Get the Most "Bang" for Your Buck
Fringe may be the season's hottest accessory, but it requires regular maintenance to look this good.
Ideally, you should see your stylist for a trim every few weeks, but salon visits can be both costly and time consuming. So to help get the most "bang" for your buck, I've enlisted the guidance of celebrity stylist Kevin Mancuso:
Making the Cut
First, prep your tresses:
- Wet hair tends to shrink as it dries, so you should only trim your bangs when hair is completely dry.
- Use the fine-toothed end of a styling comb to separate the front section of hair that you want to trim and pull it to a point in the center of your face. Use a jaw clip to hold excess hair aside.
- Twist the gathered hair several times (3-4 times). The twisting will offer more forgiving results and help to hide imperfections.
Next, trim your locks:
- Holding scissors at an angle, “point trim” tips until you have reached the desired length.
- To prevent over trimming, only cut a small amount of length off at a time.
Start by prepping your hair:
- Shampoo and condition hair with high-performance, moisture-rich products.
- Help prevent split ends and prolong the life of your bangs by applying a leave-in conditioner, such as Nexxus Humectress Luxe, to the tips of hair.
- Pull bangs aside and style rest of hair as normal.
Next, style your fringe:
- Blow-dry bangs using a large round brush. Always apply a heat styler before using thermal styling tools to protect locks from damage and extend the time in-between salon appointments.
- For wispy bangs, apply small amount of a medium-hold texture lotion, such as Nexxus VersaStyler, to the palms of hands. Rub hands together and then gently run fingers through bangs for added definition.
- For blunt bangs, apply a smoothing crème. Use a flat iron on fringe to enhance the sleekness of the style.
- Finish either style with a misting of a light-weight hairspray to help prevent flyaways and static.