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COVID-19 has done my micro-fringe dirty. This time last year I was air-drying my chin-length bob with reckless abandon, roller-brushing my above-the-eyebrow bangs without a care in the world. Then 10 months of quarantine and salon shutdowns just had to come along and ruin my manicured mane. After a series of lopsided self-trims and a whole lot of existential dread, I decided to use the pandemic as an excuse to grow out my bangs for the first time in years. And what a wild ride this process has been.
For those who don’t know, growing out your bangs is a complete pain in the ass, filled with constant doubt and a whole lot of bobby pins. In other words: the styling learning curve is steep. Now, with 10 months of practice under my belt, I have finally mastered my newly overgrown fringe. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of dry shampoo involved.
Below are the only 6 products I’m using to style my overgrown bangs.
1. Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Hair Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner: $24 each
For the longest time, my stick straight tresses were unable to do anything but lay in the shape of front, blunt bangs. I spent hours agonizing over how to obtain that perfect curtain bang “swoop.” The secret to that swoop? Volume. Briogeo’s volumizing shampoo and conditioner gave my lackluster fringe body, fullness, and best of all, that sought after swoop.
2. Reverie Milk: $42
I pretty much don’t do anything without my Reverie Milk. This go-to botanical leave-in treatment hydrates and heals, ideal for hair that’s in need of a trim. It also adds a healthy dose of shine, the secret ingredient to every great curtain bang.
3. amika Plus Size Volume & Body Mousse: $25
Just to add a little extra oomph to my face-framing fringe, I run a dollop of mousse through the roots of my post-shower strands. Amika’s Plus Size Volume & Body Mousse is the perfect product for this occasion, with shaping polymers that provide the long-lasting lift I need. Just a little bit of mousse, a quick nearly-dry blowdry and I’m ready to roll.
4. Drybar High Tops Self-Grip Rollers: $10
Yes, rollers. After quickly drying my strands to a semi-damp state, I separate my bangs at my part and roll each section up and away from the top of my face using a medium-size self-grip roller from Drybar. Then I let my hair dry for another 30 minutes. This gives my curtain fringe that 70s-esque feathered wave we all crave.
5. Playa Endless Summer Spray: $24
Now I’m not a fan of hard-hold hairsprays, but I do need something to keep my freshly waved fringe in place. Playa’s Endless Summer Spray is totally up to the task. Formulated with chia seed extract, this texturizing spray provides a little bit of hold and enhances that wave without weighing my hair down.
6. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: $36
This is for those second day strands. If you think I’m doing all of this work every single day you are sorely mistaken. The secret to lived-in curtain bangs is next day hair, after all. Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo keeps my bangs looking clean and fresh the following day. My actual hero.