Bangs, fringe, breakage — whatever you call it, it'll fit in some butterfly clips.
For two hair-obsessed youthful humans such as Danielle and I, with many a trip down the fringed road, we’ve come out the other side for better or worse, foreheads uncovered. We both however, became a pair of giggling doofuses playing around with these Clip-In Bangs made by Hairdo.
Wigs in general are pretty silly to play around with. But a frontal hairpiece, while seemingly extra silly in theory, actually can look quite convincing. BEHOLD:
I have a love-hate relationship with bangs. They’re kind of like that ex you keep growing out of (or apart from) until you revisit them again, thinking, “Maybe things will be different this time.” And they are… for a little while. But so begins the same process in which they slowly fade away into the rest of your hair (the bangs, not your ex, but you get it). I’ve had bangs every which way: short, asymmetrical, long eyelash grazers, side-swept, shaggy--I’ve worn them all. If I had a passport for bangs, I’d be a very well-traveled dame.
Clip-in bangs, however, are the one-night-stands of bangs--sans weird next-day feelings. I’ve owned fake bangs before that I ordered on eBay for real cheap, but the ones Dani and I used are actually really nice.
The strands don’t feel waxy or get tangled together--they certainly don’t feel like real hair, but they’re a step-up from any old wig.
Each option is varied with highlights to look more “realistic,” but unfortunately the Ginger Blonde color was a bit too brassy to match my platinum perfectly.
When you have duo-color hair because like me, you’ve got roots for days--so much so that calling them “roots” wouldn’t even be appropriate. In a funny way, the dark-brunette bangs work almost better than the blonde in terms of blending. But the ginger blonde ones definitely make me ponder what a few choice permanent snips could achieve. (I feel very Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight, with a blonde banged bob.)
While I slapped these on my face with the glee of an 8-year-old, Danielle took the engineer’s approach, snipping the bangs to fit just-so and molding them to blend perfectly with her hair.
I could learn a thing or two from her about faux-hair styling....
Well, if there is one thing I know, it’s that I have a tiny forehead. For this reason, I don’t think I will be partaking of the shorter fringe varietals permanently any time soon. Cutting a short fringe is such a commitment that I don't blame people for never trying bangs. I have had them more than a few times in my life, and though it can be a very stylish look, its high-maintenance traits come out faster than an MRA on a first date. Complete control over my hairstyle is one of the primary reasons I play with fake hair so often.
HairDo is one of the more-affordable and easy-to-use faux hair piece lines out, and they were among the first to market the clip-on faux ponytail to the masses, with kiosks in malls countrywide. Things have come a long way since the early 2000s when glossy synthetic hair was the industry standard.
Today’s synthetic fibers are much more realistic looking, and you can always reduce shine with a dry shampoo type product if you like, but the most important modern improvement is this: heat-styling capabilities!
Rather than melting synthetic fibers that will thrash the hairpiece and damage your hot tools, this kind is made with heat responsive fibers, allowing tools up to 350 degrees to add texture. This is one way to create an even more undetectable style with the hairpiece.
Sable and I had a good time switching colors and personalities for the evening. It’s pretty striking that the colors really do work for both of us and our very multicolored hair.
Obviously, the more-realistic looking clip-ins were the ones that matched closest to our main hair color, but with one simple accessory, you can wear any color you wish: Hats! Pop on a beanie or felt hat (or just about any hat) and you can quite literally wear any color fringe you want!
To get these in is beyond simple: clip. in. to. your. hair. If you have any difficulty, you can lightly backcomb some of the hair you want to attach the piece to. Keep keep frizzies at bay by misting on some aerosol hairspray and smooth down anything unruly.
- Your turn: Who's tried clip-in bangs?
- Anyone tempted to cut real ones?
- Who's your bangs-piration? (SORRY NOT SORRY.)
Photos by Darnell Scott