Holly McMurray - Hair Stylist (Lake Stevens)

Michelle Obama Recently revealed her new bangs to America and it has everyone asking whether bangs are right for them.

Fringe, also known as bangs, are really in right now and they are an easy way to change up your style. Bangs are young and fun, and the first lady in her usual stylish way, shows that they work just as well on the over-40 set as they do on 20-somethings. Michelle Obama

The key to bangs is making them work for your face shape and hair type. Michelle has the most universal face shape (oval) so most bang types will look good on her. Michelle Obama's new bangs are texturized, which gives a softer, piecey edge to the normal blunt style. Hair types that are very coarse, thick and curly will have a harder time pulling this look off unless you want to take the time to use a blow dryer and flat iron to style. Ideally, straight or slightly wavy strands that are fine to normal will work best for this new 'Obama Bang'.

There are many different styles of bangs: choppy, blunt and layered bangs are great for adding that little edge to a hairstyle. The ends can be styled, flicked out or under. Piecey bangs can easily be created by applying a small amount of pomade such as Redken Matte Sponge to the ends of the hair. The pomade helps to break apart the hair and make it stay in unique positions.

Here at Elle Marie we offer free bang trims in between haircuts since they tend to be in your face very quickly depending on how you cut them initially. Come in today and have your stylist find which style best suits you and your personality.

(Published in the "What the Pros Know" section of the Feb. 13th, 2013 edition of the Lake Stevens Journal.)