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I love bangs and I’m always happy when the thick ones are on trend. But as a long-time bang lover, I know this particular style comes with some challenges, especially when it comes to wearing your hair up. A blunt fringe negates the possibility of wispy edges or face framing tendrils. The strong line of a full bang can give the right updos a cool, contemporary edge, but on the wrong look it can feel blocky and awkward. Click the notes to find out which styles pair best with a strong fringe. ––  Laura Martin

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Beehive: (cover photo)This retro style’s dramatic lines are a great pairing for a strong fringe. It’s vintage perfection. Feel free to let it be a little messy; it’s what Bardot would do.

High Knot/Bun: (above left) Upward movement makes a stunning contrast to the descending line of a fringe. Sleek or tousled, this look is a keeper.

Low Bun/Chignon: (above right) For a romantic twist on thick bangs, try a bun, chignon, or other simple shape that sits at the nape. If you have layers around the face, let a few shorter pieces go to soften the edges of the bang.

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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