Should you start 2013 with a bang?

First lady Michelle Obama.
First lady Michelle Obama.

Not long after Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, was caught rocking side bangs (just prior to announcing her pregnancy), Michelle Obama debuted a fringy ’do of her own, just in time for her 49th birthday — and all the Inaugural festivities.

Obama showed off her shoulder-grazing bob last week, just as she debuted a new Twitter handle, @FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), which immediately appeared to be flooded with commentary on her chic, lopped-off locks.

Not to be outdone, Kim Kardashian also revealed new side-swept bangs last week, while celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, and Beyoncé continue to rock fringe like champs. Even Jennifer Lopez jumped on the trend with a less-than-flattering set of fringe for her new People magazine cover, while supermodel Karlie Kloss’s “chop,” with wispy bangs, has been deemed today’s in-demand look.


So, is 2013 the year of the bang, or what?

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“Absolutely,” said George Amaral, a senior stylist at Mario Russo’s Newbury Street location. “Bangs are one of the best ways to change the whole haircut without making a drastic change. You look more youthful almost instantly. Side-swept bangs like Kate’s were more popular last year but this year, it’s all about a full bang.”

But is there anyone who should just say “no” to the trend?

“It’s not about face shape when it comes to bangs. It’s about your hairline. People who have cowlicks or a very low hairline tend not to look good with fringe,” he continued.

Still, even for those with a perfect hairline, bangs are a big commitment.


“If you start off with a full blunt bang over the brow, wait for it to grow out and after a month you can try for a side-swept bang. In about six months you can have the bangs cut into the sides of your style. It’s not as difficult as it used to be to try a bang because there are so many modern hairstyles that you can grow into while you’re waiting for them to fully grow out.”

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