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The big bang theory

From soft and wispy to short and cute, bangs are the latest way celebrities are making a bold style statement. ELLECanada.com picked the four hottest trends and gives you tips on how you can work the fringe.

Mar 02, 2009
By
Alison Lawler-Dean
big bang

Hollywood’s hot for this face-framing hairstyle with chic celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba drastically changing their look by embracing bangs. But this bold style is not just a fleeting trend – a classic since the days of Cleopatra, bangs have remained popular because of the fresh, youthful appearance they impart (not to mention the wrinkles they help cover up). Whether you try thick and eye-accentuating or light and flirty fringe there is a look for everybody and every face.

Eye-grazing
The look:

Recently Jessica Alba and Katie Perry have been spotted sporting full eye-grazing bangs and they were on models at Christian Dior's spring show. “Sometimes called schoolgirl bangs,” Toronto-based stylist Dylan K Hanson explains “this blunt style looks great on long, narrow faces and helps draw attention to your eyes.” But those with curly hair should take heed as thick bangs work best on straight or easily straightened hair.

Wow factor: 4 (out of 5)
Versatility: 3
Styling ease: 2
Maintenance: 4

How to:
- Ask for a full, blunt cut that falls just above the eye.
- Before styling, while hair is still damp, apply light hold mouse or heat activating styling product.
- Blow dry bangs before the rest if your hair. Use a fine tooth comb to flatten out the root area, then use a round brush after roots are dry to give movement to the ends recommends Marc Desparois and Leslie Anne McKay, Senior Stylists at Tonic Salon Spa in Montreal (www.tonicsalonspa.com). And always avoid using the flat iron as bangs look better with some volume.
- This style requires frequent trims every 2-4 weeks to keep its strong appearance and hair out of your eyes. Check with your stylist, but many salons including Tonic offer trims for free.

Tip: Try pulling hair back into a ponytail for a modern, graphic look that’s all about eyes.

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'This blunt style looks great on long, narrow faces and helps draw attention to your eyes,' says stylist, Dylan K Hanson
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