This past weekend I decided to tell my beloved hairstylist, Franco, to go for it and give me subtle, Bardot-esque bangs. Thus, she is my Tuesday Muse. Does it get more feminine than this broad? She is the ultimate bombshell.
This trend is by no means new; I've been admiring Zooey Deschanel, Nicole Richie and Alexa Chung's parted, wispy bangs for quite some time. However, it was something that until I did some research I thought was not possible for myself.
Why? I have been blessed with a lion's mane of unruly waves and curls complemented with stubborn cowlicks. Try not to be too jealous. While I wear my hair blown out most of the time to manage it, I've always assumed that bangs were cute but out of the question. They never seemed to fall right on my face.
But then I consulted the Google machine and within minutes I had a collection of how-to articles and even videos that I can now share with other cowlicky broads.
Taming The Beast
See this Allure article for a thorough step-by-step. The key is the right brush, not allowing bangs to dry at all on their own and pulling your hair to both the left and right as you dry them to TRICK the cowlick. Not only is this sneaky, it works!
Even better, this Whoorl post shows you how to do this with photos. And remember you can part your hair wherever you'd like.
Making the Cut
Remember that your hair, hairline, cowlicks (or lack thereof) are unique to you. My stylist played around with my hairline and where the bangs should start, how thick they should be and how long they need to be so as to fall to the sides rather than run straight across the forehead. The last thing I made sure he did was include longer wispier layers down each side, like the broads are sporting in the below image. Be sure you trust the person holding the scissors.
Bad Bang Days
Last but not least, remember that bangs will always grow. And, on days you're not feeling like a french model, refer to our muse and pull them back with a headband, bow or bobby pins....
To truly complete our Muse's look, swipe some black liner in a cat eye shape and a nude or soft pink lip color.
Au revoir pour l'instant, vous les femmes chics.