From short baby bangs to the side swoop, from nineties wisps to the heavy retro bang, bangs have been a near constant hairstyle trend. But as bang trends come and go, so to does the desire to grow them out. We’ve come up with some tips to help grow your bangs out once and for all—or while you’re waiting to take on the next trend.
Commit to Regular Trims
It may seem counter-intuitive, but continuing to trim your bangs will expedite the grow-out process in the long run. Frequent trims (about every six weeks) ward off split ends and help keep hair looking and feeling healthy. Your stylist will also be able to easily blend your growing bangs into the rest of your hair, which will make your longer fringe look more purposeful than frustrating.
Styling Is Your BFF
If one of the reasons you’ve ditched your bangs is because styling them became tiresome, styling the grow-out may not seem appealing to you. Yet, a little dedication to styling will ensure that your hair is looking great during the process.
Get to the Good Part
In the early stages of grow-out, part your hair at an angle, on the left or right side of your hair. This will help make awkward lengths less noticeable. You can use a flat iron to help manipulate your hair into this new position. Be sure to use a thermal protectant when heat styling (check out our lightweight styling cream).
Once your bangs have grown to a length just past your cheekbones, choose either a dramatic side swoop bang—maintaining your side part—or opt for a center part. Then, work to blend your fringe into your hair, either as you blow dry and flat iron, or when you scrunch damp hair and let it air dry. As hair grows from this length, your bangs become nice, face-framing layers. Regular hair trims will make this stage of grow-out look and feel more natural.
Try a New Look
For a dramatic style, back comb bangs slightly to give them extra volume, then comb back into hair. Spritz with hairspray, and comb or brush hair into an updo—a flirty ponytail or elegant chignon is instantly elevated with your blended, bumped-up bangs. Achieve a similar effect without backcombing by twisting bangs and securing off of the face with a pin.
Braids are a great way to hide bangs while you grow them out. A really fast faux French braid is not even a braid at all, but looks like you’ve spent hours watching YouTube videos:
• Start with a deep part, and section hair along the hairline into two pieces.
• Fold one over the next, and pick up small sections of hair along the way as you work your way along your hairline.
• Secure the faux French braid with a pin behind your ear.
If you have short bangs, try your hairline braids when hair is damp, along with a styling cream. This will keep stray, short hairs in check. On second day hair, a dose of dry shampoo at the root will help give hair extra texture and hold. You can always apply a hairspray to completed braids to keep them in place as well.
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
When you haven’t got the time to commit to styling, lean into hair accessories and leave your baseball cap in the closet.
Tried and True
Bobby pins are great for pinning bangs off of the face, either to one side or straight back toward the crown of the head. You can opt for pins that are the same color as your hair to disguise your efforts, or try brightly colored, embellished, or cool metallic pins for a more noticeable style.
Elastic headbands are great for getting bangs off of your face, from working out to running errands. More traditional headbands, like those made of resin or metal, are a classic that push bangs out of the way in a snap. Hair can be worn loose or pulled back with a headband, giving even more variety to the style.
A twisted silk scarf can be tied around the head for a chic look. The bow can be tied at the hairline for a retro take, or secured at the nape of the neck for a more subtle style.
Patience is a Virtue (Especially with Bangs)
The greatest tip for successfully growing out bangs? Be patient. While it may seem like it takes forever, hair grows at a pretty good clip: about a half inch per month! And while you’re waiting on your hair, treat it well with regular trims and deep conditioning treatments. We love the ease of applying our Color Protecting Conditioner to damp, clean hair for fifteen minutes once per week and rinsing with cool water. Up the ante on your hair care by adding regular at-home gloss treatments, or take your changing look to new heights by trying a totally new color. Your bang grow-out gives you a new style every few weeks, so you might as well embrace your hair evolution!