Image: New Girl/FOX.
If you’ve never had a fringe before, chances are you’ve seriously considered getting one. I’m willing to bet you got the urge after watching a Zooey Deschanel movie, having spent the whole time admiring her perfectly manicured bangs.
Regardless of what prompts the decision, the experience of having a fringe snipped in doesn’t always align with expectations. In fact, the emotional aftermath can be nothing short of turbulent.
Here, in order of appearance, are the stages of New Fringe Acceptance.
Stage 1: “I’m Zooey Deschanel.”
Welcome to fringe heaven. You’ve emerged from the salon with bangs that are not only bangin’, but clean, shiny, and styled exactly like the model/celebrity in the photo you showed your hairdresser*. Life with a fringe is sunshine and puppies! Why would anyone warn you against this?
*Alternatively, your stylist completely butchered the fringe, in which case you’re probably crying in front of the mirror right now. Yeah, I’ve been there too. Condolences.