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Tips to Grow Out Bangs

Your Ultimate Guide to How to Grow Out Bangs Gracefully

We get it. We've all looked at photos of Alexa Chung/Katy Perry/Brigitte Bardot and thought we could rock bangs too...until the day we decided we couldn't live with them one more day. But never fear, the great thing about hair is that it grows so here are our tips on how to make the best of a growing out situation.

1. First off, take a look at your bangs. Are they all one length? If not, you need to work on evening them out. A lot of styles are shorter in the middle, and a bit longer on the sides. Wait until the shortest part of your bangs reaches just above your lashes, then trim them (just a touch!) so that they are all the same length. They will be much easier to manage this way.

2. Hair accessories are now officially your best friends. Indulge in some retail therapy and pick up a new sparkly clip or fun patent leather headband to help get you through the next few months. There are tons of great ones to shop on

3. Focus on styles that help the bangs blend into the rest of your hair. Try parting the front of your hair in the middle, twisting it off to either side, and securing it with clips. This might work better when your bangs are a bit longer. For shorter bangs, try twisting some of the longer hair from the side of your head in with the shorter pieces.

4. If you are going to push the bangs back with a headband, use a styling pomade to smooth them back into the rest of your hair first. Otherwise, they will stick straight up behind the band. Or you can pin them back with bobby pins, and place a headband or tie a hair ribbon right over the pins to conceal them.

5. Play around with your part. A side part is a flattering way to conceal bang regrowth. While hair is still wet, applying a medium hold styling gel or cream to your bangs, then part and smooth to either side. Pin back if drying naturally, or brush to one side while blow drying. If bangs are still in the shorter stage, you may need to apply some molding wax once dry to get them to stay off to the side.

6. If you're struggling with the styling options, you can grow out your bangs and keep them at the same time–allow us to explain. Pin back the top section of your bangs, leaving wispy, short pieces underneath. Keep those short, and worn as normal bangs, while growing out just the top section. You will have to keep it pinned back constantly, or under a headband, but this allows you to skip the "growing-out look" altogether. Once the top pieces are long enough, you can blend them into your shorter bangs until they are grown out.

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prettite prettite 7 years
I've been struggling with my bangs for months now, I have super thick/wavy hair and usually my hair grows quickly but for some reason it seems to be taking forever for them to grow long enough for me to pull them back with the rest of my hair. Not to mention there is this one little clump of hair that will not go to either side of my head and seems to just think sitting smack in the middle of my forehead is a good idea. It drives me insane. Next time, I'm going with clip in bangs for sure.
water-lily water-lily 8 years
I'm In a very akward transition stage with my thick blunt cut bangs. Here's a tip though, follow a celeb with similar style bangs for new creative ways to style. I cut mine around the same time as Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba and apperantly they are both in grow out stages too. So I watch out for new pics of them for help. Good luck girls!
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
Thanks for this post!! I thought I was only one in a few women who goes through the cut/grow out cycle. I had my bangs on the longer side this past winter and then I grew them out this summer, but once again I've just gotten them cut to brow length. No more!! I will try to get them to my jaw at least. It's a vicious cycle.
Milly-the-ninja Milly-the-ninja 9 years
im growing mine out so i decided to just take my bangs on top of my head and put them in a hair grows fast.
luuuuux0 luuuuux0 9 years
hiiii, yeah i just cut my bangs but i didnt want them to look to heavy so the lady did these layer uneven thing i dont even know what it is and its not that it looks that baddddd i mean i look good with bangs its just tooo much to take care of, i feel limited to certain hairstyles so now im trying to put them to the side but because of whatever way she cut it they get all poooofed up with they're dry soooooo i allwaysssssss have to clip up the shorter pieces on top of the long sucks man, i've learned my lessonn :))
penny1614 penny1614 9 years
I've had mine sideswept for a while and I love them although, I do have to trim them every month or so.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
I'm growing mine all the way out, I liked having bangs but they only looked good at a certain length so I was constantly going to the salon to have them cut every 2 weeks since my hair grows really fast. Now it seems like they aren't growing so fast, so I have to clip them back because they are the straight bangs.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 9 years
I love my bangs.
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 9 years
I love my bangs but grow them out from time to time, so when i want to grow them I see my hairstylist who point cuts the ends so I can side sweep or part down the middle. If i don't have time to bother i do the straight back with bobby pins rather than the side.
catita85 catita85 9 years
I always have bangs. My latest were sharp and blunt and very long-they suit my face better, but they are on the stage when they get into my eyes and I see nothing. I´ll probably cut them an inch or too, but they grow really quickly. But in any case I love wearing headbands and clips so I don´t mind my long bangs so much.
hillamaria hillamaria 9 years
I'd love wide bangs but they don't suit me. I've tried a couple of times and I'm still growing them from last summer. They're almost to the chin now... growing bangs out is very slow! Nice tips, thanks!
theovercoat theovercoat 9 years
Last year, I had blunt bangs and straight hair, but I got tired of the maintenance (my hair has a lot of odd kinks in it so it took a lot of time). I went to my stylist, and I ended up getting a bob (and cutting off about nine inches of hair). As for the bangs? My stylist actually did the last trick mentioned, and on shorter hair, it was really easy to hide the fact that I walked in with slightly overgrown blunt bangs with my cute, Daisy-esque bob.
XpsX XpsX 9 years
and i hate bangs in summer
XpsX XpsX 9 years
i'm also in that grow-cut circle!now i'm really tired of bangs but i look werid without them!i just cut my bang two weeks ago.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I'm in a bang grow/cut cycle- and I've got to break it. I always grow them out to my jaw, get bored, cut them up to my eyebrows, remember (too late) that I look like a child with bangs, then grow them out. About to my jaw. Then it starts again. No more!
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I love myself with bangs but when I did grow them out I just wore them long and to the side until they could go up with the rest of my hair. If you don't have a lot of time headbands are really cute and pulling bangs back with bobby pins in the front looks really nice.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I'm looking to get a different hair style and give my length, and not wanting to lose that it more than likely is going to involve just scares me hearing how hard it is to grow them out. Luckily I'm choosing to do it in the summer when my hair tends to grow faster anyhow!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
mine are just way to outgrown way to much, but i just let them down, they almost look like if i had a boob hair cut, but with a pony tail............
Rabbit88 Rabbit88 9 years
i am actually in hte process of doing this right now... not fun.
linday_love linday_love 9 years
another one is you can use clip on bangs meanwhile your growing your bangs and pink your real bangs out
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