Side bangs have been my signature thing for as long as I can remember – seriously, I don’t even remember when I first got them. I love my side bangs, and feel totally naked on the days I have to pull them back. I don’t know if I’ll ever get rid of them! But I know that bangs aren’t for everyone. They can be very frustrating to deal with, and they require a lot of maintenance. If you don’t have patience for that type of thing, bangs probably aren’t going to work for you.
It took me a long time to get comfortable with my bangs, but at this point, I’m so used to them that styling them is like styling the rest of my hair. I was reminded of how tough bangs can be when I saw that Beyonce debuted a set of short, blunt bangs yesterday. I love Beyonce, but I’m not the biggest fan of this look. The bangs are too short and don’t flatter her face shape. I’m not alone in that opinion – everyone seems to be freaking out about them.
Fortunately for Beyonce, this is an easy fix. First of all, it’s probably not even her real hair. Second, she has access to any hairstylist ever. But if you have no idea what to do with your new bangs, your solution isn’t as easy. If you really want to make bangs work, read on for these tricks I’ve learned over the past few years. Bangs can be difficult, but they can also be awesome! Here are 8 tips on how to deal with bangs and make them work for you:
Go For Side Bangs Instead of Blunt BangsI mean, get blunt, straight-across bangs if you want, but know that they're going to be a lot more work. I love side bangs because once you've trained them to do what you want, they're pretty simple and they're really easy to get off your face if you need to. I've had side bangs for forever, but I tried blunt, straight-across bangs in college. I thought it would be no big deal since I had already learned to deal with bangs, but I was SO wrong. They were so much more maintenance, and they were also very awkward to grow out. The nice thing about side bangs is that they're easy to grow out (they'll just look like layers), and they're more flexible. Source: ShutterStock
Train ThemLike I said, you need to train your bangs to do what you want them to do. Be warned: this can take a while. It took me months to train my bangs to fall exactly how I want them to (and when I got those blunt bangs, I had to start the process all over again). Here's how to train them: first, decide exactly how you want your bangs to look and stick to that. Training them means you can't switch up their style every day. With blunt bangs, training just means blow-drying them into the same position every day, but with side bangs, you can use clips. With my side bangs, I decided what side I wanted them to fall. Every day after blow-drying them, I used a bobby pin to clip them to side and hold them in place. The bobby pin looks silly there, but I left it as long as I could before taking it out. After a few weeks of this, my hair started to naturally fall there, and now my bangs do that without bobby pins. Source: ShutterStock
Don't Let Them Air-DryUnless you have straight, frizz-free hair that dries exactly how you want it to do, don't let your bangs air-dry. They need a little bit of volume or a little bit of styling to look good. Even when I am air-drying the rest of my hair, I quickly blow-dry my bangs, otherwise they look terrible. Blow-drying also helps train them while air-drying doesn't. Source: ShutterStock
Dry Them With A Round BrushWhen you're drying your bangs, use a round brush. This will give them a little bit of volume and shape, and it also just makes it super easy to blow-dry them! Make sure you dry them in the direction you want them to sit. So, my side bangs go towards my left side - I blow-dry them with the brush at an angle towards my left side. Also, when your hair is wet, don't put styling product in your bangs. I've found that this can make them greasy because it's such a small amount of hair. Source: ShutterStock
Don't Touch ThemOnce your bangs are dry and in place, try not to touch them throughout the day. Your bangs are already more susceptible to grease and oil, because they sit against your forehead and mix with the natural oils in your skin - not to mention the makeup you put on your face. Touching your bangs will only make them more oily. Source: ShutterStock
Always Have Dry Shampoo HandyThat being said, I understand how difficult it is to go hours without touching your bangs. For that reason, always keep dry shampoo handy! Dry shampoo will absorb the grease and oil, and leave them looking fresh and clean. I am obsessed with this BlowPro Faux Dry dry shampoo, which is a powder that you put on your roots and massage into your scalp. It works like a miracle, making any greasy hair look magically clean - and it doesn't make your hair feel icky either. You can buy it at Ulta.
Carry Around Bobby Pins or Clips In CaseSometimes even when your bangs are trained or even when you know how to style them, they can just be annoying. I always have a bobby pin or tiny little claw clip in my bag just in case I need to pull them back. Only someone with bangs understands the frustration of having hair in your face all day long! If you have a clip with you, you can twist them and clip them back quickly. Source: ShutterStock
Trim Them RegularlyBangs get awkward when they're too long. Make sure you're getting them trimmed regularly to avoid this. My hairstylist lets me come in so she can quickly trim them free of charge - it takes like five minutes for a professional to do it. Unless you're skilled at cutting hair, I wouldn't recommend cutting them yourself - too many potential mistakes. Whenever I get my bangs cut, I get them cut a smidge too short so that they grow out nicely. Source: ShutterStock
Do you have bangs? How do you deal with them? Which of these tips did you find most helpful? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments.