So I’ve had bangs for almost five months now, and I love them like I did day one. I have had bangs in the past, but wasn’t really fully committed to the maintenance attached to them. But since I most definitely have a five-head, bangs really work to frame my face. They are certainly a commitment because you have to style them everyday. Well….maybe not everyday. I pin mine back on the days where I just can’t be bothered with a blow dryer. I also trim my own bangs about once a week, so I don’t worry too much about having to go and get them cut. I have been cutting my own hair for years so scissors to my locks are not intimidating, but I know for others that comes into play when taking the bangs jump.
I have pretty much narrowed down my styling products to ones that really work to give me volume and keep my bangs from getting greasy in the humidity. Obviously these products are not designed solely for bangs, and I use them to style all my hair, they just happen to work really well for the heavy bang look I am going for.
Kenra Hairspray– This is hands down the best hairspray. I have used it for years, and one bottle will last you a long time. It is lightweight but still gives you the hold you need. I always set my bangs in place with this.
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo– I’m telling you, I have tried no less than 20 different dry shampoos. It became an addiction at one point, I think. I have had my favorites here and there and then I was introduced to this one. I wanted to not like it because the price tag attached is a little shocking, but I couldn’t. It soaks up oil, but leaves your hair feeling soft and fresh.
Living Proof Humidity Shield– I have posted about this spray before, but it is a hair saver! If you live in even a little bit of humidity you need this. It isn’t a hairspray, it just controls the frizz that you get when you spent all that time styling your hair and then walk outside. I spray this on and then give a spritz of hairspray.
Oribe Matte Waves– This is a product that I cannot live without. You have heard of sea salt sprays for textured waves, but those tend to leave your hair crunchy and with a little added weight. This cream does the opposite but gives the same result. I have naturally straight hair, so I rub this in when my hair is still a little damp, then I blow dry it or let it air dry and curl. It gives my curls more texture. I also use it in my bangs after washing. It just gives them a little more fullness. And it smells amazing!
Living Proof Dry Volume Blast– I am sure you have seen so many people mention this product, and it lives up to the hype. It gives unbelievable volume, even on third and fourth day hair. For bangs it is a time saver because I don’t have to wash them after sleeping on them and having them flat as a pancake. This does all the work!
Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo– I saw Grace mention this in a post on her blog, and I had to give it a try. After all these products being used in my hair, I really needed a shampoo to get in there and freshen me up a bit. This does the job! It gets rid of all that product residue, and makes your hair feel so fresh and clean. I only use it about once a week. I only wash my hair twice….maybe three times a week.
Boar Bristle Brush– This is the secret weapon to styling bangs. I blow dry my bangs and use this brush to move them from side to side so they get a nice full look to them. It creates volume while drying, and helps get rid of my natural part so my bangs dry forward.
*a little tip for bangs too….on days that I style my bangs I don’t put moisturizer on my forehead! That just creates a magnet for your bangs to stick too. This was like a light bulb moment for me. Ha! So at night I will usually pin my bangs to the side and then go through my nightly skin care routine.
So that’s it! I know it seems like a lot of products, but I can usually get my bangs dried and styled in under six minutes. And I don’t always use all these products at once, it just depends on the day. Of course all of these are great for styling any and all hair as well.