How to Style Bangs Even When You Have Zero Time in the Morning
Most women have a love-hate relationship with their bangs. When your fringe is cooperating, it frames your face, gives your hair a distinct style, and can even make you look younger (goodbye, forehead fine lines). But they're not exactly wash-and-go since a good set of bangs requires a considerable amount of upkeep (hi, cowlicks). To make the styling process a bit more enjoyable for our friends with fringe, we've put together some must-know tips for perfectly coiffed bangs.
Scroll through for eight tips on how to style bangs.
Always Blow-Dry Right Away
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Blow out your bangs as soon as you hop out of the shower while your hair is still very wet. Your bangs dry faster than you think, and the moment they start to air-dry, they’ve already begun to set into their natural shape (which usually doesn’t work for most people). The sooner you start styling, the better your results will be.
Blow-Dry the Right (and Left) Way
EX2 Ibiza Small Round Brush ($41)
A small round boar-bristle brush is the gold standard for styling bangs because the tightly packed bristles grab every hair, allowing you to use the right amount of tension. Once you’ve got the proper brush and a powerful hair dryer (with the nozzle attached), you need to master the bang blow-drying technique.
Hold your hair dryer over your head, facing down toward your forehead, and brush your bangs from side to side until dry. This takes care of any cowlicks and ensures your bangs fall straight. Finish by rolling the ends under.
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When You Can't Dry, Twist
When blow-drying isn’t an option, embrace your natural texture. Rather than trying to direct your bangs to fall straight, twist them. Split your bangs at your part, twist them outward, push the twists to either side, and don’t touch them until your hair is dry. This prevents your bangs from drying in all different directions.
Scale Back on Product
Use the Right Product for Your Hair Type
You may be able to get away with using no product, but most women need a little something to keep cowlicks in place. If you have fine hair, use a styling cream like Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream ($37). For thick or coarser textures, try something with slightly more hold like Oribe’s Gel Serum ($63).
Keep Them Clean
Aveda Brilliant Shampoo ($69)
Even if you’ve adopted a less stringent schedule for washing your hair (bravo), make an exception for your bangs. The simple truth is that they get greasy fast. Give your bangs a light shampooing before you wash your face in the morning, and use dry shampoo before they get oily. You don’t need a lot, but a quick spritz before you head out the door will prevent midday, oil-induced separation or flatness.
We would never advise you to skip to moisturizer, but you do need to be very mindful of moisturizing your forehead. You don’t want your skincare products transferring to your bangs and making your hair look greasy. So keep your bangs off of your face until your products have fully absorbed, which can take up to 10 minutes. To be safe, blot your forehead with blotting paper before releasing your bangs.
Do you have any other life-saving styling tips for bangs? Share your tricks in the comments below.
This post was originally published on October 23, 2014, and has since been updated.