Like Mischa Barton's New Look? Here's How To Get It!

10/20/2006 at 03:00 PM ET

So another Hollywood hair memo must have gone out- first brunette, then 80’s cuts — and now bangs are the hot trend. In addition to Nicole Kidman, Mischa Barton (left) and Paris Hilton both recently joined the fringe element with their straight across bangs. We know from tramautic haircuts in days past that bangs aren’t as easy as they look– to wear or to style– so we got a little expert advice from star stylist Edward Tricomi of NYC’s Warren-Tricomi salons. Click through to the next page to read all of his tips.

Vote on our poll now! Do you like Mischa Barton better with our without bangs? Then come back and tell us: Will you try bangs for fall? Have you ever cut them and regretted it? We want to know!

Photo: Gina James/Retna; John Shearer/WireImage

Tips Before You Snip:

1. Look at the shape of your face first. If your forehead is short (2 fingers width or less), bangs are not for you. If your forehead is longer, straight bangs are a good bet.

2. Look at the length of your hair– the longest your hair should be is mid-chest. Otherwise, you risk looking disproportionate (and out of date). Bobs look great with straight bangs, while longer styles are flattered by side-swept or oval bangs.

3. Check out your cowlicks. A dominant one in the front of your hair can make styling next-to-impossible– same for a really strong widow’s peak.

4. Try out the look first and wear clip-on bangs for a day. If you hate it, no harm done!

Words of Wisdom:

1. Wavy or curly hair is going to be a much bigger fight with the texture of your hair. If you hit a rainy day, you run the risk of 80’s-style puffy bangs. Straight hair is much easier to control.

2. Bangs are the most difficult things to cut correctly, so do not attempt this at home. You want someone who can judge the right length and shape for your face.

3. If you get sick of the look, just push them back with a headband until they grow out!

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Angela on

Mischa looks better with bangs.

Becky on

LOVE!!! she finally doesn’t look so plain she is so unfabulous I still don;t know why people make such a big deal about her. but love the hair

donna on


Jen on

I don’t think that I would ever do blunt bangs again. They are such a pain to maintain and style, not to mention growing out. I probably haven’t had them since middle school. I prefer swept bangs… they are much easier maintain and grow out.

Norah on

Mischa looks great with bangs. Here is a picture that she actually does NOT look woren out or tired in…FINALLY! Mischa’s face looks MUCH better with bangs. As for Paris, although half of us could care less, she looks good with or without bangs. I have always wanted bangs myself, but I am to scared to do it because if i ended up looking like a retard, there would be no going back until my hair grew out.

Niko on

I think bangs make them both look much older. Mischa looks like that actress from Caroline in the City.

danielle on

Bangs are so disgusting, it reminds me of hte nerdy kids in the movies and it is so boring! I doubt this fashion statement will last. Side bangs are MUCH better!! i have them my self.

nilka on

I really like how the bangs look on Mischa and Paris but I wouldn’t dare cut mines that short. I know I’d get sick of’em quickly or come out crying from the stylist. Side-swept bangs suit me better though I have really straight hair.

Wendy on

I will definitely try bangs again this fall. I more of a fan of longer bangs than shorter bangs, but its definitely a pretty hot look.

S on

Im not a big fan of Mischa but I do love her hair now!

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