When people hear about Clip-in Bettie Bangs™, sometimes I get asked "How did you come up with these?" It flatters me that people really love the idea and concept of my creation.
Back when I was in middle school, I was surrounded by so many fun and eccentric hairstyles. I was already styling hair for my friends and classmates for extra money after school. One hairstyle in particular that I really loved were my friend's short rounded bangs. I'd seen hairstyles like this on vintage black ladies in old photos and films and thought they were so cute! I wanted to have some bangs but at the time, I had braids and having curly textured hair, bangs mean daily heat and a lot of maintenance.
After a while I'd learned that girls around the way called them Bettie Bangs and I then learned more about Bettie Page. I had also learned that the hairstyle was recommended to her by a black photographer/police officer, Jerry Tibbs, after noticing her large forehead. This was so interesting to me and a very important element of why I liked Bettie and the bangs even more.
[Jerry Tibbs suggested Bettie Page cut her bangs.]
[Bettie Page before her signature bangs.]
[Bettie Page in her Bangs]
Culturally, I already grew up wearing many hairstyles which would include extension hair. That was just apart of it and it was very normal to me. My mom's hands had begun hurting after a while from doing my hair and so many other clients so she taught me how to do my own hair at the age of 8. I was braiding and adding hair to my own head by age 12. If there was a hairstyle I wanted but couldn't pull off with my natural hair, I would make a piece myself with extension hair from the beauty supply. A little sparkle and glue and I had my Bettie Bangs!
After a while I had so many ponytails and extension pieces that friends started asking me to make them and style their hair for every occasion. This helped me become well verse in handmade hairpieces, hairstyling, & hair types.
Fast forward to 2010. I had been working by appointment only in a beauty supply, learned the craft of wigs and hair pieces in depth and started selling small hair pieces to friends and locals. In 2013 I wanted to start a full time business. I began marketing the Clip-in Bettie Bangs on Facebook and Instagram. They were almost a success overnight.
[Classic Clip-in Bettie Bangs™]
Bettie Page the brand caught wind of the bangs and their quality/success, they were instantly interested in making Clip-in Bettie Bangs™ the official Bettie Page™ Bettie Bangs™ by Classy Rebel™. I was so flattered and excited that Bettie Page ™, the icon who made these very bangs so epic, was interested in little ol' me. Now Clip-in Bettie Bangs™ are sold worldwide and available in the Santa Monica Place Mall at Bettie's Official Flagship Store. The bangs are so popular that we created a Bettie Page Hair brand which include our Bettie Bangs, Bettie Page Wigs™, and other fun accessories! Visit our Bettie Page Hair Collection.
[Clip in Bettie Bangs™ Deluxe]
Some people might ask "Why Clip-ins?" Well...Clip-ins give you the option of not having bangs when you'd like to switch up your hairstyle. These clip-ins are so believable that I've had customers cut bangs shortly after wearing the clip-ins because they loved they look so much. As lovely as the bangs are, they require a lot of maintenance. Bi-weekly trims and curling can be overwhelming for some. Several ladies out there have thin hair that cannot form into a bang. Curly haired girls have many struggles to keep their bangs straight. Also, having such a short bang can take a year or more to fully grow out. Clip-ins are so much fun and just overall a perfect accessory that lasts years! Buy yourself a set from Classyrebel.net, BettiePage.com, or walk in and try on in person at the Santa Monica Place Mall at the Official Bettie Page Flagship Store.
[Jessica Batiste, Founder/Creative at Classy Rebel™ & Bettie Page Hair]