SPLIT BANGS WITH CALLUM STANDEN-MAY, CO-OWNER OF STANDENMAY AND CREATIVE STYLIST AT BOND, SHOREDITCH
Split bangs are a perfect way to add a more contemporary touch to your hair and give it an instant update for the season, while also framing your face. The beauty of split bangs is that they are a lot less maintenance than a regular fringe and require minimal upkeep. To style your bangs, you should simply use a round brush and hairdryer with the nozzle pointing downwards to dry your bangs straight and keep them smooth and free from frizz. If you want to give them further smoothness and shine, you can go over them with heated styling irons and can then finish with a smoothing oil to give them a more polished appearance. However, equally, split bangs look great when left to air dry if you prefer a more natural ‘I woke up like this’ style. You can also spritz in some texture spray or mousse into damp hair, before allowing to air dry and scrunch this in with your fingers for a messier take on the trend. If your bangs do get greasy from touching them regularly, a dry shampoo is a perfect product for absorbing the excess oils and refreshing your bangs between washes. A dry shampoo will also provide some volume, which looks great with this style. As your bangs grow out they will also look beautiful and seamlessly blend into your hair.
I love the cool girl, 70’s vibe this hair trend gives off and that the style is so versatile – you can wear your hair down and super straight and sleek, or more effortless and natural. Wearing your hair up with split bangs also looks incredibly chic, particularly when your bangs are paired with a ponytail or loose bun.
This hairstyle trend is also becoming more popular due to it looking incredible paired with colour. Having your split bangs coloured lighter for the summer season is a great way to give your hair a sun kissed look and to further frame your face and allow your features, particularly your eyes, to really pop.
When it comes to asking your hairdresser for split bangs, also known as curtain bangs, ask them for the perfect style to suit your face shape. For those with round face shapes they should opt for their bangs to be thinner and wispier in appearance to soften and balance their features. Heart face shapes will want a similar look to this, as blunt bangs will accentuate their jaw line. For square face shapes, this trend looks great worn shorter, allowing the bangs to give the illusion of an elongated face. Oval face shapes can pull of any look of bangs, however, heavier blunt bangs look particularly gorgeous on this face shape. In general, if you have a longer shaped forehead you will want to choose bangs longer in length to balance this and if you have a shorter forehead, a shorter style of bangs is a great choice to create the appearance of a more elongated forehead.
So many celebrities have worn this look recently, including the likes of Selena Gomez, Rhianna, JLo and Camilla Cabello – the list is endless. This hair look is definitely here to stay and I think we will see a lot more celebs showing off their gorgeous bangs this summer season.