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Growing Pains

August 11, 2010
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Ally: The topic du jour. Should I grow out my bangs? My hairdresser tells me to wait until my hair gets longer. I have the patience of an 11 month old (seriously, I have the same patience level as my 11 month old…we both pound the table when we run out of pasta making my husband scurry to give us more. I’m only half kidding) so I am thinking I might take the hard road and grow ’em out now.

So, dear readers, do you have any tips? We’ve talked previously about Lou Lou Bell Headbands, and how I adore them. I’m thinking these could help, with the additional use of a bobby pin neatly tucked underneath the headband.

I’ve also talked in the past about Lauren Conrad’s phenomenal side braids (she used these most often when she was growing her own bangs out). Jennifer Aniston also does this well, almost as well as she acts in movies that are a parody of her life:

Hair works though. Actually, I think she wore this to the Oscars when she was “dating” John Mayer. Not sure it is Oscar-worthy, but it is certainly “office-worthy”:


 I’m also taking over-use-of-drugstore-gel into consideration. Slicking the bangs to the side of my face a la an 80’s supermodel or something.


Maybe not.

L-A: I say grow for it. (Get it? Lame pun totally intended).  I envy those of you with the option of growing your bangs out. I have a giant forehead. I also have a hairline that does this weird thing where it’s like I have a receeding hairline.


According to that chart, I’ve got a Type II hairline. Except, without the hair loss. It’s been my hairline since day one. Early versions of my bangs resulted in an unfortunate wedge in the middle of my forehead. In grade five, I made the stupid decision to grow my bangs out. More unfortunate than the wedge bangs were the puffy headbands with not quite grown out bangs sticking up behind them. I’ll scan some photos for you later.  Somehow, once my bangs grew out,  I was oblivious to my Type II hairline and kept pulling my hair back into severe ponytails.   Moral of this story?  I cannot grow my bangs out.  Ever. So Ally should. Because she can.  And because she can always cut them again if she gets impatient. I’m sure her hairdresser would love to see her throw a tantrum.

Having said that, I have zero advice for Ally. Since figuring out that I have a ridiculous hairline (I call them my “bald spots”), I’ve learned to fully embrace the bangs.  My most recent haircut, the faux-Wintour bob, relies heavily on bangs.  So I don’t even know what you do  when you’re growing them out. Bobby pins and an LC side braid? Headbands? Ooh! I know! Let’s google do some research and see what the internet says:

Thanks LouLou Magazine! That was kind of helpful. Maybe you have better advice for Ally.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah M permalink
    August 11, 2010 11:21 am

    Oh my god. Every two years I cut bangs and then every two years and one-month I grow them out again. It actually takes less time than you’d think. I think the last time my hairdresser cut in some layers to frame up my face a bit, but that was once I’d already let them go past the “shaggy dog” stage.

  2. Melissa permalink
    August 11, 2010 12:43 pm

    I cut bangs every winter and grow them out in the summertime. Humidity + my bangs = disaster. I’ve been doing the braid or twist a fair bit, and even though I also share similar forehead issues with LA, if you manoevre the side braid, you can cover part of the abnormal forehead. Seriously! Often times, I just pull the bangs to the side and do a double bobby pin cross – I believe Jen Aniston also rocked that look in that HORRIFIC movie He’s Just Not That Into You. Her hair was the best thing about that movie.

  3. August 12, 2010 9:46 am

    A nice twist (wait for it) on the side braid is the side twist (see what I did there? No? ok… I need to finish my tea.) Moving along….

    Part your bangs on the side, and then start twisting picking up small pieces as you twist along. then fasten with a bobby pin on the side. You can even get a bit of volume going there too.

    • L-A permalink*
      August 12, 2010 10:58 am

      oooh…Ally once had a video for this and I totally agree. My bangs were too long and I did this for travelling. I also curled my hair all to hell to give it volume before pulling it back. It wasn’t an everyday sort of style, but it worked for travel.

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