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From left: Rachel Bilson, Rachel McAdams and Rose Byrne
At various times over the years, we’ve flirted with light face-framing fringe, something that changes things up a little, but is easy enough to grow out. But lately, a new heavy-handed version of bangs seems to have taken hold, at least in Hollywood. At the Oscars, bold, blunt-cut and super-thick styles were one of the hottest hair looks on the likes of Rose Byrne, Rooney Mara, Ellie Kemper and Anna Faris. The opulent shine and straight, thick cut were undeniably chic and powerful. “It’s definitely a style that has a certain sex appeal [and is] always youthful,” says star stylist Serge Normant, the namesake of three salons and a luxe haircare line.
The inspiration behind the rash of freshly chopped fringe, adds Normant, may be as simple as boredom. “It’s a perfect compromise when someone is bored with their long hair and wants to do a very little length change for a maximum effect,” he says.
However, it’s important to take into consideration your hair type, hairline, and willingness to commit to maintenance before heading into the salon. Normant cautions against heavy fringe “if you have a cowlick that prevents bangs from falling right, [causing them] to separate…bangs have to be right at all times. It’s a lot of maintenance to blow-dry, and trims are required every few weeks.” He also suggests avoiding them if you have curly hair. But remember: when going blunt “always ask your stylist which brush to use and to teach you the best and fastest way to blow them dry.”
When we need to tame newly-cut fringe, we love using this Shu Umera hair oil to keep things calm.