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

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

Bangs are always 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. It was all good at first, but either you couldn’t handle the maintenance or realized that bangs weren’t for you post-salon. Now you’re left to deal with growing out bangs, and it can get overwhelming indeed.

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 some ways to growing out bangs the easiest, and least awkward, way:

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Bangs might your best accessory yet. Image credit:

1. Treat your bangs right.

The key to growing out your bangs is to use products that can help you get healthy hair. This starts by using a moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner like the Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and the Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner. These formulas will keep your hair clean and nourished while also helping to repair any damage. You may find that you need to incorporate a hair mask into your regimen.

Try Suave Moisture Mask with Almond + Shea Butter, which helps provide strands with deep moisture while growing out bangs.

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It’s important to keep trimming your bangs so they stay healthy and can grow.

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.

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Headbands are a great accessory when growing out your bangs!

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. Let products help you out.

As you grow out your bangs, you may notice texture changes in your hair. A little bit of hair serum, like Nexxus Humectress Step 3 Encapsulate Serum, helps smooth out frizz and flyaways.

6. 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.