Whether they’re wispy, curtain, asymmetrical, or blunt, it’s evident that bangs aren’t fading from the spotlight anytime soon. They look chic paired with a short bob and adorable dressed up in space buns, but making them work for fancier occasions leaves us contemplating whether we should tuck them away or let them roam free.
To help us solve this dilemma, we asked Danielle Keasling to create a wedding-approved look where bangs are the focal point. Watch the video below, then keep scrolling for her easy step-by-step routine that’ll have your fringe ready to walk down the aisle—or at the very least, prepared to watch the action from your seat!
How to Create a Wedding Season Updo with Bangs in 5 Steps
What you’ll need:
- Snap hair clips
- Cushion hair brush
- Fine-toothed comb
- Hair elastic
- Bobby pins
- Biolage Professional Thermal Setting Heat Protectant Spray
- Biolage Professional Freeze Fix Hairspray
Step 1) Section and tease your hair.
Start by dividing your fringe from the rest of your hair, using padded snap clips (they won’t leave a crease in your hair) to section them off so they’re out of the way for styling.
Pick up the top layer of hair and spray Biolage Freeze Fix Hairspray underneath it on the scalp. Use the finer side of your comb to gently tease hair at the roots to help build volume. Depending on your hair’s density, Keasling notes you may have to do this in two to three sections.
Have questions about teasing? Discover more tips and tricks in our guide on how to tease hair.
Step 2) Brush back your bouffant.
Once the back of your hair has been adequately teased, use a cushion brush to lightly smooth the surface of the hair so it’s free of bumps. Layer on another dose of hairspray if desired to help keep flyaways out of the equation.
Step 3) Make a ponytail.
After smoothing your teased hair, brush the remaining loose sections back as you go to begin gathering your locks into a mid-to-low ponytail. Making a ponytail may seem like a no-brainer, but there’s a special hack Keasling relies on to secure her ponytails perfectly into place: a hair bungee.
Unless you’re a pro stylist (or an expert at crafting polished ponies on the reg), chances are you don’t have hair bungees readily available. The good news is that you can easily make your own using two items you definitely do have on hand: a hair elastic and two bobby pins. Just loop two bobby pins through the hair elastic, then stick one of the bobby pins in your hair and wrap the elastic around your ponytail. Use second bobby pin to anchor the bungee and ponytail into place.
“You don’t have to pull the tail through—you’re just going to secure and wrap this around and then hook it in,” Keasling explains. “[There’s] less chance of you pulling out the volume.”
Step 4) Style your bangs.
Now for the easy part, which is styling your bangs. Generously mist Biolage’s Thermal Setting Spray onto your bangs to prep them for your heat application, comb through them to evenly distribute the formula, and let them dry.
Split each side of your bangs into two sections (you should have four total), and use a curling iron to curl each piece of hair away from your face. Let them cool, and then lightly brush through each section of hair with your comb to marry them together, using Biolage Freeze Fix to lock in their shape. The hold offered by both the thermal spray and the hairspray will be key to preventing your fringe from falling flat throughout the night.
Pro tip: Use your metal hairspray can to sculpt your bangs further as your hairspray dries, further defining their shape. Who knew?
Step 5) Select your style.
After you secure your claw clip, gently pinch and pull areas of your hair to give it an airy, undone look.
Voilà–you’re officially good to go!
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