In tying up and zhooshing Hathaway’s ponytail, volume was key to “balance” out the bangs, so she pinned the ponytail back in different layered sections and teased the crown for extra oomph, while leaving a few choice pieces out along the cheek and nape. “The bangs aren’t piece-y, nor are they blunt, but have soft thinned out edges along the bottom with a few shorter layers on either side that allow for some soft pieces [to stay loose] if the hair is pulled up,” explains Roszak, noting how the texture and shape of the fringe is naturally suited to elevating a scraped-back ponytail.
An alternative to straight-across bangs or shaggy curtain of layers, Hathaway’s latest cut presents equally fresh and real-world wearable inspiration. “Side bangs are particularly chic [because] they tend to feel long and blended-in enough to make them easy to style and allow for the face to still feel open and ‘seen’ since one side of the face stays mostly ‘un-banged’,” explains Roszak. With its inherent ease, a side fringe is all the more appealing in the age of Zoom when many of us are negotiating the practical with the presentable—not to mention craving a change just because. “Bangs are such a great way to create a fresh new feel,” says Roszak. “They completely change up a look without making such a huge adjustment.”