Bangs pictured on Style icon Kara
Have you ever gone to an art gallery and admired beautiful pieces of art but knew that a similar piece of art would never “fit” in with the decorating style of your home? Well, this is how I approach some natural hair styles. Over time I have come to learn that styles that I enjoy on others and even those that I enjoyed wearing when I was relaxed may pose a problem with my natural hair.
During my college years I had a yearly routine for my hair. Right around the start of school in late August I would cut a bang just above my eyebrows. I maintained long bangs during the remainder of the fall and winter and right around February I would stop trimming my bangs. The goal was to allow my bangs to grow out long enough so that they could easily be pulled back into my ponytail during the humid summer months. The shrinkage that I experienced when I went natural made cutting my bangs seem unnecessary. Still, I sometimes missed the style I had grown so accustomed to during my early twenties. So, why won’t I cut my hair into bangs and why might you want to reconsider some styles before taking the leap?
What is your “everyday” hair? Another way to phrase this question is: What are the go-to styles you wear 75% of the time? If you have a few staple hair styles that you enjoy wearing be mindful of how a drastic style change may change your routine. For me, cutting my hair a bang would mean that for a while I would likely be unable to wear my sleek banded ponytail (think of the iconic ponytail worn by singer Sade in the late 1980s). The coily nature of my hair would make the shorter hair, even with gel, frizz up. While I might enjoy the shape of a braid out or twist out with bangs, I would ultimately lose patience waiting for my hair to grow out so that I could return to wearing my favorite styles. Likewise, as you consider different hair styles, make sure that you will be okay with the change for at least the next year or longer. Otherwise, you might find yourself unnecessarily frustrated with your hair journey.
Remember when everyone and their grandmother shaved one side of their head? I personally, thought it was a cute style and some women rocked the style really well. It was, however, very obviously a trend popularized by some celebrities and would likely die out before the head on my hair returned to my desired length. There is nothing wrong with mimicking popular hair trends. In fact, that’s one of the fun parts about being a woman. Still, I recommend knowing what works for you rather than what is temporarily popular. It isn’t that I think anything is wrong with cutting bangs on natural hair but, for me, it simply limits my regular styling routine.
Are there styles that you have sworn off once you started wearing your hair in its natural state?