Should I Risk Cutting My Own Bangs To Save Money?
You probably saw how pretty those wispy bangs look on your favorite K-drama and K-pop stars, because the hallyu fever is real. Case in point:
Or maybe your Instagram feed is teeming with influencers and friends who managed to look cute in the hairstyle. Either way, you start to hear a voice at the back of your head, telling you to get bangs yourself. After countless deliberations and endless stares in the mirror imagining what you’d look like with a fringe over your forehead, you’ve officially convinced yourself that you’ll be getting a new ‘do.
Great. You’re actually doing this! While going to your trusted hairdresser and showing your hair inspo is the most ideal and ~safest~ move, many have actually tried to cut their bangs by themselves. Is it worth it or will you regret it? Many definitely did regret it (if you must, look up YouTube videos of failed haircut sessions for one last chance of backing out). But for those who are intent on DIY-ing their way to a new hairstyle, here are some things to note when deciding whether or not you should make the snip yourself.
Make sure the type of bangs you’re getting suits your face shape.
Bangs are a hit or miss. They either look cute on you or they make you wish there was an undo button IRL so you could go back to making good life choices again. Full bangs may look good on your K-pop bias, but there's no certainty that they will look good on you, too. It’s not an exact science, but there is a method to figure out whether bangs will suit your face or not.
Before you make the cut, be sure to familiarize yourself with three things: the different types of bangs, your face shape, and which type suits which face shape. Here’s a short explainer that might help:
Have the right tools with you.
Put down the kitchen scissors, fam. If you want to survive a DIY haircut session at home unscathed, at least have the proper hair tools needed. Based on the many success stories we’ve watched on YouTube, the basic tools you’ll need are: hair-cutting scissors, a mirror where you can see the entirety of your face, water to dampen your hair, and a comb.
Do your research first.
Save your mobile data so you could do a bit of research on YouTube. Friendly tip: Seeing how it's actually done is better than just reading about the process, especially for those who have a hard time picturing things being described to them! Look up other people’s vlogs about cutting their own bangs, learn from their mistakes, and catch a few tips from their own experiences. We did some research too (because we’re totally not thinking about cutting our own bangs as well) and here's one video we’d recommend (by one of our fave YouTubers, no less):
There’s a 50 percent chance you won’t like the results.
Hairstyling is a tricky craft, which is why it’s always best to leave it to the professionals. But hey, it’s not a life well-lived without a #YOLO experience—like cutting your own bangs. After all, hair grows back, right? If you ended up regretting your fringe, you can always count on hair clips to save your look, at least for a couple of months. In the mean time, get some hair inspo from these influencers first:
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.