According to hair stylist and colorist, Harry Josh (of Gisele fame), this season, bangs are back in a big way (full article here). From his blunt cut on Rose Byrne at the SAG Awards to Taylor Swift’s Grammy debut of the return of her bangs, bangs are everywhere.
I asked Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salons, responsible for some 20 NY F/W fashion week shows to give us some insider tips into the world of bangs. Should you choose to make the cut, here is the information you’ll need to know.
SARAH HOWARD: It looks like bangs may be coming back into style this season — what will be different about the 2012 bang?
RODNEY CUTLER: I think that the 2012 bang trend is a heavier bang than usual, with a bit of separation, but with a heavier feel. They hit the corner of the eyebrow and drape down a little so when you pull your hair back, there’s a few little bits that pop around the face. They’re more deliberate this season, which adds real drama as there’s more of a shape. I really think a bang like this is the best way to reinvent long hair without losing length.
1. separated, textured bangs / 2. wispy side bangs / 3. thick, blunt bangs
SH: What type of bang matches each face shape?
RC: Bangs that have more movement, and that are softer so they bring out the roundness in the face. If they’re too square, the cheeks wil pop out too much.
RC: They’re the lucky ones that can go with any bang style- though square are better if they swing to one side.
RC: This is wear a fuller bang would work- this is ideal to balance out the chin.
SH: What bangs work best for the following hair types?
RC: Bangs that are broken up, cut with a little separation to lighten up the face and the hair surrounding it.
Thin/ Fine Hair: A
RC: Adding a little fullness to the bangs works to increase volume, but don’t overlay the bangs as it will just make them appear even thinner. Aother great trick is to start the bang further back on the head (so more hair is cut bang-length) which will add the illusion of fullness.
SH: Any specific way to style bangs for 2012?
RC: For thick hair, add a very small amount of a light conditioning spray- I like Redken’s new All Soft Supple Touch Softening Cream-Spray for this. Comb it on wet hair and let it dry naturally. Were looking for the hair to be smooth and straight but not dead straight so we air dry, but the spray will help it keep frizz free. For fine hair, use a little of a volumizing spray like Redken’s Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray just on the roots where the bang meets the head, and then blow-dry using a medium round brush. The whole idea is to create fullness at the roots not the ends – otherwise the style will become bubble-like and won’t work.