Tips and Tricks for Growing out Bangs

 

Most of you remember when I first got my “Bettie Bangs,” cut earlier this year. Now that they are growing out, I decided to post some tips on quick and easy ways on how to style and wear your bangs if you decide to grow them out and when they happen to be in that awkward stage before getting long again. Some of these looks are more of a cool retro way of wearing your hair.

Note: These styles work best on straight or slightly wavy bangs. If your bangs are really curly, I recommend quickly straightening them first..

1. TURN THEM INTO A POMPADOUR- Push all bangs forward and comb them so they are straight with no part. Then while holding them, gently tease them with a fine tooth comb to give them a little volume. Tease them as much as you want but make sure you’re holding the end of your bangs so no pieces fall. Then take some hair spray and spray on both sides of the bangs, on the teased part as well as the smoother part. Use your fingers or a smoothing brush to gently smooth out the hair. Gently do this so you don’t lose any volume. Then pull your bangs back to the top of your hair and pin with a bobby pin or small clip. This gives you a quick rockabilly type style.

2. HEADBANDS- A Head band is the perfect accessory when growing out bangs. For retro 60’s type of look, place your headband over your bangs, pushing them back. Then with the rest of your hair, using a rat tooth comb, tease the crown of your head as well as the sides. Spray all the teased sections and gently smooth with a soft smoothing brush.

3. TWISTING TO THE SIDE- First brush your bangs to the side. Find your pomade and rub a dime size amount between your fingers to warm up the product. Twist you bangs and push them to the side. Once you get to the end of your bangs, take a small section of hair near the side of the face and twist them so they connect with your bangs. Pin with a bobby pin and push forward your hair to cover it up. Place a decorative clip over it if desired.

4. HAIR DECORATIONS-  Decorative hair clips and small flowers can definitely be your friend when styling you awkward/or growing out bangs. Simply push you bangs to the side and attach with  pretty clip or a flower hair accessory that has a clasp clip on the back. You can also attach other pretty and different themed charms to them. Have fun with this.

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Look of the Day

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   I decided to do this post because my look today wasn’t rockabilly or pinup. It was more of a retro, blue-eyed shadow, 60’s look, especially with my half up, half down bouffant. I experimented with this look in the morning and was very impressed with it. Here are the pictures I took today with my 60’s retro and vintage look. Hope you enjoy!

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Under my pictures here, I’m going to list the brands and colors I use.

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*MAKEUP I USED TO CREATE THIS LOOK:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EYE-SHADOW: Sugarpill Eyeshadow: “Tako White.” in the inner and out of cover of the eye and also underneath brow bone.

Urban Decay, Disney, ” Alice Through the Looking Glass” special edition palette: Blue eyeshadow, “Metamorphosis.” applied on the lid.

Disney, ” Alice Through the Looking Glass” special edition palette: Matte Brown eyeshadow “Chessboard” applied in crease.

LIPSTICK:  Urban Decay, cream color in “Twitch.”

EYELINER: The same as always. I always use my pinup winged liner in “Schwing,” by   “The Balm.

 

IF YOU WANT ME TO DO A VIDEO TUTORIAL, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I’D BE GLAD TO DO ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Back to my Bettie Bangs

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I grew up having some style of bangs until I was a senior in high school where I  let them grow out. Throughout the years later I’ve been off and on with having different bang styles, from long side swept bangs, to having a vamp widow’s peak, to fringe bangs but having “Bettie Bangs,” is my favorite style. Besides the obvious vintage and pinup look reason, I also love have Bettie bangs because of the way they look on me, how they frame my face, and how they lay beautifully. Not everyone can pull off having short baby bangs so I’m very happy that I can. The lovely and talented Lizzie Sandeman from Carlton Salon in Mission Viejo did an amazing job on my hair. A huge “Thank you!,” and hug to sweet Lizzie! You can check her out on her instagram under @lizziesandeman and under @carltonhairmv

With that said, there are definitely some pros and cons to having bangs;

 

Cons- If you get tired of your bangs, you have to wait for them to grow out. You also have to go through that awkward “growing out,” phase if you’re wanting to get rid of them. You’ll definitely go through the stage where you can’t do much with them except let them get to a length where you can push them to the side or pin them.

The last main Con is that if your hair grows fast like mine, you’ll have to trim them frequently. If you can do it yourself, there’s no real issue. If you have to get them cut professionally, the cost can add up depending how often you need them trimmed.

 

Pros- With bangs, any style you do automatically looks vintage and cute. They look great with having your hair down or in an updo.

Your hair can still look polished even if it’s a mess as long as your bangs are looking good.

You can also do most pinup/vintage looks with bangs. You just have to sometimes modify them. For example, you can do your victory rolls, but they can’t incorporate short bangs and you  just have to start the rolls a little more back than if you didn’t have bangs and did your rolls on the very front of your head.

The biggest Pro is that they look absolutely fabulous!

 

 

 

 

Look of the Day

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Today was a pretty good day for me both at home and at work, and to top it off, I did a youtube vid to show of my look and style that loved and was strutting around in today. Here are some photos showing my look today and what I used to for my look.

MY MAKEUP: 

Foundation LOreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation in “Classic Ivory.”

Eye Shadow: Inner corner and under brow bone- “Tako” by Sugarpill. Lid Color:  “Fly,”  from the “Venus 2” palette by LimeCrime. Crease Color: “Sultry,” from the “Nude’tude” palette by The Balm

    

          Blush: Blush from Stile “Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette,” in Fair/Light

Eyeliner- “Schwing,” by The Balm

Mascara- Lancome- Hypnôse DRAMA-“EXCESSIVE BLACK”

Eyebrows- Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in “Chocolate

Highlight- “Sin by Urban Decay

Lipstick- MAC in “Russian Red.”

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For my Hair I used at 15 inch Black to Blue Ombre hair extension piece. I got mine at SOHO Fashion but you can find a variety of hair extensions at many places including online. I also decorated my hair with two beautiful aqua and turquoise jeweled pair of hair combs. I fell in love with these instantly.

 

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How to Make Your Blow-Out Last Longer

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I absolutely love getting professional blow outs and always want to make them last as long as possible. Even when I do my own blow outs, I like to keep them looking fabulous as much as I can for as many days as I can. If you are like me, here are some ways to maintain you do’.

1. When you first get your hair styled and blown out, whether you do it yourself or get it done by a hair stylist, don’t weigh your hair down with a ton of products like a lot of hair spray, pomade, or styling wax. Use as little product as you can so your hair doesn’t feel weighed down or greasy right away. 

  For me, when I first get my blow-out or blow dry my own hair, I only use a thermal spray or cream to protect my hair from the heat. Then I’ll use a dime size amount of shine serum at the very end to keep my hair looking shiny and healthy.

2. Don’t wash your hair everyday. My hair isn’t oily so I don’t need to wash my hair every day but even if your hair is more on the oily side, you can buy dry shampoo in either the color of your hair or a clear dry shampoo and spray a little at your roots which will soak up an excess oil. A little bit of baby powder sprinkled at your roots will work the same as the dry shampoo but if your hair is dark like mine, you might look like you have dandruff so I would recommend getting dry shampoo instead.

   A great one is, Batiste Dry Shampoo but there are a lot of different ones on the market.

3. If your blow out starts to fall limp after a day or two and want to get your volume back, there is a great product you can use to give your do’ back it’s fabulous volume without a bunch of teasing and hairspray. It’s called Thickening, “Dryspun Finish,” and it’s by Bumble and Bumble and it’s a dry spray that creates and helps instant fullness and gives your hair a great airy texture. My friend Krystal who does my hair a lot told me about this product and I love using it. All you have to do is hold the spray about 10 inches away and spray even strokes where you want the airy texture or some lift.

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The other way to use this awesome product which I mainly use it for is for when blow out loses some volume, I spray at the roots then ruffle them with my fingers. I have instant volume after I do that. You don’t have to use a lot of this spray which is good and won’t way down your hair.

 4. Another great tip to keep your hair style help up, especially if you have waves or curls is to take a silk or nylon scarf and tie it gently around your head before you head out for the evening and/or definitely before you go to sleep.

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5. Last great way to make your beautiful blow outs last long is to not do any heavy styling until the 2nd or 3rd day you’ve had your hair washed and blown out. This can vary because of the type hair you have, thick or thin, oily or dry, etc., but if you’re hair is freshly washed and dried, any fun looks you want to do won’t work or stay as well as if you do a fun look on the 3rd or 4th day when you’re hair produces more natural oils.

For example, you all know I’m a pinup model and love doing my victory rolls, bumper bangs, and more but I don’t do those type of hair looks until at least the 3rd day of my blown out hair. It’s easier for me to get my desired hair look.

Depending on the time of year or the weather, my hair can get a bit dry so if attempt to do a vintage style on the 1st or 2nd day, I’ll have to use a lot more product and heat instruments on my hair which can cause damage and leave your hair feeling icky. Plus it’s more time consuming but those styles can be hard to do on freshly clean hair.

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Hope these tips help to keep your locks lustrous for as long as possible!

  • All pics taken by me except the two black and white and product shot.