Why Bangs Are The Ultimate Long-Hair Accessory

When you have long hair, there are a few different ways you can switch up your style before you find yourself uttering, with that telltale heavy sigh, I need a haircut. You can flip your part, pop in face-framing highlights, plump the volume with texture spray, or go for the biggest change of all: chop bangs.

It may feel intimidating, but when bangs get their due consideration, they become a built-in accessory, and one that will likely become your signature. Such was the case for long-haired beauty icons like Farrah Fawcett, Cher, Jane Birkin, and an early 2000s Naomi Campbell — and right now, we're seeing a huge uptick in celebs and influencers putting a 2020 spin on the classic fringe.

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Ahead, scroll through for the inspiration you need to add instant flair to your next haircut — without sacrificing an inch from the ends.

Ahead of the release of her studio record, Rare, Selena Gomez debuted shaggy bangs with long layers, a look that's on track to be a hot salon request this season.
Recently, Kacey Musgraves put her country twist on bangs, styling her waist-long glossy black hair with a curtain fringe split right down the center.
Model Taylor Hill is almost unrecognizable with her new long and feathered bangs.
If you have curly hair and you love it long, take bang inspiration from L.A.-based stylist Sal Salcedo and the soft, rounded cut he created for Andrea Chaparro.
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Ask your stylist to add invisible layers through your curly cut to give it more shape and body while helping soften your forehead fringe.
Fashion stylist and creative consultant Jeanette Madsen proves that the best complement for long hair with brow-skimming fringe is honey-blonde highlights.
Of course, if you're not ready to take the plunge, most pros recommend testing out bangs with set of clip-ins first, to ease the transition.
Faux bangs will also give no-commitment flair to an updo, as evidenced by Parisian model Mélie Tiacoh.
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