7 Ways to Grow Out Your Bangs Gracefully
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By Taegen Tanner for ELLE
You've hit that awkward in-between stage. But don't touch the scissors. "You'll only be more frustrated in the end," said hairstylist John Barrett. Instead, he recommended "being patient and knowing you still have many options." Here, he shares his tips for how to manage and style your hair until you hit your perfect length.
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The secret to growing out bangs successfully may surprise you: Schedule regular trims. While completely chopping off regrowth only causes you to cycle through more bang remorse, regular bang trims actually help your fringe grow longer more quickly. "Trimming promotes healthy hair, and healthier hair is more apt to absorb moisture and vitamins to help it grow," said John Barrett, owner of the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan. He suggested booking a bang trim every six weeks.
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"Keeping your hair moisturized is important; moisture prevents breakage, which is key to successfully growing out bangs," Barrett said. Treat your strands with deep-conditioning masks. When styling, choose products with a bit of weight to them, which works to keep stubborn short hairs from standing at attention when they should be keeping in line.
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Now is the time to choose sides. When growing out your bangs, switch from a middle part to one positioned to the left or right, angling it down slightly from the crown of your head, as Emma Stone does here. "An angled part is your best bet when in the growing-out process," Barrett said. "When bangs are positioned at a slight angle, you'll have a better chance of disguising awkward length, as well as keeping them in place with a weighted product."
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Disguising the awkward phase of fringe regrowth can be as simple as picking a hairstyle that keeps bangs in check. For shorter, trickier bangs, Barrett suggested parting your hair at an angle; brushing it to the side using a product with weight; and then securing the ends with bobby pins, barrettes, or clips, as Diane Kruger does here. "This keeps shorter bangs out of your face," Barrett said.
With The Band6 of 8
Sometimes, you simply want your bangs off your forehead altogether. No problem! "Thin headbands are timeless and perfect accessories when growing out bangs," Barrett said. The best part about the versatile accessory? No matter your fringe length, you can pop one on to push your bangs up, back, and away, just like Rachel McAdams—and no one will be the wiser to your hair transition.
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Add this tuck-and-roll technique to your hairstyle repertoire; it serves to mask any awkward fringe regrowth seamlessly. Roll the lengths of your bangs and tuck them along your hairline either tightly or loosely, like AnnaLynne McCord; then secure the roll near your ear using a hairpin or bobby pin.
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Braiding strands along the hairline, like Carey Mulligan did here, is another option for varying your look as you grow out your bangs, as well as for keeping ends from dangling in your eyes. Just be cautious with a shorter fringe; to keep ends from poking out, dampen hair with gel, like Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel, prior to braiding and then blast the area with hairspray after you finish your plait. Voilá, convenient and chic!
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