How To Be The Boss Of Your Baby Bangs

If at first you don't succeed to get them under control, I have multiple backup plans for you to try.
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May 19, 2014
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How-To, bangs, heat styling, Denman, hairbrushes

Last year, I decided to take the plunge and cut baby bangs. Turns out, baby bangs are not quite as simple as regular bangs (which are also not particularly simple). There’s no clipping them back and forgetting about them--they’re too short to do so. I grew them out, pinned over them and forgot about it.

Until… (TWIST!) a couple of weeks ago, when I realised that, while I’d love to have effortless, boho-esque hair that just hangs down and doesn’t require much styling or fussing, my hair will never look like that without heat styling (which I am trying to eschew at all costs right now). This realisation, combined with my baby-hairs situation means that even putting my hair up looks messy.

Bangs are the perfect solution here. You can style them and look like you made a ton of effort when you didn’t really make any effort at all and the rest of your hair is frizzy and repulsive. So I decided to once again take the plunge.

This time, however, I knew I needed a strategy to deal with my little baby bangs for mornings when I wake up and they look like this:

I don’t want to spend too much time styling the front of my hair every day, so I have a flow chart of sorts in my mind palace in order to be one step ahead of life.

So, when I wake up looking like the above picture, my first step is to use a good boar bristle brush, like this one from Denman in order to smooth the hairs in the correct direction and assess the situation fully.

Sometimes, this step is enough. Other times, however, this doesn’t cut it. The problem is that the hairs have usually settled in the incorrect direction, lying sideways and all around.

You need to reassert control of your hair and teach it to lie where you tell it to. If your bangs are too flat, skip the headband and move onto the next step. This method is useful if the hair is too voluminous. Just put a headband over your bangs like so:

After this step, my woes are usually over.

Unfortunately, my bangs sometimes decide to cling to my forehead or still won’t lie correctly, so heat is the next step.

This is when the flat iron will come out to save the day. All I do is start at the top of my bangs and twist my wrist slightly in order to create a natural curve. Be careful to work quickly to avoid any dents.

The problem with working with a hair iron, though, is that it can sometimes make your bangs go stiff, and the more you try to fix it with the iron, the worse it becomes and, eventually, there’s no going back.

The final step in my baby bang mind palace flow chart is the omnipotent hairdryer.

The reason I leave this step for last is that I normally do my makeup before my hair, and I hate standing over the sink, wetting my fringe and thus removing half my foundation in the process. Beauty is pain, though, so here we are.

After your bangs are damp to wet, clip back the top half and, using a small round brush, blow-dry this layer in a voluminous curve.

After this, drop the top layer and, using a paddle brush, blow-dry your bangs to one side, then another and then to the front. This gives them maximum bounce and movability while also forcing them to lie in the right direction.


After this, we are all out of steps, and if your baby bangs aren’t perfecto by now, you should probably invest in an adorable hat.

So just to sum it all up for you:

Are you the boss of your bangs? Do you need me to come over and give them a talking to?