Growing Out Bangs Painlessly (Yes, It’s Possible)

We'll help you make the transition through this awkward phase.

Bangs always feel like a good idea at the time. You start by finding an enviable hairstyle and cut that’s perfect for your face shape, and even discovering that picture-perfect celeb who effortlessly rocks the look—much like how you envisioned you could, too. Chances are that it all worked out pretty well, but now without your stylist things are probably starting to feel a little stressful. Now you’re left to deal with growing out bangs, and it can feel pretty overwhelming.

No need to get stressed out: Bangs are one of the easiest hairstyles to grow out, and it’s a look that just requires a few key products, easy maintenance tips and killer hair accessories to help you through that awkward growing-out stage. Read on to discover how to go about growing out bangs the easiest, and least awkward, way:

1. Treat your bangs right.

The key to growing out your bangs is to use products that support healthy hair. This starts by using a moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner like the Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and the Conditioner. These formulas will keep your hair clean and nourished while also helping to repair any damage.

2. Trim your bangs.

It may seem counterintuitive, but to actually grow out your bangs, you need to cut them (no exceptions!). Trimming your bangs keeps them looking neat and feeling smooth, and helps you blend them into your longer layers. Good news: Since you’re growing your bangs out, you don’t have to cut that much—just ½ inch around every two months should do.

3. Consider your part. 

Your part is everything. When you’re growing out your bangs, think about how you want to part your hair and start sectioning your bangs in that direction. If you’re going for a deep side part, create a romantic look by twisting your bangs once over towards the tips and then securing them with a bobby pin along the side of your face. This is a great style, and as an added bonus, no one will have a clue that you’re in the in-between stage.

4. Go with the band. 

Another cool accessory to try as you grow out your bangs is a headband. Not just for little kids, headbands have become a very sophisticated and chic accessory that creates a fashionable and well-put-together look.  We just love this easy and quick hairstyle that you can rock all day long.

5. Rock the length.

In a pinch (or if all else fails), embrace your longer, grown-out bangs by experimenting with styles and middle parts. Have them tapered along your face by a hairdresser or simply tuck them behind your ears. Pretty soon you’ll have longer, sexier layers to play with.

1. Bold Bangs

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Embrace the awkward length and create a dramatic look by sweeping down over your eyes.

If you are just beginning your grow-out phase, then it can be tough to style your bangs into anything other than, well, bangs. Embrace the awkward length and add mystery to your aesthetic by blowing your bangs out so they sweep down.

2. Side Sweep

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Choose a side to pin your bangs for a side-swept effect.

Once your hair makes it to a little bit of a longer length, you can use it to create a side-swept look. Brush you bangs to one side and blend them into the rest of your hair. Finish with a light spray of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Boost Hold Level 3 to ensure that the hair stays in place and doesn’t attempt to shift throughout the day. Editor’s tip: Make sure to hold the hairspray far from your head as you don’t want to get too much product on your bangs and give them a wet, sticky appearance.

3. Center Part

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Part your bangs!

Get started on your journey to grown-out bangs by opting for a center part and sweeping your bangs to the sides. This will help transition your hair back to its pre-bangs life!

4. Curly Bangs

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Extend the life of your bangs.

You will inevitably have moments of frustration during this process. On those days when you’re ready to just cut your bangs back to their original length yourself but know in your heart that you want them to grow, get in on the curly bangs look. By wearing your bangs in a wavy or curly state, they’ll bounce up to their original length and give you a break from the awkward in-between zone.

5. Headband

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Conceal your awkward bang length with a headband!

A headband is a great option to accessorize your hair and also conceal your awkward-length bangs. Using a hard, plastic headband isn’t necessarily the cutest look, as it either makes the ends of your bangs stick up in the back or creates a “poof” in the front as the headband moves throughout the day. If you’re going for a cute headband look, then use a cotton headband, it will grip the hair so it won’t move during the day and it is also wide enough to keep your bangs completely concealed.

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