How to Style Straight-Across Bangs

how to style bangs

The last time I had bangs was at the tender age of seven. I’m 99.9% sure I didn’t style them properly, if at all. When I decided to get them a couple weeks ago, it was on a total whim. Typical me. Cutting bangs seemed like a more simple approach (to me, at least) to update my look without doing anything too drastic (an all around shorter cut, for example).

So. Here I am. Bang life. I love them. I wash my hair every three days, which I attribute to the use of professional products. I’ve noticed a huge difference ever since I started using Bumble & Bumble’s gentle shampoo & super rich conditioner. I bought the travel size versions of both to make sure I actually liked the product. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been burned way too many times by expensive products with less than amazing results. I’m definitely planning on purchasing the regular size versions when this supply runs out (soon!). But to get back on track here, sometimes I re-style my bangs in the morning if I wake up with crazy bed head.

Here’s how I style my bangs. Everyone styles them a little differently, so what works for me may not work for you. This is where I like to apply the guess and check method.

1. Comb It.

Comb out your wet bangs with a wide tooth comb. Easy peasy.

2. Paddle It.

Hold the blow dryer above your head (in your right hand) and focus the nozzle downward. Blow the bangs to the left for 5-10 seconds using a flat paddle brush. Then, switch hands and blow to the right for 5-10 seconds. Your bangs should be slightly damp.

3. Wrap It.

Wrap the center section of your bangs around a medium-sized round brush and hit them with the blow dryer from above. You’re going to be left with some crazy, voluminous bangs. However, by the time you finish your makeup and walk out the door, they will fall into place leaving you with full, sexy bangs. Note: I only use a round brush in the center section; not the sides.

4. Hit It (& Quit It).

But for real – one last quick hit with the blow dryer from up above and you’re done.

Are bangs in your future? If you have them, how do you style them?

Photography by Elise’s Pieces

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