In Hairstyles We Trust: Fringe With Benefits

After numerous years of hair trials and tribulations, it’s rare for me to go back to a haircut because I loved it that much. Now I’ve had my fair share of all bangs—blunt, feathered, sideswept—but after one very successful season of full-on fringe benefits, I was craving seconds.

Last week I went to Nival Salon & Spa to experience a haircut with stylist and bang connoisseur, Isabel Azocar. She greeted me, took me to her chair and assessed my hair asking me questions about my upkeep like, “How often do you shampoo? Are you low maintenance? How do you typically style your hair?”. Consider it Isabel’s checklist before she recommends whether you should get bangs and if so, what type. If you have the patience and products, you’ll love long blunt bangs that will immediately bring out your eyes and nose. If you’re self-conscious about those features or don’t have the time for the upkeep, try a sideswept look, says Isabel.


While I’ll admit, I was a little nervous allowing someone I just met to cut my hair, I couldn’t be happier with the results. Isabel took my look from drab to fab, giving me perfect blunt bangs and beautiful long layers to add some dimension. Thinking about getting bangs? Below, Isabel weighs in on her top five must-have tried and true products for gals with bangs.

Tools of the Trade: Bangs

Featherweight T3 Hair Dryer, $250; Sephora Collection Paddle Brush, $22; Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray, $25; Bumble and Bumble Texture Hair (Un) Dressing Creme, $14-$26; Conair Pocket Combs, $2