Fringe Benefits: Go Rock ‘n’ Roll With Bangs

24Jun10

You hear all kinds of adoring catcalls at concerts, usually of the “I love you” or the “You rock!” variety, volleyed like verbal undergarments from the dark depths of the crowd to the performers onstage. Still, it came as some surprise at a recent She & Him show when a male voice bellowed, “You have awesome bangs!” to Zooey Deschanel as she tuned her guitar between songs. While the actress-slash-singer fluttered her Kewpie-doll eyes and muttered aw-shucks thanks, I glanced around at the audience and noticed something: Almost every woman in New York City’s Bowery Ballroom that night, including myself, was sporting forehead-concealing fringe. I hadn’t realized it, but I was a member of a club: When I got home, I typed “Deschanel bangs” into Google and got 430,000 results.

“Zooey’s bangs are the most requested in the salons where I work,” says Deschanel’s hairstylist (and, truth be told, my own) Michelle Fiona, who is based both at Whit temore House Salon in New York City and Cowboys & Angels in San Francisco. “One or two people a week bring in photos of her and ask for that cut—and most of them don’t know I do her hair.” But it’s not merely that the (500) Days of Summer star has particu larly enviable tresses. “They want what the haircut conveys,” Fiona says. “There’s something about bangs that makes you look cool.” Indeed, think of many other indie-scene pinup girls—Jenny Lewis, Chan Marshall, Karen O, the Raveonettes’ Sharin Foo, or Alison Mosshart, the sable-haired singer who fronts both the Kills and the Dead Weather. What do they have in common? You guessed it. Somewhere along the way, bangs have become the rock ’n’ roll haircut of choice.

via Bangs Hairstyle – Zooey Deschanel Bangs on ELLE.

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