Posts Tagged ‘bangs’


top photos + post: Kristin Ess

If you’ve tried growing out your bangs and failed, let this post be your guide. It’s SO much fun to get bangs but definitely not as much getting them to go away. Most of my clients and I have a long chat and create a solid plan before we even take a scissor anywhere near their fringe. You really have to think about the commitment first, ya know? Growing out bangs can be a hassle but it can also be super fun if you plan it out right. Below I’ll dish out some great tips and as well as an example grow-out-plan from “model citizen”, Sienna Miller, or as I like to call her, the Baroness of Bangs…

ONE: I’m not telling you anything you don’t know when I say go out and get lots of bobby pins when you start growing out your bangs, but a very important thing you should know is that not all bobby pins are good enough. You should test them to make sure they’re really strong. My favorite ones come from the beauty supply. They usually carry the heavy duty pins and those will stay put .

TWO: Get a supplement like Viviscal to boost growth. You can either wait for them to grow at their own pace or better yet, give them a little rapid encouragement with a hair supplement.

THREE: Ask your stylist to use thinning shears (not scissors) to take weight out of your bangs. They can look bulky and haphazard if they’re not properly thinned out as they grow. When my clients say they’re ready to grow their bangs and start pushing them to the side, I use thinning shears to take the weight out both right where they part and the sides where it can get super bulky. Once you do that, it makes it much easier to part and push them.

FOUR: Become familiar with bang friendly updos. Our fun bun is one of my favorites for girls growing their bangs because you can do the fun bun and then push the bangs back into it and bobby pin them. It’s supposed to be messy and fun so there’s not much bang-hiding skill required. Styles with a twist or braid in front work wonders as well.

FIVE: Embrace the vibe of your current bangs. I love when I see someone grow out their bangs and getting all “Bardot” about it. As they get near the top of your cheekbone, add a little flick to them, put it half back and embrace that 60’s bombshell. When they get near your jaw line, create some 70’s boho waves. Enjoy them while you have them!

SIX: Make a plan like this…

Nothing is more fun than seeing your ponytails, buns and soft waves all looking EXTRA cute with fresh cut bangs.

Then let’s say you get bored with them and want to grow them out. Realistically you don’t want them to be super high maintenance every day, so find ways to wear bangs casually. This is where headbands and bobby pins come in.

As they grow out and your stylist begins to thin them out, embrace the wing! Add a little wave and little product, push them to the side and give it that piece-y, shiny, Sienna vibe!

Get inspired and do it up! (Or go to a blow dry bar and let them do it up for you!) Believe it or not there are beautiful ways to wear your hair while growing out your bangs.

If she can make it to the end, you can make it to the end, too! Don’t give up and cut your bangs out of frustration. Find some photos and pin them for inspiration!


Obviously your first option for a bang trim should be to see your stylist and let him/her do it. However… sometimes life gets in the way– you’re busy, they’re busy, you’re in a rush or it’s too expensive. A lot of hairstylist offer complimentary bang trims, but if yours doesn’t or you simply can’t make it into the salon every couple weeks to clean up your fringe, here’s what I suggest (in serious detail).

Kitchen scissors, nail scissors and office scissors aren’t good for trimming bangs. Before you consider trimming your own bangs at home, search for a pair of cutting shears and pair of thinning shears. They don’t need to be crazy expensive or fancy. Just read reviews and find something in your price range. Go to a beauty supply if there’s one near you and ask what they recommend. There are so many kinds out there!


  1. DRY HAIR ONLY. Don’t do bang trims on wet or damp bangs. They’ll spring up once they’re dry and you’ll be in trouble. Start by sectioning off. Follow the outline your hairstylist made– don’t create your own! Easiest way to do that is to hold your hair in a loose high pony and shake your head while leaning foreword. Your bangs should all come right out and fall in front of your face. Clean up the section using a comb as you see in photo 1.
  2. Put the rest of your hair up in a bun so you don’t accidentally cut it.
  3. Smooth out your bangs or style them the way you normally would on a day-to-day basis.
  4. Check out how deep your bangs are so you can split them evenly into two sections, horizonally. You only want to work on the bottom half first. That way if you mess up the line a little, you have some room to make up for it.
  5. In photo 5 you can see how we split the bangs in half horizontally.
  6. Take a napkin or small piece of tissue and wrap it around the section before you clip it to avoid getting any dents or creases.
  7. It should look like this! Use a strong clip so pieces don’t fall out.
  8. You can see the guide drawn on the photo above #8. Stay just below the brow to be safe. Start “chipping” or point cutting into your bangs using your regular shears. Point cutting diffuses the line and gives you a little room for error. Blunt cutting (just chopping straight across) isn’t exactly the best idea when doing your own bangs at home.
  9. I like to take a quick break while I’m cutting to comb the bangs side to side. That will help you see them in a more natural state. Sometimes the repetitive combing downward while cutting can flatten them too much.
  10. Once they’re to a shorter/desired length, you can drop down the top section.
  11. Comb lightly so you can see the bottom section through the top section and use that as your guide.
  12. Now we’ll use the thinning shears. Pick up small pieces from the top section and gradually make them shorter using the thinning shears. Side note- using thinning shears is different than regular shears. They have small teeth so you have to make more cuts. Their main purpose is to blend. Some people will want to cut the top layer with scissors and then blend with the thinning shears after, which you can do but it takes a little more skill. If you’re not good at DIY bang trims just yet, go slow and use the thinning shears on the top section.
  13. You can see how it’s done in photos 12 + 13. Gradually the top section starts to blend into the bottom section without appearing overly blunt like a 1st grader. (No offense 1st graders!) Also, I typically suggest you leave the sides a little longer. Think of a half moon shape. Some people want straight across, which is fine, but gradually longer sides look good on the majority of people. Longer sides also help you play it safe so you don’t accidentally end up with wacky bangs.

Optionally, you can pull up the entire top section and chip into it a little if you feel like you need a little more blending. Do that with the thinning shears so you don’t mess up the overall shape. xo

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess



post + graphic design: Kristin Ess

Last week we put up a chart that shows you HOW TO FIND YOUR FACE SHAPE. Hopefully you’ve all narrowed it down to one shape (or two if you’re a hybrid!) and are ready to talk about what cuts + styles work best for you. Don’t fret- we’re going to do a post on each of the 9 face shapes from our chart, so hang tight if you don’t see yours yet! It’s coming. Also, feel free to mix advice from two face shape posts if you think you’re a hybrid! Talk it over with your hairstylist if you’re not quite sure.

THE SQUARE: The goal with most face shapes we’ll talk about will be to either love it/embrace it/wear it proud like Olivia Wilde does in the bigger picture above with all of her hair pulled off of her face OR to do what you can to down-play your shape if it’s something that you don’t love. If you’re looking to down-play your square face shape, the goal will be to diffuse the 4 corners a little bit. Here are some great ways to do that. (more…)


tutorial by Micha Brown, photos + graphic design: Kristin Ess

When it comes to super short hair, you often find yourself to be slightly limited with styling options. That’s why we thought it would be great to show you how to temporarily add a little length using extension wefts. This gives you a bit more versatility with your look. We’re pretty obsessed with Meagan Good’s short + sassy style. It’s really short in the back and gets longer toward the front. We’ve seen short hair on both Rihanna + Pink for years, but there’s something less edgy about this– it’s a very feminine, chic, flirty hairstyle. We’re so excited to show you how to play with length. Here we go! (more…)