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Allure: This Awesome Hair Makeover Will Convince You To Get Bangs For Fall

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I made a huge decision a month ago: I decided to get bangs for fall for the first time since I was 15 years old. Well, I didn't really decide to get bangs; I got the opportunity to get a hair makeover from the super talented duo Wes Sharpton and Roxie Darling at Hairstory, a New York City salon, and they came to the agreement that bangs were in my future. First, a bit about Hairstory: The idea for the salon came from the insanely creative mind of Michael Gordon, the founder of Bumble and Bumble, and the idea is to have stylists and colorists give clients a completely new look. Here's how it works: You walk in and allow Sharpton and Darling to do basically whatever they want to your hair. And you do this because you trust them. (Just take a look at the epic makeovers they've done on Hairstory's Instagram and then tell me you wouldn't put your hair future in their hands.)

I walked into the salon one day in August and was prepared to have my life changed. The color wasn't the scary part. (Darling decided to dye parts of my hair a bit darker to add more dimension.) It was the cut that had my blood pressure spiking. Sharpton told me that I was getting bangs, and that was that. I tried to mildly protest, but I knew it would be futile. The bangs were coming, and I have to say, there's no one else I would have trusted with the process but Sharpton. After Darling dyed my hair, Sharpton went to town. In less than five minutes, I'd taken a leap. And the bangs were perfect—just the right length, and not too short and disjointed, like a five-year-old's. They were easy and effortless.

Living with bangs proved to be a different story. As much as I loved how my bangs looked (and the compliments I was getting), having them required me to make some life changes. First off, exercising is a bitch when you have bangs. You have to always make sure you have sturdy bobby pins, and even then, if you're going at it hard, your bangs will break free of the pins and end up sticky and gross. Washing your face and putting serums on also becomes annoying. Basically, you always need to carry bobby pins around with you, lest you get product in your hair instead of on your face.

However, getting bangs for fall is probably one of the best decisions you can make because it won't be hot out anymore (duh), and you'll soon have hair on your face to keep you warm when winter gets brutally cold (this is what I tell myself, anyway). If you're tempted, ask for the bangs you see in the video above, because Sharpton made sure to cut them so that styling would be super easy. Because he made the bangs wispy instead of blunt, I can just let my hair air-dry after washing, and I'm good to go.

My final reason for why you should get bangs: They are completely transformative. Before, I had a pretty meh hairstyle, and it looked ratty. With my bangs, I feel super confident and like I actually have a style. Now excuse me while I go get my bangs trimmed.

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