Dec 11, 2013

Bang hairstyles: How to grow out your fringe

By: Sarah Thompson Author: Elle Canada Credits:

Dec 11, 2013

Bang hairstyles: How to grow out your fringe

By: Sarah Thompson
Here’s the situation—you chopped your locks in favour of a chic fringe and now you want to lose the bangs. It happens! The trick is in having to make the switch gracefully and without the entire world noticing your awkward bang length. We asked Amir Azadi—Master Hairstylist and Owner of Salon Rouge in Ottawa—what the best bang hairstyles are for growing out your fringe. Azadi’s top hair tips? 5 salon-worthy styles to wear for each step in the cycle to fully incorporated hair.

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The first month: Traditional side bang
Why it works: A traditional side bang easily covers a roughly defined fringe when your hair is just beginning to grow out—it flatters every hair texture and length. “Side bangs are good because they are less maintenance and less of a commitment than a full bang which requires styling every day and trims every second week,” says Azadi.

Best hair tips:
“To achieve this look, have your stylist find where your hair parts naturally or what would best suit your facial features,” Azadi says. Then, push bangs to the opposite side of your part using a comb to control the angle. “Add the finishing touches by blow drying or flat ironing the bangs, depending on the desired look.”

Two months in: Pretty side braid
Why it works: One of the most posh bang hairstyles to try for adolescent bangs (bangs that have been free range for approximately two months), braids are a popular approach to hiding a stubborn fringe. “Braiding your bangs is a good way to style them while they are in the graceless growing phase. It also keeps them out of your face,” says Azadi.

Best hair tips: “Braid your bangs off to the side and pair with a cute hair accessory,” adds Azadi. Use a sturdy hair clip to shield the length of your bangs from sight and to hold the braid in place without it constantly falling apart and in front of your eyes.
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how-to-style-bangs-002.jpgThree-five months: Retro curls

Why it works: Crafting a slight kink in your bangs will mask their cumbersome length after a few months of strenuous growing. “Curls help keep the desired look after round brushing. They allow for better volume and control and also give you a classic 1950s look,” Azadi says.

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Best hair tips:
Play up a retro finger wave as if it were one of the best bang hairstyles ever—not just a method of disguising your evolving tresses. “Create a beautiful curl with hot rollers and add hair jewellery to design a great look for a night out, or pull bangs right back and pair with a headband to get that effortless and classic style,” says Azadi.

Six months: Low bouffant

Why it works: At this point, you need to think of your bangs as part of your full-length mane. This means you should shift to a more natural look where your hairstyle is not dictated by your bang length. Bouffant bang hairstyles offer the authority you need to manage pesky bangs without going OTT or forgetting that you’re still growing out your hair.
Best hair tips: “In order to achieve this natural look you need lots of hold and volume,” says Azadi. “Back comb your bangs to create a low poof and tie with a pretty hair accessory of your choosing.”


Seven months plus: Crown braid
Why it works: After nearly a year of hard growing time, the I’m-trying-to-grow-out-my-bangs-stage is completely over. However, a crown braid is useful if you’re still trying to cope with those last few strands that haven’t fully blended. “A crown braid is just another way to grow out the bangs without looking plain,” says Azadi.
Best hair tips:
Anyone can wear a crown braid (bangs or not), making these halo twists the best way to cleverly conceal any loose ends from the bang growing process. “Braid bangs into shorter layers, sweeping the hair towards the back of your head to develop the crown braid,” says Azadi. 

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