Braided Hairband

Braided Hairband,I mentioned last week that after roughly 26 years of bangs, I’m taking a little break and growing them out.  The thing is, growing out your bangs is a notoriously tedious process.  Those little wisps that once looked so cute across your forehead are now an awkward fringe that makes you feel just as dorky as that weird bob you had in middle school.

Braided Hairband

When I tried growing out my bangs at age ten, my strategy was to part my hair straight down the middle and clip half my bangs to one side and half to the other.  Luckily, I’ve learned a little more about hair since then, and I’ve been experimenting with a few ways to keep my bangs under control.

This braided hairband is my current favorite, and it’s so easy!  This is perfect for those of you who are in the same boat as me–but it also works for just about everyone else, too!

Step 1: Pull back a small section of hair from your crown on one side, then pin it back out of the way.

Step 2: Leaning forward, braid a 1″ section of hair right above your temple. Leaning forward will make it lie flatter when you stretch it across your forehead later.

Step 3: Thicken your braid by pulling gently at the edges.

Step 4: Pull the braid across your forehead, pushing back your bangs. Secure it on the other side with a bobby pin or two, then tuck in any stray hairs.

And that’s it! It’s such an easy style, and it keeps my bangs back like a charm. Now, if your hair isn’t as long as mine, you can make a second braid on the other side and pull that over to meet the first braid–it’s the same concept as milkmaid braids, really.

What about you? If you’re growing out your bangs, how are you keeping them tamed?

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By the way, I’ve been using the Winter Blend shampoo from Maple Holistics lately. It smells amazing (eucalyptus and mint and bergamot, oh my!), but more importantly, it’s been calming my frizzies and soothing my dry, bleached-out scalp. I have found that my hair tangles a little more easily when I use this, but other than that, I really like it.