5 Tips for Styling Effortlessly Lived-In Bangs

From French girl to curtain to blunt, bangs are the most versatile hair accessory you can have. The easy part is finding the right fringe for your face shape. Styling them to look effortlessly lived-in every time is another story. Here to share her top bang styling tips is Sophie Sugarman, UK-based hairstylist and founder of The Mane Style. Keep reading for a complete guide to styling every kind of fringe including products and tools plus a hack for styling the front pieces of one-length haircuts.

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Everyone has their own way of styling their fringe and I’m here to tell you my secret style. It's super important to look after your hair, especially when styling your bangs is part of a daily routine. My essential hair product that I love to use for this is a heat protector. I personally love the GHD Heat Protect Spray. It’s brilliant for preventing split ends.

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If you want to blow-dry for French girl bangs 

Once washed and blow-dried, put the hair into a parting. I always start with the fringe when styling an overall look. First, I apply the product Perfect Setting by System Professional which helps to prep the fringe. There are different ways of achieving a certain look and this is also down to the style of hair. 

For someone with straighter hair, I like to run my fingers through the fringe with a hair dryer, creating a real, natural-looking texture. I may then use a Denman Brush to smooth out the corners of the bangs.  

For my girls with more of a wave, I suggest using a non-ceramic brush. I personally love the Mila Brushes as they help to smoothen out the fringe. Section the fringe in half horizontally, place the roots between my 2nd and 3rd index fingers and smooth through the roots with my hairdryer. To finish it off, I would take my Mila hairbrush and position it underneath the hair, smoothing the hair downwards towards the face. 

To achieve the perfect ending to style your bangs, I add some OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray to help lock in the final look whilst giving your hair some character. 

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If you want to add volume to curtain bangs or a modern shag fringe

Long laid-back curtain bangs are definitely one of my faves. Not only do they look great with your hair down, but super cute with a topknot. To lock in this style, I love using the OUAI Memory Mist Heat Protectant before using my GHD Platinum+ Styler to create random bends and bevels in the bangs, helping you achieve a voluminous, effortless look.  

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If you want to refresh your bangs when they’re feeling dirty or greasy

My go-to product to help refresh bangs when they’re feeling dirty and greasy would be IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also works absolute wonders, leaving hair refreshed, light and textured. 

A secret tip to styling your bangs if you don’t have time during the day to wash them would be to add a hair slide or snatch clip. This keeps your hair out of your face, and also adds a cool edge to your look. My favourite place to purchase these accessories are My Kitsch, Chloe + Isabel and The Embellish Studio

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If you want to rock your curly bangs but still keep them frizz free and NOT 80’s puffy

Curly bangs are very current and definitely one of my favourite looks right now. Sometimes they don’t want to behave, so prepping them with a smoothing product will certainly tame the frizz. The Bumble and bumble Bb. Curl Anti-Humidity Gel Oil will hydrate the hair, whilst holding the style in place. Depending on the hair type I would either twist the curls to give definition OR use a diffuser to fluff them out. When you are on the go, the OUAI Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets are perfect to fight the frizz and static hair. They are the ultimate fit for your handbag.

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If you have a one-length haircut and want to enhance your cheekbones

For all my long hair, one-length girls, sometimes it might feel like a chore styling your mane. You may want to try something different without having a chop. A great way to style your hair to help open up those cheekbones would be to create a wonder wave. Using the GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong, wrap small sections of your hair around the tong in alternating directions. The key is to curl your hair away from the face, as this will help to give you a more flattering look. Never be scared to mess up those waves.

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