If you've ever found yourself debating the merits of bangs, listen up: Faux bangs are your best friend. Seriously. They're the best way to test-drive a new set of fringe without committing to the chop, especially since bangs take ages to grow out (speaking from experience here). Take, for example, Lea Michele. She wore clip-in bangs for months before actually getting the real thing. (Celebrities, they're just like us!) Convinced yet? If so (or even if you're on the fence), we turned to Gregory Patterson, celebrity hairstylist and ambassador for Sally Beauty, to figure out the perfect way to fake your fringe.
To read his tips and more, keep scrolling.
"Always, always, always style them right as you get them out of the package. The cuticle needs to be ruffled up a little bit to make sure that it looks like natural hair. Using a brush and a blow-dryer or a curling iron or flat-iron helps to shape the hair, making it come to life," says Patterson.
"The best way to apply clip-in bangs or fringe is to first section the hair from the hairline about one inch back, creating a center parting. This helps to make sure that the density on both the right and left sides of your natural hair is more even and will help the clip-in bang lay more natural," says Patterson. He also says to make sure that your natural hair is laying flat against your hairline when you clip them in.
In terms of trimming, Patterson says to trim vertically instead of straight across, "so that you keep a very natural texture to them and create that sexy bombshell and alluring fringe." He also says to keep the shortest pieces from "iris to iris" to create symmetry and frame your face.
Fancy a topknot? Patterson loves creating this look with faux bangs because it gives off a "chic and fashion-forward look."
"When creating topknots or ponytails using your bangs, sometimes I like to take the longer sides [of the clip-ons] and use that to wrap around the base of the ponytail to make sure that the top clip is completely invisible," he explains.
Last but not least, when washing your faux fringe, be gentle: "I actually don't recommend washing them too often because the more texture they have in them, the more real they will look, and the easier they'll hold the style. Use a very gentle shampoo, and fill up a sink with [water and] shampoo and lightly rub them," he explains. Patterson also advises adding a little bit of conditioner from the mid-length, down and to let hair fully air-dry before styling with heat tools.
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