I’ve had bangs twice in my life. Both times, I hoped for something à la Bardot or Birkin. Both times, it turned out anything but. I convinced myself this was because my last name wasn’t cool or French or began with a ‘B.’ But then there are the Alexa Chungs, Jeanne Damases, and Zooey Deschanels of the world forcing me to face the facts: my hair + face shape ≠ bangs. And so, I resigned myself to a fringeless existence.
Then, I saw Gucci’s Fall 2014 campaign. Forget the stacked line up (hello Anja, Natasha, Raquel, Joan, Nadja, Karmen, and Suvi). The hair: perfectly Bardot and Birkin-esque sans actual bangs.
“Side parts and layered angles make long bangs visible,” hairstylist Aut Sivongxay says. To recreate, take hair that’s one day post-shampoo or older, part it, then spray with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray or Bumble and bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish. Then piece and mold the bangs into place using Oribe Fiber Groom or Bumble and bumble Thickening Cream Contour.
Voila! Faux fringe! It’s a glorious thing.