Hair & Makeup
How Bangs Changed My Life
It had been months since my last haircut when I recently stumbled upon a photograph of actress Bella Heathcote in a women’s magazine. Thanks to the prenatal vitamins I started taking while I was pregnant—and continued taking after my son was born last July—my hair was the longest it had ever been. I knew I wanted to keep the length but was itching for a new style and was immediately drawn to the Australian starlet’s thick fringe. Without a second thought, I ripped out the magazine page to show my hairstylist.
My fringe-tastic new ‘do garnered a ton of compliments and provided me with some much-needed self-esteem. My husband even commented that I seemed to stand taller after my haircut! Here are the three reasons why my new bangs made such a difference in how I felt about myself:
1. They concealed my postpartum hair loss
Although I had heard it was bound to happen, I was devastated by my postpartum hair loss. The bald spots along my hairline caused me major grief, and while I still wore my hair up in a ponytail or a bun (what new mom has time to wash and style her hair?), I was embarrassed by my reflection. A bad hair day can wreak havoc on your self-esteem; now imagine having a bad hair year. My new fringe did an excellent job of drawing attention away from the hairless patches near of the front of my head while covering most of them.
2. They hid my forehead wrinkles
I’m terribly sensitive about the horizontal lines running across my forehead, but they are genetic, and there isn’t much I can do about them besides having Botox injected by my dermatologist. Thankfully, bangs are less expensive to maintain than Botox and more effective than drugstore lotions and potions at hiding forehead wrinkles. And, besides, bangs are pretty youthful looking in and of themselves. My 97-year-old grandmother recently remarked that my new haircut made me look like I was 12. Thanks, grandma.
3. They allowed me to fake a clean hair day
As I mentioned, I don’t have lots of time to wash and style my hair thanks to the one-year-old in my house. My trick is to quickly shampoo my bangs in the sink after washing my face and brushing my teeth. Then I blow dry them smooth, pull my dirty hair up into a bun and voila—I look polished, put together and clean (at least from the front!).
Has a hairstyle ever changed your life?