Beauty Realization: Bangs Hide Wrinkles (Well, Duh)

The appeal of bangs is a no-brainer: they’re adorable! They’re coy! They’re cute ‘n’ sexy, all at once!

Zooey Deschanel bangs

This weekend, I realized another major upside to bangs that should have been patently obvious but had eluded me until now: with bangs, any lines and wrinkles on your forehead are erased. It’s as if they don’t exist.


Bangs are the anti-Botox.

Anna Wintour bangs

Over the years, I’ve been vocal and honest about my love of Botox, going so far as to shoot weird YouTube videos of myself mid-injection chez le médecin. I totally understand why some people dislike Botox (whether it’s the mere concept that troubles them or the actual reality that freaks them out) but for me, it was a decision that made sense. And if I’m getting Botox, you’d better believe I’m not going to lie about it.

Amanda Peet bangs

Amanda Peet and I once got into a lengthy and passionate discussion about Botox. She is majorly against it.

Helena Christensen bangs

Side note: I don’t mind when celebrities say they dislike Botox. I DO mind when celebrities LIE about having Botox and pretend that their magically wrinkle-free faces are down to good genes and regular facials. That’s like when celebrities have tummy tucks immediately after their C-section, eat eight-hundred calorie diets and work out six times a week/twice a day, and then debut perfectly-flat post-baby stomachs on the cover of US Weekly a month later with a misleading headline screaming HOW I GOT MY BODY BACK!

Makes. My. Blood. Boil.

Alexa Chung bangs

It’s been more than a year since I’ve had Botox, and I don’t even miss it. Sure, when I have my bangs off my face with a headband, I see the deep furrows in between my brow (known as Elevenses) reminding me that my skin is not as taut and smooth as it was when I was, say, twenty-three. Or five.


But the point is, with bangs, I never really see my forehead. It’s hidden! It’s Photoshopped! It’s a zero-wrinkle zone!

Nadine Jolie Courtney bangs

After my most recent haircut and balayage with the genius Paul Jean this weekend

Last year, you couldn’t swing a cat in Hollywood without hitting a hot young thang sporting fringe. But trends come and trends go: I’m not about to jettison a flattering look because Allure tells me it’s “out.”

Yessiree. The bangs just might be here to stay.

Catherine Deneuve Repulsion bangs

Hey, it works for the French girls…

Francoise Hardy bangs

They are my hair icons forever.

Brigitte Bardot bangs

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  1. Milly

    You look great! You don’t need the Botox at all. I doubt anyone would notice.

    If you ARE self-conscious about it, there’s this New Nordic collagen filler which can improve your skin.