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The Ultimate Survival Guide To Growing Out Your Bangs

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You’ve decided to lose the fringe, but now you’ve hit that awkward in-between stage. It can feel like there’s no escape from hair-poked eyes, but if you do it right, you’ll be free of your bangs sooner than you’d think! Keep scrolling to discover our finest expert secrets to grow out bangs properly.

How to grow out bangs? Keep your hair healthy.

The healthier your hair is, the quicker it will grow back. David Lucas, French Kérastase expert stylist and brand ambassador, reveals when it comes to analyzing the health of his clients’ hair.

“When a client enters my salon, the first thing I do?—is test the hair’s elasticity, in order to deduce how fragile it is,” he says. “When you pull on a strand of hair, if it is well-nourished it will bounce immediately. On the other hand, if the hair is tired, it will be more tense, and it can even go as far as breaking.”

To get that bounce back reflex, make sure to treat your hair to a frequent moisturizing treatment such as Kérastase’s Oleo-Relax Mask from their Nutritive range, a smoothing mask for dry, rebellious hair. Your hair will not only stay in good shape, but also be weighed down—keeping those stubborn short hairs from standing to attention.

Get a regular cut.

It might seem counterproductive to cut the tresses you are trying to grow, but trimming your hair is a fundamental building block of a solid hair routine.

“Once you start getting split ends, you need to cut your hair,” Matthieu Séguier, a French hairstylist working in partnership with Kérastase, explains. “It is necessary to regularly condition your hair either by using a mask or conditioner, depending on the needs of your hair.”

Make sure you pop to the salon every six weeks to rid your hair of split ends and keep it looking vibrant and full of life.

A trim can also mean styling, as well as just a cut. With a few savvy techniques, you can blend those bangs instead of letting them grow out haphazardly. The easiest way to keep bangs in check with a pair of scissors is to cut face-framing layers and a neat A-line cut with a shorter back. Growing out bangs doesn’t have to mean out of control and shapeless hair!

Sweep those bangs aside.

Pick a side for your bangs, moving your part away from the middle of your head. During this awkward phase, a side fringe is your best bet to disguise the undesirable length. Use a flat iron to coax your hair to one side and fix it in place with a product such as Matrix Biolage Styling Gelée.

When in doubt, accessorize.

Disguising bangs can be as simple as using the existing hair accessories you already have lying around your bedroom. For a simple yet effective solution, you can use bobby pins to clip your bangs to the side of your profile.

Alternatively, if you want them out of your face altogether (a frequent emotion for women who ditch their bangs) wear a thin headband. This timeless hair accessory is also versatile, ranging from bohemian-inspired to jeweled. There’s a band out there to suit everyone’s tastes.

Perfect a braid.

Braiding your strands along your hairline can be another easy, go-to style while you’re growing out your bangs. To keep your strands tame in the plait, apply Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel to damp hair.

Once you’ve finished, pin your creation to one side, and spritz on L'Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert Infinium 3 Strong Hold Working Spray. And there you have it—a convenient yet chic solution!