Bangs are probably not what you picture when you think about Saoirse Ronan, but that's about to change entirely. The Little Women actor appeared at the 2020 Oscars with short and wispy front-facing bangs, which is a brand-new look for her — and it's one we applaud. The fresh style comes courtesy of Adir Abergel, her right-hand hairstylist, who says he based the look on a timeless Hollywood icon.
"The inspiration was based off of early Audrey Hepburn with short bangs and also a lot of microbangs we saw on the runway over the last two seasons," Abergel tells ishonest. Much like Hepburn, Ronan "has both modernity and class at the same time," he adds.
To match her whimsical Gucci gown and statement chandelier earrings, Abergel placed dragonfly-shaped pins in the actress's hair, tied back in a slightly disheveled chignon bun. To achieve the perfect amount of texture and grip in her hair, he prepped Ronan's roots and bangs with Virtue Labs Volumizing Primer and blew the hair out using a Dyson dryer.
"I dried the bang area first with the smoothing nozzle on medium heat using a Denman brush, making sure the ends were a little bit curved," Abergel elaborates. "I then took a big round brush and blowdried the rest of the hair, giving it volume, softness, and movement." For added texture, he applied Virtue Labs Lifting Power at her roots before sweeping it up into the bun.
"This look is very attainable at home," the stylist says, warning not to get too hands-on with your roots. "It’s incredibly important to make sure not to use products that are too oily near your scalp — you want to get the right amount of volume directly at the roots."
After Sunday night, the real fun will begin, because we'll all get to watch Ronan and Abergel figure out the best ways to keep those bangs looking sharp — or maybe even grow them out and play with new shapes, like curtain bangs, if she's so inclined.
Considering short and wispy bangs like hers are one of the biggest predicted hair trends of 2020, though, we're willing to bet Ronan will stick to them.
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