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An Expert's Guide To Growing Out Bangs Gracefully

12 February 2019
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor

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—that 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 your bangs a breeze. Whether you have a medium length hairstyle or an androgynous haircut, you’re going to love these tips.

How long does it take for bangs to grow out?

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.

How can a professional hairstylist help you grow out your bangs?

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.

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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.”

How To Style Your Hair While You’re Growing Out Your Bangs.

Patience and the gifted hands of a professional hair stylist will go a long way to help you survive the awkward months of growing out your bangs, but you still need to find ways to style your hair day to day. If you have no idea what to do with your bangs, we’ve got you covered. We rounded up 10 hairstyles to help mask your unsightly bangs.

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Half Up Top Knot

When you have a jam-packed schedule, you need hairstyles that you can do while walking out of the door. This half up top knot is equal parts stylish and practical for keeping your fringe out of your eyes.

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If you’re growing out your bangs, hair accessories are about to become your new best friend. A headband is a quick and simple way to cover your bangs without sacrificing any style.

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Slicked Back Top Knot

Once your bangs are long enough to reach the crown of your head, you styling options really expand. We love this simple slicked-back top knot. Simply apply a strong hold gel like Redken’s Hardware 16 to your hair to ensure your bangs stay put all night long.

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Pompadour Bangs

You may be growing out your bangs because you want to get rid of them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun while they’re still there. Pompadour bangs is a larger-than-life way to style your bangs while keeping them out of your face.

Section off your bangs and use a fine tooth comb to backcomb them and create volume at the roots. Then, flip them over and back and secure the pompadour to the crown of your head using several bobby pins.

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Slicked Back Bobby Pins

You may think of bobby pins as a hair tool, but they also make pretty killer hair accessories. Use a strong hold gel to slick your hair straight back. Then, place five to eight bobby pins on either side of your head to hold your style in place. If you want to make your ‘do really dazzle, swap out your regular bobby pins for metallic pins.

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Braided Bangs

If you love the way your hair looks when you wear it loose but can’t stand to have your bangs in your eyes, braid your bangs up and away from your face with an intricate cornrow design. This style will add a fun visual element to your regular wash-and-gos and no one will even know you have bangs!

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Braided Bang Ponytail

If your bangs are not long enough to fit in a ponytail, braid your fringe to keep it out of your face.

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Side Braids

If you love to wear your hair parted down the middle but your bangs are always falling in your face, consider side braids. This quick and easy plaited style is quick way to hide your bangs.

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If you’re looking for a style that will last all day long and hide your bangs, cornrows are your best bet. These stylish braids expertly tuck all of your loose hair away.

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If you have no time to discreetly style your bangs, look no further than a hat! This staple accessory will expertly cover any hair woe.

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.

Need help growing out your bangs? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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