Are Bangs the New Botox?

When First Lady Michelle Obama called her decision to cut bangs a “mid-life crisis” moment, middle-age women everywhere took notice. So are bangs the new Botox?

Stylist and owner of Libelle Salon Tiffany Walton weighs in.

In my opinion, bangs are not Botox – they are not for everyone. Just because they are available doesn’t mean it is a good fit for you. You have to think about face shape and style. If you have a fun, short cut then choppy uneven bangs looks great with that type of style. Bangs are not going to work as well if you have a low forehead or a cowlick at your hairline. You want to play up and emphasize your good features.

For the middle-age woman bangs can emphasize your worst features or enhance your best features. Bangs cut too wide will not give you a very flattering look. It can do the exact opposite, and can make your eyes droop at the corners.

Bangs are the fastest way to give yourself a new look without doing a major change to your hair. You just have to do them the right way.

In my opinion, bangs do not have to be a major commitment. You can start out with longer, side bangs and slowly work your way up to shorter full bangs if you want, but think of your face shape before you do a full bang. Side bangs work for almost any face shape. They can soften your features. It does take time to grow them back out. So make sure you want them.

What makes bangs work? Two things: face shape and attitude.

Find out what face shape you are, look at pictures to find the best look for you, that will flatter your features. When I see a woman with bangs and not quite the right face shape, but she is confident and has sass, she can still pull it off.

Here are a couple of “case studies” to consider – a few celebrities who rock bangs the right way.

· Glenn Close does a great side bang. It makes her look younger.

· Jamie Lee Curtis has a great face shape for bangs. Full or side she looks great.

· Sharon Stone looks more vibrant and young.

· Jennifer Gardner and Reese Witherspoon have had many hairstyles, but the shorter side bangs for them is ideal.

Tiffany Walton attended Von Curtis Academy (now Paul Mitchell) in 1998. Being a cosmetologist has always been a passion for her, even in 6th grade when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was a hairdresser. Tiffany has worked for several salons in Utah County since completing school. She now owns her own salon, Libelle Salon and Boutique, in Springville, Utah. Tiffany also has a passion for eyelash extensions and makeup. She carries a great line called NS Minerals cosmetics. In her salon she also has boutique items, such as purses, accessories and clothing.

Working with Tiffany at Libelle Salon are talented, passionate stylists and nail technicians, who have the same zest for their industry.

Libelle Salon is located at 269 East 400 South Springville, UT. 801-477-9440

Tiffany lives in Spanish Fork with her wonderful husband, 3 great children and 2 dogs.

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