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It’s hard to get the perfect haircut in general, but achieving flawless bangs is a specific challenge. Your bangs have to be cut and styled just so. A few snips in the wrong place can ruin an otherwise flawless haircut. Then you have to make sure that you style them with the right tools and hair products. Air-drying your bangs can yield some very strange results. Bangs are temperamental. Does that stop us from cutting our hair? No. Does it mean we occasionally have to learn from our mistakes? Unfortunately.

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These are the mistakes that everyone has made with their bangs:

1. Thinking bangs are a good idea. Period.Bangs Retrp

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Bangs look so good on so many people. You convince yourself time and time again that you just haven’t liked yourself with bangs in the past because you haven’t found the right style. You give them another try and realize this was another fail.

2. Trimming your bangs yourself.Audrey Bangs

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You hate going to the hairdresser to begin with. Ideally you get one haircut per year. That is too long to go without a bang trim. You take matters into your own hands. How hard can it be? It’s just a few snips. You grab some scissors and start cutting away. Your bangs keep on getting shorter and more uneven with every snip.

3. Wanting blunt bangs and getting an unflattering straight fringe.Dumb and Dumber Bangs

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Blunt bangs look so edgy and cool. You want a crisp fringe and a sleek bob. You realize too late that blunt bangs and getting your front layers chopped in a straight line across your forehead aren’t the exact same thing. Oops.

4. Assuming you’re taming your bangs by slicking them down with gel.Cameron Diaz Bangs

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A little gel can be your bangs’ best friend. Too much and one of two things will happen: 1. You will look like you haven’t showered in days because the gel looks like grease. 2. Your bangs will take on a sculptural quality and defy all laws of gravity. You’ve experienced both of these.

5. Not considering your hair texture before getting a fringe.New Girl Bangs

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You always ignore your hairdresser when she starts talking about what your hair texture is like for a specific hairstyle because you have styling tools. They can make every look work for you, right? Unfortunately, the styling tools don’t work all the time. That’s why it ended up looking like you glued someone else’s bangs onto your head.

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6. Trying to part your bangs in different spots. Girls Bangs

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Middle parts were so popular and you wanted to participate in the trend. Having bangs wasn’t going to stop you. You thought you could easily make the look work by simply parting your bangs in the middle and applying a lot of gel. Then there was that time you thought you could pull off a deep side part with bangs. You thought wrong on both occasions.

7. Letting your bangs grow so long they are in your eyes.Haircut Dog GIF

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You thought long bangs would make you look mysterious. In reality, they made your eyes itch and get watery so your mascara ran down your face. To make matters worse, they made your forehead seem bigger and the whole reason you got bangs was to try to make your forehead look more in proportion with the rest of your face.

8. Going for super short bangs because you’re worried about having hair in your eyes.Lizzie McGuire Bangs

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After the long bangs incident, you went in the complete opposite direction. You wanted a super short style that would never graze your eyes. You thought you’d look like a model. Plus, short bangs required less trims. One look in the mirror proved you are not part of the 1% that can pull off the look.

9. Not being able to stop touching your bangs.Bieber Hair

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It takes a lot of work to get your bangs to look good. Even once they look decent you cannot leave them alone for fear they will *gasp* separate. All the touching initially makes them frizzy. You continue and by the end of the day, you’re left with greasy, separated bangs.

10. Thinking that water is the best styling product for your fringe.Hate Bangs

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You always say to yourself that you need to start carrying a hair styling cream in your bag but you never seem to remember to put it in. You think you can make do without one by just slicking your bangs down with a bit of water for the tap. You put on too much so you soak your bangs. They look good for about five minutes when they’re almost dry before they frizz up again.