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How to Prevent Greasy and Oily Bangs

How to Prevent Greasy Bangs

If you have bangs, then you've likely battled greasiness, especially during the Summer or after a workout. By following these tips below, you'll be well on your way to oil-slick-free strands.

  • Break out the dry shampoo: Use baby powder or a dry shampoo, such as Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder ($35), between shampoos to tame the oily factor.
  • Pin them back: Obvious, yes. Greasy bangs? No. Try a cute hair accessory instead. These Rainbow Bobby Pins from Urban Outfitters ($8) should do the trick.
  • Just wash your bangs instead of your entire head of hair: A shampoo with an oil-control formulation will work wonders for bang-only cleansing. Try Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo ($7).
  • Don't condition them: Condition your hair but not your bangs.
  • Keep your complexion oil-free: Try a water-based foundation like Revlon Colorstay For Combo/Oily Skin ($12), and touch up with a face powder as needed.
  • Keep your hands off: Oils from your hands can make an oily situation worse, so keep them away from your face.
  • A little dab will do you good: Use blotting papers when you feel your oil glands going in overdrive. Try Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($6) to mattify an oily complexion.
  • Blow-dry: Run a blow dryer over your bangs to absorb excess oil. It might not work for extreme oiliness, but it's an easy temporary fix.
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pinkpeonygirl pinkpeonygirl 7 years
I use the same tricks for the same problem: wash my bangs every day and all of my hair every other day, blot my oily forehead regularly and keep the fringe cut thick.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 8 years
I got my bangs cut thicker and it TOTALLY helps prevent the gross spiky look.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
just to be clear, what I mean by that is I want to get bangs again...
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I'm getting the bang myself again...haha
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
Great tips! I used to have bangs and totally loved how they looked, but I had to get rid of them because they made me break out so bad! Maybe with this advice I can rock that look again.
emalove emalove 8 years
I remember getting so annoyed about this when I used to have bangs...I'd never consider getting them again!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Awesome — I love the teasing under the bangs advice. Getting thicker bangs cut makes perfect sense, too. I'm still looking for that Chi-Chi's picture to post. I think it will warrant a little digging around in my parent's basement!
esmerb esmerb 8 years
Thank you so much for these tips. I could really use all this info, especially cause my hair is so oily!
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
lol...I have done that before too (I ended up using a headband to keep them back) I was my hair every other day, but wash my bangs each morning...also, I keep face blotters in my purse and quickly rub them on my bangs if they are looking a little gross.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
these tips are good. i have used most of them. a good haircut also helps. i've had lame, thin bangs in the past that got greasy and piecey, but my newest haircut has them cut a lot thicker so even if the bottom layer gets a little mangled, they still look good (they're sideswept) - it's a vidal sassoon haircut according to my stylist, whatever that means
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Bella you read my mind. I have a great swooping side bang now and I don't like to shampoo every day. I was just saying at my friend Amanda's last night how greasy they looked after just one day. I will have to try these tips!!
RobyTose RobyTose 8 years
I have tried ALL of these... I'm growing my bangs out now because my forehead tends to be a bit oily which makes my bangs get sort of piecy sometimes and it doesn't look like the flattering fringe they were cut to be. I did get some advice (after I resolved to grow them out) that you can tease them underneath just a bit only at the root and they'll stay where you put them and not separate when they get greasy. I've tried it with my side-swept bangs and it works well.
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