How to Grow Out Your Bangs Without Looking Awkward

Updated 09/09/19

So you decided to get bangs… and then you were over them. Sadly, half the commitment of fringe is growing it out again. But while there’s nothing like that sweet moment when your hair finally reaches back into a ponytail without any help, the in-between phase shouldn’t be so frustrating that it deters you from making the chop in the first place. So if you’re stuck in a rut of endless bobby pins, look no further—these celebs prove that long bangs don’t have to be a hindrance, and can actually be a styling asset. (Yes, really!) Keep reading for some genius celeb-inspired ideas. 

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Alexa Chung

No, you don’t have to invest in a lifetime supply of pins and barrettes! Center-parted bangs are cooler than ever and don’t require any hardware. To get the look, simply part your hair while it’s damp and push your bangs off to each side. (If your fringe is on the shorter side, you may have to gently pin each side in place while it dries.) For extra hold, dab on just a smidge of styling paste, like Rahua’s Cream Wax ($32).

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Jessica Stam

French braids are an easy way to keep stray strands tucked away from your face—by weaving your grown-out bangs in with the rest of your longer hair, you’re giving them built-in hold. The bonus? It’s just so pretty. To get Stam’s look, separate your bangs down the middle and french-braid each side along your crown, before styling as desired in the back. Let some strands come untucked, and mist on Amika's Touchable Hairspray ($21) for additional security.

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Scarlett Johansson

The slicked-back hair trend was practically made for fringe in-betweeners. A long-lasting hold is non-negotiable, so invest in a great product, like Oribe's Rock Hard Gel ($39). If your hair isn’t super cropped like Johansson’s, try pulling it back into a sleek ponytail. Work the gel into your bangs and tousle them back, taking care to keep them from falling forward until the product dries.

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Chrissy Teigen

An effortless pony that’s tousled at the crown is very forgiving, allowing you to hide bobby pins with ease. Pull your hair into a high pony, and finger-comb the top of the hair to give it a bit of messy volume. Pull your bangs back in an almost haphazard way, pinning the pieces into place. Finish with a two-in-one shine and hold spray—we love Moroccanoil’s Luminous Hairspray ($26).

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Lily Allen

Sometimes, you just want extra security—and fortunately, hair clips and barrettes are one of fall’s biggest beauty trends. While there are a ton of different accessories to choose from no matter your style (or outfit), we’re loving Allen’s ’90s-era hair clip, which goes with everything. (Seriously, how did these ever go out of style?) These L. Erickson Barrettes ($18 for six) come in three different metallic shades.

Did we miss any good ideas? Tell us your favorite way to style in-between bangs in the comments below!

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