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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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For When You're Like, "Get Outta My Way, BANGS."

For When You're Like, "Get Outta My Way, BANGS."

I recently got bangs. It's apparently a thing I do in the fall now, because I checked and it was almost exactly a year before that I last decided I needed bangs. I grew my first french bangs out after about two months, but this latest dalliance with fringe was getting on my nerves like, a day later. So I'm probably already growing these suckers out. The great thing about french bangs, and part of why they are the only acceptable bang style (I see you, Beyoncé) is that they're super easy to grow out. Even now, when I still have full-on "bangs," I can sweep them to the side really easily.

The only part of bangs of any sort that is a complete pain is when you're trying to wash your face, apply your skincare, or put on makeup. Then those fringey bastards are all up in your dance space. Sure, you can use a clip, or a headband, but those will leave dents or make your hair lay funny once you remove whatever apparatus you're using. Naturally, Asian beauty geniuses have solved this problem. I present the Velcro hair holder.

I have no idea if these things have an official name. I call them Velcro hair holders simply because that's what they are. I've tried searching for them online, and it looks like they don't have an official name, so if you're searching for them, try Velcro hair bow or holder or accoutrement. The important part is the Velcro. These little bows (I haven't found ones that aren't bows. Before these plastic coated ones I had three that were fabric and made to look like Hello Kitty's hair bows) have the "hook" part of the Velcro on the back, so your hair acts as the "loop" and the bow holds your hair in place. I wouldn't recommend wearing these as actual hair accessories, not only because it may look silly, but also because I'm not sure of their staying power. BUT, as a way to keep your tresses our of your face while applying makeup, they're indispensable.

I bought my first set at Sephora, but after losing one and accidentally wearing another in the shower, I realized they just weren't durable enough. Then I saw the plastic ones I have now at an Asian beauty store, and a bought two. One of the great things about these genius beauty tools is that you pay for what you get: A piece of plastic-coated fabric with one-half of a Velcro couple on the back for about $2. I've also seen these online, on Amazon and eBay, and even specialty Asian beauty sites. The Amazon and eBay listings are each between $3 and $4, but you get FIVE of these babies. No matter where you buy them, all the prices are ridiculously reasonable, considering you'll be reaching for these amazing hair holders every time you apply makeup, wash your face, or just want your damn bangs out of your eyes without leaving a huge dent in your 'do.

Breakfast of Invalids

Breakfast of Invalids

Wear, Watch, Want #11: The Long, Soapy Winter Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #11: The Long, Soapy Winter Edition