How to get fake bangs in 6 fool-proof steps

Fake bangs: The perfect way to transform your look for winter.  

From Vanessa Hudgens to Arianna Grande, it seems like every week someone else is debuting a new fringe hairstyle. Whether you’re thinking of taking the plunge and adding fresh bangs to your style, or you just want to update your look for one night, our fake bangs tutorial is here to help you figure out which fringe style will suit you best.

So before you reach for the scissors, check out how you can work a faux fringe like the best of them in just 6 easy steps.

Fake bangs tutorial: Get the look in 6 steps

Step 1

Prep hair.

Begin your fake bangs journey by prepping your hair with a dry shampoo. We love the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo for absorbing excess oil and for creating sky high volume (perfect for ladies with fine hair that lacks body).

Now style your hair into a half-up, half-down hairstyle, starting from ear-to-ear and securing the top section with a hairband.

brunette model putting hair into half-up updo
Step 2

Bring ends of hair forward.

To start creating your fake bangs, bring the ends of the half-up ponytail forward towards your forehead and secure into place with bobby pins.

front view of brunette model with hair in updo and ends styling into bangs
Step 3

Style your bangs.

When you have the desired length you want – whether that’s short micro bangs or a full Bardot-style fringe – comb them into place.

front view of brunette model styling fake bangs
Step 4

Add a headband.

Before adding your headband, start by placing the remainder of your hair into a high ponytail and begin teasing the ends of the tail, styling into a messy bun and concealing your top section as you go.

Now you can add your headband to the look. Not only will this cleverly placed headband conceal the tell-tale signs of your fake bangs, but it will also add a fun, retro-inspired finish to your look.

front view of brunette model securing updo with hair grips
Step 5

Seal your look in place.

After all that hard work, you don’t want your style becoming dishevelled, do you?

We suggest using a hairspray to seal your look in place. We love the VO5 Hold Hairspray for its 24 hour humidity protection and all day firm hold.

a cute woman with topknot hairstyle spraying her hair
Step 6

Final look.

And there you have it! Fake bangs in a matter of minutes (and no one will ever know your little secret!).

front view of brunette model with fake bangs updo with headband


Ready to take the plunge and go for a more permanent bangs hairstyle? Discover our Bangs & Fringes page, which is packed full of fabulous hair inspiration for your next mane change.

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