|Revised Publication Date: 06/25/13
Most people prefer to wear their bangs super sleek, smooth and straight.
There's nothing worse than having bangs "do their own" thing by forming fat waves, crazy curls or wings.
I know better than anyone since I have naturally curly and wavy hair. Before I learned how to successfully straighten my bangs I struggled with taping them to my forehead. I even tried setting them on large rollers to smooth out the waves.
Eventually I got the hang of it and now I always have wave-free bangs.
Of course there are a lot of other bang problems I can think of ranging from when they are unevenly cut, too short or limp.
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While it's always a great idea to address all the known bang problems in the universe, the goal of this article is to discuss getting bangs straight.
If you have naturally curly or wavy hair it doesn't mean that you have to forego bangs. To the contrary. It just means that you have to plan for perfection.
Oscar and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis has naturally curly hair. This does not prevent her from wearing bangs on a regular basis. She loves side swept bangs (as shown) which enhance her beautiful eyes and facial features.
Start With A Good Cut
The first part of the perfectly straight bang equation is getting a great cut from your hairdresser.
Of course you can try cutting your own bangs yourself but if you have heavily textured hair (natural curls, waves or combo) or cowlicks and swirls, I'd recommend you entrust your challenging fringe hair to a hair expert.
Maybe you can get some good tips from your hairdresser about how to maintain your bangs long term, but initially start with a professional trim.
More Info: Hair Tips: Trim Your Own Bangs
For curly and/or wavy hair it's important to remember that the bangs must be cut long enough to allow for curl and wave shrinkage. This is true for the entire hairstyle but even more true for the bang area. Remember hair does shrink, even more so when the texture is naturally curly or wavy.
If bang hair decides to ultimately curl or wave it can make the bang area look out of kilter.
Once you decide whether you're opting for blunt bangs, baby bangs, side-swept bangs or some other variation, you're on your way to styling them straight.
If you have natural cowlicks, be sure to explain this to your hairdresser so they can maneuver their scissors properly to weigh down the swirls with top hair. If that's not possible, don't despair there are more tricks to come.
Styling Bangs For Stick Straight Results
Once you have a great haircut to naturally control your texture complete the following steps to achieve stick straight bang results:
1. Shampoo Appropriately
Cleanse your detangled hair in lukewarm water with your normal product designed for your hair type, texture, current condition or other conditions.
If your hair is chemically treated, damaged or excessively dry, select a product to address these conditions. If you prefer, use a dilution or conditioner only method of washing.
Shampoo products to try: Phyto - Phytojoba Hydrating Shampoo
2. Conditioning Treatments
Rinse shampoo products completely from your strands. If your hair is fine or thin, apply a diluted version of a rinse-out conditioner to your bang area.
If your hair is medium to thick in texture, you may either apply a diluted rinse-out conditioner or go with a full strength formulation.
3. Rinse Well
Rinse all leave-in conditioners from your hair. Make sure that no product remains which can make hair limp or flat.
4. Cool/Cold Water Blast
Whether you rinse your entire head with cool/cold water or not, try to do so for your bang area which will help to close the cuticle and seal the conditioning properties.
It also helps to build in shine.
5. Towel Blot
Once you have completed your final rinse, blot hair with a water absorbent towel.
6. Bang Product Cocktail
Anti-Frizz Product to try: Rene Furterer - Control Emulsion Anti-Frizz
7. Separate Bang Strands
Blow dry the bang area first before working on the rest of the hair. Use a wide tooth comb to separate the bang hair into 1 1/2 to 2 inch sections.
Starting at the roots, use fingers to pull band strands straight. Direct blow dryer air down the hair shaft from the roots to the ends of the bang.
8. Continue Until Finished
Working from side to side of the bang area, continue to blow dry until the bangs are 100% dry.
9. To The Finish Line
Once bangs are completely dry and stick straight, blow dry the rest of your hair. Apply a light hairspray to the bangs and the rest of the hair. Use only a small amount of styling products on the bang area which may tend to easily attract oil and grease.
If you decide you wish to add a slight shine to your bang area, add a dab of Rene Furterer's Spray Gloss or similar to the palms of your hands. Rub it in well and then lightly swipe the palms of your hands over the top of your bang area.
Remember some gloss products can attract dirt and oil if too much is used. So only use a teeny amount.
Other Bang Straightening Tips
Bangs cut to enhance your face shape and in harmony with your hair's type, texture and condition, can be wonderful. However, there can be drawbacks in other areas.
If you wish to accentuate your eyes, wear bangs which are cut just to the brow line in order to draw instant attention to your peepers.
If you wish to accentuate your nose have them cut into super thick bangs which aren't too long.
Nothing is worse than bangs which take flight and land with wings, flips, dips, massive curls, frizz or similar bang nightmares.
To get stick straight bangs which look sleek and elegant, start with a great hair cut, the right styling products, a blow dry and some practice.
You'll get the straight scoop in no time.
Original Publication Date: 03/01/1997 Revised Date: 06/25/13
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