Hair dilemma - honest opinions welcomed!

** IRONIC UPDATE 23/01/14: My hair appointment was cancelled this evening...I now have to wait a whole week until my next available one!!! Thank you all so much for sharing your honest 
opinions though! I hope I don't spend the next week procrastinating! **

Friends, I think I often give my poor boyfriend a bad reputation on here! Although it's humorous to share his amusing comments about my makes and whatnot, I must admit that he's incredibly kind and way more likely to compromise (especially on home decorating matters) than I am. He's also extremely easy to please, complimentary and supportive in terms of how I dress, my make-up, and usually, my hair.

But there's one major sticking point between us...my fringe (bangs)! Since I had it cut really short last July, he has been very vocal about how much he dislikes it. He tells me it's too harsh and that a side fringe is much prettier on me. And, to be fair, he's not the only one to say this. Which is a great shame, because I really love it and I'm not sure I'm quite done with it yet.

I've been strong at sticking to my guns for six months, and although I try not to let other people's opinions sway me in life, I'm actually not sure what to ask for at my overdue hair appointment on Thursday. 

So I'm curious, what do you think suits me best - short or side fringe? Please be honest, friends and family have been so you won't offend me!

Opinion seems divided so far, but I'd love to know if there's a general consensus...although I can't promise it will change my mind either way!

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  1. I really love the straight across bangs (picture on the left in the BHL Anna dress). BUT, the side swept bangs also look good on you.

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  2. Honestly, I think you completely rock both looks. If I had to choose, I'd be Team Sideswept, but you look lovely with both.

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  3. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks! If you like the straight bangs, wear the straight bangs. Because eventually you'll get tired of them and wear them differently. And then some people will like that better, and some won't. But whatever. It's your hair, have fun with it. It's just hair. It's not forever!

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    1. Well put Erin, thank you! Hair grows and changes...no biggie!

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  4. Agreed - you look good with both, so it's tough to choose! I'll go sideswept, it's edgier looking.

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    1. Oooh, you think sideswept is edgier? Interesting!

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  5. Both look great. I really like the straight across a lot, though I may be biased because MY bangs that I had cut a few months ago are straight across. Maybe keep the straight across but grow them just a smidge longer so you can sweep them to the side if you ever feel like it?

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    1. Yay, hurray for straight, short bangs! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  6. Hi,

    Please don't take this the wrong way. I've read your blog for a long time but I don't think I have ever commented. I do understand how hard it is to be objective about something like your hair and admire your bravery in asking for views from complete strangers (who are potentially very mean). So I'll give you the thoughts of a very opinionated stranger.

    While I am a big supporter of short fringes, I agree that the side-swept fringe seems to suit you best. Looking at your pictures, the one on the left reminds me of early greek sculpture, and they are absolutely beautiful but also a little bit harsh. In the one on the right you look like you wouldn't be out of place talking to Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre at a parisian café*. I would go for the second one because existentialism rules.

    *disclaimer: your geometric dress (or top) is also totally amazing and may have swayed my opinion somewhat.

    Does that help?

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    1. Haha, I love that you've possibly been swayed by my geometric fabric ;o) Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and there's nothing for me to take the wrong way. I asked for honest opinions and I'm grateful that that's what I'm getting ;o)

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  7. fringe is so elegant, maybe at least for special occasions? mix it up, you are gorgeous either way!

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  8. I think sideswept brightens your face more, but I am glad you are going with your own opinion rather than those of others.

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    1. That's the plan anyway ;o) Thanks for your opinion!

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  9. I prefer the softer side fringe :)

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  10. I think both look good on you. Both fringes pictured are quite short. Perhaps in the spirit of compromise you could maintain the fairly straight fringe you have now, but maybe a bit longer and sideswept. I think that would look great and perhaps have a softer overall effect. Just thinking out loud. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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    1. Thank you, that could be a decent compromise!

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  11. I usually prefer sideswept bangs, and I think they'd look really great on you!

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  13. I do like the straight on you, it's a hard style to wear I have tried and failed. A straight fringe is quite a dramatic hair style, think Angelica Huston and Claudette Colbert and chics with proper attitude which personally I love a lot.

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    1. Haha...I'd love to at least pretend I have proper attitdde!

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  14. Hi- I had to come out of the woodwork to comment. I also have bangs and though they are longer, I debate them (in my mind) all the time so I know how you feel! I'm always trying to find the perfect length.. I think they both look nice. It depends what sort of look you're going after. The straight across is more of a 'look' and definitely more of a retro feel. The sideswept is more of a looser, relaxed feel - especially if you decide to go a little longer. Bangs grow so fast (except when you want to completely grow them out) that if you do the sideswept thing you can go back to short with a couple snips!

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    1. Thanks for coming out of the woodwork and leaving such a thoughtful comment!

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  15. Sideswept, because it really accents the beautiful shape of your eyebrows....

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    1. You've made my day Juliane...my eyebrows are a bugbear so thanks for being so nice about them!

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  16. I like both!
    Maybe if you wanted to try something different you could grow them out a bit, that way, if you kept them straight across there would be enough length to push them to the side when you want to rock a side fringe.

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  17. I agree that both look great on you. The side swept bangs are a softer look, but I wouldn't call the straight across ones "harsh," just "stronger." If you like the straight across ones, that's what you should get!

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    1. Thanks Mika! I like the stronger look too at the moment!

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  18. I think the short bangs look awesome on you! I'm a sideswt gal myself but that's due to having curly hair. If I had nice straight hair I totes be giving the short bangs a go.

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    1. You see, I've always been a sideswept gal myself too...so I'm quite enjoying the change!

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  19. I really like a blunt fringe - there's not too many people that can pull it off but I think it really suits you. I do love the side fringe though...it's really pretty and your face looks great in the photo above. But either way, hair grows back so go with what you love.

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    1. Thanks so much Melanie! And you're right, hair is only hair...it grows back!

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  20. I do love a blunt fringe! I say wear it until you tire of it!

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  21. I think I prefer the straight look. Could you grow it a bit longer? Maybe that might soften it. You do rock a fringe!

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    1. I think I'd be happy as long as it's above my eyebrows...so maybe that could work!

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  22. I agree with Mary in that you look very pretty with both looks, but at first glance, I have to say I think that the side sweep is slightly more flattering. Only slightly though.

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  23. I think the straight across bang is more severe, which is part of the allure of that look. Still, my eye first went to the sideswept pic when I saw the pictures. Overall, I am with Mary - team sideswept. LOL

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to let me know Susan!

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  24. Neither look bad, but I like the straight across bangs better.

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  25. I think both are good. The straight across are more "styled" and the sidesweep are more "mainstream" looking. I think that the straight are fun, and you might as well rock them while you still can!

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    1. That's exactly it! I feel I've had 'mainstream' sideswept fringes forever and I'm enjoying the change for now!

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  26. It is YOUR fringe and your hair. No-one else has to like it! That said, I understand that the opinions of those near and dear to us do matter too. I reckon that both look great though - and if you love the straight across fringe, then keep it!
    (my husband isn't keen on my current asymmetric cut....)

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    1. Thanks for this! Oooh...asymmetric...how cool!!!

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  27. I loooooove your bangs, however, I can totally see why people might find the side-swept more flattering. Straight, blunt bangs like that are a bit harsh - I think it's really beautiful, but lots of people don't. Either way, you're a babe! :)

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    1. It's all so subjective at the end of the day, isn't it? And thanks!

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  28. I hope you don't mind but I took a family poll. My husband said 'definitely sideswept'. My 13 year old said 'tell her to keep the straight bangs. They're sooo cute!'. I think you should go with what you like best. You have an oval shaped face which is perfect for any hairstyle and I think you look great with either. I'm not sure that we've helped you much!

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    1. Wow Shar, thanks so much for getting the whole family involved...how kind of you to take the time!

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  29. I like it short, but for a change how about the u-shape like Bettie Paige? That would be cute and maybe softer??

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    1. Yesss! See that is what I really, really want...but my boyfriend has specifically said he hates the curved fringes :o(

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  30. can you have them leave the bangs longer, so that you can go sideswept or straight across? i think if your straight across was a bit longer, poor boyfriend would be pleased....

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    1. Poor, poor boyfriend! Good suggestions lady!

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  31. You are a truly naturally beautiful young woman with such a gorgeous complexion! I have an 18 year old daughter who loves short bangs also, and I like them on her, for the record. Looking at your features, they are quite strong. Although I do like your short, straight bangs, they present a stronger look. The side bang or fringe softens your look and is very pretty, perhaps more feminine. In the end, as you already know, the choice is yours. You are gorgeous both ways.

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    1. Thank you for the considered response, I'm very grateful!

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  32. I don't care for short bangs on anyone, at any age. I prefer them just above eyebrows. I think that short bangs, particularly on adults look a bit childish. I,think the side swept bangs are much more flattering to you, but I d like them even more if they were a but longer. :)

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    1. Thanks for your honesty! If I keep the fringe either way, it will definitely have to sit above my eyebrows! Any longer drives me insane and hides too much of my face I feel...

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  33. I think the sideswept bangs look better, but I also think you should go with whatever you feel most comfortable with!

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  34. Side swept...no denying you rock them.

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  35. I agree with Mary--you look great with both styles, but I like the side swept bangs. I have really curly hair, so I can't wear bangs. I would go batty trying to style/straighten my hair so I could wear bangs. So, I advise wearing what style take the least effort!

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    1. Yeah, I'm not one on spending too long on hair and makeup. In the mornings I just take 30min from getting out of bed to leaving the house and I wouldn't want to add anymore time to that!

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  36. I love both on you as well ... not sure I can help but I can tell you I have had pretty much the same conversation with my husband, more than once. :) I go back an forth between the styles, so we are both happy some of the time. He says he "gets" that the short blunt bangs are retro, but he still likes longer, side-swept bangs on me. I think he sees side-swept bangs are more feminine. I'll be honest and say that on me I like short blunt bangs because they don't get in my eyes and I can "fix" them without a mirror, not for any particular aesthetic reason.

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    1. Well yes, longer bangs are less orderly and irritate the hell out of me...I don't like them touching my eyebrows. I reckon my boyfriend probably likes the sideswept look more for the same reason as your hubby!

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  37. You are beautiful with both styles :-)
    I know I don't help with the dilemma.

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    1. Thank you Lita, that's really nice of you!

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  38. Sorry, I agree 100% with your boyfriend.

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    1. Don't apologise! It's all subjective and I appreciate the honest opinion ;o)

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  39. I think your short fringe really suits you, and it's a cute vintage-y look. The side swept fringe does look softer, and I'm guessing it's lower maintenance (something I know my partner wishes for every time I go to the hair dresser).

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    1. They both take the same time really, which is not long to be honest! I think I like the retro vibe of the short one, whereas the sideswept one is a tad more mainstream I guess!

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  40. "Harsh" is such a negative description. You ROCK both looks - side fringe is a softer look and straight bangs is a strong look. Sometimes you feel like the shirt with flowers and lace and sometimes you feel like the tshirt with black and white stripes :)

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  41. I personally don't like short fringes on anyone, so I am in the side fringe camp. However as with all things, each to their own, it would be a boring world if we all liked the same things.

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  42. I love your straight across. I think you lose ur individual look and style with the side fringe............evetybody has that. End of day ur hair ur choice x

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    1. Exactly my thinking, thanks so much!

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  43. I like both - but I love the sidesweep a tad more

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  44. You always look lovely, but I think that I'm with Mary in Team Sideswept!

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  45. As above. You look great with both but I do prefer the side.

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    1. It's brilliant to see what people actually think, thanks!

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  46. You look great both ways, but if I were to choose, I'd agree the sideswept look ;)

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  47. Well, numero uno, allow me to reiterate what one of my favourite people wrote back in 2006, that you don't owe anyone pretty: http://www.dressaday.com/2006/10/20/you-dont-have-to-be-pretty/

    There's no law saying that you need to please the eye of everyone around you. The nose, yes, perhaps. An unwritten but solid one. The eye, not so much (as long as you're dressed. There's a law if you're not, n.b.).

    Look with fringe (as we say in Anglo) is a definite Look. I can see why you're not done with it. It has a certain attitude that perhaps wants to be explored? The one on the right is classy but more retiring, easier to hide. Left says arty with opinions and would no matter what the rest of you is wearing, right could work with a corporate suit and give nothing away. Go with your guts, I say.

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    1. Oh thank you Bani! What an excellent reply and thanks for linking to that brilliant blog post!

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    2. It is a fantastic post, isn't it? Has to be shared ever so often! :) Good luck with your decisions!

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  48. Sideswept bangs + slightly longer bangs would look better and suits your face structure tons better. The old style looks harsh and does not do justice to your face. Also, a layered hair cut starting at shoulder length would look amazing onyou

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    1. Thanks for this! You know, I've really been toying with going shorter all over as I'm bored of the boring length my hair has now reached!

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  49. Honestly you really suit both, you've got a lovely shaped face that can get away with a lot of styles but if I had to choose one, I would say you rock the full fringe! x

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  50. I'm with Mary - team sideswept but the straight across fringe looks good on you too.

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  51. It's rare to have the bone structure to be able to pull off a short fringe but you have it Marie! I love both looks... but it's just hair and easily changed whenever you want - ignore the naysayers and rock your short fringe for as long as you like!

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    1. Thanks a million Joanne, you've very kind and very wise!

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  52. I have exactly the same issue in my home. So I will be truthful and say I prefer sideswept on you (and on myself, yet I love a short, blunt fringe).

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  53. It's a real shame you can't have both, each a different look for a different occasion. I'd side with your boyfriend if I had to pick a side, partly because I think the sideswept look comes across more natural, but then I think the straight fringe looks very stylish.

    You'll obviously be swayed by all the comments on here, but you really need to take them into account, but go with your instinct. Your hair doesn't just need to look good, it needs to speak about you and who you are. You can always change it later.

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    1. Yes, switching between the two would be ideal...but if you cut it that way you just end up with a watered down version of both! Thanks for the considered response!

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  54. Haha just tweeted to go short and THEN read this but if I may, as an old married lady of 8 years hehe- I have fiund that a relationship like this often means compromise & not in a negative way! Taking decisions based on my loved one's likes displays love to them and when we're both "compromising" like that it creates an atmosphere of mutuality, of respect, of love shared and security. Yes-even with a haircut!! Little things count. And hair grows back & can be recut. That's my observation anyhoo! Go forth & enjoy your time at the hairdresser!! I love your style!!!

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    1. This is a beautiful sentiment, thanks so much for sharing!

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  55. Marie, you are a total babe, one of the prettiest people I know, and I honestly think you look gorgeous with every hairstyle I've seen on you. Don't worry what other people think - which do you like the best? And remember it doesn't need to be a definitive decision - short fringe this year, long one next etc. (Love the top!) xx

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    1. Gosh, thanks Tilly! This is the thing, hair is just hair...it grows and can be changed relatively regularly!

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  56. The straight bangs look good on you, but I LOVE how you look with the side-swept version! I'm all Team Side-swept! BUT, as other people have already mentioned in one way or another, it is you that has to walk around with your hair, not someone else, so if you feel good about it, go for it! (my mom always tells me that I look much better with shorter hair, while I really like to have long hair, so I know how it feels - she also totally hated my bangs)

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    1. Thank you Birgit, this is really helpful!

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  57. I'm definitely in the camp of do whatever makes you feel prettiest and screw the naysayers! Confidence is the best look in my opinion :)
    That being said, if you're feeling like you'd like to be able to change it up, why not grow them a bit longer so you can do both!

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  58. For me the straight across fringe as it is far more edgy, I just think it needs to be a tad longer for me, but that's my aesthetic.

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    1. I totally agree and think that's why I prefer it too!

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  59. such a tough one... i think the sideswept may be more flattering, but the straight across gives you a more distinct look. either way, it looks great!

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  60. I prefer the side fringe on you. However, do what makes you feel good!

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  61. I like the straight across bangs!

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  62. I've been having a hair dilemma of my own too, chop it off or keep growing it out? And my husband and I are never in agreement about my hair. I like it short, he likes it long. I like my bangs blunt, he likes them side swept. But he knows in the end that I'm going to do what I like and he's totally fine with that but he just likes to make his opinion known. lol. When I'm indecisive about my fringe I have my hairstylist cut it so I can wear it both ways, straight or on the side. In the end it's your hair and you have be with it every day 24/7. Just be you, whatever makes you feel like you then rock it out. Life is too short for boring hair, and it will always grow!

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    1. Life really is too short for boring hair and it's true...it'll always grow even if you regret a decision! Thanks for your advice and I hope you come to a decision about your hair that you're happy with too!

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  63. Both look great, however, I love the side swept look on you! I think that it adds a little twist to the straight bangs look.

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  64. Well not to add fuel to the fire but I think you should do whatever makes you happy so if you like your short fringe keep it this way! You look very good with it IMO

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  65. I`m with your boyfriend I`m afraid - side fringe.

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  66. you look great with both but i think the straight across bangs frame your face just a tiny bit better

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  67. I really love the straight bangs but I am biased because I too have straight bangs! I tend to like "sharp angles" on things as well as contrast. I too have been told that certain looks on me are "harsh" such as angled cuts with dark hair, straight bangs.

    I think ultimately, do what YOU like - not anyone else. I have done things in the past to please others with my look and I have always regretted it. You'll know what's right for you and when. :)

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    1. Thanks for this, you're very wise!

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  68. I like non-symetrical things, it makes movement, so it's just my opinion and I prefer the side fringe. But the choice is yours, choose the way you feel the best, the more comfortable, what YOU see is important. It's not easy to express what I'm thinking in English ! But you're really a pretty and a stylish woman, that's the most important !

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  69. If you're not done with the straight fringe, keep it! Plus, you can always wear the blunt one as a side fringe when it gets a little longer. Two for the price of one! :-) It's fun to play around- there will always be a colour or style that suits you more than another- I say embrace each haircut! x

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    1. From now on I think everyone's motto should be 'embrace each haircut'! Thank you!

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  70. I had the same problem a couple years ago. I had my fringe cut really short, and the BF didn't like it one bit... I went back and had the same fringe cut a few months later, just to show how much I value his opinion when it comes to my hair...
    Now on to your hair... I really really like the straight fringe at this length, I don't think it should be any shorter (maybe even a bit longer). The sideswept fringe isn't bad but I feel like it is a bit to short on the right side of the picture (the left side of your head) so I would advise you to let the fringe grow a bit longer, and if you're not done with the bangs, you can go back later and have it cut to the length you have now. But if I have to choose one, I say straight! Good luck on the decision making!

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    1. Hehe, I think we're very similar Wendy ;o) Thanks for the advice!

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  71. I prefer side, have you ever considered no fringe?

    Hannah.
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    1. Before getting this fringe cut in last July, I had no fringe at all for almost a year and I found my hair a bit boring. For me personally, I prefer to have some sort of fringe...whatever that may be!

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  72. I love full fringes, and I'd never thought they were harsh before - I would have thought they softened the face. I think I agree with the other people who said full fringe, but maybe a tiny bit longer, so it can be more easily pushed to the side on days you want to push it to the side. But if I had to pick one, straight across fringe for me!

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  73. Oh my! You are braver than me asking for opinions. I too have a short blunt cut fringe, I like it, I'm guessing some people don't, but I don't care. As you say further up, it is just hair, it grows..and sometimes falls out (a summer of whacky colours and I've had to lose a significant amount off the length of mine recently!).
    You are young, what makes you feel best? That is what is really important. :)

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    1. Well, I genuinely had no idea so many people would come forward and offer an opinion...I'm seriously surprised. Luckily no one's been mean, just honest. And like you, I don't care, I'm just curious. If I cared I would have grown out the short fringe months ago ;o) Sounds like you're really adventurous with your hair!

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  74. I love the short fringe! But you don't have to listen to anyone, you should do with your hair what you like best! It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks! There will always be people who love your current haircut, and people who don't. Hair grows, you can change it all the time!

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    1. Yep, we can please everyone as taste is so subjective! Thanks so much for the comment!

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  75. Hi! I don't believe I've ever commented on your blog before, despite the fact I've been reading it for quite some time now.

    Anyway, I think that the brilliant thing with hair is that it is so changeable. It will grow out again when you cut it, you can re-dye it if you get bored with your colour or you decide it didn't fit you after all. You can pretty it up with all sorts of stuff, or just leave it hanging. There's so many possibilities and options, and what's even more great about it, is that one can try it all!

    So, I'll say this about your fringe, in my opinion I think your fringe is too short for your frame, and as other has said before me; it'll make you look a bit harsh - but maybe even more so with the bright red lips you wear too, (it looks to me on the photograph that the red lipstick is a cold colour, all of these things affect each other you know, colour and shapes :P ) I think you look softer with the side fringe, but...

    ultimately girl, what I think, and what everyone elses think really doesn't matter. It's what YOU think, and how YOU feel about your hair that matters. If you like your fringe short and straight, go for it, if you want a change - go for that. You are gorgeous either way.

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    1. You make some really interesting points Lise, thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I'm addicted to the red lips I'm afraid...I'd rather sacrifice the fringe then that ;o)

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  76. I love both. Sorry, I know that's not helpful. I think the short fringe is more "fashion forward", which is something blokes don't often understand. Quite often a side swept fringe is softer and so more flattering, and more "pretty". I guess, do you want to be "pretty" or "fashion forward" (to be clear, you look attractive - sorry if that sounds weird - either way!). It also depends on how much you are willing to put up with the negative comments. I'm not sure I could wear my hair in a style my husband didn't like, and I am pretty stubborn!

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    1. My boyfriend said his piece and he won't keep going on, so I don't have to put up with any negative comments really. And I think that ultimately I like the shorter one as it's 'edgier' or as you put it, fashion forward!

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  77. The straight across version is much more striking. You look more "vintage" and remind me of a china doll :) If you want to have a strong look - that's the one! But if you want to be more "normal" the side parting is the way to go. And that is not a decision for your male appendage to make on your behalf ;)

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    1. Aaaw, thanks Roo...I don't mind being likened to a china doll one bit ;p Not sure I'm ready to be 'normal' yet...haha!

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  78. You look lovely either way but I am partial to straight across bangs. They suit your vintage style.

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  79. I like the short bangs, I've always wished I could pull that off, and I associate it with pinup girls and all, so I guess my opinion really only matters if you want to be retro sexy!

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  80. Hi Marie,
    Out of the 2 photos you've shown I prefer the side fringe, it's a softer look, less rigid and strict, but I I like the straight fringe when the rest of your hair's a bit wavy!

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    1. Thanks for your thoughtful reply! I must say, I prefer my hair wavy in general too!

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  81. you're one hot piece of coal with a side or a short but I do love the short as previously documented I think you're a rock chick supremo and I bow down at those beautiful rock and roll bangs xxx

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  82. You're a babe either way! I can never decide what I want to do with my bangs, so usually my stylist will cut them so they can be worn either way (to the side or straight). Remember when we were on the tube and I said "bangs" and you girls laughed at me? haha :)

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    1. Thanks Erin! And yes, I do remember, still makes me giggle now ;o)

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  83. Marie, I think BOTH looks work really well on you! I'd love to try a blunt fringe but I know that I'll just look terrible and so prefer to stick with a side fringe. Also, my fine hair doesn't really seem to like fringes but my round face suits them. Ahhh, so many dilemmas!

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    1. Thanks so much Jen! Your fringe looks perfect just as it is ;o)

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  84. You're so pretty you'd look great bald! I personally prefer the blunt bangs in the left picture. I feel like they look more youthful. But the sideswept is nice too!

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    1. Ehehehe, you made me laugh out loud Rosie! I honestly think I'd look scary bald, but let's hope I don't ever have to find out ;o)

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  85. I like both looks on you! My husband feels the same way about bangs, though-- he always laughs at mine and greatly prefers sideswept to straight across. I don't really like seeing my forehead, though, so I prefer to wear them straight. I wonder how the blunt bangs would look if they were blended in a bit at the sides, sort of layering around your face a bit to frame it. Luckily they grow so very fast that if you change your mind one way or another, you can change them up quickly! I know you'll look cute no matter what you do, but I'm excited to see a pic of your new 'do!

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    1. What?!? Why are you hating on your forehead missus?!? I'm sure it's absolutely beautiful, just like the rest of you!

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  86. I may be late to the game, but I like the straight one better. It's true that the side fringe is more trendy and trendy people would go for that one, but I like the other one better. It looks beautiful on you and if you like it, go for it. It's your face and your bangs. I also have a short straight fringe and I understand your point. Sometimes it's like swimming against the current, but you have to make a statement if you're sure of it.

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  87. The side swept bangs.

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  88. Both are very becoming. When worn straight, I like the most recent pics best!

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