Nothing is more transformational than a power fringe, but selecting the proper cut is just as crucial as knowing how to style bangs. According to Mark Townsend, the stylist responsible for Dakota Johnson’s perpetually coveted fringe, “People are terrified of the commitment of bangs, but it really is just 10 minutes every morning.” You’re good to go as long as you style your bangs. While Brigitte Bardot-style wisps or a curtain of thick corkscrews are theoretically more maintenance, experts agree that it takes the least amount of work for the most impact.
“Bangs can completely transform a haircut and allow you to unveil a different side of yourself,” claims Mara Roszak, who earlier this year gave Anne Hathaway a side-swept fringe in the style of Françoise Hardy. “What may appear to be a small, rapid alteration frequently represents a significant difference in the overall look. They can emphasise the cheekbones and eyes while nicely framing the face. According to Vernon François, who most recently gave Amandla Stenberg a super-blunt curtain of fringe, a set of bangs opens up countless aesthetic options. They are very adaptable, he says, ranging from bold, dramatic, and statement-making to improving your whole hairdo without dominating it to soft, romantic, and romantic. The three in-demand hairstylists from Hollywood offer their opinions on how to style bangs, from drying methods to the best products for beautifully zhuzhed fringe.
Everyone should try to avoid having greasy-looking fringe, but people with stick-straight hair frequently need to take extra precautions. Because bangs are close to the face and frequently include natural oils from the skin and hair, Roszak advises against using cosmetics in them. Instead, focus on drying methods while your hair is still wet. Townsend advises using a round brush held vertically to “flick” bangs up after blow-drying hair straight down with a flat brush, such as a Mason Pearson with boar bristles, when it is 90% dry. Roszak advises rough-drying with your fingertips for a gritty, more worn-in appearance. Consider giving your bangs a focused refresh in-between washes. François recommends using Redken’s Deep Clean Dry Shampoo as his go-to. “Spritz on a dry shampoo for a quick repair rather than having to do a full wash and restyle on your entire head of hair,” he advises.
Ride the wave and make the most of what you have. François, who often relies mostly on his Mist Nourishing Water as a style primer or refresher to retain the S-shaped pattern of waves, advises air-drying for an easy wash-and-go appearance that emphasises the relaxed waves of this hair texture. In a similar vein, Townsend advises his clients with curly hair to forgo brushes altogether and add a light mist of Oribé Aprés Beach Spray to maintain their natural bends. Alternatively, they can embrace the curtain bangs style by using a round brush (held horizontally) or hot brush to sweep fringe down and away from the face to create a fanning-out effect. Alternatively, Roszak claims that a spray water bottle and flat clips are her go-to styling tools if you want to put the hair in a specific wave or revive second-day bangs. She continues, “I use one flat clip at the root of the bangs to help them lay flat at the root after giving the bangs a couple of spritzes.” Then, after adding two additional flat clips toward the ends, I shape them in the direction I want them to lay, frequently allowing for a small swoop or bend.
François suggests that as a general rule, the “less you manipulate curls, the better their shape is preserved.” He advises twisting small portions of curly bangs after the hair is 80% dried in order to air-dry it. When the portions are dry, use a little serum on your fingertips to gently separate them. For “bangs in need of a bounce-boosting pick-me-up,” he uses Kérastase Curl Manifesto Refresh Absolu to rehydrate and reactivate between washes. A hair towel or T-shirt can also be used, advises Roszak, “to help curls stay intact and have a wonderful natural definition out of the shower.” While there are numerous drying methods that may be used to improve your unique curl pattern, experts concur that a diffuser is the key to definition and volume. Roszak says she only ever uses a diffuser on a low air setting to dry her curly bangs. She also suggests massaging the hair with your fingertips to raise the curls for volume and separation. Townsend uses Dyson’s diffuser attachment (on the lowest air setting and highest heat setting) to cup curtains of curly fringe for the most curl and lift at the root. He likes it because you can manage the heat and airflow individually, which is important for both technique and hair health.
When it comes to a luscious curtain or cascade of fringe, coily and kinky textures behave similarly to curls in that the less you alter them, the better. Following a shower, François advises using a microfiber towel to gently pat coils dry without changing their natural shape or texture. He then suggests using a small amount of a rich yet lightweight hydrating smoother, such as his Styling Cream, to highlight the natural coils and add additional moisture to the ends. A drop of hair oil applied while finger-twisting coily bangs, on the other hand, “quickly and easily defines and shines,” the author continues. According to Roszak, misting coils with a spray water bottle or leave-in conditioner, as well as diffusing if necessary, can aid with re-enhancing. She advises, “To define and de-frizz coils, scrunch in a style oil alone or coupled with a lightweight curl cream, scrunching and twisting the excess product into the bangs,” stressing the need of avoiding over- or weighing down the hair with product.