After making the decision to grow out your bangs, it's a waiting game. There's that weird time where they're an awkward length and you can't figure out what to do with them. As we self-quarantine at home, the decision to just cut them can be especially appealing. But we're here to offer you a couple of less drastic, scissors-free options.
The easiest tip: simply leave your grown-out bangs alone. "Touch [them] as little as possible," says Los Angeles-based hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein. "I don’t mean just no cutting, but minimal washing and styling as well." Hairstylist Kylee Heath, who works with Kristen Stewart and Nicole Kidman, agrees, noting now is a great time to take advantage of not having to go anywhere or see anyone and just let them be.
Other options for styling your grown-out bangs don't involve a much harder lift than that, and you can use accessories you probably already have at home. So if you can't leave your bangs alone and must do something with them, we've got you.
We asked both pros to give us their top suggestions for styling grown-out bangs and they gave us six foolproof styles that will please just about anyone. See what they had to say below.
Bangs that have grown long enough to touch your cheekbones can be braided. Heath recommends parting your hair in the center and creating a braid on either side. Then, pin them to the rest of the hair behind your ears to secure them in place.
Rubenstein, on the other hand, suggests doing a braided crown along the hairline — starting from wherever you choose to part your hair and ending where the bangs stop. This is a great way to eliminate heat styling, she adds.
Other styles you can try include creating two French braids, where you weave a three-strand braid from the hairline to the nape of your neck. Be sure to make them as tight and close to the scalp as possible to keep the bangs from sticking out.
Slip on a Headband
Headbands have had a renaissance over the past couple of years and are a fun and easy way to elevate hair looks like beachy waves or a high pony. But this is especially true for grown-out bangs. Heath suggests pushing bangs back with a headband so you won't be tempted to cut them.
Put a Pin in It
Another simple way to keep bangs out of your face is with bobby pins, Heath says. First, determine where you want to part your hair — perhaps a deep side situation like Emma Stone — before pinning them back. You can use pins that match your hair color, like these bobbies from Conair. Or if you want some added embellishment, we are loving these pearl pins from Jennifer Behr.
The I-just-got-out-of-the-shower look has become a classic style, and according to Heath it's one of the best ways to style long bangs. "Now is a good time to not be washing your hair every day," she says. "I've been putting hair oil or treatments [into my hair] and just letting it sit." Then, she slicks her hair back into a bun. We recommend using an oil that gives hair extra shine and hydration, like SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. And when tying a knot, the higher it is the better it will be for holding back your bangs.
Accessorize With a Hair Clip
Rubenstein believes out of sight, out of mind is the best approach for dealing with grown-out bangs. "If you don't see them, you resist the urge to take a scissors to them," she says. "And the more you can keep [your bangs] out of your face, the less likely you're going to be constantly touching them." If you want something a little bit more exciting than a bobby pin, reach for a hair clip instead.
For something that's all style and little function (at least when it comes to styling grown-out bangs), Rubinstein suggests putting on a wig because, well, why the eff not? Go for a blue ombré, asymmetrical bob from Bobbi Boss or a long, pastel purple wig from Elesty. Have some fun and give yourself the hair makeover of your dreams — even if it's temporary.
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