Growing Out Your Bangs: 5 Styles to Try While Waiting to Become “Fringe-less”

Breaking up with bangs is never easy, but we've got some styles to ease the pain while you grow them out.

Growing out your bangs can be a tough decision to make. It’s a fun style with lots of volume and edge, but styling bangs can be a lot of maintenance and time that you realize you no longer want to commit to anymore. What lies ahead for those who decide to move on from their bangs is a long, awkward process filled with stages of hair lengths that some may not know what to do with, aside from clipping it on top of their head and calling it a day. We are here to say that growing out your bangs doesn’t have to be painful. Here are five different hairstyles you can try while you are growing out your bangs, depending on where you’re at in the process. There are also some life-saving products you can use to make styling as quick and painless as possible.

growing out your bangs covering eyes
Embrace the awkward length and create a dramatic look by covering your eyes.

1. Bold Bangs

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 your aesthetic by blowing your bangs out straight and cover your eyes. This mightn’t be practical for an everyday look, but it’ll look sexy and mysterious at an evening event.

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

2. Side Sweep

Once your hair makes it to a little bit of a longer length, you can use it to create a side-swept look. This playful and innocent style can be achieved by gently twisting and pulling your fringe to one side of your face and bobby pinning it behind your ear to give it the effect that it’s naturally positioned that way. 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.

growing out your bangs layers
Once your bangs are long enough, use them to create layers.

3. Long Layers

As your hair continues to grow, it will become much more manageable. When your bangs have grown to a length that can reach behind your ears, commit to a hair part and transition your bangs into layers. Even though the new “layer” is much longer than before, you still may need to blow dry it or straighten it to help it blend with your hair as a layer and not a long bang. Use some Nexxus Promend Heat Protecting Mist to ensure that your bangs stay healthy and don’t break during the growing process—it’ll be obvious and damaged-looking since the hairs are shorter and at the front of your face.

growing out your bangs gel
Use a gel to give your bangs some body an keep it off your eyes.

4. Gelled Bangs

This style is perfect for ladies rockin’ shorter length hair. If you are trying to grow out your bangs on a pixie cut (or grow out your pixie cut altogether) then hair gel is going to become your new best friend. This transition is a little bit easier as your hair is all growing together at the same time and gel can be used to blend your bangs back into your short cut to make it appear seamless and styled. The Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel is perfect to use when creating a light hold to keep your bangs out of your face.

growing out your bangs with headband
Conceal your awkward bang length with a headband!

5. 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.