About a year ago I was just walking around, minding my own frilly business when suddenly I was gripped by a powerful notion; I needed to get a fringe cut into my natural hair and I needed it done now! I'm sure I'm not the only lolita this has happened to, with the industry standard being that of full, blunt cut bangs it's almost "un-lolita" not to have them!
I spent a couple of days mulling over the pros and cons of changing my hair so drastically, as a child I always had that hair style and when I grew it out I spent an agonizing year suffering from bad hair days. Growing out bangs is a total pain in the petticoat. However I felt that the pro's (cute, loli hair) vastly outweighed the cons (possibly not liking it, up keep, growing it out) so I had my girlfriend cut them in for me that night, complete with Misako Aoki style chin length strands.
At first I loved it! I felt that I had moved up in the lolita ranks and had somehow proved myself to be a real, dedicated loli. Even my coworker from Japan volunteered that my hair style was more "gossurori". I felt that my coordinates looked a hundred times better and wondered why one earth I hadn't thought about getting a fringe sooner. After having my fringe for a couple of weeks though I was singing a different tune.
I have many talents but styling hair is definitely not one of them. I take a shower at night, let it dry as I sleep, brush it in the morning and get on with my day. Bangs did not work out with this routine. My hair is normally stick straight and that's what I'm used to, however as I'd sleep my bangs would dry in a little cowlick and I'd wake up looking like Justin Beiber. Brushing didn't help at all so after a while I tried using my roommates straightening iron. One frazzled fringe later I discovered how uncool a frizz ball on your forehead was.
I quickly got tired of the hair monotony that my bangs provided. Sometimes I like to pin back a bit of hair at the front and push it forward to create a little bump, but my fringe was so small that it looked weird. If I went to the gym or went out dancing with my friends I had to leave my bangs down, let me tell you the sweaty, stringy look is not attractive.
Besides that my other major pet peeve was how fast my hair grew. This of course varies from person to person, but if I cut it to the level I liked I found my fringe in my eyes after about a week. To lengthen the time in between hair cuts I started to have it cut higher than I liked it, but then I spent a week of dissatisfaction with the way it looked until it grew to the level I liked.
After about six months I decided that a fringe just wasn't for me so I decided just to grow it out. Well the fast speed my hair grew before is history and now it's a painfully slow process. The last time I cut it was December of 2010 and only now am I able to tuck my hair behind my ears.
I'm not writing all of this to put you off getting bangs, to be honest I really like the way they look and think that they really add something to a lolita coordinate, however I think it's important to consider the real life upkeep of a fringe before you get too excited with the scissors. I personally didn't realize how much work they would be, and if you are anything like me they might become too troublesome. My solution for a quick fringe fix is to simply get a wig, that way you can wear it whenever you feel like donning lolita and it saves you a bunch of hair salon fees!