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Short bangs look both youthful and edgy. They open up long cuts, add gamine sexiness to short shapes, and give bobs a fashion-forward twist. There’s a lot to love, but there’s also a lot that can go wrong. Don’t try this at home! A poorly cut micro fringe can make you look childish or mis-proportioned, while a well-cut version will add a funky, youthful vibe. Learn the dos and don’ts of this trending fringe in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Do…

Start a bit longer than what you think you want. Your stylist can always trim a bit more after your hair is styled, but if you go to short, there’s no fixing it.

Bring a picture, micro bangs come in all sorts of different shapes and textures. The best way to get the ones you want is the show your stylist a exactly what you’re envisioning.

Customize the texture. This bang looks great with ends that are piecey, chunky, or blunt, detail the tips to compliment your particular features and style.

Don’t…

Chicken out and ask for a few wisps; it will look like you have breakage or baby hair. Thick bangs make your hair look thicker.

Go too short. Keep the length a few inches below the edge of the hairline for a flattering, framing effect.

Go too narrow. This bang needs width to work, otherwise it can create the illusion of a narrow forehead or large features.

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

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