So Bangin': How to Flawlessly Grow Out Your Fringe
Posted Sunday October 27, 2013 8:20 AM GMT
Bangs: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.
They're our go-to style when we want to change up our look without making a dramatic transformation, but what do you do when you’re ready to get rid of them? Facing the awkward growing out stage is no fun for anyone.
Even Michelle Obama feels our pain. The first lady told Entertainment Tonight awhile back, “They’re starting to grow out, getting a little irritating. But it’s okay.”
To avoid your own fringe-frustrations, we met up with bangs specialist Gilda Pastena from Pierre Michel salon in New York City, who gave us five tips to gracefully growing out your bangs.
Keep it light. Bangs tend to attract more oil than the rest of your hair because they rest closer to your face. While growing them out, use a shampoo that is not too moisturizing and opt for a lightweight conditioner. You can always keep a dry shampoo handy to remove oil.
Braid it up. A wraparound braid is a great way to hide unruly bangs. Start by braiding or twisting the hair forward and keep adding more hair as you move toward the hairline. Secure with a bobby pin.
Glam them up. Try clips, headbands and bobby pins to keep them out of your face with a stylish edge. Avoid small rubber bands or tight elastics — this will only cause breakage, making the growing out process longer.
Total teaser. Start at the roots and slightly tease your bangs for added volume. Brush them back using a light hairspray to keep them in place all day in a cool chic look. Avoid using an extra strength gel or a rock hard spray — this will cause stray hairs by midday and an unattractive helmet head 'do by nightfall.
Go for a different angle. Blow drying at an angle will help bangs blend in with the rest of your hair better and disguise their awkward length. Avoid blowing them straight down, as it them to look shaggy and in need of a trim.