I had settled into a bangs free hairstyle. It was working with my natural curls. I had found anti-frizz products that tamed the wackiness without weighing down the sass. Then this unfortunate event occurred and I went back to bangs to hide first the injury and swelling, and after that the scar. Five years later, the scar isn't so bad but I've kept the bangs. I like them. They suit me. And even though I do my unintentional level best to not be fashionable, it seems that bangs are in again. I won't be growing mine out or pinning them aside simply to rebel. Fashion cycles move on and once again I will be back to my old non-trendy self. It's my comfort zone.