When I decided to give bangs a whirl, I wanted them immediately. So I cut them myself which, in hindsight as well as in the moment, was a terrible idea.

The urge to cut a fringe seizes almost every woman at some point in her life. Many have gone through with it and seriously regretted the decision. Others have loved it. And then there are those who have been too scared to take the plunge. We feel you.

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I have naturally coarse, wavy hair, so when I cut my fringe it required daily straightening. I couldn’t venture outside if it was raining, if there was a mere hint of humidity, or if I was likely to sweat. The upkeep and restrictions weren’t for me, and I quickly made the decision to grow it out, which took about a year.

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Never. Again.

If you are on the fence about whether or not you want to try this hair trend, here are five things you should consider first.

1. Are you prepared for the upkeep?

Fringes may look très chic but they require a lot of maintenance to stay that way. Not only will you need a trim every three to four weeks to keep it looking fresh (bangs with split ends – not a good look) but you may also have to style them with heated tools at least once a day (possibly more). They aren’t kidding when they say it’s a major commitment, and you need to be prepared for it.

2. Are you okay with spending money?

Unless you are a pro hairstylist, chances are you’re not going to get the result you want by standing in front of a mirror with craft scissors and winging it. Don’t be like me – if you want a fringe, rather go to a hair salon. Not only will they do a much better job, but they will also be able to offer advice on what type of fringe will work best for your face shape and hair type.

3. If you have problem skin, it could become, well, more problematic

The thing about fringes is that they also happen to sit directly on top of the oiliest part of your face. This means that if you already struggle with acne, it could be aggravated by having hair touching it all day. If this is you, consider washing your bangs every day over the sink and blow-drying and styling as usual. On the plus side, at least a fringe would be able to cover a rogue forehead breakout.

4. Growing it out is going to be rough

It took a long time for my fringe to grow out after I’d decided that cutting it was actually the worst idea ever (which was immediately). Until your bangs are long enough to tuck behind your ears, you are going to have to get creative. There are loads of cool ways to keep your fringe out of your face, like braiding it, but the easiest option is to invest in clips. Lots of clips. We see that stretch combs are trending too, which will come in handy.

5. Different hair types work best with different fringes. Accept it

You might want a thick, blunt fringe, but if you have thin curly hair, it’s not going to work, no matter how hard you try. You have to work with, rather than against, your natural hair type, and choose a fringe type that won’t give you another thing to worry about. Softer bangs that are longer on the side are best for wavy hair, with blunt fringes looking great on people with straight hair. Choose wisely.

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