6 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Bangs

Done right, they can refresh your entire look without the commitment of a full cut or color. Done poorly, you end up with something reminiscent of a bowl cut from the fourth grade. We consulted hairstylist Vivi Lapidus on everything you should know to get your most flattering fringe—without any awkward grow out.

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When is the best time to get bangs?
Anytime can work, but summer isn't ideal. Sweat and humidity can cause fine hair to fall flat, and curly or wavy hair to poof up, so you might want to hold off until it cools down. If you're set on warm-weather bangs, consider longer, face skimming ones.

What is the best way to style bangs?
While hair is still wet, blow out your bangs first. If they start to dry on their own, you'll have less control. Point the nozzle of your dryer upwards, and brush your hair from side to side focusing on the roots.

How often will I need to trim them?
Once every four to six weeks.

Should I adjust my color at all?
If you already have balayage or highlights, ask your colorist to add a few new pieces in the bangs so they're not visually cut off from the rest of your hair.

How do I fix greasy bangs?
Tie back your hair and shampoo the bangs on their own. Short on time? Mist them with water until damp. Then use a sea salt spray to add texture. You'll still get the oil-absorbing benefits of a dry shampoo, but with more volume and no powdery residue. If it feels too heavy or crunchy, add a little more water to dilute the formula.

What’s the best way to grow them out?
Don’t stop getting trims. Just ask your hairdresser to leave the length, but lighten up the ends so they lie better as they grow. Also, hairpins like RickyCare Serrated U Pins ($6, rickysnyc.com) are great for styling shorter bits without looking as obvious as bobby pins. To use, twist or braid bangs back and secure to your head by weaving the pin into hair.