For some reason completely unbeknownst to me, I’ve gotten quite a few questions from readers lately asking how I do my hair, particularly my bangs. I actually find my hair endlessly frustrating, which is why I’m surprised that anyone would want hair styling tips from me! I can’t really style it (it hardly holds a curl), it breaks really easily, and it’s so fine that top-knots and thick braids are completely out of the question. It’s one saving grace is that thanks to its stubbornly straight and fine texture, I can usually just air-dry it, which is how I normally wear it on the blog.
Having said that, I usually have to wash my bangs every other day to keep them from going limp, and this is how I’d normally style them if I wanted them dry as I leave the house! Just wanted to note that this is for side-swept bangs – I’ve added little notes as to how to style your bangs if you wanted to wear them straight down à la Zooey Deschanel!
1. This one should be pretty obvious…comb your bangs! I just combed mine over to the side I want them to fall over to.
2. If your hair is thick, I’d suggest using a flat brush, but if you have fine hair like me then a round brush is the way to go! It will give your bangs a bit of body. Since I am wearing my bangs side-swept, I used the round brush and blowdryer to direct the bangs in that direction.
However, if you want to wear them straight down (which I often did before deciding to let them grow out), then push your bangs to both the left and the right. This will get rid of any kinks or cowlicks you might have!
3. Don’t foget your face-framing wisps! I like them slightly curled in so that they blend in with my bangs.
4. Since the rest of my hair was dry, I just twisted the rest of it with a Goody spin pin up into a ballerina bun. Sometimes if I wear it up like this for a really, really long time, my hair will hold a curl for awhile!
Just a quick aside: if you wash your hair daily, really try to see if you can cut back. Even though my hair is thin, once it adjusted to being washed less it became so much healthier and feels much less brittle. It was the smartest decision I ever made hair-wise! Bangs, on the other hand, need slightly more frequent washing, but I try to limit it to once every other day.
5. Shake out what would probably be curls for most of you, but slight waves for me.
6. And done!