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We Tried It: The Bang Bar at Butterfly Studio

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Courtesy Brittany Talarico

What is it: A full-service salon in N.Y.C that offers a blowout with a side of clip-on bangs.

Who tried it: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

Why she did it: Everyone in Hollywood is giving temporary fringe a try (hey Camilla Belle). Plus, it’s Halloween and I wanted to spook my boyfriend.

How crazy is it on a scale from one to Kim Kardashian’s blood facial?: 2. Once you find the right shade to match your hair color, the rest is a super-easy.

I’ve wanted to get bangs for a while now, but I don’t have the guts to make the cut. So when I heard Butterfly Studio salon offered blowouts, dry styling and clip-on bangs, I took it as a sign that I needed to try out faux ones, so I could decide if I wanted to get real ones.

First, Claire, my stylist, found a set that matched my hair color. My hue: Golden Wheat. Then she teased a few pieces of hair about three inches back from hairline to provide some “padding” for the bangs. Finally, she opened the clips on the back of the hairpiece and put the top clip right on top of the teased hair. I was all set to style!

I wanted a dramatic look, so Claire only thinned them out a bit. My favorite part: You can wash your new “bangs” and re-use them. (Which is great, because the price breakdown — $68 for a blowout/dry style plus $35 for the bangs — isn’t super-cheap.)

Here are some videos of my experience.

And the big reveal:

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The verdict: My stylist and her team were so complimentary of the look that I almost got actually bangs cut right on the spot. I walked out of the salon with a little more bounce in my step, feeling confident, like I had a fun secret that no one else knew about (not even the people on the subway I could swear were checking me out).

I treated this situation like a Celebrity Hair Transformation, and immediately texted a before/after photo to my group chat, and my girls were supportive for the most part. My boyfriend, on the other hand … not so much. I wish I had snapped a shot of the look on his face when I showed up at dinner very pleased with myself; I was expecting him to tell me I looked like Brigitte Bardot or something. But he was honest(ly not into them), which I appreciate. Lesson: Heavy, blunt bangs are girl hot, not guy hot!

But that’s the beauty of faux fringe. The hairpiece snaps right out. They’re great to have for a night when you want to change things up, but don’t want to commit to the real deal. Plus, I had so much fun at the salon (wine and snacks also provided) and I’d send any of my friends there. And I even got a fun Halloween costume idea: I Dream of Jeannie! (As seen below — thanks again, Claire!)

Butterfly Studio Bang Bar
Courtesy Brittany Talarico

What’s your vote: Should I stay bangs-less or get them cut?