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Zooey Deschanel, Alexa Chung, and Bella Thorne have refreshed their looks with this pretty trend. Center-parted bangs are a great option if you’re transitioning from a straight heavy fringe to a side sweep, growing out a short bang, or looking for a low maintenance, feature-framing option. The middle split and slightly imperfect finish lend a sexy bohemian vibe to this brow-dusting accent. Bangs perform many functions from disguising prominent foreheads to emphasizing cheekbones, but many women avoid them for fear of maintenance and styling challenges. The tousled finish of this bang requires little effort and the parting pushes hair to the sides for long-lasting shape that is easy to grow out. Click the style notes for tips on styling and maintaining this fringe. –– Laura Martin

Step: Ask your stylist for a rounded, rainbow-shaped fringe with a soft edge. The shorter lengths in the center will help push hair to the outside and the textured ends will prevent excess bulk.

Step: Work with your growth patterns. Part your hair near the middle, but pay attention to the way it falls, don’t force a perfect center part, instead allow the hair to split naturally for easy styling. Comb hair down over forehead then fluff slightly to reveal directional movement, and divide where it splits on its own.

Step: Spray a few pumps of set and style into fringe and dry with the wide teeth of a comb to allow natural movement, while controlling the finish.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle   



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