Bangs & Fringes

How to Transition from Full Bangs to Side Bangs

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Allison

For when it’s time to take those bangs to the side.

Growing out full bangs isn’t always easy. Hair tends to grow at a rate of half an inch per month. So, depending on how long your hair is (and if you want all of your hair the same length) it could take some time to completely grow out full bangs! As far as we’re concerned, after you get past jaw-length bangs, you’ll be open up to more hairstyling ideas from ponytails to face framing layers. Until you get there, you can go from full bangs into cool side bangs in just a few easy steps. Read on to learn more about how to transition your full bangs into stylish side bangs.

Full Bangs to Side Bangs: Making the Transition

getting ready for full bangs
These bangs? Not quite ready to cut.

1. Let your bangs grow.

If you have bangs that rest above your eyebrows, let them grow until they get to the length of your eyebrows, at least. Having long bangs can give you a little more wiggle room to both style your hair and correct the shape to make side bangs. So, if you’ve been rocking the micro bangs look, give them month (or so) to grow out and then start with your full bangs to side bangs transition.

2. Change the part of bangs.

First, before doing any crafty cutting, play around with the shape of your bangs a bit by shifting them to the side. If you have a center part, it will look much smoother if you choose a side part to wear with side bangs. Depending on your haircut, changing parts may make your ends off kilter. If that is the case, head over to your local  hair salon for an angled trim. This will enable your new bangs to take shape as you get rid of any dead ends.

3. Trim your hair.

We know what you’re thinking, what is the point of trimming full bangs if the goal is to grow them out?! Trust us, a few little snips will help you to get the perfect side bangs shape. Starting with the hair nearest your part, cut it ever so slightly shorter. Angle downwards towards the rest of your hair. The goal is to have the other end of your bangs (not on the side of your part) the longest.

Going from full bangs to side bangs
Side bang perfection.

4. Go in the right direction.

To style your once full bangs into side bangs, you’ll need some help from your awesome blowdryer. Since your bangs are used to going straight down (not to the side) you’ll need to direct them by blowdrying your hair on an angle and in the direction you’d like your bangs to lie.

5. Have hair products on hand.

When blowdrying your bangs you’ll need to have a few hair care products on hand. One of our must-have’s is heat protectant like the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. This formula works to protect your hair from frying, while also making it shiny and soft. Another handy tool for your bangs is the Nexxus Ibiza B5 Round Hair Brush that can help you get the rounded side bangs look. You’ll also need to have some of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist to help refresh those second-day bangs.

Need more info about full bangs? Here’s how to trim bangs at home, painlessly.

Allison
Allison
17 January 2017

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