Growing up, I always had bangs, not because they looked particularly spectacular, but because I insisted on trimming them up myself whenever I felt they were getting out of line. The result of my inspired styling was at best a crooked line, and at worst a straight-down-the-temple snip that resulted in a hairdo that most closely resembled a handlebar mustache on my forehead. To make matters worse, I'd use whatever semi-sharp edged utensil happened to be within arm's reach (this was most usually the glitter-handled safety scissors I kept in my pencil box). As a result, my bangs kept getting thicker and thicker, and my hairline moved back farther and farther until it was practically mid-crown (I looked a lot like Kate Walsh up there, from the bangs up, that is). Stylish, hip Betty Page bangs these were most definitely not, and it took me 'til halfway through high school to grow them out.
Now, since I have what Tyra would lovingly call a fivehead, I really do look better with a few balancing wisps. But deciding to get bangs cut again for the first time in who knows how long was a tortured, traumatic process. I finally gave in, but with some stipulations. Now, I must always:
1.) Have any number of clips and no-slip headbands in all of my various bags for emergency hair-in-eyes situations (since I never know when my scissor fingers might get the itch again). Scunci makes affordable snap clips ($2.50) and elastic headbands with tiny rubber grips ($4) that make sure these bangs aren't going anywhere while I'm at the gym or playing co-rec volleyball.
2.) Devote half of my (already ludicrous) blow drying time to my bangs. There's a whole multi-instrument regimen, which includes blasting bangs straight with a highly focused diffuser, then curling them in towards my nose with a medium-sized ceramic thermal round brush ($11). Finally, an ultra-thin ceramic straightener with gripping teeth, like the Maxius Miniglide ($30), gets plugged in to do business on my bangs.
3.) Actually use styling products. As a rule, I'm not big on pomades, sprays, gels, and balms, but I've started using Hair Play's SEAL ($22) to keep my bangs in line on humid days.
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