if your hair is very thick and curly you will have to work at it and blow-dry it,” she says. (more…)