First thing's first. If you are thinking of getting bangs cut in, make sure that you go to either a vintage hair salon, or a regular hair salon with a stylist who is familiar with vintage styles. Betty Bangs are not the same as a normal fringe. They require an understanding of the specific style, cut and length. I visited Flint in Norwich and hairstylist Alex did a superb job of getting the shape just right. She took my cowlick into consideration and I couldn't have been happier with the result. Also, unless you are an actual hair dresser, please don't attempt to cut them in yourself! It is just not worth it!
|Pre Bangs - Note humongous forehead (although you can't really miss it!)|
|Fresh from the salon 1 year ago.|
This 'look' (if you can call it a look!) continued for the next 5 weeks, in which time I was realising that my hair grows incredibly quickly and it was dawning on me that I would need to go and get these buggers trimmed at least every 3 weeks - not exactly convenient considering the salon is a 3 hour round trip!
|Week 5 - I needed help!|
|Starting to look a bit better after a trim!|
So I got a trim and they were looking considerably better. However, I knew I needed a more sensible solution to keep on top of them. It was then that a fellow Instagrammer @pinupskulls told me that she cuts her own bangs. At first, I thought she had maybe had a fall and was out of her god damn mind, but now, I owe her EVERYTHING!!! This is the single best piece of pinup advice I have ever received, so thank you my dear!! She said that there were loads of YouTube tutorials out there that I could watch and that it was the best way to keep on top of them. So, armed with a pair of my husbands knackered, rusty old clippers, I braced myself. I was terrified. Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' was playing in the back of my mind whilst my sweaty palms gripped the clippers and I took the first few tiny bits of hair off of my fringe. Knees weak, I followed the shape that the hairdresser had already cut in and used it as a guide, slowly taking off a small amount at a time. About 1 hour and a good stiff Chardonnay later, I had done it. They looked.....dare I say it...styled!
|After my first attempt at cutting my bangs myself, you can see some definite improvement in the shape!|
|I started to take my bangs higher, above my cowlick.|
|Despite my new found talent for cutting my bangs, I still had bad days! This was Christmas Day |
2016 and I was in a rush!
So, in summary, my advice is this:
- Get them cut in by a vintage hair stylist, or someone who knows about the style.
- Trimming them regularly will help maintain the shape and keep them looking sharp.
- If trimming yourself, less is more! Don't start hacking at them, as you can't put it back on, but you can always take off more!
- If self-trimming, invest in a decent pair of trimmers; salon grade if you can afford it (£60 +)
- Always keep your trimmers clean and in good condition, that way you will get a sharper cut.
- Find out what works for YOU. Take notes from others but style them your way.
- Persevere! They will look crap for 6 months, if you are lucky! It takes time for them to bed in and also for you to learn how to style them, but don't give up (although if you do, I ain't judgy!)
I hope this has been helpful, but if you need anymore advice or have any questions, hit me up.
- x - LMDW - x -