Fear No: Clip-in Bangs Monday 15 October, 2012

One of the hottest fall hairstyle trends, blunt-cut bangs, doesn’t require commitment if you test them out first using a clip-in fringe.

Have you been to the land of “no commitment”? It’s a nice place to visit when it comes to beauty. In fact, I think it’s the basis of so much of what I talk about on Fear No Beauty: Most trends are transient; they come and go. Nothing (except maybe a red lip) is permanent (some would argue it’s all rather cyclical), so try it now before it cycles its way out. Further more, no product or look is permanent, so wash it off or out or away, and go on with your bad self.

“But, Karie!” you say, “Aren’t you forgetting hair? If I were to cut it or color it, I can’t just snap my fingers and return it to its pre-shorn-and-dyed self!” True, true…but, there are some workarounds out there, and this is one that had quite a day on the Fall/Winter 2012 runways: the clip-in bang.


Before you go poo-pooing it, think about this: Though we may think a haircut above the eyeballs may not be in the cards for us, we can test-drive a faux fringe and see if it flatters our face to our liking. The truth is: Lopping off bangs is a full-time look, and many horror stories abound of women waiting in vain to have their beloved strands grow back. But clip-in bangs dress foreheads with no commitment whatsoever.


The season’s favored trim, boldly blunt, varies in length, from brow-grazing at Elie Saab to maxi-abbreviated at Versace, and even in linearity: At Antonio Berardi, hairstylist Orlando Pita forges steps into a snippy style. But it’s hairstylist Paul Hanlon’s reality clip at Marni that has the potential to grab your interest—and keep it: long, beveled and to the lashes, these bang beauts lend limitless chic and mystery to your look in a few seconds flat. Even better: In just as short a time, you can be fringe-free again, no questions asked.


So, blunt or beveled? Which is for you? Before you even go there, here are the important factors to consider when working with a clip-in bang:

1. Hair type—synthetic or real? Synthetic is infinitely cheaper, but also it’s hard to match to natural hair due to its texture and color. Synthetic is often good enough to use when you’re simply adding length to your hair because your real tresses lay over it, hiding and blending the unnatural sheen. But for bangs—there’s no mistaking that they’re on display. Shell out the extra greenbacks for real hair.

2. Hair color. Match the color as best you can to your natural tone. You may be able to go a tad lighter or darker, but try to stay true to reality.

3. Snip your clip-in. After you purchase your clip-in bangs, get thee to your hairstylist. No doubt: That faux fringe will not come packaged cut-to-size for your perfectly unique face. Have your stylist position the clip-in properly (he should be able to show you how to do this—don’t be afraid to ask, and possibly try to do it once yourself in the salon under the stylist’s supervision), and then discuss what type of cut you’d like. Do you want a super-shorn Goth look? An eyelash-dusting drape? Talk about what you want (bring pictures!), and then he’ll cut in the shape and style you need.

4. Styling it. Because you bought real hair rather than synthetic (didn’t you?), you will be able to heat-style your faux bangs with no worries of burning and melting them. Redken creative consultant Guido has told me in the past that it’s best to go easy on your faux fringe—meaning, don’t flat-iron it uber-straight because that won’t match well with your natural hair. On the flip side, faux fringe can be bulky, so use a comb rather than a round brush if if you decide to use heat. (Round brushes will only pump up the volume!)

5. Blend! The best way to assimilate your new bangs into your natural hair: Blend the sides into your mane. Take the outermost sides of the faux fringe, and include them in how you’re styling the rest of your hair. Using a curling iron? Marry the fringe into a section of your natural hair as you whirl it around the curling iron barrel. Blow-drying your hair straight? Take that outer portion of the bangs and include it with a section of your natural hair as you dry it. If done correctly, these sections will become seamless with your faux addition.

Why you too should have no fear: I personally know the pain of growing out bangs you simply do not want anymore, that you do not love or even like, that you just wish would GO AWAY. The pinning them back; the crying. Sometimes, the shock derives from the amount of hair you included in the bangs (too much!) or the cut (too blunt!)—which doesn’t mean bangs aren’t for you. Just that type of bang might not be for you. In order to find your perfect fringe, clip-in bangs allow you to test all sorts of noncommittal cuts and looks. And, if you love them, you can take the real plunge with a real bang cut. But if you simply like them, you can switch out your trusty clip-in whenever you like. The land of “no commitment.” It’s a great place to be.

Would you try a faux fringe? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!

Karie L. Frost Signature

(Images via Beauty Launchpad)


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