Are your bangs so badly split and separated that they look thin enough to be almost anorexic? Or a far cry from the well-manicured face framers you had when you walked out of the salon.
Or maybe you’re having such a hard time taming your misbehaving bangs you’re about to cry out of frustraction?
Sounds like you should send them to bang boot camp to get trained.
So if you’ve been looking for a fix for your defiant fringe for what seems like forever we’ve got solid bang training ideas for you. Hacks so good you may be able to say buh-bye to those frustrations for good.
Those hacks are followed by a video demonstration of an idea that may sound a little cray-cray until you try it. So be sure to stick around to see what I’m talking about.
8 Hacks For Those Wondering How To Keep Bangs In Place Without Splitting
Training them means they stay where you put them.
Or they stay in the middle and don’t shift to the left or right.
It also means they don’t separate while more or less laying flat.
So that when properly trained you should have fewer problems with split, poofy or misbehavin’ bangs.
To get you there here’s some steps to take prevent your brow grazers from splitting or otherwise going all wonky on you. Call ‘em hacks or rules or what-have-you. Either way these ideas can help you successfully teach them to be totally compliant.
Starting with one of the most important.
#1 You’ll Need To Experiment To Establish the Right Routine
Like anything hair no one can for sure tell you what will do the trick with yours. That means it will require experimentation on your part to discover what’s most effective tactics.
Unfortunately you may have to kiss a few frogs before you come across the Prince Charming method that works.
Sure you may know someone who does nothing more than lather up, position their fringe with their fingers and let it air dry. And that’s it. They’re good for the day.
But that’s rare. Most have to work at it.
For some that may mean keeping their bangs trimmed shorter.
Others may have to use product like dry shampoo or hairspray.
Others still may find washing them every day is required to keep them grease and separation free.
Plus knowing some tricks to keep your bangs from separating never hurt either. What we found out about how to do that awaits at the other end of that link.
Beyond that the ideas that follow are more things to try or at least keep in mind.
#2 Blow Drying Tips That Can Make All the Difference
Your hair dryer is where the magic starts. Beginning the moment you step out of the shower.
The idea is to fire up your dryer as soon as possible.
You don’t want your fringe to have any time to even think of air drying on its own. Which can happen amazingly fast.
Hopefully when it comes to blow drying bangs this isn’t news.
Also as you hopefully know the standard move here is to flip them back and forth with the help of a brush until dry.
Turns out that’s not the only way to do it. For more on a dryer hack that’s a little different you’ll want to see our other post on how to train your bangs to lay flat and not split. There’s a video that explains it.
Tip: You might see if paying attention to the roots when drying makes a difference. Typically those are overlooked. Yet some find focusing the blow dryer heat on the roots works wonders. So that might be trick you’re looking for but couldn’t find.
You might also play around with the heat and air flow setting.
Low air and low heat might work best for some.
Others find medium air and medium heat are best.
High heat and air seldom are.
Regardless you’ll likely find you really need some heat to hold the hair in place.
Do this right and you’ll have results with just the right amount of volume.
#3 Brush Size: Are You Using The Correct Size For The Job?
Round brushes are essential to give any fringe a hint of bend.
When it comes to yours you need to size that right. Go too small and you’ll end up with more curl than you bargained for. Think a look like those 80s bubble bangs with some serious bend to them.
That’s fine if that’s what you’re going for. But if not stick with a round brush that’s three or four inches in diameter. Something like that will leave you with a softer, flatter fringe. That caresses your forehead.
#4 About Cowlicks and Bangs – What You Should Know
What can make this more challenging? The presence of a pesky hairline cowlick in the wrong place.
Still that doesn’t mean your fringe is untrainable. But frequent retraining may be required as the hair grows.
Regardless here’s a couple tips for how to train bangs with a cowlick. Plus a resource for more info.
Flipping the hair back and forth while keeping the blow dryer nozzle close and aimed down is one tried and true trick to keep most any cowlick in check. .
This styling wizardry works because it flattens the hair and keeps from springing up. Helping to keep your fringe looking totally put together even with a cowlick.
Now if you fancy curtain bangs, we did a deep dive about those and cowlicks. So if you’re wondering can you have curtain bangs with a cowlick you’ll find your answers in that post.
#5 Keep Your Fringe Down With A Flat Iron
If your bangs aren’t staying down and laying flat like you’d like see if flat ironing them doesn’t help. A quick pass or two can make all the difference.
Just make it quick. Not a lot of hair here. And it can suffer heat damage in the blink of an eye.
#6 Why Use Hairspray to Maximize Your Training Efforts
Okay, okay I know some want to know how to make their bangs stay in place without hairspray. But sometimes that’s simply unavoidable. Especially when in the training phase.
So if you’re struggling maybe you need to resort to a little help from a light hold spritz or two.
Especially if your fringe likes to split into wispy bits. The product can help keep things together.
It can also speed up training your hair to fall where you want it to fall and stay.
As an added bonus in some cases it can even dry up some of the oil accumulating on your hair. Which could the underlying reason why they’re splitting apart in the first place.
#7 Three Tricks for Devastating Bangs With Coarse Hair
As you’d expect different types of hair will respond differently and require different approaches.
For example the tension you put on the hair with your brush will vary whether your strands are coarse or fine. Coarse hair will need more, maybe much more, than fine thinner locks when blow drying.
Then too coarser hair may require more dry blower heat to conform to your wishes.
And you still may need to a low temp flat iron over the very tips to get the cooperation you seek.
#8 Training Takes How Long Again?
Let’s finish up with the question everyone asks. Oh and spoiler alert – you probably aren’t going to like the answer.
Unfortunately there is no one size fits all time line here.
Everyone’s bangs are different.
Their hair type varies.
So there is no firm answer for the how long question.
An average might 4-6 weeks.
But some never get to the point of complete cooperation. Humidity, you know?
Plus this isn’t always a once tamed always tamed kind of thing either. With some fringes as they grow out they revert back to their wild child selves. Because as most any fringe grows out it gets harder and harder to control due to the added length.
Next let’s get to the promised….
Offbeat Way To Train Your Bangs Using A Hair Tie
Here’s all you do. Wrap your dry fringe tight with a hair tie for about five minutes. That’s it.
Doesn’t sound like much. But give a try before judging.
To make it easy for those into the details here is the step by step with time stamp
- 2:45 Part your hair like it was parted when bangs were cut
- 3:23 Break out your bangs from the rest of your hair
- 4:00 Wrap them nice and snug in a hair tie. Yeah, a hair tie. She calls it a forward ponytail. The longer you keep things nice and snug the better. Here after five minutes she freed her fringe from the tie.
- 6:19 Style as needed with a flat iron.
With the hot iron, just run the hair through the heated plates one time. The idea is to give it a bit of a bevel for a little lift. Which will help keep longer ones out of your eyes.
Yes as the day goes on they’ll relax some picking up some length as they do. But that’s fine.
It’s okay to be skeptical about this. You won’t know if this somewhat offbeat hair tie technique idea works for you or not until you try it. You’ve got nothing to lose but those super annoying gaps.
But don’t be surprised if you find you’ll be forever using this simple hack. Because many claim it’s just the fix they needed.
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