There’s a question that arises for virtually every woman at some point in her life: Should I get bangs?
After a set of supermodels shared their own transformations, and the Fall 2019 runways were filled with piecey fringe, I too wrestled with this dilemma. But how were It-girls like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, with their packed shoot schedules, committing to these new styles? Well, it turns out, they weren’t. Welcome to the world of clip-in bangs—the option that gives women (and men!) the power to test-drive the hard-to-grow out cut without ever picking up the shears.
"Clip-in bangs are a great way to switch things up," explained my expert hairstylist, Jasmine Anna Galazka, of the brow-skimming hairs about to graze my face. "They give you so much versatility." As someone who’s remained true to one hairstyle for most of my life—the only change I've ever made was adding a few stealth highlights a couple years back—the idea of trying out this change, however impermanent, still made me a little nervous. But Galazka was a calming presence who took the time to make sure the bangs would blend seamlessly with my own hair.
Procuring a blonde piece from her well-stocked kit of extensions, Galazka sectioned the crown of my hair and snapped it in. "It's important to have your stylist trim and frame the hairpiece," she explained. The next few minutes were spent snipping and thinning out my set with a razor to give them the cool Jane Birkin-esque texture I craved. Then, a swift round brush blow dry to give the hair "a natural bend" and a spritz of root coloring spray to mimic my slightly grown-in roots.
I instantly became unrecognizable in a fabulous "who's that girl" way. My doorman asked if I needed directions into my building, and post salon appointment, friends ooh and ahhed over my new hair at dinner.
Working out the next morning proved to be challenging—there's a reason why the women of Tracy Anderson Method don't have bangs, I thought, as I attempted to fasten my fringe to one side with a series of pins. After the sweaty hour, some serious dry shampoo was required in addition to a little dryer time—not as low maintenance as I had anticipated.
As for a change in the rest of my routine, the face-framing cut gave my cheekbones a new sharpness, which I further defined with a taupe contour stick. And the best part? The bangs were so believable, social media (and my fiancé!) did double takes. Over the weekend, I posted an Instagram selfie that elicited a flurry of heart-eye emojis. "People don't grasp the concept of the clip-in bang," Galazka said, adding that when she first began working with extensions, clients often asked for a private room so passersby wouldn't catch the fake hair application. Now, "change is celebrated," a shift brought on by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Cardi B and others who flip flop from textured bobs to extreme waves, sometimes in a matter of hours.
I spent the weekend shifting from effortless ponytails to easy low buns, flirting with the idea of making this new relationship permanent. And yet, like most people wondering whether they need a hair change, I realize I'm usually looking for something new while not quite ready to commit. This morning while scrolling the Paris runways, a bevy of pixie-haired models made me lust after a whole other possible transformation. As tempting as it might be to take the bang plunge, the clip-in fringe—which I carefully unclipped for this morning’s work out—may be the best approach yet.
Here, for inspiration either way, the best bang hairstyles of all time.