Breaking up with your bangs is hard to do. Not just because you’re saying good bye to a bangin’ look, but because growing out your bangs is sooooooo awk. No wonder most of us cave and reach for the scissors — we’d rather wear bangs forever than go through the vicious cycle again. Depending on how fast your hair‘s thickness and how fast it grows, it typically takes three to four months for your bangs to grow out — which, LBH, feels like foreverrrrrr.
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But fear not. Below are some awesome tips to help you survive the struggle in style. (And remember: when in doubt, always refer to your stylist for help!)
1. Trim Your Bangs
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Counterintuitive? Kind of. Trimming your hair helps it remain healthy and nourished, which means it’ll grow faster. Remember: you want this awkward phase to be as fast as possible. Ask your stylist to help blend your bangs into the rest of your hair, so the transition will be easier. Another tip? Cut your bangs in the center only. This will help the blending soooo much.
2. Switch Your Part
Once your bangs have been growing out for a few weeks, it’s time to choose a part. Left or right? No matter which side you choose, it’s a good idea to angle down your part from the crown of your head. This way makes your transition look less awkward and more natural. Don’t forget to use a heavy product, like wax, to keep them in place — and less string-like.
Want to keep your bangs off your face while switching up your hairstyle? Bring back the ’90s by clipping back your bangs either to the side or from the crown with a barrette or some stylish pins. Luckily this trick works best with both short bangs and those awk in-the-middle bangs. Wearing a stylish headband is also a super easy trick.
4. Twist Them to the Side
Twist your bangs to the side using a variety of gorgeous hair hacks. You can French braid your bangs to the side, or gently roll them back behind your ear and secure with a pin. Don’t forget to use a pomade and/or hair spray to keep them in place.
5. Curl ‘Em
Curling your bangs works well for those with either naturally curly or straight locks. Depending on your style and ‘do, use a curling iron to create waves, curls or ringlets. Sweep them to the side or blend them with the rest of your hair. Finish off with a flexible hair spray.
6. Taper Them Out
This is an ideal look for those who’ve been growing out their bangs for a couple of months. Parting your bangs in the middle, ask your stylist to taper off your bangs to the side so they blend in with the rest of your hair. This makes for an edgy look that is def not awk. At home you can use a flat iron to bend the hair away from your face. Use some spray to set the look.