Thanks to social media and the unprecedented transparency it's ushered in, Hollywood's best-kept hair secrets are now on full display. A few years ago, extensions and hair pieces
were talked about in hushed tones — and now, they're flooding our Instagram feeds. The latest, and most surprising, hair trickery to hit the mainstream? Faux bangs.
"I've been using fake bangs for a long
time," celeb hairstylist Kristin Ess
tells Refinery29. And you've definitely seen them on her clients. She's clipped them on for stars like Lucy Hale (on many occasions
) and Jenna Dewan (just last week
). Clearly, fringe is in
— and Ess agrees: "Bangs are having a huge moment," she says. But apprehension is normal, which is why she's taken to faux options.But how the heck do you use faux bangs at home
? (Without looking like you're wearing a bad pageboy wig, that is?) Fret not, because Ess was happy to share an in-depth, step-by-step tutorial exclusively with Refinery29: "We're living in a time where you spill your secrets a little more," she says.
Click ahead to find out how Ess delivers enviable bangs — without the commitment — every time. At this point, scissors are her only competition.
Hair by Kristin Ess; Photographed by Kristin Ess