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Woman wearing a andana

Pin It Up

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There’s something so timelessly retro about pin up looks. The hair, the clothes, the makeup… all of it. It always looks and feels so chic, regardless of how many times it’s been worn. Doesn’t it? It seems like every time we see a celebrity on the red carpet wearing a Pin Up vibe hairstyle it looks incredible and everyone takes note. Pin up hairstyles often look like they’re incredibly difficult and complex to achieve, but the truth is you can create a pin up hairstyle without needing to be a professional hairstylist. So let’s break down a few easy pin up hairstyles that will give you the look, without the fuss.

Pinned Up Down
While the pin-up looks are generally known for being up-do’s there are a ton of easy ways to achieve the pin-up vibe without dealing with a ton of bobby pins and hairspray. When wearing your hair down for this type of look you want to focus on volume, and loose curls. Add volume at the roots of your hair by teasing with a teasing brush and spraying hairspray to hold the volume. Add the pin-up vibe by clipping in a gorgeous flower and sweep your hair away from your face (another common theme among pin-up hairstyles). It’s a very Rachel McAdams in the Notebook look.

Half Poof
Another mostly hair down look, and can be worn with your hair straight or with waves. Part your hair to the side to start. Then grab a small chunk of hair from one side in the front, give it a little puff (by moving the hair towards your face a tad), twist the hair bit where you’re holding onto it and pin it. Repeat on the other side. It’s a very retro-esque way to wear the half up hairstyle that’s always been a go-to for girls.

Woman wearing a andana

Tie It Up
Another huge hairstyle influence in the pin up phase was the bandana. There are so many easy, cute ways to add a bandana to an otherwise simple hairstyle. There’s something about the bandana that adds that retro vibe to your look instantly. Even simply tying a silk scarf around the back of your head (over your hair) and tying it at the top of your head is a super simple way to add a Pin Up twist to straight, wavy, or curly hair. You can wear the knot at the top in the middle or to the side. Adding a bandana has never felt so simple, right?

As you can tell, although pin-up hairstyles tend to LOOK complex or difficult to achieve on your own, you can actually make them quite simple! These are great hairstyles to try out to give the Pin Up look a whirl. While there are certainly more complex looks, why make it complicated? Wear your hair down and add a few little touches with bobby pins, bandanas, or flower pints – whatever speaks to you.

So which of these Pin Up style hairstyles are you going to try first?


2016 Prom Hairstyles

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Prom is undoubtedly the most magical day of a high school girl’s life. Months of planning get dedicated to finding the perfect dress, the right shoes and best clutch. The boys spend weeks planning the best and most Instagram-worthy promposals. The days leading up to the dance are filled with both excitement and stress. Picking out the perfect nail color can seem detrimental, and deciding whether to go with dark, smoky eye makeup or a nude and natural palette can be nerve-racking. But it seems that one of the hardest prom-related decisions is picking out the perfect prom hairstyle.

The pictures taken on prom day will be posted on every social media outlet, and printed to be framed by every family member. These pictures will be seen by loved ones for years to come – so it really is no wonder young ladies stress over every little thing. Fortunately, we are able to make this exciting day a tad bit less stressful by putting together a list of the top 2016 prom hairstyles and giving a quick overview of how to easily create the looks.

Classic Bump (Half Up, Half Down)
Start by using a comb to sleek back a front section of your hair. Pull your hair straight back and secure it with a glam barrette. Finish the look by applying some strong, high-quality hairspray so you can dance the night away!

Mermaid curls hairstyle

Mermaid Curls (Half Up, Half Down)
This half up, half down hairstyle is perfect for girls who are drawn toward a more simple style. You will begin this look as soon as you step out of the shower by applying a texturizing gel, mousse or pomade. Using a diffuser (or the diffuser attachment on your hair dryer) dry your hair with low heat to create a natural look with an even texture. Once dry, use a small amount of hair styling wax on your fingertips pull your hair to one side. On that same side grab a three-inch section of hair (starting at your ear) and twist it upward. Hold the twist in place with bobby pins that match your hair color. Finally, loosen out the rest of your hair by brushing it with a boar bristle brush. Apply some high-shine spray and you’re ready to own the dance floor.

Princess-Approved Messy Bun (All Up) 
Get your hair off your neck and out of your face with this chic messy bun. Start with towel dried hair, using your fingers, apply straightening/heat protectant serum throughout your locks. Using low to medium heat, blow dry your hair in sections with a paddle brush. Once it’s dry, pull it back into a loose ponytail and secure it with a neutral colored hair elastic. Twist your hair into a messy bun and secure the ends by looping them through the same original elastic. Use your fingers to add texture to the front of your hair by loosening a bit. Finish the look with a glam headband that matches your dress. As always, apply a layer of strong-hold hairspray!

Back twist hairstyle

Sassy Back Twist (All Up) 
To create this look you’ll want to start by blow-drying your hair straight and creating a side part. Split your hair into two pigtails, then, starting temples, twist each pigtail. Work the twists down to your neck, then make the twists tighter until they begin to twist against themselves forming coils. Keep twisting until the coils are against your scalp. Now secure the coils with hair pins, being sure to follow up with some high-quality, strong-hold hairspray!

High pony

Playful Styles with Clip-Ins

We’re all consistently in awe of the gorgeous hair of our favorite celebrities as they walk the red carpets. If we’re all honest, most of us are probably frustrated thinking we can’t achieve those flawless hairstyles with our own hair. But the truth is…your favorite celebrities have some assistance (aside from the top hairstylists), they’re also rockin’ some clip-in extensions! Ever wonder how celebrities can go from short bobs to long luscious locks in the blink of an eye? The answer: clip-ins. Yes, even those bangs that magically appear and disappear! Many women are intimidated by styling clip-in hair extensions. But there are easy ways to wear them and achieve a playful hair look.

High pony

High Ponytail
The high ponytail hairstyle is gorgeous especially for spring and summer, a fun easy way to add a little something extra to the look is adding 1-2 clip-ins! Simply tie your hair up in a ponytail, add the clip-ins leaving a small chunk of hair loose. Use the loose piece of hair to tie around the base of the ponytail to hide the rubber band and edges of the clip-ins.

Low Side Ponytail
If a high ponytail isn’t your thing, how about trying a low ponytail? You would do the same process you do for the high ponytail, just change the placement.

Side braids

Side Braid
Braids are everywhere this season, they’re an easy, effortless way to have a hairstyle that looks amazing. To accomplish this look you would separate your hair into two parts, creating a horizontal line in the middle of the back of your head. Tie them up and place the clip-ins in the center. Tease the top portion of your hair a bit, then gather your hair to the side into a braid over your shoulder. Feel free to add texture by pulling the braid a bit loose. This season is all about the undone-do so no need to be perfect!

Braided Headband
This look is all over the place this season, but hard to accomplish with your natural hair. To create this look you’ll grab a small section of hair near the back of your ear, wrap the clip-ins around it and braid the hair. Once it’s braided you’re going to bring the end of the braid over your head and to the other ear, pin it and you’re done!

Side bun

Low Side Bun
Similar to the low side ponytail, but instead of leaving the hair down twist it around to create a bun. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect! But it will create an effortlessly chic look. The clip-ins are great for looks like these since they add more volume without teasing.

Clip-in extensions don’t have to be intimidating or difficult to manage. Once you think of the placement as to where the clip-ins need to be in order to not be easily seen, you can work them and wear them just like your natural hair! So, which of these playful hairstyles will you try out the next time you wear clip-ins?

Floral braids

Braids, Knots & Down-Dos

This season’s trends are covering a huge variety, we really have it all this spring. That holds true in hair trends, too. We’re seeing everything from neon color highlights to fun braids. Whatever you’re into, there’s something for everyone. A lot of the trends come back to embracing the natural texture of your hair, playing things up with fun accessories and ultimately have fun with your gorgeous hair. While the variety is amazing, it can be a tad overwhelming to hear that so many styles are “in.” You’re probably thinking “well then where do I start?” Let’s break down some of the most popular hairstyles to get your creative juices flowing.

Braided ponytail

Braids, Braids, Braids!
Braids are everywhere this season. The braids that were all over the Spring 2016 runways were more on the functional side than we normally see for the spring season. Generally, we see braids with a looser, more boho-vibe but this season they’re more modernized and tight. While braids were worn all different ways, there seemed to be a common theme of ponytail braids worn either as a low ponytail or high giving a modern dramatic look. The other incredibly popular way braids have been seen for this season is as a headband. Think modern milkmaid braids. I know, milkmaid braids don’t sound all that modern but since we haven’t seen this hairstyle in a bit it feels fresh again. The point is, if you love braids, this is the season to rock them! Have fun and experiment with different ways to incorporate braids into your usual hairstyle (maybe a little peek-a-boo braid?).


Topknots have been making headway for a couple years now, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere. While the past season’s topknots were more about a tighter, sleeker look this season knots and topknots alike are more about the unstructured look. In essence, the less ‘perfect’ the better. Whether you wear a knot as a topknot (aka high up on your head) or as a low knot they look and feel current when there’s texture to your hair. So in other words… don’t stress if you have a few little bumps – embrace them!

Floral braids

Down Do’s
We don’t always want to wear our hair up, and there’s no shortage of down do’s this season. It’s looking like the revival of the headband is making way this season. (Along with other hair accessories) Headbands and hair accessories have always been easy go-to items to help jazz up your hair when wearing it down. Want to spice up your usual hair straight and down look? Add a headband! Can’t get much easier than that, right? Additionally, since this season is all about embracing the natural texture of your hair go with the flow and have fun leave the hot tools alone when you feel like it.

There are a ton of options this season when it comes to hair, you don’t have to embrace all of them pick and choose which trends you’re drawn to and rock them out.

Which of these trends will you be trying?

Woman curling hair

How to Curl Your Hair for a Special Event

Woman curling hair

Attending special events are always so much fun, but the prep is usually a tad stressful. What should I wear? How should I do my hair and makeup? Will my hair go flat, or frizz out? Ohh the panic that can consume us as we get ready for big events, we’ve all been there. If you’re looking to curl your hair for a special event, in comes the stress wondering if the curls will hold all night. There’s nothing more frustrating than taking the time to do your hair for an event and by the time you arrive down it goes, right? Let’s walk through a few tips to make sure the next special event you curl your hair for, the curls hold!

Prepping is Key
Just like with your makeup routine, it’s important to prep your hair prior to starting to curl. Depending on your hair type will depend on the prepping product you need. If you have naturally straight hair, you’ll want to spray in a volumizing and/or texturizing product near the roots and massage it into your hair. If you have naturally wavy or curly hair you’ll want to opt for a smoothing product to avoid any frizz from happening. When applying the smoothing product it’s ideal to start with the product around the mid point of your hair and work your way down (avoid the roots, as it can make your roots appear oily).

*You can opt to add in a heat protecting spray if you choose, you would do that here*

Dry it!
After you’ve prepped your hair, it’s time to dry your hair. While it may seem odd since you’re wanting to achieve curls, you want to dry your hair straight. When drying, it’s suggested to start at the roots for a little extra volume. Make sure your hair is completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Let’s Start Curling
Now that your hair is dry, many experts suggest spritzing your hair lightly with hairspray to help with the hold. Don’t forget to flip your hair upside down to get the bottom layers! Once you’re ready taking a 1-inch section of hair with your curling iron, holding the curling iron vertically rotate the iron away from your face. Hold the hair for around 5 seconds and release. Once you’ve released take that piece of hair and roll it around your finger to secure it with a bobby pin at your scalp. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Continue this process throughout the rest of your head taking 1-inch sections. You can alter the direction you curl to add more dimension and make sure the curls don’t get stuck together. Once you’ve curled and pinned all your hair spritz another layer of hair spray. Let your hair set and cool for a few minutes.

Let it Go!
Once you’ve let the curls cool and set in the bobby pins, you can release the bobby pins from all over. You will want to use your fingers to comb through the curls to break them up a bit. Once you’ve done that, and styled any bangs the way you want, do one last spritz of hairspray and you’re done!

What are your favorite hair curling tips?

Loose topknot

Beachy Updos

Whether you’re on the beach or the summer heat is starting to approach, if you have long hair you’re constantly looking for ways to keep your locks from making you feel even hotter. You consistently go to the ever trustworthy ponytail look, but after so long it starts to get old. Instead of settling for the same ponytail hairstyle, why not mix it up with some new twists to boost your look but still keep it functional?

Crown braids

Braids are a great way to add a beachy feel to your hairstyle, and also keep your hair out of your face and off the back of your neck. This season there’s been a lot of braided headband looks. It’s easy to do and often the less perfect they look, the chicer they are! When you’re going for a beachy look it’s less about the hairspray helmet and more about the go-with-the-flow vibe.

Loose topknot

Undone Topknots
Topknots have made a huge impact in trends the past couple of years, and they’re still going strong. When you’re looking for a beachy vibe for your hair, try the messy or undone topknot. When the Kardashian sisters first started rockin’ the topknots they were more pinned back and perfect knots, now it’s more about the loosely finished knots. Have a few lumps on the top? Work with them! Pull out a few pieces of hair around your face. Don’t stress if it isn’t perfect, that’s the beauty of a beachy look.

Wavy bun hairstyle

Work with the Wave
If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, work with it! Embrace the waviness in your hair with buns and ponytails. The waves add to the beachy feel. If you have naturally straight hair, add in a few waves with a curling iron. Again, the waves don’t have to be perfect.

Side swept bun

Side Sweep
Side swept parts are a quick and easy way to add a little touch of elegance to your hairstyle. Think a side part with a low bun, or roll your waves up and pin them in for something a little different than your typical bun.

All in all, the best beachy updos are those that combine function with style. The combination of these two factors allows you to have more flexibility and less stress about you hair being ‘perfect.’ Whatever occasion you need a beachy updo for, the ease and flexibility gives you the option to wear them for more formal occasions or just for everyday wear. Since the possibilities really span a wide range, it’s up to you to decide what feels right for you, your age and your hair. Since most of the styles require minimal effort anyone can accomplish these looks. Remember, beachy updos aren’t about being perfect in fact the less perfect the more beachy it feels.

So what beachy updo look are you going to try first?

Twists hairstyle

Dreads and Twists: The Basics

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Dreadlocks (Locs, Dreads, Locks)
Dreadlocking is one of the oldest types of hairstyles, simply because it’s…not technically a hairstyle! Dreadlocks form when you don’t wash, shampoo, touch, brush, or style your hair at all, and over time, the natural oils from your hair will start to form locks, matting, and new textures. Dreadlocks are just the state most people’s hair will naturally form into without any type of disturbance, especially if their hair is curly, thick, or kinky. For this reason, Dreadlocks can be a type of spiritual purity: among some Sadhus and Sadhvis, Hindu holy men and women, dreadlocks are seen as a sign of dedication to the idea that vanity is evil. By not touching their hair, they outwardly show their inward purity and lack of vanity.

However, making dreadlocks is, of course, a hairstyle in its own right. Because the slow process of just never touching your hair for years is an unideal way to form locs that aren’t uncomfortable and matted (this way is called “natural” or “freeform”), it’s usually done in a more methodological way.

The way a stylist will loc your hair completely depends on what texture hair you have, the length of your hair, and the type of dread you want. For thinner, straighter hair that doesn’t have kink in it (usually Caucasian hair), the process of dreadlocking involves separating your hair into where you want the locs, backcombing your hair into a semblance of a loc, then applying wax to help keep its shape. Dreadlocks, no matter what hair texture, take the time to develop and grow: when getting the initial locking done, you won’t walk out of the salon with an immediately full head of dreads. Instead, dreadlocking is a constant process of waxing, waiting for more hair to mat and grow in, and not washing it until after your desired lock has formed.

For other hair textures, like those with kinky, curly, or coarsely textured hair, the process of salon dreadlocking may include extensions to start the locking process. The hair is divided into parts, then “waxed” similar to the other procedure, then allowed to grow out and mat itself into a longer, thicker dreadlock throughout time.

Twists hairstyle

Similar to dreadlocks in appearance but definitely not in creation, twists are a popular style among African-American communities because of their ease and attractiveness. Twists are a type of braiding that is achieved by dividing hair into different sections, twisting various strands of hair, and then twisting two twisted strands around each another. They can also be created with one strand of hair at a time, with a comb.

The process of making twists can vary depending on hair length and texture, but it usually involves taking naturally curly, wet hair, relaxing it in hot water, and twisting while still wet. Because of the naturally curly texture, when the hair dries, it shrinks, locking the braid in place and creating a texture similar to dreadlocks. Twists are also sometimes done with dry hair, which creates a heavier, more dread-like texture. Twists are not always worn by themselves: they look great combined with other types of hairstyles as well.

In order to maintain twist hairstyles, it’s important to cover your head with silk night caps or turbans to keep the twists intact.

Have any tips on maintaining or creating one of these hairstyles? Let us know in the comments below!

Portrait of Madame C J Walker

The First Self-Made American Female Millionaire

Portrait of Madame C J Walker


Picture the town of Delta, Louisiana during the late nineteenth century.

Women did not have the right to vote. The Emancipation Proclamation was brand new, only having been passed three years earlier. The South was completely segregated, and most black men and women still lived as sharecroppers or worked in agricultural settings. Racial tension wasn’t just “racial tension”: in the United States, it was racial division, and lynchings and murders were frequent. The KKK was extremely active, driven by racism and the policies of Southern reconstruction, and were a constant threat to the not only the civil rights, but the actual lives of Southern black Americans. Madame C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was born into this place: she was born a second-class citizen, the wrong color, wrong class, wrong gender, and made her living with her hands, picking cotton for a white boss. And by the time she passed away at the age of 51, she was America’s first female self-made millionaire. How did this happen?

In short, Madame C.J. Walker was one of the first black Americans to fill the void of black haircare. Until she came along, most black Americans had been treating their hair with only lye soap, and had very limited access to clean water, which meant they weren’t able to bathe as often as is healthy. According to data from that era, the majority of black Americans suffered from extreme cases of seborrheic dermatitis (an advanced form of dandruff), and most were only able to bathe once or twice a week. Sarah Breedlove was one of those black Americans, who came home every day with dirt under her fingernails, a hurting back, no clean water, an itchy scalp, and sun-damaged hair. The thought of “beauty” could not have been farther from her mind.

But Sarah’s two brothers worked in a men’s barber shop in the North, where black Americans had access to some more privileges (although extremely limited), such as more access to running water and jobs that afforded them extra income for hair care. From her brothers, Sarah learned that black hair had different needs than Caucasian hair, and lye soap strips and damages the scalp over an extended period of time, leading to the infections she saw back home.

Sarah decided that her world needed change. She saved up her measly income picking cotton, eventually working her way up to becoming a salesperson, and soon began her own company, marketing herself as a hairdresser and seller of hair products for black women. In July of 1906, Sarah Breedlove, a black southern American and a single mother, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing company.

The Madame C.J. Walker company became the most successful black hair care company not only in the United States, but even found a market in Cuba, Jamaica, the Caribbean Islands, South America, and parts of Africa and Central America. Madame C.J. Walker married, and with the help of her marketing husband, attended numerous events in support of black rights in the US, and her circle of influence included great civil rights activists like Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Mary McLeod Bethune. She helped fund black community landscapes by pledging $1,000 to the building fund for the Senate Avenue YMCA as well as contributing scholarship funds to the Tuskegee Institute. Other beneficiaries included Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Indianapolis’s Flanner House; the Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina; Haines Normal and Industrial Institute in Georgia; Industrial School for Negro Girls (which later became Bethune-Cookman University) and Mary McLeod Bethune’s Daytona Education in Daytona Beach, Florida. Walker was also a patron of the arts.

Madame C.J. Walker died at the young age of 51, with $8 million to her estate. She died an example of how dedication, perseverance, ingenuity, and challenging authority can let black women, in the words of Maya Angelou, continue to “rise”. So the next time you walk down the “Ethnic” hair care aisle at your local beauty salon, remember to thank Madame C.J. Walker for revolutionizing the black haircare industry and beginning a fight for equal representation in beauty products for black women.

Avant garde wedding inspiration

Wedding Themes for the Avant-Garde Bride

Ah, weddings. A time of happiness, love, food, and family. Until about twenty years ago, weddings in the United States were pretty standard: white dress, white cake, stuffy church, and a normal priest. But now, as millennials come into the bridal market, they’re demanding much more personalization, more fun, and more uniqueness in their weddings.

People now see weddings as ways not only to express their love, but to express their own personal brand of love: whether that means the couple loves Jane Austen and serves tea at the reception, or if they’re huge football fans and hold their vow ceremony in the sports bar where they met. Marriage is being redefined, both in awesomely significant ways and certainly in smaller ways as we make ceremonies about marriage.

So, let’s say you’re a bride who considers herself “avant-garde”. You love the unique simply for the sake of being unique: anything that defies the norm is what you find attractive. For someone like you, a boring white dress in a boring white chapel probably won’t cut it, but all of the Southern-Belle Pinterest trends of chalkboards and mason jars probably don’t attract you either. You’re looking for something fresh, unique, and exciting. Looking for a theme to work within? Here’s one of our favorites (and stay tuned for more!).

Avant garde wedding inspiration

The Minimalist Wedding
Right now, pretty much every wedding involves tons of flowers (and cacti, oddly), a full photographer, chalkboard setting cards, burlap everywhere…you get the idea. There’s just a lot. And it usually takes place in a barn or something. If you’ve lived in the United States for the past twenty years and don’t live under a rock, you’ll likely know exactly what we mean.

Point is, that’s a lot of stuff. Lots of planning, lots of dresses, lots of bridesmaids…it can seem too overwhelming. So if you’re not only balking at a traditional wedding, but balking at the expense, time consumption, and sensory overload from a modern wedding, a minimalistic wedding might be your best choice.

  • Venue: Try finding a place that’s meaningful for you and your partner like the park you met in or the place they proposed. Or, if you wanted to go super-minimalist, have the ceremony and reception in your house–what better way to bless your marriage than inside your own home?
  • Colors: Although you may assume a minimalist wedding means a strictly black and white color scheme, that’s not necessarily so! Try having a “pop” color throughout, such as a bright coral lipstick and coral invitations.
  • Party: Keep your party as small as you’d like. No worrying about inviting great-aunt-so-and-so because she’d be offended: just do what makes you happy, and only bring the people who make you happy. This includes possibly striking the idea of bridesmaids as well, to save drama over the maid of honor and issues with finding dresses for them.
  • Wedding Dress: Modern wedding dresses are at, like, quinceanera levels of opulence right now. Which is awesome, but a sleek, minimalistic dress is absolutely beautiful on the right person. Look for simple white slips, heirloom jewelry, and minimalist makeup.

Do you have a favorite avant-garde wedding theme? Let us know in the comments!

Kerry Washington

Bangs Are Back: Celebrities Who Rock Forehead Fringe

From wispy to bold, bangs are definitely back for the season. They look wonderful with almost every hair length, texture, and face shape, and can add some ease to your morning hair routine.

Bangs can be a scary trim: for first-time choppers, they can seem too high-maintenance or intimidating. And while they may be too much to handle for some, most find them a fun way to spice up a drab haircut or add some fun texture to their hair. These celebrities have some of our absolute favorite bangs and showcase how great bangs can look on every type of face, hair length, color, and texture. If you’re considering taking the plunge into some forehead fringe, read on for some celebrity inspiration!

Penelope Cruz

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Penelope Cruz
Penelope’s easygoing bangs help frame her face and show off her beautiful angled jawline. As a bonus, they keep her voluminous mane from looking too heavy, and add some weight towards the front of her head as well. A+!

  • Face Shape: Square
  • Hair Length: Long
  • Hair Texture: Wavy/Curly with lots of body and volume
  • Bang Style: Thick and side swept
Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington
Kerry’s super-feminine bangs make sure to not overwhelm her delicate features by leaving little bits of space: she definitely doesn’t just have a solid block of hair on her forehead. The wispiness keeps Kerry’s cut looking fresh, young, and vibrant.

  • Face Shape: Heart
  • Hair Length: Mid-length, collarbone
  • Hair Texture: Naturally kinky and curly, chemically straightened
  • Bang Style: Delicate, feminine, and wispy

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Always the one to set trends and go for the big looks, Beyonce’s new baby bangs look spectacular! Paired with the light caramel color, long length, and Veronica Lake-esque curls, she looks like the epitome of a modernized 50s pin up girl. Try this baby bang look if you’re feeling adventurous!

  • Face Shape: Heart
  • Hair Length: Long
  • Hair Texture: Voluminous and textured
  • Bang Style: Pin-up baby bangs
Alexa Chung

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Alexa Chung
We absolutely love the way Alexa Chung’s bangs frame her beautiful bone structure! These bangs work great for women who don’t have a lot of forehead space to work with, and for those who want to emphasize their eyes. The peek-a-boo effect that this bang cut has keeps all the focus on Alexa’s eyes, without detracting from her strong jaw.

  • Face Shape: Square
  • Hair Length: Short, mid-bob
  • Hair Texture: Straight, somewhat thin
  • Bang Style: 70s parted shag bangs
Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon
For those of us lacking in the volume department, Reese Witherspoon’s bangs are the best option for trying out fringe. Because her bangs start to far back, they give the illusion of a bigger forehead, which helps even out Reese’s heart-shaped face. The color placement is key as well: her darker roots give the illusion of fullness, adding more volume to her hair.

  • Face Shape: Heart
  • Hair Length: Collarbone-length
  • Hair Texture: Straight, somewhat thin
  • Bang Style: Romantic, wispy bangs with exposed roots
Anne Hathaway

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Anne Hathaway
If you’re trying to take on the daunting task of growing out a pixie, Anne Hathaway’s bangs might be your best bet. While the rest of her hair stays ultra-short, her bangs are a little longer, and help bring attention to her eyes and eyebrows. Their airiness keeps the look from being too matronly.

  • Face Shape: Oval
  • Hair Length: Pixie
  • Hair Texture: Straight
  • Bang Style: Airy, choppy side bangs

Have a celebrity bang crush? Let us know in the comments!