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Why I'm Saying Yes To (Mom) Bangs

Posted: 01/31/2013 4:05 pm

One of the most moronic articles I've read in a while came across my Facebook and Twitter feeds recently. Some author was all in a huff about how J.Lo and Michelle Obama had gone out and gotten "mom bangs."

WTF are "mom bangs?"

She states how bangs are just another way for women to cover up wrinkles... and that they are childish.

Lacking any evidence, many of us can get lured into thinking bangs make us look more youthful. But maybe...I'm whispering now...maybe they just make us look more stupid.

She then goes on to say that you should only feel free to rock a fringe "... if you are Jennifer Lopez and pop culture is your primary currency. But not when quiet authority, inner happiness and effective leadership are your goals."

Really? Having bangs is a statement about what your values are?

I recently did get bangs and here's why:

  1. I am vain. There I said it. There is a deep wrinkle above one of my eyebrows that drives me crazy. To anyone else it's nothing, but to me it's a crease I would rather not see every day.
  2. I am cheap. Botox is 'effing expensive. If I can get away with a haircut that's going to do the same job, so be it.
  3. I'm fickle. This change is not permanent. When I get sick of them (and I will ... remember, I'm fickle) I can grow them out.
  4. I was bored. I had the same hairstyle for years. Having kids can cause an identity crisis much like a breakup or milestone birthday. Sometimes we just need something new.
  5. Bangs are in style. Check out some magazines, yo. From models to movie stars, bangs, if you can pull them off, are trending right now. Jessica Beil, Heidi Klum, Nicole Ritchie ... did I miss anyone?
  6. Brigitte f*#king Bardot. Nobody would ever say her bangs looked stupid.

Now although I state all these reasons, which on reflection do seem pretty shallow... I really just wanted a new do. I also went blonde years back and guess what, I was the same person. And my currency is love, inner happiness, joy and strength. But (gasp!!) I like to look good and change things up once in a while, too!

For god sake, woman, it's a haircut. Find something better to do with your time than to criticize a fairly common do. And by the way, your photo looks like you have some pretty nice side-swept bangs there yourself, so quit calling the kettle black.

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  • GWYNETH PALTROW -- PENCIL STRAIGHT

    Treat wet hair with heat protectant, blow dry with round brush, part in the centre, iron hair by sections, finish with hairspray to tame flyaways. Source: <a href="http://www.stylebistro.com/Celebrity+Hair/articles/-vyU4n-xEzb/Gwyneth+Paltrow+Super+Straight+Hair+Fashion" target="_hplink">StyleBistro.com</a>

  • CHARLIZE THERON -- BEJEWELED UPDO

    Add loose waves to hair by curling sections with a two-inch curling iron. Add shine spray. Gently brush hair with a ceramic paddle brush to make waves look natural. Gather hair at the lower left side and divide into three sections. Collect two sections into a bun and secure with pins. Pull wisps of hair from the bun for a messy look. Wrap third section around the bun and pin it. Finish with hairspray and frizz control spray. Add a Cartier headband. (What, you don't have a Cartier headband?) Source: <a href="http://www.beautybloggingjunkie.com/2012/01/golden-globes-2012-get-look-charlize.html" target="_hplink">Beautybloggingjunkie.com</a>

  • ZOOEY DESCHANEL -- RETRO UPDO

    Add shine serum to dry hair. Pull hair back into a French twist, securing with bobby pins. When the twist reaches the crown of the head, fasten the twist with pins and let the loose hair fall in a ponytail. Apply volumizing spray. Straighten bangs with flatiron and loosen hair around the ears for a messy look. Source: <a href="http://www.dailymakeover.com/blogs/beauty-trends-and-news/get-the-look-zooey-deschanels-retro-updo.html" target="_hplink">Dailymakeover.com</a>

  • RIHANNA -- '70s WAVES

    Add texture to layered hair with foaming wrap lotion. Curl sections with a medium-barrel curling iron. Gently brush curls to make waves look natural. Finish with hairspray. Source: <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-beauty/news/get-the-look-rihannas-sexy-grammy-hair-2012142" target="_hplink">Usmagazine.com</a>

  • KIM KARDASHIAN -- THE KARDASHIAN BUN

    Gather hair into a high ponytail, secure with hair elastic. Cut the toes off a (clean) sock, roll it up and place it over the ponytail on the hair elastic. Lean forward so hair covers the sock on all sides, secure with elastic. Collect excess hair and make a braid towards the back, tie it with a hair elastic and wrap the braid around the bun. Secure bun with bobby pins. Source: <a href="http://smayg.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Get-the-Kardashian-Bun" target="_hplink">Smayg.hubpages.com</a>

  • NICOLE RICHIE -- TOP KNOT

    Pull hair into a high ponytail and hold with an elastic. For a messy look, pull pieces of hair from the sides, top and bottom. Twist ponytail, wrap it around the elastic, secure with bobby pins. Source: <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_12077731_make-sloppy-top-knot-hair.html" target="_hplink">eHow.com</a>

  • KATE MIDDLETON -- BOUNCY CURLS

    Apply volumizing serum, blow dry in sections, curling ends with round brush. Comb hair at the roots in opposite direction for volume. Use large-sized curlers (or barrel iron) to add shape, finish with hairspray. Source: <a href="http://www.mostchic.com/364/celebrities/how-to-get-kate-middletons-hair-2" target="_hplink">MostChic.com</a>

  • MILEY CYRUS -- MESSY BOB

    Apply mousse to damp hair and scrunch hair with hands as you blow dry on a low setting. Use a dollop of hair wax to separate sections of hair. Apply smoothing shine and hairspray. Source: <a href="http://www.thehairstyler.com/hairstyles/casual/medium/wavy/Miley-Cyrus-casual-ombre-hairstyle?ref=celebrities" target="_hplink">Thehairstyler.com</a>

  • BEYONCE -- WILD CURLS

    If you've got Beyonce's ringlets, use a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for curls. Wash hair only a few times a week to retain natural oils. Keep hair hydrated and defined with a curl activating cream. Source: <a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/hairstyles-beauty/beauty-blog/beyonce-curly-hair-pic-070111" target="_hplink">Cosmopolitan.com</a>

  • KATY PERRY'S DARING UPDO

    Section off the top chunk of your hair and tease it using a fine-toothed comb to create volume. Smooth hair over the teased section using a natural bristle brush. Brush hair on the sides, gather loose hair tightly, twist the ends and pin at the back. Source: <a href="http://www.dailymakeover.com/hairstyles/women_celebrity_hairstyles/katy_perry_feb_12_2012?tid_ref=1040" target="_hplink">Dailymakeover.com</a> <br> If you really want to copy Katy, don't forget to check out these <a href="http://www.stylelist.com/2012/03/23/blue-hair-trend-style_n_1372583.html" target="_hplink">tips for going blue</a>.

  • JESSICA BIEL -- LONG AND VOLUMIZED

    Add mousse to damp hair and part hair in the middle. To blow dry, place a round brush at the nape of the neck and slowly work to the tips with the dryer held over the brush. When you reach the ends, curl them under. Repeat for each section. Work a small amount of hair wax through the hair shaft and flick the tips out. Add shine spray and finish with hairspray. Source: <a href="http://www.thehairstyler.com/celebrity-hairstyles/jessica-biel" target="_hplink">Thehairstyler.com</a>

  • ROONEY MARA -- FRINGE

    Pull dry hair into a ponytail, leaving hair in bang area. Spritz water on bangs and comb straight. Secure a section of hair with your hand and use cutting shears to trim the hair above your fingers. Start at the eyebrow line (or to get Mara's extreme look, cut an inch above that). Style with light spray to reduce the effects of humidity and heat. Sources: <a href="http://www.dailyglow.com/rooney-mara-sets-off-a-fringe-bangs-hair-trend-0417.html" target="_hplink">Dailyglow.com</a>, <a href="http://www.metro.us/newyork/life/article/1140468--mastering-rooney-mara-s-summer-fringe" target="_hplink">Metro.us</a>.

  • FERGIE -- SLEEK PONY

    Work pomade into hands and add to dry hair. Pull hair back into high ponytail, securing with hair tie. Add extensions for extra length. Wrap piece of hair around elastic and pin it. Source: <a href="http://www.relatemag.com/2012/02/grammy-awards-2012-hair-makeup-trends/" target="_hplink">Relatemag.com</a>

  • EMMA STONE -- LOOSE WAVES

    Add style lotion and shine serum to damp hair, and blow dry straight. Curl one-inch pieces of hair around three fingers, pin at the roots, and use a flat iron for a couple seconds to set each wave. Take out pins after 20 minutes, part hair on the side, gather side section and pin back. Source: <a href="http://www.dailymakeover.com/hairstyles/women_celebrity_hairstyles/emma_stone_june_05_2011?tid_ref=1026" target="_hplink">Dailymakeover.com</a>

  • JANUARY JONES -- MARCEL WAVES

    Apply a curling tong to dry hair from roots to tips and set with hairspray. Source: <a href="http://www.elleuk.com/star-style/celebrity-beauty/celeb-hair/retro-waves" target="_hplink">Elleuk.com</a>

  • SOFIA VERGARA -- LOW PONYTAIL

    Treat damp hair with volumizing spray and blow dry. Separate bangs with a one-inch-long centre part. Backcomb hair at the crown, secure hair at the nape with an elastic. Source: <a href="http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2012/01/hair-idea-red-carpet-ponytails.html" target="_hplink">Allure.com</a>

  • BLAKE LIVELY -- FISHTAIL BRAID

    Brush dry hair and add a pomade or styling balm. Begin French braiding hair low and off to one side. Braid tightly to start and then loosely. Tease pieces of hair as you go for a messy look. Leave two to three inches of hair at the end and secure with hair elastic. Source: <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-beauty/news/how-to-get-blake-livelys-braid-20111110" target="_hplink">Usmagazine.com</a>

  • SCARLETT JOHANSSON -- MILKMAID BRAID

    Work a holding serum into hair shaft and tips, part hair to the left. Take hair above the right ear and part it into three sections, begin French braiding. Add hair from the opposite side of the part to the middle strand each time you braid in order to move the braid from the right side of the head to the left. When the braid reaches the left ear, start adding hair from the bottom to the braid and continue around the back of the head. When there's no more hair left to braid, pin the tail end to the beginning of the braid. Source: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3J9aGjX_tc" target="_hplink">www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3J9aGjX_tc</a>

  • EVAN RACHEL WOOD -- TWISTED 'DO

    At the centre of forehead, gather two-inch section of hair, gently twist section and pin to secure. On either side of the twist, gather one-inch sections of hair and do the same. At the temples, pull two-inch sections of hair, twist and pin. Section, loosely twist and pin hair on the back of the head. Add hairspray to hold. Source: <a href="http://www.stylebistro.com/How+To+Hairstyles/articles/LJvVMm2QGwz/Evan+Rachel+Wood+Bobby+Pinned+Twists" target="_hplink">Stylebistro.com</a>

  • EMMA WATSON -- SLEEK PIXIE

    Part freshly washed hair on the left, all the way to the back of the head. Blow dry in place. Rub a dollop of styling paste in hands and work it into hair from the nape of the neck to the top of the head. Be sure to coat each strand from root to tip. Smooth down the part and tuck loose strands behind ears. Source: <a href="http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/beauty-and-hair/hair-trends/2011/07/hair-how-to-get-emma-watson-hairstyle" target="_hplink">Glamourmagazine.co.uk</a>

  • AMBER RILEY -- LONG CURLS

    Add mousse to damp hair, avoiding the roots. Part hair to the left. Pulling hair from the roots at the nape of the neck with a large radial brush, blow dry hair. Curl under at the tips. Blow dry the sides, brushing hair forward towards your face to give hair movement. Blow dry damp bangs to the side. Wrap small sections of hair around the barrel of a large curling iron, from tips to root. Pinch the tips with hair wax. Set with hairspray. Source: <a href="http://www.thehairstyler.com/celebrity-hairstyles/amber-riley" target="_hplink">Thehairstyler.com</a>


 

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