Are you ready to commit or do you need to know more about maintaining and taking care of bangs?
Now if you came here from Part 1 of our look at how to take care of bangs then you know some of what to know before flaunting a fringe. Especially if you watched the insanely helpful video.
If not, you may want to get up to speed on the first six care and feeding think-abouts bang boosters often forget to mention before diving in here.
Anyway, with this post we’ll cover the last five things to be aware of before taking the plunge. They are …
More Stuff You Need Know Before Getting Bangs
- You Need to Blow Dry Right Away the Right Way
- Sweaty Bangs Are A Thing
- Then There’s The Blemishes
- There’s A Best Time To Get Bangs?
- You Can Lengthen And Shorten Your Bangs At Will?
Let’s jump right in.
You Need to Blow Dry Right Away the Right Way
For many blow drying their brow skimmers is not as cut and dry as they expected it to be.
For sure you have to know your way around a blow dryer.
It’s the unsung hero of bangs stylings.
It’s what separates the women from the girls.
Bonus points for being able to twirl a round brush to build in some volume. (And if that’s Greek to you check out the section on blow drying bangs in our post in stopping separated bangs dead in their tracks.)
Because you never want to assume your bangs will air dry nice. Never.
Which means you’re in a daily race to style your bangs before they have a chance to do so. All to instill a sense of voluminous bounce to the hair framing your face.
This is why you always dry the short stuff first. Otherwise you risk them ending up looking all whacked out.
But by getting to them right away you get to encourage them in the direction that works for you.
The key technique is to aim the nozzle from the roots down to the ends. Doing what you can to keep the heat directed on your bangs only.
Oh and that roots bit is important. Too many ignore them and then wonder why they’re having such problems.
To give you sense of a routine here’s a quick styling demo video. One that makes use of both a paddle and round brush. It also share the basics for using both with a blow dryer in an effort to help convince your face framers to cooperate!
Shhhhh! Here’s the big takeaway. You want to blow dry the right (and left) way. Meaning you want to flip the hair from side to side while blasting it with heated hair.
POINT LEFT UNSAID: Did you see the concentrator nozzle on the end of her hair blaster? That’s very important when working with bangs. It focuses the business end to insure you get all you can outta your dryer.
Sweaty Bangs Are A Thing
Like it or not sweat is something bang lovers have to cope with. Especially if you live somewhere that’s hot and humid.
One trick is to use a lightweight humidity resistant hair spray. Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray is a good choice for the budget minded. Or if you can step up in price there’s the highly rated Kenra Volume Spray 25.
Either one can make it easier to tame your fringe and keep it under control.
Also loved this little hack to keep your fringe off your forehead.
Bottom line? Defeating sweatiness often comes down to keeping a degree of separation between your forehead and your hair.
Also don’t forget. When it comes to bangs dry shampoo is a difference maker for many members of the bang gang.
One other tip would be to avoid conditioning your fringe. Probably not necessary to begin with. And it’s just asking for trouble.
Then There’s The Blemishes
Another thing often not considered when weighing going bang – BLEMISHES.
Because lurking under that flirty fringe could be a skin disaster in the making.
So pay attention to your skin. If not you could fall victim to another side effect of these face framers that’s anything but a fringe benefit.
That’s because hair products can clog your pores or irritate your skin causing breakouts.
Sure some might argue those brow skimmers hide the problem. But they might also be causing it.
So it’s smart to keep the bangs off your skin and to religiously do both a daily bang clean up and a thorough forehead wash down.
Tip: Pinning your bangs back at night or when working out using dentless clips like these can help too. Actually those things can make a big diff.
There’s A Best Time To Get Bangs?
Is there really a best time of year for this?
Yeah it’s another point not often mentioned.
But given bangs can be hot, sweaty, (see above) plus will take time to learn how to manage it best to get them in late fall early winter.
That will give you some time to figure out how to work with yours sans sweat. Before summer rolls in. When it gets blistering hot and you get all sweaty.
That way you’ll be a pro at styling your fun, cleanly shorn fringe when the humidity and heat return. Without the drama. And without walking around with them plastered to your forehead.
You Can Lengthen And Shorten Your Bangs At Will?
Hard to believe?
It all comes down to the styling tools you use.
If you use a round brush, and pretty much everyone with bangs does, by adding a bit of bend to them you’ll make them appear to shrink. So if you’re still days from a trim but want to be able to see, break out the round brush.
You’ll obviously have to experiment with which diameter round brush gives you the right amount of lift off your forehead. But this is tip worth remembering.
On the other hand if you or your stylist went a little crazy with the scissors you can “virtually” recover a little length by using a straightener. This works because you’re taking out any wave in the hair. And we both know straighter hair is slightly longer hair.
Hacks like these can be a life savers for those who love to bang it out. Especially for those wanting to keep their flirty forehead huggers looking decent. Neither too short or too long.
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