Saturday, 26 January 2013

How to style a straight fringe/bangs

If you have straight bangs, curling them to create some bounce and body is one of the easiest and best techniques to have in your beauty repetoire. Ask anyone with a straight fringe - having your hair stick to your forehead in warm weather, or fly all over the place in the wind is no fun! So trust me when I say to take the extra two minutes in the morning to add this to your routine, and you'll thank me!

Before we start, I must confess - While I have been sporting straight bangs for almost all of my life (except when I had the awkward half side/straight fringe in high school), I only JUST started styling my fringe over the last few months.

Exhibit A: Straight-fringed baby Jess
Why? Well, I have naturally very straight hair, so I tend to neglect styling it all together because I wake up and I'm happy to trust my tresses to do their own thing. That, and the one time I experimented with straightening my fringe ended up with kinks-galore and a burned forehead. Certainly not motivation for trying again!

BUT now I have the full bouncy fringe thing under control and looking pretty cute, I wanted to share my tricks with all of you straight-fringed girls in the blogosphere! And trust me, it will take you literally less than a minute to do and you'll look super polished with minimal effort.

Taken By Surprise Tutorial: How To Style A Straight Fringe/Bangs

What you will need:
- A straightener 
(a smaller one that isn't too wide will work best and minimise the risk of forehead burning)
- Hairspray (strength depending on the thickness of your fringe/bangs)
- a comb

Straightener -  Vidal Sassoon VSCS31A
Hairspray - L'Oreal Elnett Satin "Extreme Hold"
1. First up, comb your bangs so they're flat and tangle-free. Question: Why do they call them bangs? In Australia we call it a fringe, and only after watching international beauty vids have I heard them called "bangs". What does that even refer to?? At least fringe is like "hair that sits on the fringe of your face", but "bangs"? Sounds dangerous.

2. Split your fringe into three sections - a large centre section and two smaller side sections. We do this because we are going to curl each section in different directions. Don't try to get all of your fringe in the straightener - it's difficult and the end result won't look as good.

3. With your straightener set to 170 degress (that's Celsius, mind you), start from roots of the centre section and straighten away from forehead. Start to curve the straightener inwards about halfway down your fringe. If you don't get it right, just repeat this step until you're happy with how it looks.

Taken By Surprise Tip: Turn your straightener on while you're doing your eye makeup/last stage of your makeup, then it'll be ready to go!

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From the side
4. Do the same for each side section, except when it's time to curve the straightener, curve towards the centre to get that rounded look.

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5. You'll be left with gaps between each section, so using your comb, lightly comb the sections together.

My comb looks a bit like a crown here, I wish I actually had one like it!

6. Now to style some pieces to frame your face! I think it's nice to have some wispy bits around your cheeks when you put your hair up, so take a small section from the front and curl it away from your face. Repeat for the other side too!

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See! No blunt fringe with a ponytail, having pieces to frame your face is much prettier!
7. To finish off, lightly spritz your work with hairspray.

And we're done!

Trying to look like a cute K-pop star

Do you have any tips on styling a straight fringe/bangs? Let me know in the comments below!



  1. omg your comb is so super duper cute!!!
    i had bangs long time ago but my forehead always sweaty lol then i gave up -,- nice tutorial

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  2. Thanks for tutorial! I really enjoyed reading it even though I don't have a fringe! :) Love those photos, especially the ones that move.

    1. Thanks Ty, I'm glad you liked it! :) x

  3. lovely tutorial haha i never knew what to do with my straight bangs when i had them. And ive totally avoided getting bangs since. But it will be nice to know how to style them properly when i do think of getting bangs again and you are soo gorgeously cute hehe

  4. wow never thought of using gif for a tutorial! very creative ! nice post love <3

    1. Thanks Kri! I thought it would be quicker than creating a video :) x

  5. ah this is very helpful! and you are too cute :) I don't have dead straight bangs though, they don't really suit me. but they look amazing on you :)

  6. Aww you look so pretty ! ^^ Made me wish I still had bangs.

    Thanks for your comment! x Stop by anytime again :)

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  7. You look really cute with bangs ! x

    Love your blog xx

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  9. I loved your tutorial ! :)

  10. I also had 'bangs' for most of my life (minus my Highschool days) but I'm usually too lazy to bother styling my hair, but I like this tutorial, will make its easier to style my fringe properly now! It's just a shame that heating the iron will take longer than actually styling my bangs! Lol -.-'

    1. I'm glad it helped you! What I try to do is turn my straightener on before the part of my makeup routine where I curl my lashes and apply mascara. That way when I'm done, my straightener is ready to go :) x

  11. OMGGG, thanks for the lovely tutorial ! I first tried curling them all at once . LOL . <3

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