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Happy HUMP! Is it just me or is it last week’s holiday that’s making this week feel like foooorever?! SOS, this girl needs naptime + a margarita. And yannno what else takes forever? Growing out bangs. OY VEY, yo. The struggle is real. I made the decision what feels like forever ago to grow out my side bangs; at this point, they’re about to the end of my ear when I tuck them behind. Knowing how to style growing out bangs isn’t always a simple feat. Or, it is, but the frustration of having chunks of hair constantly flipping into your face momentarily clouds any sense of reason and makes overgrown bangs seem as hard as resisting carbs or not shopping sales. HA.
So today, I’m sharing 5 ways to style overgrown bangs, for all of us chicas not-so-patiently waiting for 7 inches of hair to appear overnight. 😉 I’m no hair guru (obvi). So hopefully these styles will all be easy peasy + accessible for the every girl in each of us. If anything, have faith that if I can do it…so can you.
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Let’s start simple, shall we? Time to embrace the Southern Belle in all of us!
- Pick up your bangs and a bit of longer surrounding hair for added volume + leverage.
- Lifting them up towards the ceiling, comb them out to be smooth (backcomb if you’d like for a bit of teasing + added volume).
- (OPTIONAL) Add a bit o’ hairspray.
- Use a mini jawclip or two bobby pins to secure into place.
The French twist
This has been a go-to of mine since literally middle school. #NoShame. Perfect for growing out bangs, or justbecause.
- Start in a side part.
- Separate a 1.5 inch (ish) chunk of hair from the rest. I recommend pulling the rest back in a low pony while you work, to keep everything out of the way!
- Separate THAT chunk into two smaller individual pieces, leaving the remaining bit of that chunk as hair to add as we twist.
- Begin by twisting those two pieces together 2-3 times to get it started.
- Now, everytime you pull a piece over the other, add a little bit of hair to it from that chunk you had a few steps ago.
- Keep repeating this process until you hit ear!
- (OPTIONAL) Keep going! Twist all the way around your head. OR, do the same process start from the behind the ear of the other side, and do it instead around the BACK of your head until both pieces meet in the back. From there, you can pull into a low side-pony as here, or just braid the remaining loose hair together.
The Headband twist
A total newfound favorite of mine! One of my own biggest hair struggles comes with playing dress up. If I’m headed somewhere fancy and not looking as I normally would on any other Tuesday, I don’t necessarily want my hair to be good ol’ regular Tuesday hair, either! And having the same “dressy” ‘do’s on repeat isn’t necessarily fun, either. TBH, getting this one nice on camera took a bit of practice and I was absolutely a hot mess at first. Really tho, it’s just a bit difficult to get *neat*. Either way…there is hope for us all. 😉
- Start by placing your favorite headband (make sure it’s elastic and a full piece!) on top of your head, like a hippie.
- Make sure your bangs are pulled far enough down for this next step – Take chunks of hair (.5 inch?) and lift them up and around, looping around the headband. I started with my bangs and worked to the back of my head.
- Pull them all the way through, and just keep repeating this looping process until you’re at the back.
- Chances are, your hair will start naturally building upon itself and won’t even necessarily go all the way through – that’s A-OK! By the end, I was full-on stuffing hair in and just bundling it upon itself. IDK if that’s right, but whatevs it worked. Ha.
- If/when you have loose ones that won’t bundle since it’ll be a thick wad of hair back there, just go in with a few bobby pins and fix up the flyaways.
The Double Pony
Let’s get active! For the gym, ain’t nobody got time for floppy bangs. Especially if I’m in a workout groove, I will actually flip out if my hair is getting in the way (dramatic, I know). In that brief moment of adrenaline-fueled hair rage, I’d rather cut them right off and get back to #werk than handle the situation rationally (+ in a way I won’t regret immediately after – ha!). The LAST thing you wanna do mid-workout is mess with hair, especially if your hands are sweaty and you’re on a roll. SO. Super simple fix for those growing out bangs:
- Gather your bangs + a bit of surrounding hair to the top of your head, similar to the Pouf (but less Southern Belle and more Practical Patsy for the gym).
- Secure with a mini elastic.
- Gather the rest of your hair into a high pony (or bun – whatever floats yo’ boat). VOILA.
The Faux-hawk Fishtail
OK OK OK I totally had to do two takes here. Unless my hair is damp and/or I’m just reaaaally good that day, it’s pretty hard for me to get my French braid to start as early as possible – it typically surfaces visibly after a few go around’s. Maybe I just do it wrong. HA. BUT no worries – it’s doable + will last ya all day long fuss-free (bless).
- Start by separating a chunk of hair on the top, creating a sense of paths to be neater + symmetrical.
- French braid this top section going backwards. I prefer an Inside-Out French Braid (or Dutch braid) for a more prominent look.
- Once you’re at the back of your scalp and the faux-hawk is finished, I secured with a mini elastic to keep that braid in tact and make the next part easier!
- Now, fishtail time! Keep using the original chunk of hair and fishtail it all the way to the bottom. Fishtailing is surprisingly simple, if you’re unfamiliar…
- Separate your working chunk into TWO pieces (instead of three, like traditional braids) – one for your left hand, one for your right.
- Holding the chunk in your right hand, reach over and pull a tiny piece from the outside of the left piece over to join the right hand chunk.
- Pull taut.
- Repeat now with the chunk in your left hand, reaching over and pulling a tiny piece from the outside of the RIGHT piece over to join the left hand chunk.
- Pull taut again, and repeat.
- The key: Always take from the outside! You’ll start to see the “fishtail” form pretty quickly if you’re doing it correctly.
- When finished, gently pull at the edges of the braid to loosen things up for a more “messy chic” look.
And VOILA! When it comes to styling growing out bangs, it’s not necessarily hard, but it’s not without it’s fair share of frustration on the road to growth. So I hope these styles are quick + easy + cute for ya, whether you’re in a pinch for time or just need to mix things up!
What’s your favorite way to style growing out bangs?
If you’ve got a go-to style that I didn’t mention here, let me know in a comment below – I would lovelovelove to see + get more inspiration to mix up my own routines!
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Have a very happy hump.