Easy tips & styles for growing out bangs without looking awks

Steven | 23 April 2018

Growing out bangs? These styles will see you through this difficult time!

We all know the power of a great haircut. It can highlight your features, open up your face, and dramatically change your overall appearance – and no cut does this more than bangs. But as some of you may know, getting a fringe is not only a big step to take, it’s also one that comes with a lot of maintenance. This means regular trims, extra styling time and, if you’re not feeling them anymore, growing out bangs…

With odd bits of hair, flyaways and differing lengths to deal with, we know that growing out bangs in style can seem like mission impossible. Luckily for you, though, we’re here to save you from any awkward post-cut moments with our full guide to rocking a fringe at every stage of re-growth.

From handy hair hacks to speedy style tips, you’ll never have post-fringe drama ever again!


4 stages of growing out your bangs


street style shot of a woman with long straight platinum blonde hair with bangs cut in wearing a grey jacket
Blunt bangs are still the chicest style of all! indigitalimages.com

1. Post cut

So you’ve walked out of the salon with your fresh new bangs. They look great, exactly what you asked for, and can’t wait to show them off to everyone you meet. In this euphoric stage, maintenance is minimal and can be kept in check with a bit of hairspray or dry shampoo.

2. One month after

Now that post-salon high is starting to fade, you’ll start to see your bangs grow out – this is where most people find their frustration. If you had blunt bangs cut in then this will be more apparent, so a slight trim may be necessary to keep it looking on point.

If a sweeping or side fringe was your style of choice, however, you’ll notice the re-growth at this stage less but it may require you to pin it back for extra security.

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo

Editor’s tip: If you’ve got bangs of shape or size, you’ll know how quickly things can turn from fresh to greasy. To ensure you’re look isn’t ruined by oily strands, make sure you have a dry shampoo in your beauty arsenal.

The TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo is a good all-rounder, as it will instantly refresh your bangs, but won’t leave any tell-tale white residue, making it a great one even for dark tresses!

3. Two months after

At around two months after getting bangs cut in the hair has grown out a fair bit, meaning you’ll probably discover hair of different lengths and flyaways taking over. But this is also where you’ll discover your bangs are at a length that can be worked into other styles, so it’s not all doom and gloom.

4. Three months after

You can now breathe a sigh of relief, as you’ve made it through the hardest parts. At this stage, your bangs should have substantially grown out and can be styled in a multitude of ways, be it in braids, waves, or simply parted. Hallelujah!


Growing out your bangs: Tips from an expert


Feel like you know which stage your at with your bangs? Great! Now it’s time to get some inside tips from an expert. We grilled Elena Diaz, ATH Global Hairstylist, on how to deal with growing out bangs and she has some interesting hair hacks you should try…

image of two women on the street dressed the same in all denim with pink bob haircuts with bangs, wearing berets and sunglasses
What’s better than one fringe? Two, of course! indigitalimages.com

Be open to creative accessorizing. Visible bobby pins/grips have made a comeback as a way of making styling more interesting. Coloured bobby pins can also add a bit of a twist to this trend. – Elena Diaz, ATH Global Hairstylist.


Using accessories is one of Elena’s top tips for making sure that your bangs are easily dealt with in those difficult stages. With a multitude of different styles to try, be it a glitzy hairslide, statement headbands or even the humble bobby pin, you can get creative and work them to your advantage!


Other top tips:


If you’re not one for jazzy accessories, don’t worry, as you can also refine your braiding skills by weaving bangs into a plait. Try styles such as halo braids or crown braids that will pull the bangs in from around the front of your hairline.

Bangs not long enough for this? Not a problem. “If hair length is not long enough to do a full braided style, then you can just the braid bangs and sweep them away from forehead,” says Elena, explaining that “loose bits that hang out can be hidden easier with the rest of the hair”.

Try messy styles

As your bangs grow out, the length is likely isn’t likely to be even. To combat this, opt for messy, undone looks to intentionally incorporate these lengths into your look.

“Texturizing products or dry shampoo can be your best ally in creating messy bangs that can help hide the fact that you’re in that in-between stage” suggests Elena. “These products will help to give texture and grip especially if you’re wanting to style your bangs.”.

Get regular trims

Finally, the number 1 tip to maintain your bangin’ new look? Trim off any split ends or damaged hair.

But surely this is counter-intuitive to growing out your bangs we hear you say? “While trimming in the short term makes bangs shorter, it’s better for the overall health of your hair” says Elena, going on to say that trimming will also help to incorporate them into the rest of the hair as it grows.


5 hairstyles for growing out bangs


Now that you know which stage you’re at with your bangs, and have the lowdown from an expert, it’s time learn how to deal with them. Below we’ve pulled together a few neat hairstyles that will ensure you and your fringe stay looking cool!

backstage image of a model with platinum blonde hair with bangs parted in the middle, wearing a silver jacket
Easy style hack? Part them. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Parted

Did you choose blunt bangs but now find the amount of upkeep that comes with them is too much? Well, while all may seem lost, there is a simple solution: part them.

Unless you went for micro bangs, most fringe styles will be long enough to part to the side. Turn yours into sultry Bardot bangs or more piece-y Birkin bangs for an instant update.

model backstage with natural brown curly hair cut into a bob and bangs wearing a grey blazer and yellow turtle neck sweater
Curl it out! Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Curly

Once your bangs have grown past the second month, they should be long enough to style into curls or waves. This will disguise any mismatched length and give you a more styled look overall, so no one knows you skipped out on your fringe trim!

brunette model at ashley williams aw18 show with "sorry error" hairclip wearing a black spotted outfit
Try some ‘statement accessories’. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Accessorised

When your bangs just won’t play ball, it’s time to bring out the big guns – and by that we mean accessories.

Whether arm yourself with bobby pins you found at the bottom of your bag or a cute fastener/barrette, using accessories that will physically secure your unruly bangs in place can turn a bad hair day into an ultra-chic one.

Next read: Try out this season’s hottest hair accessories.

close up shot of tess haubirch with long pixie hairstyle with side braids in it, wearing all black on the red carpet
Tuck those bangs away with some braids! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Braided

In the awkward stage of almost grown out but not fully there? Well, when growing out bangs, hairstyles like braids will be your saviour.

We suggest learning how to do a halo braid, as this will incorporate all of your hair into a neat plait, leaving no room for any annoying flyaways.

model backstage with her long brown hair parted down the middle and styled sleek, tucked behind her ear
Keep it sleek. Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Slick and sleek

When in doubt, slick it down!

We know all too well that sometimes out hair just won’t listen. You can wash, brush, straighten and it still won’t be doing as it’s told. Luckily, though, the wet-look hair trend is still going strong, so in cases of extreme aggravation, reach for the gel!

VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray (female)

Editor’s tip: The VO5 Mega Hold Spray Gel is out wet-look styler of choice. It gives the ultimate hold of a gel with the convenience of a spray, plus it’s will tame frizz all day and leave no sticky residue. Seriously, what’s not to love?



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