To Bang or Not To Bang?

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m not that adventurous when it comes to my tresses. It took me about two years of umm-ing and ahh-ing to work up the courage to get an ombré and take my first foray into hair dye, but back in the day though I may have been precious about its length I was quite daring in the fringe department. I had ’em all; from swept-to-the-side affairs (as pictured above while devouring a croissant up the Eiffel Tower in 2009 – when it was really cool to wear a belt over your t-shirt) to full on blunt-cut eyelash skimmers and the standard between washes ‘wide tooth comb’ look. It’s been a few years since I rocked any of the aforementioned but there’s something in the air that’s tempting me back to the bang side. Most notably Emma’s post. So I thought I’d cobble together a makeshift pros and cons list to weigh up my options:

PROS: Alexa Chung has a fringe, kind of. And so does Karlie Kloss. Both are babes. A good fringe hides unkempt eyebrows. Fringes look super cool with ponytails. All completely valid reasons, non? 

CONS: Fringes are like unwanted hair – something you need to tend to but never do resulting in you looking a bit werewolf like – a.k.a) hard work. My fringes in the past had to be washed daily (though I did devise a good ‘cleaning over the sink’ routine). My two fringe idols are also both models. Damn.

Yep I’m still undecided, but with my finger hovering over the call button to my hairdresser, who knows what will happen? So – are you a banger or not? 


  • Ellen Findley

    I’m flirting with the idea of a proper fringe. I have a set of shorter layers in the front that are my first foray back into the fringe, but I’ve yet to decide.

  • lucycarterart

    This is a hard one right? I had a fringe once too which didn’t suit me and it took ages to grow out – but your pic with a fringe looks sweet! Not an easy decision!

  • Denise Frost

    Fringes are also natures Botox

  • I haven’t changed my hairstyle in about 12 years. I just can never be bothered! Although I do really want to try those side-swept bangs and dip dye my ends… but I’m scared it will not turn out the way I want!

    You look amazing in both!

  • Anya Cross

    Go for the fringe! I think it would really suit you and frame your face. If I had the guts I’d be getting mine cut back in x

  • Kelly C.

    I have wavy/curly hair and one day I decided to get bangs. Worst decision ever. DON’T DO IT

    • OfficialSarah

      I do admit that it looks better when having straight hair (at least one me). The day I got my fringe cut my hairdresser went a bit wild and also curled my hair all over and it looked so 70s/80s – definitely not a good look and I do prefer the straight version by far 🙂

  • Emma

    I’m currently in the ‘I Love Bangs’ category, I had mine cut back in a week or so ago and completely love it. I’ve had everything from side swept to full eye skimming bangs, no doubt I will get bored of it but currently I’m loving having my bangs back! x

  • Ruby

    I always go between having a fringe and growing it out. They can look amazing but they’re really hard work!!

  • Bnii

    Right now i’m in the exact same state of mind. To bang or not to…. Lets do this, i’ll do if u do ;))

  • amanda

    I just trimmed mine back into place two days ago and I cannot get used to having hair in my face. Fingers crossed that they grow out a little before my wedding in 18 days!

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    I’ve been in two minds whether or not to take the plunge and get a fringe too! Definitely worry i’m too lazy with the upkeep though!

    It can’t be another beauty blog

  • Hollie Galvin

    I loved having a fringe but it’s keeping up with it and maintaining that bugs me. Gets greasy so quickly too! But hair grows back I suppose 🙂

  • Emily

    I personally love bangs unfortunately I had to grow mine out because I work out a lot and sweaty bangs plastered to your forehead is NOT CUTE. I have straight (sometimes a little wavy) hair and I didn’t need to style them, I did use a fair amount of dry shampoo on the days in between washing but that’s because I have very thin hair. I think a side swept bang would suit you

  • Rosie

    I have a side swept fringe, I grew it out for a while last year and I didn’t think I suited it. When it’s behaving badly I usually braid it and clip it out the way. I would say, it’s just hair and it will grow but growing a fringe out takes so long!

  • Dead blunt bangs or no bangs at all. A side swept fringe always looks rubbish.

  • Monica

    Not to bang.
    I always get bored with my hair and want them. And then I regret it by day two when i have to start styling them myself!
    Alexa Chung and Karlie Kloss are both babes though. That’s a serious PRO.

  • Ellen P-H

    I have never had a real fringe, but envy people who can pull it off – e.g Alexa Chung!

  • OfficialSarah

    I took the step again in May and cut a full blown fringe – and LOVED it. I got it cut again twice over the summer and as I wash my hair on a daily basis anyway (shame on me – I know) taking care of it was never much of a problem. I even managed to let it air dry quite often.
    I unfortunately had to start letting it grow out by now as I plan to have braided hair for my wedding (which will hopefully take place next summer) and don’t want to take any chances. But as soon as that’s over the fringe will be back on!

  • Catherine

    I’ve had all versions of the fringe for the first 11 years of my life I had a blunt straight across fringe which I made the decision to grow out. Then towards my late teens I started to transform slowly through a variety of side fringes then my hairdresser convinced me to get a straight across fringe again. I’ve had it for about 3 years now. People constantly tell me I look like Zooey Deschanel, I have decided that this is not a bad thing. haha

  • Danielle

    I love bangs when I first cut them. But when I decide i want to grow them out, I hate it haha.

  • Maddy Cane

    Yes, get one! x

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  • Thy

    I had bangs before and at the time I loved it, but when it started to grow out it just was a disaster

  • Fiona Manuelli

    I’ve been thinking about getting a fringe for a long time but I can’t decide wether or not it’s a good idea…
    I feel like I’ll be so annoyed by it and that I won’t be able to style it correctly. HARD DECISION!

  • sarah beth

    This is my exact dilemma right now.. can’t wait to see what you decide! xxx


  • covetingnow

    hard decision. but i guess, just make a change. at least you know the hair will soon grow back again :))

  • Jessjhx

    I had a full fringe recently for maybe 8 months – I’ve finally decided to grow it out because it was too much work. If you are very low maintenance regarding your hair I would suggest not to get one.. but they look great if you’re willing to spend time styling it every morning!


  • Jessica TeBeest

    I always want a fringe…then as soon as I have one, I regret it..sort of a vicious cycle, really! Finally decided that for my curly hair, bangs just aren’t a great option if I want to keep it low maintenance. I’m curious to see what you decide though, I’m sure it will look fabulous either way!

  • Cassie

    i have had a fringe for about 7 years and i love it!You do need to accept that you will have to always have it cut a little shorter than you want (so you dont have to go back to the salon every 2 weeks) and see if your hairdresser will trim for you for free. I have a full haircut once every 203 months but go back for a fringe trim every few weeks!i love my fringe, i think it gives me style and i feel confident rocking a red lipstick with it too!

  • Ivana

    I don’t have a fringe (wide hairline + not a lot of forehead height = fringe disaster) but I know my hairdresser does fringe trims for free. It doesn’t hurt to check if yours does as well to save you some monies 🙂

  • I also always had to wash mine over the sink – daily. I’m currently contemplating getting a side fringe and I probably will because I need a change and I need it fast. I had bangs for years so I know how I’ll look. You have my support to venture back into the entire fringe thing but only if you really feel like you want it 🙂

  • roshkud

    I had a fringe since I was a child up till about 19, I loved it (most of the time) but it took me SO long to grow it out that I doubt I’d ever go back to it. We will see I guess but for now I love being able to tie all my hair back 🙂

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Emma-Louise Moore

    I’ve had a side swept fringe for a few years now. I feel it’s a bit more flattering when I have my hair up and I have it combined with layers to frame my face nicely (I have a round face shape and I find it slims it down!) I trim it myself in between hair cuts because I find it difficult to make the time to keep going to get it done-not for everyone I know but I bought a pair of hairdressing scissors, watched a few youtube videos and have learnt what works for me. I would never do something new on my own hair but a quick fringe trim I don’t mind. Also I always have a can of batiste on the go! I think you suit the side swept fringe in the picture! x

  • stephieed

    I’m not a banger, but you definitely should be!!!

  • Élyse Betters

    I’ve been wanting bangs too. Still haven’t made a decision. Le sigh.

  • Allison

    I have had the same relationship with bangs, I usually get them like every other year, side swept, blunt, I’ve tried them all. I’m on a serious no bangs until the last set grow all the way out mindset right now, they take so much effort!

  • I’ve been both and I’m the same as you, my bang idols are models and I never look quite as hot as they do! 🙂 I go through phases of wanting them and then being annoyed with the upkeep. I spoke to my hair stylist and she said with the winter and wearing hats (I live in Chicago where wearing a hat in the winter is a MUST!) and having bangs don’t always mix. So currently I am not a banger.

  • Sarah S.

    Don’t do it. It’s like an accessory you can’t take off!

    • Sarah S.

      I forgot to mention, they make faces appear rounder and you already have a round face shape so it’s just not as babely as your current look imho.

  • Zoe Ryu

    I think bang makes you look younger!

  • Pascale Maestri

    I’d say no. Don’t go there. They are a b!tch to grow out once the first month excitement wears off …

  • Jennifer Yeomelakis

    You look amazing both way but I think I like the bangs more!

  • sophia cook

    I’ve had a fringe for about four/five years now and I absolutely hate it now! I just want it to grow out but once it gets to that awkward length I chop it back into a fringe again! but my only con to trying to grow it out again is having to deal with doing my brows every morning! but I reckon if you’re looking for a change than it’s definitely a great change without touching the actual length of your hair! xo

  • Patricia

    I think you suit the “no fringe” look particularly well. However, you’re a very pretty girl, and hair grows. If you’re interested – try it. If you don’t like it, it’ll grow out in no time.

  • Ella

    Same decision happening to me atm! don’t think I will, because although it was adorable when I was 4, emphasising chubby cheeks isn’t something I’m still partcularly into. Also I haven’t had my hair cut in 6 months+ because a) I’m too lazy b) I’m scared I’ll hate it and c) I actually like my hair the way it is right now so all are reasons not to bang!

  • Allana Davison

    No Bang -> Your hair is stunning the way it is! And MUCH easier to take care of. You’ll get sick of the bangs quickly

  • Christina Abdilla

    I love your hair as it is! It suits you so much like this 🙂


  • Rachel W

    I definitely wouldn’t suggest a side fringe but I can see you with a full fringe! It’s just common for people to cut in a fringe and love it for a bit before regretting it and spending months and months waiting for it to grow out. So I’d just make absolutely sure before taking the plunge!

  • I had a fringe for a bit but it was so much hassle!! I love the look on people though! I’m just a bit lazy when it comes to hair!

  • LexysMakeupStudio

    Fringes are annoying. Don’t 😉

  • Claire

    No, no, no fringe – it would hide your enviable eyebrows!!

  • Prettysnoopy

    I’m also debating a hair change, I’m so undecided though!! I know I want a change, I just don’t know what! Let us know what you decide in the end! 🙂 xx

  • Laura Charlotte

    Such a coincidence that you wrote a post about cutting a fringe, I actually just had a fringe cut in a few weeks ago after months of debating whether I should get one or not. I’m really happy with it, but it definitely takes some getting used to and a liitle more time in the morning. I personally think you suit the ‘no fringe’ look better, it suits your face shape more. One of the reasons I had a fringe cut in, is because my face shape is long and small with my forehead a little wider than the bottom half of my face, so for me it kinda balances my face out. I’m curious to know what you’ll decide in the end though, I’d really think it through if I were you, because if you don’t like it, it will take quite some time to grow it out.

  • Ana Rita Mendes

    I’ve had a fringe for years and I’m fed up with it. My hair is curly so I have to staighten it daily, and then it gets oily really quick. I’m growing mine at the moment, but I’m sure sometime in the future I’ll get back to having one 🙂

  • AnnaRed

    I say yes, but go for a slighter longer one to start with, you can always pin to the side if it annoys you and they grow out quickly if you get fed up. I cut one in based on a photo of myself as a child and I’m glad I did. And you’re right about the pony-tail they look much better with a fringe.

  • Jessica Tate

    Anna, first of all, I love you and your style. Second, if I must be a friend (even though we haven’t met) I’d recommend against the bangs and here’s why: You have a cute tiny forehand. Bangs, as seen in the previous picture, overtake your face. In my opinion, you have the perfect face shape for no bangs. I’m worried you wouldn’t enjoy it after the first week or so. Also, bangs can cause spots on your forehead. But, as many people say, hair is an accessory so you should change it up. Up to you! Look forward to see what you decide. 🙂

  • MarthaJane

    I’d say no, way to much hassle!!!

  • Emma

    Anna you are beautiful…don’t hide that beautiful face!!

    I got a fringe 6 months or so ago and I’m still regretting it, come out of the get bangs, grow it out, get bangs, grow it out cycle!

  • Esme

    I cut in a fringe last summer and really regretted it, its taken me a year to grow it out that being said a fringe would suit you and look great with your style :)x

  • Charlie

    They look great but are such a pain. I seem to cut in a fringe every couple of years then get bored of it within a couple of months. I guess it’s only hair at the end of the day so it’s not the worst thing in the world if you decide to get rid of it.

    I wrote a post in my last stint with a fringe so maybe this might help (but maybe not)


  • Ah I’ve just grown my fringe out, although it’s still short enough to wear down in a middle parting when I wear my hair in a pony. I feel your pain with the washing fringe in sink business! Maybe cut it but not too short?

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  • Hannah Marie

    I cut a fringe in back in june lasted two months. I’m constantly swapping and changing my hair. I got fed up of it and cut it back into a side fringe! I think that’s personally what suits me best. If it wasn’t for the fact they’re such hard work I’d of kept it longer! xx

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  • I love short, blunt bangs on me, but they are an absolute pain to manage. If I don’t comb them immediately out of the shower they tend to dry funky and not so cute. They’re a nice change up and if your hair grows fast I’d try it out, but they are certainly an upkeep kind of deal!

  • Jina An

    I would say try a light wispy fringe (not too short) which you can wear as a full fringe or side fringe before going for the full heavy fringe look. I do love having a fringe in colder months as it doesn’t stick to your forehead plus it looks nice with hats and gives you a new look! Think you would really suit a fringe, comb and mini dry shampoo is a must have in your bag though once you get the fringe!

  • Lydia Helena Snape

    I have a full fringe & honestly, i miss it whenever i have grown it out. I admit my hair has to be washed more, & sometimes my fringe goes curly at the sides & have to restyle it, but even having said the negatives i know i would miss it. I think it would great on you! 🙂 xo

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • i’m getting bang’s next pay day, i think it’s something different, i had a fringe before and washed over the sink too, glad i’m not the only one, but dry shampoo is a god send! in conclusion BANG’S all the way lol x

  • Frankie

    I have a full fringe and its kind of my statement! I would feel naked without it, but like you said I get my eyebrows waxed when I have it cut but it does hide them! I do wash my hair everyday (slaps hand) it gets greasy because of the styling involved! Maybe you should get a light fringe so it can be grown out easily? I would love to see some hair tutorials for us fringe girls haha xx

  • Guest

    I’ve had bangs for the majority of my life. Back in the day I used to shower daily (yuck), but not NOW thanks to an amazing invention called dry shampoo – I can go every other day. During the end of day 2 of no-shower they tend to look a little gross again, but luckily you can just go back in with some MORE dry shampoo.
    In dire circumstances I have resorted to the whole over-the-sink washing of bangs, but dry shampoo has changed my life.

  • renardbleu

    I’ve had bangs for the majority of my life. Back in the day I used to shower daily (yuck), but not NOW thanks to an amazing invention called dry shampoo – I can go every other day. During the end of day 2 of no-shower they tend to look a little gross again, but luckily you can just go back in with some MORE dry shampoo.

    In dire circumstances I have resorted to the whole over-the-sink washing of bangs, but dry shampoo has been a life-changer in terms of bangs

  • Catrin

    I’d love to be a full fringe girl but I’m lazy, fringes are a pain when your trying to work out and my face it a little too chubby for one.

  • Luca

    pro fringe! I have naturally very curly hair and I found the shorter the fringe the less styling is required. looks cool and grows back in no time.

  • Nicola

    definite banger…hides my tara-esque five head nicely 🙂 Although I opt for side sweep rather than full – easier to control and pin back! xx

  • chelsea

    i vote no bangs!

  • MsDenbi

    your dilemma is the same one I have for cutting my hair or not. Ultimately, I remember that every time I cut it I hated it and wanted to grow it out. So honestly, if your experiences in the past haven’t been great, I wouldn’t go for it. Plus your hair looks great in this style!

  • PeonyandPeach

    Don’t do it!!! Your hair looks zoo good as is!

  • Monica

    No, they are a total pain in th butt. You may have a cowlick that partms them irritatingly down the middle. They get greasy and never fluffy when you want them to. You have to at some point grow them out = pain. They came make a face look rounder and childish.

  • Bangs always sound like a good idea then when I cut them they start to annoy me after a week.

    Too much maintenance.

  • lavieenrosebysilvyp.wordpress.

    Every girl should try it at least once. I think it’s nice to change our style a little bit.
    Me, sometimes I have a bangle, then I let them grow and change hairstyle, and then have bangle again. In this way I don’t get bored because I don’t look aleays the same…

  • Toka Omar

    I have side swept bangs but i usually grow them up cause it gets boring and it needs lots of care but then when i want to change and spice things up i’d cut them again like now. I think you would totally rock this bangs look 🙂

  • Valli

    I have a tiny forehead, so I am against the idea of bangs on me, but they look really nice on other people xx

  • Parisian To Be

    I think you’d look fab with bangs, but I never think they look very good when people begin to grow them out. Definitely something to commit to.

    xo Lillian from

  • kirsty

    I decided to get bangs last week im glad i did love em. U should go go for it.
    Ive perfected the whole washing bangs over sink lol x

  • MyLushBox Barbz

    There is no way on Earth i could pull of bangs due to my extraordinarily large face (you got to see it to believe it) Therefore, I say if you can, go for it! Because some of us don’t have the option 🙁


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  • Mallory

    I’ve had bangs since a child and I absolutely love them. They’re versatile, as you can pin them back, push them to the side, or muss them up for a totally new look. I’d do it! 🙂

  • Sage Iris

    I personally like you better without the bangs. I think people who get bangs can get really sick of them quickly. I am more of a person who doesn’t like bangs on people. People who don’t have bangs look more fresh to me. But I’m sure you’ll look great either way.

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  • Anna

    Just got a fringe a couple of weeks ago! So far I’m loving it… it’s so nice to have a change 🙂

  • Nooo It always starts out with I want a change it will be something new but ends up with hatred of the styling/look and desperation for them to just grow out!!

  • Sunny

    No Anna don’t do it! I absolutely adore your hair the way it is- it’s so chic and stylish!

  • Bella

    Fringes grow out so fast and you are young: go for it! I had a fringe once. I was 10. I cut it myself. I was going for, I don’t know,Jane Birkin? I forgot that my hair was more Diana Ross. A miserable year of hair clips and pony tails ensued. I bang by proxy.

  • I really love your hair, it looks perfectly styled and the ombre look really suits you! I think a fringe would also look good, can see you looking like a total babe with a side-swooped one x

  • Gita Bončina

    I think you look awesome without any new additions to your haircut :). But I totally feel you – I get these confusions and the need to change something all the time :)!


  • Rachel

    Your con list is bigger than the pros, so there’s your answer 😉 I like the look of fringes but I think once you get one you can easily become sick of them!

  • Elizabeth Keen

    If you do it I will do it 🙂
    Been having the debate with myself for a long time, whenever I do go back to the fringe I grow it out almost straight away due to the high maintenance factor! x

  • Mobabo

    Invest in fake clip-in bangs!

  • Amy

    I wouldn’t have a fringe if I had a small forehead like yours (mine is huge so I need the unnecessary hair!)

  • Abi

    ha, these made me laugh as I am having exactly the same debate. My Mum has just got one cut in though though- so that may have answered my question… x

  • Jessica Lynn

    I’m honestly loving your hair at the moment! If you are undecided, maybe wait a bit until you are positive that you want a change!

  • Izzy

    Gotta say you look cute with the side bangs, but if in doubt – I would say don’t. After a few weeks you’ll just be wishing they would grow out already!!
    Actually, I wanted to ask what I should tell my hairdresser if I wanted to get your gorgeous cut!

  • Vicky

    I think you would look great with full on blunt-cut eyelash skimmers 🙂

  • I think a side swept fringe would suit you! a straight fringe however… would make your face look round – believe me, I’ve been there, haha.
    but it really is a lot of work… my fringe also had to be washed daily which meant washing my whole head of hair daily since I obviously wasn’t as skilled as you when it came to washing only a part of my hair 😉
    and most of the time, a fringe just looks nice when freshly washed and styled… pain in the bum.

  • Caroline

    It’s all entirely dependent on whether you think you’d be able to cope with the upkeep and if you feel personally it would suit you. I recently had a fringe cut in about 2 weeks ago and I definitely don’t regret it. At first I was slightly hesitant but after receiving lots of compliments I feel it was the right decision. So, if in doubt ask the people closest to you for their opinion!

  • amy

    I just cut mine in myself and it was the best decision eve. Mine just goes fine without much hassle, and I am a master of the over the sink wash!

  • Alex Tatton

    I think it’d look super pretty!



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  • Alisa

    I love the way a thick, bushy fringe looks on other people, but I won’t do it to myself again. I tried last year, and it looked good the day I got them cut. But after, I had a heck of a time needing to style them every day. For someone who can’t be bothered to fuss with her hair for more than 5 minutes in the morning, bangs were not a good idea.

  • no bangs 😉

  • Hannah

    For the past five years, I’ve been rocking a full fringe and I love it about 65% of the time. The rest of the time, it’s a pain in the neck but I’m too comfortable with it to change, so I definitely know where you’re coming from with the nerves at a big style change!

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  • Pascy

    My forehead is very high (on good days I call it Elizabethan and on bad days, freakish) so I have no choice but to cover it up. I like my full, straight-across fringe, but if I had the choice I would vary my looks. I say try it, it grows out super fast!