Reader Q: How Do I Style My Side-Swept Bang?

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Reader Question: I cut side-swept bangs to make my long hair more fun, but I end up pulling them back into my ponytail. How can I train or style my bangs so I’m not tempted to hide them? – Julie

The Answer: Flirty, swooping bangs can make an ordinary style more polished. The key is how you dry them, explains Jeff Chastian, owner of The Jeff Chastain Parlor in NYC. You might be surprised how simple it can be. After you pre-dry hair almost all the way, you’ll want to curl your bangs around a large round brush — here’s the kicker — straight up and back, not forward and to the side, while you continuously roll the brush, explains Chastain. “This gives your bangs a touch of volume at the roots so they don’t sit on your face, getting greasy and tickling your skin,” he says. Then just push them to the side of choice and voila: A side-swept bang. “If your hair is curly, start with wet bangs and blow them straight down in front to remove the curl, then finish with the brush up behind the hair to give them volume and finish the ends,” advises Chastain. Avoid styling with serums or creams around the front of your hair since these can be too moisturizing and weigh your bangs down. If you need extra help in the volume department, start with a volumizing mousse like Kerastase Mousse Substantive, $41 to keep your bangs light. If you have curly hair or it’s a humid day, use an alcohol-based hairspray which gives hair a little stick and will lock it in place. Try Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hair Spray, $3. Now you won’t need to pull your hair back into a ponytail, but if you do, you won’t be tempted to pull the bangs back too.

What other styling tricks would you like to know about?

– Carrie Stern Kleiner


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