Real or fake, bangs are having a major hair moment this fall. But if you’re on the fence because you’re unsure of how to style the must-have look, listen up. We spoke with a celebrity hairstylist for his tips on pulling off the fringe as well as any celeb.
Whether you have long locks like Gigi Hadid or a shorter bob cut like Lucy Hale, bangs are the perfect fall addition to your hairstyle. But they can also be a bit tricky to style once you get home from the salon and are left to figure it out on your own. That’s why we turned to Matrix SoColor Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas (and Hailey Baldwin‘s go-to) for the how-to on everything from styling to maintenance.
Styling On Straight Hair: “When blow drying, if you have naturally straight hair you can just point the nozzle down towards your nose and blow dry the bangs that direction at a high heat,” George says.
Styling On Curly Hair: “If your hair has a natural wave or curl, you will need to use a small round brush to get [your bangs] smooth,” George explains. “Smooth them in one direction, then the other and straight down to finish.”
Keep Bangs From Getting Greasy: Always our number one concern, George explains that humidity, sweat or just your natural oil production all contribute to greasy bangs. In order to keep the oil at bay, George recommends using a dry shampoo at the root and brushing it through. “This will give them soft, gentle movement without letting them get too greasy,” he says.
Prevent Flyaways & Frizz: To lock flyaways in place, George says to use a small amount of hair paste like the Matrix Biolage Pliable Paste Matte Texture and emulsify it in your hands before gently tapping the paste onto your bangs to prevent flyaways without weighing your hair down. For frizz, he recommends using a shampoo and conditioner duo like Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek, which is aimed at combating frizz.
Maintenance: George also says that before you make the commitment, you need to be aware that bangs require more trims. And while many salons offer what he calls a “complimentary brim trim,” it’s important to check with your salon first. “If you have highlights in your hair, it’s also important to add delicate highlights to your bangs,” George says. “Keep them within a few shades of your natural color so that they don’t look stripey. Or go for a look like Hailey Baldwin’s — [keeping] some dimension and contrast at the root to avoid a streaky look.”
HollywoodLifers, will you be trying bangs this fall?