Why Everyone Seems to Be Getting Blunt Bangs

Experts break down the best way to care and style the internet's favorite bangs.

Blunt Bangs Will Be Everywhere This Spring

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Bangs are no longer the divisive cut that they used to be. Rather than being a cry for help from a terrible breakup — though if that rings true for you, we're here for you — bangs have earned their spot as a style choice, and a pretty good one at that. One type in particular is back in a big way: We're talking about blunt bangs.

From Emily Ratajkowski to Florence Pugh, our favorite celebs are proving that blunt bangs are that girl. Plus, if you've been feeling nostalgic lately, with a FYP filled with clips of New Girl or The Devil Wears Prada, chances are high that blunt bangs are top of mind — and for good reason. "Blunt bangs are a very flattering look for all face shapes, and a quick way to change up your look entirely in one haircut," says Andrew Fitzsimons, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Andrew Fitzsimons Haircare. "They work really well on thicker hair, given that the straight and blunt cut gives an edgier, bold look."

If you've made the executive decision that you want to get blunt bangs, there are a few things to keep in mind before committing to them. Here, we break down everything you need to know to take care of and style your blunt bangs.

What Are Blunt Bangs?

To put it bluntly (pun intended), blunt bangs fall straight across the forehead, says Bumble and bumble hairstylist Megan Burn; they can hit right at the brow line or be micro in length. "There are no flowy or feathered ends to the bangs, and they fall straight across your forehead," adds Fitzsimons. "Other bangs, such as curtain bangs or layered bangs, have more movement in them."

Generally speaking, anyone can wear any style they want to. But you may want to avoid this chop if you have any cowlick along the front hairline, says Burn. Instead, work with a stylist to figure out what length works best for your hair type and face shape. While most stylists should know what a blunt bang is, bring a picture for a visual, just in case.

How to Style Blunt Bangs

First, use a styling product like the Bb. Thickening Spray as you blow-dry your bangs to set them in the right position. Also, blow-dry them downward and as soon as you towel-dry hair to make sure they retain their shape, says Fitzsimons.

To refresh your fringe between wash days, he recommends applying a dry shampoo, such as Andrew Fitzsimons Discreet AF Dry Shampoo, to soak up excess oil; for curly hair, meanwhile, moisturize them often with a lightweight curl cream to restore definition.

How to Maintain Blunt Bangs

The bad news: Blunt bangs do require more maintenance than other types of bangs. While softer curtain bangs can be pushed off the face if you don't love how they look at the moment or are waiting for them to grow out, you don't have that luxury with blunt bangs — so you'll have to stay on top of your regular bang trims, Burn says.

Ideally, you should get a bang trim every six weeks. In doing so, "it keeps them in incredible shape to style them and work with them," says Fitzsimons. For day-to-day maintenance, comb them throughout the day with a small comb and refresh them with a dusting of dry shampoo to keep them looking fresh, especially during the summer.

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