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Bye-Bye Bangs

How to gracefully grow out your bangs in four easy steps.

By Katie McNew June 5, 2014

The year was 2012. We had the Olympics. We had the election. And we had bangs. Ev. Re. Where. I too sported them because I am cool and hip and with-it the look took me next to no time to style. I'd pop a bun on top of my dome, take the point-four seconds it took to dry the fringe, and voila! Insta-style.

But now, sigh, it's 2014. I'm over it. My forehead tickles. My eyes itch. It's time for the bangs to go bye-bye. But that's more easily said than done. After much research (read: 30 minutes this morning) and consultation with "the Google," I've surmised that there are four stages to a graceful grow-out. 

  1. You've decided bangs are so two thousand and late, so you skip your first trim. To keep your fringe from your eyes, grab a round brush and give them a little curl. No, I'm not talking '80s curl and spray. This is just a little bump that'll buy you a week or two.
  2. When the curl no longer cuts it, pick a part. As this article says, an angled part will help disguise an awkward length. 
  3. After the angle, it's time to get a trim. A good stylist will be able to blend your bangs into the rest of your hair, so the remainder of your grow-out will indeed be graceful.
  4. And, finally it's time to pin it, band it, braid it, twist it. Now that you have a little extra length, you can get creative with your styling. There are a million tutorials on YouTube (I'll be trying this one later).


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