Courtesy of GettyElizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine
I may not have Beyoncé's amazing voice (or legs) but we do have something in common: New bangs. The singer debuted her brand new fringe on Saturday night, and the bangs were perfectly styled. If you're also new to the world of fringe, or thinking about getting bangs yourself, here are my top tricks for styling them:
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Stock up on dry shampoo. I have fine, straight hair. That means I can get away with not blow-drying my bangs every day. But when left to their own devices, my bangs get stringy and flat by lunchtime. I preemptively mist dry shampoo at the roots in the morning and then massage it through to prevent them from getting piece-y later in the day. I like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, which doesn't turn my dark hair white.
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But if you do have to blow-dry your bangs, prep them with a small dab of styling lotion or, if your hair is curly, gel. Then, blow-dry them using the nozzle attachment to direct air straight down at the ends. After they're dry, smooth them down with a mini flatiron. The trick is to move it quickly in a slight arc, so that your hair doesn't stick straight out. I learned that one the hard way.
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In a pinch, here's my favorite weird trick for smoothing down your bangs even if you don't have access to a blow-dryer or flatiron: Fit a baseball cap so it's super snug, and wear it for 15 minutes. It straightens them and aims them straight down. It's also a good trick for taming a cowlick, because the heat from your head will help straighten the bangs. Who would have known, right?
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