First came Michelle Obama, or FLOTUS as she calls herself on Twitter. Then came a fella blogger on Facebook. Then I read in The New York Times that “the Karlie” or “the Chop” is the haircut of the moment.
And last week my friend Pat showed up for dinner with–you guessed it–bangs!
Seems everywhere I turn these days I see bangs, bangs and more bangs. I currently have a bad case of what can only be described as bang envy! Bangs hide wrinkles. And when your forehead is large enough to post notes on, bangs can make it looks smaller.
The last time I had bangs was probably 15 years ago, in my late 20s. That’s because bangs are high maintenance, especially for a naturally curly haired gal like me. They require styling and regular trims. They do not look good when it’s snowing or drizzling just enough to be annoying. You can’t just leave the house with a wet head and hope it turns out OK as I do now (I don’t do this in the freezing cold, but when the weather cooperates, you bet).
So deep inside I know I shouldn’t get bangs. I know they wouldn’t look good. I know this, because the other day I combed my hair in front of my face and then pinned it up with a bobby pin, just to get a feel for how bangs might look. “Hey honey,” I called to my husband as I stuck my head out of the bathroom, “I think I might get bangs.”
“Absolutely not,” he said. “That does not look good. I am telling you, Princess (that’s what he calls me when he’s trying to be affectionate) you do not look good right now. DO. NOT. DO. IT!”
How’s that for supportive?
Kind of reminds me of the time I was in 4th grade and my mom got her first perm. She came home all curly haired and I cried. I believe I even said something like, “You are not my mother!” and ran to my room. Nice.
So as much as I would like to get bangs during my haircut and color tomorrow, I know I won’t. My curly hair looks best shoulder length, with long layers. It’s taken me some 25+ years to figure that out so I should just leave well enough alone.
Lest I look like I did in 1991, as my friend recently posted to Facebook. Yep, that’s me, with the big bangs on the far left. Clearly I was adopting the big bang trend of the time. As this picture proves, all the ladies had them. Cue the Milli Vanilli playback and pass the Aqua Net. Girl you know it’s true…ooh ooh ooh…
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