Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How To: Grow Out Your Bangs and Not Go Bananas

Once upon many times, I've had bangs...baby bangs, Betty Page bangs, Vampira bangs (ouch), and most recently, just long bangs...
...and just as many times as I've had them, I have grown sick and tired of them.
In February, I reached my "bangs breaking point" for this round, and decided to grow them out. In the past this process has been far from easy, but this time for some reason, it's pretty much been a breeze. I think it was just time to get rid of them, I was sick of styling them, sick of cutting them, and I was only pleased with their appearance once or twice a week. It's funny, because as soon as I pinned them back, I felt more awake and alert, it was like pulling back the curtains. While I can still look at old pictures like the one above and reminisce, I really don't miss them. If you're currently facing the arduous process of growing out your own fringe, here are a few things I've found that make the long process a little less painful...

First thing's first, when I wash my hair, I immediately pin my bangs off to the side and allow them to dry that way (I air dry my hair overnight). 85% of the time there is a bobby pin holding them down, and I always sleep with a bobby pin in so they don't get in my face and remind me of their existence.

Rule number one: pretend they don't exist, bobby pins help with this charade.

Try experimenting with different ways of pinning your fringe back, this will add variety to your routine and lessen the urge to just trim them already and be done with it. Try a center part with a messy ponytail a la Pamela Love's Fall 2012 Presentation:

Try pinning them straight back and pulling your hair into a high ponytail or bun, enjoy the sun on your forehead and the feeling of alertness that comes over you:

You can also try to work with styling your growing fringe along the way. For me, this usually results in more frustration, so I suggest you do this sparingly, as you may be tempted to snip if you get irritated. If you have the patience of a saint however, try curling them off to the side and setting with a healthy dose of hairspray:

Once they start to grow, it'll be easier to hide your bobby pins, and styling your hair as if your bangs already don't exist will become second nature (or, at least, a little easier):

On the weekends (and who am I kidding, most days), I typically wear them styled in a little twist off to the side. This is an easy style that isn't ruined if I get annoyed and throw my hair up in a bun halfway through the day (this usually happens):


Play around with how you part your hair. Sweeping some length over your fringe easily conceals the shorter pieces (and makes you feel- secretly- like Jessica Rabbit):
I also recommend playing around with different braiding techniques. I'm actually not doing this too much myself this go-round, but braids came in super handy when I was growing out a set of fringe a couple of years ago.

If you get tempted to grab the scissors- and you will, I can almost guarantee it- don't do it. Look at pictures of fringe-less ladies on Pinterest, think of how greasy bangs get so easily. 

Essentially: remind yourself constantly of why you're growing them out. 

The process is a slow one, for everyone, but if you learn how to wrangle them early on, it's easy enough to forget they even existed.

Feel free to share tips of your own for growing out your bangs in the comments section!

36 comments:

wildchild said...

Ha these are such good tips. Thanks for reminding me why I'm growing these damn things out in the first place :)

Epic Thread said...

I'm trying soooo hard right now. I think this is probably attempt 8 in the past 2 years and every time I give up when they get around the temple area. My bangs were cute, but sometimes I wish I'd never had them, because now it's a daily struggle as cheesy as that sounds.
Jillian
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Jessica Broyles said...

These tips are great!! I've personally decided that I don't ever need bangs again. It's been about 4 years, and I'm going strong.... but I'll probably crack eventually, and then need your tips yet again! haha

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Bekuh said...

Haha, you're a day too late I just caved in and cut mine off again last night. Oh well. I'll be remembering this for when I get tired of fringe once again. Great tips.

Laurel Ann Walker said...

THANK YOU, Julie! This post was amazing. I've been debating growing my bangs back out for some reason but couldn't put my finger on it. You captured it perfectly with, "It felt like pulling the curtains back." I feel like when I pull my bangs back that I'm sweeping the cobwebs from my brain and getting down to business. You kick-ass!

Laurel Ann
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Elis said...

Cute headbands, fun clips, and just letting my bangs be curly is what I usually do. I don't know how to french braid so I can't braid them off to the side. I also remind myself that I hate hot, humid Wisconsin summers with them sticking to my forehead. I haven't cut my bangs for six months so I'm trying to stay strong since we're just getting into the hot months.

Laura L said...

I am currently in the process of growing out my bangs, so these tips were great! Unfortunately I can't seem to master braiding them, so I usually just twist them to the side and use bobby pins. I can't wait until they are long enough to blend in with the rest of my hair (which I am also growing out...sighh)

FRUIT SKELETONS said...

good tips! mine are almost tuckable behind the ear!

Paula T said...

Love this post, I've got heavy bangs (or a heavy fringe as we call it in the UK) I absolutely loved it when I got it cut in a couple of years ago but recently I've been getting bored of trimming it every couple of weeks...very tempted to grow it out especially in summer when I worry I'll get a tan on my face but not my forehead ha!
Thanks for sharing, some great tips!
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Justalazymorning said...

very cute pics!

laura fox gill said...

I think I'm going to have to go for this--either that, or cut off the whole lot! I can't stand long hair + fringe any longer. Thanks for the styling tips--and I'll try to remember how annoying bangs are!

Megan said...

I just wrote an article on Yahoo about this: http://shine.yahoo.com/grow-bangs-without-frustration-173800986.html

I'm going through this process (and yes, it is a PROCESS haha) right now. I shall persevere! :)

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blue roses said...

i have had bangs for about 6 years now, mostly blunt bangs, occasionally wear them side swept as they grow out in between hair visits.....

you have just made me question my style choices! and of course, i JUST WENT TO CUT MY HAIR AGAIN TODAY.

sigh.

anyway, you look lovely, persevere my dear!

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Jennifer said...

I think you look great with and without bangs!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

rebelrousher said...

Thank you for this! I keep going back and forth with bangs, its a vicious cycle. Whenever I start growing them out I then see a pic of Zooey Deschanel and end up cutting them... Alas I am sick of them again and am going to restrain myself from pulling out the scissors!

xx
Kat
rebelrousher.blogspot.com

Robyn said...

Yes! Thank you. I was THIS close to cutting my bangs again, after two years of growing them out, I'm so glad I decided against it. It's summer for God's sake! Haha These are great tips though. I'm so glad mine are long enough I don't really have to try to hide them much anymore.

The Littlest Smitten said...

Great post. I've been growing my bangs out too for months. It's so tempting to just cut then at times but I will not do it. I've gotten this far. I go back and forth with bangs too. Ive had really short, slanted, shaggy, side swept and long. I use a lot of the same tips you gave too. Cheers to growing them out and sticking to it. Hope you are having a good week. Holly

Kaitlin said...

i have to agree with this post. i've definitely had my fair share of bangs and you are right that if you don't remind yourself why you will just keep cutting them!

xo kaitlin
kaitgirl

Jo - Lost in the Haze said...

I always end up either braiding or bobby pinning mine. It definitely stops me from going absolutely nuts!

x
Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

nicola lynde. said...

Such great tips for getting through a, dramatic sigh, hard time. Although it is the definition of first world problem, it's such a first class pain in the ass trying to grow out a fringe. I went through hell trying to grow my blunt fringe out 3 years ago and am now contemplating cutting layers light bangs again. I feel like it's inevitable cycle.

Good Day Howard said...

It's like you read my mind. I'm growing mine out too right now and the last couple of days I've been SO tempted to chop em. Instead I'll head for the bobby pins. :)

Anonymous said...

for those of you who claim they can't braid, try looking up the "bang twist" video by a woman with the username BabesInHairland. It's suuuuper easy. I'm still happy with my bangs, but I use this when I want my bangs off my forehead for exercising.
Good luck for you ladies growing them out!

Anonymous said...

great tips! i'll read this post when i start itching for a pair of scissors...

but, gotta grow them out for the summer. sweaty, frizzy bangs are uncomfortable and uncute.

cheers,
emily

http://pinterest.com/abeneplacito/

Anonymous said...

You have done a great job growing out your bangs! Some say that bangs cover your third eye, so it makes sense that we feel clearer, more open without them!

Uni said...

This is my second attempt in the same year of trying to grow my bangs out. (Well technically I guess two years, but last time was in the middle of 2012). I had them pretty damn long, and I made the mistake of looking at girls with side swept bangs and I chopped them off. Now I'm almost back to where I got them, and these tips made me feel better xD

Anonymous said...

Hi! Your hair long looks great! I am growing mine out. It just reaches the top of my chest, and I want it probably 5 or 6 inches longer, my question for you is, right now its all one length aside from the wretched long fringe bangs that I am growing out. Where should I start my layers? It looks like you have some layers, how many do you have? Every time I get layers I end up hating how they turn out.

Thanks for a great post!
Kris

Orchid Grey said...

Kris, My new layers (in my most recent posts) start around my chin, some shorter, some longer. I'm actually not totally pleased with the cut, but I'm waiting until I can get back to my regular stylist in New Hampshire to get it fixed. I would recommend bringing a photo with you to your appointment- keep in mind the thickness of your own hair and the type. And take the time to describe what you want and how you want it to look. I usually bring a photo of a Free People model (or something like it) and tell my stylist that I like to look like I just walked off the beach. Messy and undone. Describe your styling routine too, if you're not going to blow dry your hair, make sure you're not bringing along a picture of someone with a blow-out. Hope that helps, thanks for reading!

Lorenza said...

Hi! I actually just cut my new bangs! I hadn't had them for so long that now I feel a bit traumatized and I'm beginning to regret my decision!!
I have super long hair and expected them to look kinda like jane birkin's or something with that 60's vibe.. or even like the ones in your picture! they're lovely!!!
but somehow mines are flat and scarce and I think I look like a child!! how did you stlyle yours when you had them?? do you have any tips??
maybe I didn't cut enough hair?? but yours look like they weren't so full either so.. I'm at a loss.. any advice would be welcome! thanx!!

Orchid Grey said...

Hi Lorenza! I'm sorry you're feeling regret, I always freak out a little when I get my hair cut- you should have seen me this last time, i was a mess! Since I don't know what you look like, I can only guess that perhaps you didn't cut enough. My bangs were actually quite thick, but angled off to the side. Sometimes it takes a few days for your hair to acclimate to it's new, short length, so be patient and in the mean-time try experimenting with different ways to style them- blow dry them around a round brush or use a flat iron angled downwards (be quick and gentle with this one).

I would suggest that you go back to the stylist with a photo of what you want, have them *potentially* cut heavier bangs, and then have them show you how to style them.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions!

Bárbara Paula Acosta said...

Your hair is so pretty!!

Mollie said...

I love how you wear your hair so long and untamed...very fierce!

I'm working on growing my bangs out right now and its taking forrrrrrrreveeeeeer but these tips are great. Thanks for the post:)

Terry Stimac said...

I'm 48 years old and cut my bangs two summers ago and LOVED them at first, mainly because I liked the way they changed the look of my face, but also because Botox is expensive and bangs cover up the deep eleven lines that eventualy all you young readers will get. Now the funny thing is I'm stuck in the same cycle as everyone on this forum but worse because I got used to not seeing the darn wrinkles!

Jess Ann Kirby said...

oh dear god I have read so many articles on growing out your bangs but this is by far the best! I cut my fringe a few months ago and have basically regretted it ever since, I just don't do hair maintenance well so bangs are really not a good option for me. Note to self, bobby pins and high buns are my new best friend! Thanks girl. BTW your hair is so perfect, it's unreal.

Anonymous said...

Hi! How long did it take for your bangs to grow out in total?

chloe_layton said...

These tips are fab! But I fringe is heavy, so would you recommend thinning it out or leaving it? I got my fringe about a month and a half ago, already I'm bored of it. It never gets cut straight I'm tired of straightening it all the time. So thank you very much for the tips.

Blue Iris Rivera said...

I'm currently still trying to grow mine out but the bobby pins trick... I have to try this as I'm a true sucker for giving into another trim to get it over and done with. I haven't grown my fringe out since 2010 all because I was sick of the waiting game. But bobby pins sound heaps safe and I trust this technique :)

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