I didn't like how my face looked with them. I've had bangs before, it's just been a really long time. She turn the chair around and I looked in the mirror. Tried not to cringe. All I saw was a boxy face with chubby cheeks. I told her they looked cute (they did, just not on me) but inside I thought, "Put them back! Put them back!"
Long story short, I went home, looked in the mirror, pouted and fussed for an hour, then said, "Girl. You wanted a change. Here it is. Embrace your new self."
And you know what? I love them now. How? I realized a few truths about getting bangs.
There are a lot of you who have always wanted bangs but never got them. Here's my advice: if you want to do it, it doesn't hurt to try them out.
But before you get some, I'm offering a few seemingly obvious tips that I wished I had thought of before going in.
You'll look different (Duh. But really... you will.)
I am very aware of my face; I can sense when my skin's dull, if my cheeks are puffy, if my crows feet are getting worse. As women, we know every nook and cranny on our faces and when something's just a tad different, it throws us off completely.
When I first looked in the mirror after my bang trim I thought, "EEEK! Ugly!" I wasn't ugly, I just looked different than the face I have known so (very very very very) well and that freaked me out. But it'll be okay. You'll get used to the different face. And isn't that the beauty of haircuts anyway? To give us a different, more stylish look? Still, don't be alarmed if it takes getting used to; you're still beautiful and you still have the same stunning features. It just looks a little different and that's okay.
You might need to take pictures differently.
When I was done, the stylish receptionist (and my bestie) Caitlin took my photo. I looked at it in horror and deleted it right away. I wanted to blame my face, the angle, the lighting, etc., but what I quickly learned was your face needs to be photographed differently to show off your best angles. So go ahead: Pull a Tyra and practice your model face in the mirror to your heart's content until you find just the right head tilt and smile.
There is always something on your forehead.
This might be the most obvious one, but for real, there is always something on your forehead. Sometimes you forget about it and it's all good. Other times, everything in the world annoys you and having hair on your skin is the last thing you want to deal with so you pin it back and sit on your couch with a pint of ice cream while curled up in your Slanket. Speaking of...
Become friends with hair clips and bobby pins.
I've used the same brand of bobby pins and hair clips since I was eleven. Despite the fact that I lose them every three weeks in someone unknown black hole of hair accessories, they are my best friends when it comes to hair manageability. Find some you like and don't be afraid to use them to alter and manipulate your bangs on a day to day basis.
Hairstyles will also look different. Know what ones look best with bangs.
Like I said, I was super unhappy with my bangs and wanted to cry. That is until I pulled my hair up into a ponytail and I looked dang cute. My face was suddenly sleek and long, much different than the boxy, squat shape without the pony tail. I looked very much like a 1950's housewife and that in and of itself made getting bangs worth it.
I've always looked 'meh' in ponytails before, but I absolutely love how I look in them now. Bangs are cool like that in that they open up a whole new world of hairstyle versatility.
So, yes, now I love my bangs. And I'm actually okay with my face with them, too.
Do you have anything to add?
Anyone here wanting bangs for the first time?