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An Expert's Guide To Growing Out Bangs Gracefully

16 February 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor,

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Before joining the team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

It’s safe to say that at one point in every woman’s life, she’s contemplated getting bangs. They’re stylish, chic, and have the ability to instantly make you look put together. When you finally take the plunge and get bangs, you’re instantly obsessed. They’re everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more—hat is, until you realize just how high maintenance they are.

Unfortunately, getting rid of bangs is nowhere near as easy as getting them. Lucky for you, Lauren Sill, Kérastase brand ambassador and stylist, is equipped with all kinds of tips that will make growing out bangs a breeze.

When you’re dealing with bangs that have reached an awkward length, you’ll do or buy anything to make your hair to grow faster. There’s no real way to speed up your hair growth process, but we can give you some insight as to just how long it’ll take for your bangs to grow out. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hair grows an average an half an inch a month.

If your fringe typically reaches eyebrow length, Sill says you’ll be growing out your bangs for the better part of a year.

“If you want them to reach your chin, that’s probably about 4 inches for most people, so about eight months,” she explains.

Eight months is a long time to be stuck with a hairstyle that you don't love. While you can’t speed the process along, Sill has a few clever ways to hide your awkward length.

If you’re trying to grow out blunt bangs, Sill suggests heading back to your salon and asking your stylist so soften up your blunt fringe with some texture.

“I make sure to subtly texture [bangs] so they grow out softer,” she explains. “I generally angle them a little more, so that they are shorter near the face—so they don’t grow out like a chunky layer.”

If you’re so fed up with your awkward fringe that you’re ready for an entirely new look, Sill recommends asking your stylist for layers.

Face framing layers are your friend! Avoid having the only layer in the front be the grown out bangs, or they will be obvious forever...Soft layers help the grow out [process] because the bangs become one of the layers instead of the only short hair in the front.

Lauren Sill

While stylists usually recommend maintaining your usual trimming schedule while growing out your hair, Sill doesn’t advise trimming your bangs unless absolutely necessary.

“Only trim them if they need a reshape or if the ends are feeling dry. I skip them entirely if they are sitting cute and aren’t too dry, or I’ll just barely dust them,” she explains. “Make sure your stylist realizes how serious you are about growing them, so they don’t take too much off.”

Growing out bangs is something no one looks forward to, but with these tips you’ll be able to slay your style throughout the entire process.

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