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Sick of your look? Now just might be the time to try something new.
“Yesterday I was complaining to my friend that I was bored with my hair, and I kept seeing tutorials on TikTok about how to get natural, nice-looking bangs,” Christine Thomas, a senior at Purdue University who’s staying with her parents in Noblesville, Ind., to ride out the pandemic, tells The Post.
“I took a shower last night and had professional scissors in my bathroom, so I just did it.”
While most of us are shut inside our houses for the foreseeable future thanks to the coronavirus, Americans are experimenting with home workouts, intricate recipes and, yes, new hairstyles. One popular trend has emerged on social media: cutting bangs out of boredom.
Justine Marjan, a Los Angeles-based hairstylist who works with A-listers like Ashley Graham and the Kardashians, has a clear message for those eyeing their kitchen shears.
“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but this is not the time to cut your bangs at home,” she posted on Instagram with a video of herself mimicking a viral hack for at-home bangs, called the twist method.
It’s what Thomas, 22, used to get her look, along with scores of snip-savvy gals on TikTok and Twitter. Using a comb, section off the hair toward the front of your head. Twist the sectioned-off hair into a skinny cord and snip it at or around the level of the bridge of your nose. Unwind and fluff the hair with your fingers for an effortless, chic tousle. Voilà! Pandemic bangs.
Thomas, who says her look was inspired by “New Girl” actress and perennial bangs-rocker Zooey Deschanel, likes how her new ’do turned out — with one caveat. “The one thing that I kind of forgot until I did this is that I hate having hair in my face,” she says.
Marjan warns trigger-happy trimmers not to try this at home.
“The twist method doesn’t pull up the hair with even tension or distribution from both sides, so you will likely end up with crooked bangs,” she tells The Post via text. “It’s also risky to trim your bangs yourself as the hair usually jumps up quite a bit as you pull it, especially when it’s wet. I recommend waiting to see a professional to avoid a hair mishap.”
Even still, Thomas says she’s gotten “rave reviews” online, and adds, “I texted my friend about it after and now she’s considering it, and I’m saying, ‘Natalia, just do it.’ ”
If Natalia and others decide not to heed the advice of Marjan and go for the home haircut, at least they’ll be able to lick their wounds in private.
“By the end of quarantine, they’ll grow back out,” says Thomas. “I really have nothing to lose.”