Posts Tagged ‘growing out bangs’

THE TEMPORARY TAPE EXTENSION MIRACLE

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So, you lusted after Michelle Williams’ chicly-crafted pixie and raced to your hairdresser for the famous chop, perhaps a bit…prematurely? Then a few months into the awkward grow-out stage, you’re rocking an unbecoming shaggy mullet while she’s slaying an on-point, shoulder-length LOB?! Ladies, it’s not witchcraft: it’s tape extensions! They’re a powerful tool in the battle against out growing out a short, uneven and aggressively-layered haircut. Trust that I speak from experience: My own spontaneous pixie has had me playing the grow-out game for well over a year now, and that, in conjunction with a love for this bright blonde life, hasn’t exactly ushered me into a healthy, uniform length. Some days I need to fill in the gaps and some days (when wearing my hair up) I don’t! I love that they can be used in this temporary way vs. a real application by a pro which lasts many months. So, when I’m not doing THIS TREATMENT THIS PRE-SHAMPOO FIX  or BRAIDING it up to avoid heat damage, I’m reaching for the tape-ins to give me those full front corners that give a bob it’s coveted form. Here are the steps, if you find yourself longing for the same thing:

1) Start with clean, dry hair. Make sure to use a CLARIFYING SHAMPOO and only condition, if necessary, but NOT the root area! (Getting conditioner or any product near the scalp before applying tape extensions can cause them to slip.) Now blowdry smooth and flat iron to make sure there aren’t flyaways – when little individual rogue hairs get pulled by the tape it hurts! Also, waves can hide a multitude of sins, but straight hair will give you the true story of what’s going on with your cut.

**Note: know your limits: stick to the hair in the front sides of your head and avoid attempting the back. If your hair needs allover length or volume, or you’re looking for a more permanent solution, a trained professional should hook you up.

2) Have everything you’ll need ready to go once you start parting, and make sure to prep and tape all your extensions if you’re reusing them (instructions at the bottom).

3) Create a clean horizontal parting where you want to apply your extension, and clip surrounding hair out of the way. Try to avoid hairlines and your main part by about 1″. Make sure to hold the extension up first to ensure it’s the right length.

4) Remove the paper backing from the extension, holding just below the tape to avoid touching it. The transfer of oil from your fingertips will lessen its staying power.

5.) Apply right below your parting and press down firmly to smooth and adhere.

6.) Drop down clipped-up hair to gauge the difference. We decided the bang was still too heavy, so we added another extension at the top corner of the head – right before it starts to round into the top – to break it up.

7.) Once happy with one side, repeat previous steps on the other side and check for balance.

8.) The finished look. Dreamy. What a mini miracle! Remember to put your extensions in the same place each time or you’ll end up having to trim the tips to get it to look right, which then shortens the extensions!

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We completed the look with THESE waves to blend layers together and give the hair a little extra fullness.

This extension method will typically last until your next shampoo, or 1-3 days. If you use a different tape-in extension brand, also use their bond remover to make sure the process goes smoothly. As I mentioned above, if you’re in a pinch you can use a LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER. Spray directly onto the tape and gently lifting to remove. If you feel any tension, add more conditioner until they easily glide off. To prep extensions for future use, remove excess tape, wash well with clarifying shampoo and condition just the mids-ends, then let air dry. Once dry, apply the brand’s pre-cut double sided tape and leave the paper backing on until the next time you’re ready to get down.

You did it! This little trick can be a total lifesaver during the grow out process, and as you’ve seen, just a few pieces in the right place can make a huge difference. Now go make plans to be seen!

Have you tried tape-in extensions the non-permanent way? Let us know if they worked for your hair in the comments below!

GROWING OUT 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!