Defined by a hair style

Friday, 25 May 2012

Defined by a hair styleSome statement looks – scarlet lips, caviar manicures, printed pajama pants – are here today, gone tomorrow. But others, like blunt bangs, tend to leave a more lasting impression, and in changing your entire face shape have the power to make people remember you because of them. They become your signature.

Would French pop be as effortlessly cool without Françoise Hardy‘s, France Gall‘s, and Jane Birkin’s enviable fringe? Would Naomi Campbell be as edgy if we could actually see her forehead?

For some people, leaving a strong impression is a deliberate thing. In Allure’s February issue, Zooey Deschanel admitted, “I’m bangs and eyes,” and she uses them as branding to promote her “adorkable” image.

But designer Erin Fetherston recently told fashionologie.com that she’s worried people recognize her for her platinum bangs alone: “I’ve had my bangs for such a long time and I know people really associate me with them. You don’t want to be defined by something like your haircut. I feel like it was starting to overshadow other things that I do in my life, which I think are more interesting.”

Of course, you don’t see her cutting them either.

As for me, I don’t consider my hair to be a promotional tool for anything at all, but my blunt bangs are still hard to shake. Because I am currently growing mine out, I swept them back the other day, only to have someone tell me that they barely recognized me. This sounded crazy to me, as I’ve had bangs for only a year. Still, the visual imprint of my fringe outweighs the vast majority of photos of me without it. (For the record, my parents, perhaps having a very clear memory of my 22 bang-less years, are very excited that I’m going back to my original style.)

If you have serious bangs, do you feel like you’re attached to them forever? Or could you grow them out and no one would notice? Leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Originally written by Alexandra Owens, this article appeared in Allure.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Sue1N

    More women should give bangs a try. It does not have to be as defined as Naomi Campbell’s and can be more natural and even layered.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    While I do think that hair is one of the most defining things on a woman, I don’t agree that it defines (or should define) who you are as a person. But I see how bangs can change the way a person looks.

    4 years ago •

  1. blackrose

    Mine always tends to grow out…

    4 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Agree, it is a complete package, hence it is important to have a good haircut and style.

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Again,its case to case basis. Some can really pull off a haircut like that, some dont. Lady gaga will probably be able to, even if it doesn’t really suit her.

    5 years ago •

  1. diamond

    I always seem to be growing out my bangs….

    5 years ago •

  1. cele

    i think a persons hair style , does define their character…

    5 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    Why would I let a haircut define me?I’m more than the scissors and the weaves

    5 years ago •

  1. Visagie

    Not my tipe of style. Like something with a little volume

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I like Zoey Dechanel with darker hair.

    5 years ago •

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