By Grace Gold
Bangs can run the gamut from long wisps that teasingly tap just below the eyebrow to the dramatically blunt and thick fringe popularized by 1950s pinup Bettie Page and more recently seen on starlets, including Katy Perry and Selma Blair. Most women have played with bangs at one time or another, only to trudge through a seemingly eternal and awkward grow-out period.
But now there’s a commitment-free solution: the clip-in bang. Recently popularized by celebs like Lea Michele, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Hudson, this kind of hair extension works with any hair type, regardless of length or texture.
Stylist Mark Townsend says client Lea Michele chose clip-in bangs when “Glee” filming rules prevented her from cutting her hair. Townsend used human hair extensions for greatest versatility, as they can be styled with heating tools like blow-dryers and irons.
“To get a look similar to Lea’s, part the hair to one side and take a section about 3 inches from the hairline and pin the hair down with a bobby pin,” instructs Townsend. “Place the bang piece over the pinned-down hair and secure.”
And for bangs that will have everyone fooled, you can have your clip-in cut and colored for a perfect match.
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