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We all know bangs are a big commitment and they’re not right for everyone. But even if you don’t want to embrace them full time you’ve probably found that sometimes you long for a little more framing, coverage, or interest. These three faux versions offer solutions ranging from playful to sultry. If you’re quick, you could even try it on for today’s Holiday festivities. Click the style notes for step-by-step instructions to creating each one. –– Laura Martin

Pinup Bang: This fringe (pictured top left) has a lovely vintage vibe. To achieve it, divide a triangle of hair by tracing a line from the apex to the outside corner of each eye. Clip all other hair away. Mist remaining section with holding spray and comb through. Curl in 1” sections with a 1” curling iron. Allow curl to cool, then brush through gentle. Back comb roots lightly to unify then roll entire section together, from tips to roots, folding under. Attach at sides with bobby pins.

Glam Side Bang: This fringe (pictured on the right) is sultry and glamorous in an understated way. Part hair deeply by drawing a diagonal line from the temple toward the center of the head. Sweep this section forward, across the forehead and pin into the opposite side. If hair is splitting, backcomb underside of section lightly to unify strands. Set with primp.

Piecey Party Bang: Pair this playful fringe (pictured bottom left) with any updo that sits high on the head. Begin by pulling all hair into a high ponytail. Create a bun, knot, or other desired shape, leaving ends loose. Pull loose ends forward, arranging around the forehead. Use a straightening iron to refine tips and a dab of defining creme to add separation. When desired shape is achieved, mist with primp.

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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