5 Tips for Growing out Bangs with Dignity

There’s no way to make the process of growing out bangs totally un-awkward (hello, cowlicks!) but I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve to make the time pass more quickly. If you read Part 1 of my epic bangs story (note: I dislike the appropriation of the word “epic” as much as any other lover of the English language, but this process has certainly FELT epic to me) then you’ll know that my bangs are nowhere near gone yet, and they are very, very annoying.

Ugh.

Ugh.

1) Headbands

Let’s get the easiest one out of the way. Headbands have been total lifesavers recently. Not only do they obediently hold back my floppy bangs, they can add a delightfully retro pop of color to your look! This works best with your hair down.

stretchy headband

I read once in a book about how cradling your face in your hands makes you look skinnier. I think it just makes me look like a dweeb, but it was worth a shot.

Or go the Alice in Wonderland route and keep is simple with a classic black headband. This works with your hair up, down, braided, bunned, and whatever else you can think of to do with it!

You may have noticed that I dyed my hair. If you didn't notice, I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but you may be colorblind.

You may have noticed in the previous picture that I dyed my hair. If you didn’t notice, I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but you may be colorblind.

2) Scarves

Scarves are another way to look retro-fashionable. They elevate a boring outfit, hold back flyaway bangs, and hide your dirty hair! So skip that shower (we ARE in a drought, after all) and throw on a silky, sassy scarf.
Thrift stores usually have silk vintage scarf for not much $$$: I highly recommend them as a quick outfit pepper-upper!

Thrift stores usually have silk vintage scarf for not much $$$: I highly recommend them as a quick outfit pepper-upper!

Here are 5 other ways to tie a scarf, done much better than I possibly could!

3) Twists and Braids

As a fantasy and sci-fi nerd all throughout high school (let’s be honest, I’m still a Trekker at heart) I experimented a lot with some…let’s call them “interesting” hair styles inspired by elves and witches and warrior princesses. Some of them were AWFUL. And some are still cute! With my recent bangs woes, I took inspiration from my geeky past and started playing around with braids and twists and found that they work pretty well at disguising bangs problems. Like so:
Yeah, yeah, I know my roots are appalling. I'm touching them up tonight, I SWEAR.

Yeah, yeah, I know my roots are appalling. I’m touching them up tonight, I SWEAR.

That one is a tiny French braid, done tightly. If you’re not confident in your braiding skills, try this one:

twist

Just twist tightly and secure with a subtle bobby pin.

4) Barrettes

Barrettes don’t have to be the province of little girls! If you need proof that barrettes can be chic, take a look at style icon Margot Tenenbaum.
Remember, kids, in spite of how cool it makes Margot look, don't smoke!

Remember, kids, in spite of how cool it makes Margot look, don’t smoke!

And finally, my last tip: if you can’t beat em, join em. Be like the parable of the trees: while the oak tree is broken by the wind, the willow bows under it and is unharmed. Suffer the slings and arrows of misfortune. What I’m saying, in a roundabout way, is:

5) Let the bangs win

messy hair

I like this low-maintenence look, whose only upkeep required is scruffing it up with my hands and occasionally pushing it away from my eyes. It’s that devil-may-care look that some people work for, with hair putty and hot irons, but those of us growing out bangs can roll out of bed with! After all, growing out your bangs is a pain, but you can make it WERQ for you! Now go forth and conquer. I believe in you.

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