You could say Melanie Allen knows a thing or two about good hair. As the Marketing Manager and Content Editor of My Best Friend’s Hair—which helps readers find awesome stylists, salons and products—Melanie is particularly knowledgeable about all things ‘do. That’s why this week she’s giving us the scoop on salon etiquette, growing out your bangs, and more.
We’ve all been there: the old “should I get bangs” debate. But what should you do when you’re totally over the bangs you’re growing out? Here’s everything you need to know about getting those bangs out of the way for good (or, you know, until you’re itching to cut them again!)
Pin and push: Keeping the ever-growing fringe out of your face is key, so now is the perfect time to accessorize. For a subtle look, match your bobby pins to your hair. Or you can push your hair back with a headband. Light, wispy bangs will easily stay put with a thin band, but thick-haired ladies should reach for a thicker headband with more grip.
Add a braid: Pinning your hair every day can become boring. For a more creative way to keep bangs at bay, try adding a small braid like the one Carey Mulligan is wearing above. A basic, three-strand braid works well and looks chic. If your braiding skills are a little more advanced, go for a mini-fishtail or four-strand braid.
Change your part: Ease into bang growth by switching to a center part. From there, lightly twist your bangs toward the nape of your neck and secure with pins. Not only will this keep your bangs out of your face, but the style is totally boho-chic.
Use the right products: When trying any of the bang management options listed above, use a pre-styling product to keep your style in place. If you rock curls and waves, try a volumizing mousse. Straight-haired ladies should go for a straightening or smoothing balm. No matter your style or texture, top off your style with a light-hold hairspray such as Oribe’s Superfine Hair Spray. Good hold need not be crunchy!
Above all else, stay positive. Growing out bangs can feel frustrating, but have fun and experiment with accessories and products. Those bangs will be out of your way in no time.
If you miss your former fringe and can’t get to a stylist, learn how to trim your own bangs in our how-to video.