Does it seem like you’re at war with your bangs most days?
Maybe that’s because they’re too long?
And we both know once they cross a certain length threshold they act out and don’t care what you want.
Or maybe they separate cause they’re not properly trained. Which means they just do what they think is best regardless of how foolish it makes you look. Arrrgh!
So is it time to take control?
If yes, and you want things to go swimmingly stick around. We’ve got a couple of good video tutorials you won’t want to miss. That show how to get the upper hand over bangs gone wild.
Training bangs isn’t hard.
But it’s not necessarily a once and done kind of thing either.
All you need is a blow dryer, a brush or two, and maybe some light hold hair spray. Persist for a few weeks (usually) and most every day your bangs can look like they did when you left the salon!
Okay so you’re looking to get this bit of cute and sassy hair to stay where you want it.
Without suddenly popping up or sliding to one side or the other if you’ve got a straight bang.
And for sure without separating and exposing your forehead. Separated bangs can be so annoying.
Accomplishing any of that is just what training is.
The thing is this. Educating your fringe can be a daily task for some. Others can go weeks with face framers they can happily live with after blow drying.
Typically training involves …
- a blow dryer set on medium heat low air
- a round and flat brush
- a light hold hair spray
- a commitment to keep at it
Then before you know it you’ll be able to style your bangs in five minutes and be done with them for the day. Most days.
Training Your Bangs To Keep From Separating Begins With Blow Drying
When it comes to achieving submission blow drying right is a critical step. It’s not one you want to skip if you want bangs that are behavin’. This first video shows the typical way that’s done.
- Blow dry right away
- Aim the dryer’s nozzle attachment down
- Subdue the ends
THE TECHNIQUE Whether in training mode or not there’s a trick to make sure this all works out. Get to drying those bangs as soon as you can after stepping out of the shower. Cause being shorter strands they dry on their own amazingly fast.
So flip on your hair dryer immediately. Seconds count.
This is not to be melodramatic. You don’t want to give your fringe the slightest chance to even think about air drying and going all wonky on you. You’ll regret it.
THE TECHNIQUE To dry your bangs you first have to find your bangs. Again do so as quickly as you can. No need to super precise. If you get hair that’s technically not part of your official fringe that’s okay.
Tip: Use your fingers to fluff the hair to maximize exposure to the heated hair when blasting with your dryer.
THE TECHNIQUE It’s important to aim the nozzle of the dryer down while flipping the bang from side to side. The idea is to flip it every five to 10 seconds or so. You want the hair running diagonally across your forehead as it dries.
Magically that side to side blow drying technique also helps you get a little volume with bit of a bevel. This keeps your face framers from sitting flat on your forehead like bark on a tree. This also keeps them from getting crazy voluminous.
The goal’s to get the fringe to just damp. It won’t take long to get there.
THE TECHNIQUE Next grab your paddle brush. Run it through the underside of your damp strands with the dryer blasting away.
What this does is help subdue the ends. Helping contain them while avoiding an “Ends Gone Wild” situation. Which no one wants.
Finally there’s this. Some day you’re just going to have to live with the fact the strands sitting on your forehead will have a mind of their own.
They’re going do their thing.
You’ll just have to accept some of that and go with it.
Anyway take from this what you will. Everyone’s hair is different. Some are lucky to have prim and polished bangs. Others, well, you know. If that’s you, techniques like this might come in handy.
As might our take on how to blow dry curtain bangs. We fill in some of the gaps she doesn’t. If that’s at all of interest, given how insanely popular a Bardot fringe is at the moment, think you might want to click over to learn more?
Next up is a stylist produced video. It’s full of good ideas. Ones that I suspect you’ll find helpful for training to keep your fringe compliant.
Prepare to be blown away. (sorry) The one standout idea was how she dries bangs. Her hack is not one I’ve seen before.
Fact is getting any style of bangs to lay flat begins and ends with your blow dryer. (I know I keep repeating myself but it’s important you get this.)
Same for getting blunt straight across bangs to stay anchored in the middle with little to no shifting to one side or the other.
UNBREAKABLE RULE: Just a reminder…always, always, always blow dry your bangs first thing. As in right away first thing.
Perfecting your wash-and-immediately-dry technique is the key to a low-maintenance fringe that does what you want.
So this video starts with an explanation of what the process is. Then she does the process in real time without any yadda yadda yadda so you can see the technique in action.
Tip: A tight bristled brush like this one from Paul Mitchell is best for the initial blow drying. Simply lead with the brush and follow with the dryer.
This Bangs Blow Drying Technique In Seven Steps
- Step 1 Separate the fringe out from the rest of the hair.
- Step 2: Pull all the bang hair to one side.
- Step 3: Split out a small section with your brush. Then blow dry it to the opposite side. Running the brush through the hair two or three times while hitting it with the dryer.
- Step 4: Grab another small section. Again push it the opposite direction and aim the heated air at it while brushing.
- Step 5: Continue to break the bang into four, five even six sections and repeat until all the front hair is on the opposite side it started on.
- Step 6: Now reverse course. Repeat that same process only directing the hair back in the direction it was when you started.
- Step 7: Continue the process back and forth maybe five or six times. Or until the bangs are mostly dry.
WHY THIS WORKS: The back and forth flipping while drying tricks the roots. They don’t know what they’re supposed be doing. So they do what you want them to do. Play nice.
Oh and if this isn’t enough reason why for you we share 10 Things That Matter When It Comes To Blow Drying Bangs you might find useful.
Tip: Don’t forget that you need at least some heat applied on the hair. The cool setting likely won’t get you the results you seek. It takes heat to mold, shape and control how those face framers lay.
Next break out a larger diameter round brush (3 or 4 incher). This is for shaping and volumizing. You want to twirl it as the hair wraps around. Aiming the dryer at the hair sitting on top of the barrel.
Tip: The size of your round brush matters. Larger is better than smaller. Otherwise you’ll be putting too much curl into the fringe which will make it stand out more than you likely want.
The full demo starts at timestamp 1:52 without narrative due to blow dryer noise. It’s not as complicated as the description of the seven step process may make it sound.
Tip: Just like the first video this stylist also runs a styling brush on the underside of the mostly dry hair to finish things off. You know to get it to go straight?
You can cap this off with a spritz of light hold spray if you like.
NEXT DAY REFRESH: Now if you don’t (want to) lather up daily use a water bottle or rehydrating spray. The one she recommends is Awapuhi Moisture Mist by Paul Mitchell. Use it to perk things up some before blow drying.
TAKEAWAY Just be sure to wet down THE ENTIRE FRINGE including back to the roots.
Yeah don’t make this mistake when trying to revitalize. That is just spraying the bottom half of the fringe that hangs directly over your forehead.
Instead go for the whole nine yards. Wet down the entire thing including back to the bang root area. Then repeat the seven step process laid out above.
Fail to do this and you may not get the cooperation out of your hair you were hoping for when firing up your blow dryer.
FINAL TAKEAWAY: It can take next to forever, if ever, to get your bangs to effortlessly do what you want them to do. Some are just too strong willed and have to be brought to heel daily. So don’t necessarily expect this to be a once and done kind of thing.
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