THE SHEAR TRUTH – Mall Bang Madness
Now I am by no means a jerk (blunt and a bit cynical, sure), but there is a dilemma that I see on an almost-daily basis and I have to discuss this and just get it all out there. We’ve all seen it, (and some still wear it today) that appalling and atrocious creature that some women proudly display on their foreheads. I speak of the “mall bang,” also known as “the claw of hair” or “the poodle puff.” In 1987, it was trendy and hip to tease and spray, tease and spray. But twenty-two years later (TWENTY-TWO!) I still see girls with garish face capes. Ladies please, the time has come for you all to tame those tresses.
One of the largest issues I face with clients about blowing out their bangs is the presence of a cowlick. This is not as difficult to overcome as one may think. Simply begin in front with your blowout. Hair is more malleable when wet as the cuticle is softer due to the absorption of water, so it is easier and best to tackle funky growth patterns first in styling. Blow just your bangs straight down in your face to begin with while hair is still quite damp (not dripping). Then, using a paddle brush or comb, direct the bang area first to the side of your head opposite your part, then direct the other way. To finish up, round brush (if needed) by pulling bangs forward while rolling the brush towards the back of your head, the finish by swooping in the direction of your part. This will bring you a little closer to the level of glamour girl that every woman hopes to achieve.
And one more thing: PLEASE DO NOT trim or cut your own bangs. Often times, I encounter too many girls who start “a choppin’ on it” at home; causing setbacks in the plan for the hairstyle we had been working toward. The best advice I could ever give (or receive) is leave the trimming for your shrubs to the gardeners, and for your locks to the professionals.