Bangs come in all shapes and sizes, and basically look amazing on every hair type. But they come with a catch: upkeep. Daily styling, regular trims, and an eternity to grow out are a few of the main reasons bangs can be a challenging commitment for many of us to make. Thankfully, we’re all five easy steps (and one quick clip) away from getting to try on any bang of our liking, without the downsides. We tapped celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook to guide us through everything we need to know about wearing faux clip-in bangs.
Find a Color Match
According to Brook, the first step to wearing faux bangs is finding a good color match. “Find a clip-in bang that matches the color of your roots,” she says. If you’re ordering your bangs online and can’t be 100% certain on the color match, you might want to lean a smidge on the lighter side to be safe. “If you need to deepen or darken the color of your faux bangs to better match your natural root color, you can use a colored hairspray,” says Brook.
Prep Your Hair
Next, you’ll want to prep the hair to serve as a good foundation to hold the clips in place. For starters, “part your hair down the middle,” says Brook. “This helps keep your hair organized and makes the application process seamless.” No need to pull out a comb for precision here. Use your finger to create a more organic parting that will help keep your new ‘do looking natural.
Your hair doesn’t need to be squeaky clean or two days unwashed to make itself ready for clip-ins. Just be sure the hair is dry when you’re ready to wear your bangs. Then, “apply a dry shampoo to the areas you want to clip the bang into,” says Brook. Dry shampoo will help eliminate excess oils and slippery strands, providing a hold that’ll last all day. (So if your hair is thick, super curly, or coarse, you might be able to skip this step.) If you still need a little extra grip, Brook suggests backcombing your roots.
“If your faux bangs are made with synthetic hair and appear shinier than your natural hair, use some dry shampoo to help matte out the shine,” says Brook.
Place Your Clip-Ins
With your hair prepped and ready for transformation, it’s now time to clip-in your non-committal new ‘do. “Open the clips and apply [to the hair], pressing down on the clip areas to click them in place,” Brook says. “If you’re having a hard time securing them, you can wiggle them until you feel the teeth grip into the hair,” she suggests, “or try backcombing the hair more.”
In terms of finding the perfect placement, Brook points out that most faux bangs usually look best when applied just past the highpoint of the head. “You can find this point by placing a comb horizontally on the top of your head,” she says. “The point where your head and comb meet is the high point.” Don’t forget to have fun and experiment with this look. Play around with the placement until it feels comfortable and looks natural.
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