Ok guys, I have had bangs for a long time. I love them. I usually try to grow them out after a few months, but then I'll watch one episode of New Girl and you'll find me in my bathroom late at night bringing them back to life (which I do not recommend, call your hairstylist!) I think I'm just doomed to always have them, I did successfully grow them out in 2012 and went an entire year without them, that was fun, and it'll happen again one day, but until then, here are a few tips I've learned along the way to help maintain keeping your bangs looking fresh and deceptively clean.
Blow dry! I always find when I blow dry my bangs on a high heat after washing them, they stay fresh longer. If I let them air dry, they tend to get greasy a lot faster. When you blow dry them, use a brush or a comb and blast them all to the left, then to the right, then down, and keep repeating this until they are dry.
Dry Shampoo. My best friend. This saves me, because your bangs are sitting on your face, they get greasy a lot faster than the rest of your hair, dry shampoo absorbs the oils and lets you go an extra few days of keeping them looking thick and fresh.
* I recommend this one >> click here << my absolute favourite. I use the "Hot Chocolate," which I love because it's for brunettes!
No Touching. Try your hardest to keep your hands off. Your bangs do not like the natural oils on your hands!
Hairspray. Get a good, medium-firm hairspray. This helps me a lot. It's always the last thing I do before I walk out the door, use a comb to style your bangs to your liking and then give them a good spray, not too much, but it keeps them in place and then it helps you keep your hands off too.
Wash. My bangs can go about 4 or 5 days without needing a wash. This does change with the seasons, as the Summer can be hotter and more unpredictable. And some people can't go more than a day without washing them. One thing that has saved me, especially when i had long hair that could go a week without washing is to tie all of your hair back into a tight bun keeping separate your bangs and any front pieces that feel greasy and just wash the front part. It's easy to do in the sink and just takes a minute. Blow dry and you're good to go!
Trim about once a month. I've learned this lesson far too many times, that it's really the best decision to get someone else to do this. It doesn't take long, and most salons do it for under $10 or if you go back to whoever did it the first time, they will sometimes give you a free bang trim. If you are like me though, and get those spur of the moment urges, don't just grab a pair of kitchen scissors and hack away. Buy a proper pair of hair cutting scissors and take your time. Pull the rest of your hair back, and follow the exact line of your bangs, use a comb, don't wet them, and don't try and give them a new shape. Don't cut them strait across, start at the centre, hold your scissors at an angle, pointing upwards, and cut at short, small increments moving outwards. Again, I don't suggest you do this, but if you do, don't rush it!
If you're having days where they just won't cooperate, try parting your hair really far to one side and braiding it across the front, or use a pin or clip to cover them with a drastic side part. (Tutorial coming soon!)
I hope you found this helpful, and know that I'm no pro, but these are a few things that have helped me out through my many years of blunt bangs!
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// Tegan //