Kim Kardashian Is Flaunting Killer Post-Breakup Bangs. Eat Your Heart Out, Pete.

Stylists weigh in on Kim's new fringe benefits, while she shows Pete Davidson that bangs are the new revenge bod.

It’s the one thing any good friend will tell you NOT to do after a bad breakup: get bangs. But, Kim Kardashian has done just that, and now everyone’s talking about her new ‘do.

While her ex, SNL alum Pete Davidson, has certainly moved on since their August breakup (and on… and on… and on…) with several different high-profile women including Emily Ratajkowski and Chase Sui Wonders, Kim has yet to be spotted back out on the dating scene. But, her hot new revenge bangs could potentially change that — and send you right to the salon to snip your own.

The 42-year-old SKIMS mogul has been sharing Instagram carousels showcasing the new chop job. Technically considered to be “curtain bangs,” a huge TikTok trend of late, Kardashian has also worn hers cascading straight down across her forehead as opposed to pushed to each side.

While this isn’t Kim’s first foray into bang-territory, this is the most dramatic she’s ever had them. “Kim’s new fringe is very different from the heavy and blunt fringe she has had in the past,” says celebrity hairstylist Cody Renegar, who works with Gwyneth Paltrow.

“These thin bangs start at the bridge of her nose, just between the pupils of her eyes, and then curve down toward the sides to the middle of her cheekbones.”

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Kim’s millions of followers are eating it up, some even commenting that since she got bangs, now they will too. Famous friends like Paris Hilton are also loving the reality star’s new look, commenting “that’s hot.”

But, the hair stylists we spoke to say if you’re considering this look, be 1000% sure it’s right for you.

“Bangs are almost always a mistake,” says New York-based celebrity hair and makeup stylist Genn Shaughnessy, who has worked with Judy Greer and Christina Hendricks. “If you’re hormonal or going through something pretty significant in your life, sometimes hair is the only thing in your power to change — and more often than not, it’s a change you’ll regret.”

With that in mind, if you’re still loving the look and you want to give it a go, Shaughnessy advises that it’s best for you if you “have straight hair, a forehead you wish to appear smaller, or a receding hairline you’re trying to camouflage.”

“Oval faces are the ideal shape for bangs, but they’re not so great on those with square jaws because it makes the face look really boxy,” Shaughnessy adds. Also, if you have a longer face, adding bangs can make it appear even longer, says the stylist, so you might want to avoid them if that’s the case.

If you do decide you want bangs, while a professional cut is always preferred (Kardashian uses famed stylist Chris Appleton), Renegar says you can snip them yourself in a few easy steps.

How to DIY Kim’s breakup bangs:

  1. First, you want to have hair damp and well towel-dried before sectioning the hair at the top of your forehead about an inch deep and all the way across to where the hairline starts to curve downward on both sides. Clip everything back and out of the way.
  2. Separate 1/4 inch strand of hair right in the center and pull it down to the middle of your nose. Remember that the hair will shrink when it is dry. You want to give this piece a little bit of a twist before you release it and let it hang naturally. Find a good spot a little longer than you think you’re going to want your bangs to fall, usually about halfway down to the middle of the nose. Start your first cut right there. Now you have your guide.
  3. Next, pull two sections on each side of the middle section to the same spot on your nose and point the cut upwards. Create two more strands/sections on each side of those, and pull it to the same part in the middle of your nose. Using this middle part in the center of your nose as your guide will ensure that the sides of your fringe have a nice curve that touch just below the middle of your cheekbones.
  4. Once you finish your final cut, blow dry your bangs on low with a 2-inch round brush, or just use your hands and tussle the hair a bit as it dries.
  5. Finally, use a round brush to slightly tilt the edges of this new fringe under, but not too much. Let them fall as naturally as you like. You can separate these bangs and push them to the side and a gentle middle part.
  6. Unclip the rest of your hair and give it a shake!

And remember —be sure you are fully committed to the new style before you take to the scissors, or else you’ll end up with heartbreak hair you’ll hate!

Jené Luciani Sena
Jené Luciani Sena is an accredited journalist and internationally-renowned bestselling author, regularly seen on national TV outlets such as Access Daily, Today and Dr Oz. Touted as one of Woman’s World Magazine’s “Ultimate Experts,” she’s a TEDTalk speaker and a busy Mom of 4. Read more