I don’t have much in this world, but I do have bangs.
And you know what else I’ve got? Curly hair. You heard me right. Bangs and curly hair. They said it couldn’t be done. They said it just wasn’t right. They said, “You crazy for this one, Ray!”
But behold! I have traveled from afar and descended from my mountaintop home so that I may depart some wisdom unto you. Bow, disciples, so I may unveil the good word: You can, like, totally have bangs and curly hair.
Check it. Curly little bangs are the new straight baby bangs which were the new blunt cut bangs which were the new side-swept bangs which were the new false semblance of autonomous female identity. Ya dig?
Obviously, it’s sort of a hassle. I think curly hair is generally more difficult to work with, but everything awesome is complicated. Like ice creams with more than one kind of chocolate bar inside them. Or Faulkner novels. Or vaginas.
I also think curly hair is the best. Sorry, straighties. Curly hair is beautiful and wild. It lends itself to effortless updos, and you can hide stuff in it, like snacks and credit card bills!
Curly hair is hard, though. I’m always toeing the line between free-spirited ne’er-do-well on her way through town and middle-aged art teacher waiting to get home and watch the QVC waiting for me on the DVR.
Oh well. Art teachers are rad.
But, listen. You heard it here first: curly bangs are about to blow up. And if they don’t, I give up on this world of basic bangerz.
OK, so now that you’ve taken my advice (FINALLY) and cut your bangs, here’s four ways to wear your curly fringe.
TIME OUT. The first two are copouts and they don’t count.
OK, TIME IN.
I save headbands for especially bad hair days or especially bad confidence days, as this look guarantees me at least one Blair Waldorf comparison from a well-meaning stranger. If you pansy out and throw a headband on, embrace the opportunity to froof up your curls to maximum froofiness so as to counteract said headband’s inherent BASIC-NESS.
Bobby pins are boring. Get some colored clips from the drug store. Live a little. Or not. Just remember: DON’T. BORE. LUCY.
Curl ‘Em Up
This is how my bangs dry naturally into my hair. They flip up and fade into the rest of my curls, pretty much. As your hair dries, push your bangs back away from your face.
If all else fails, use a tiny curling iron to curl your bangs up and away from your face, and then use your fingers to comb them down into the rest of your hair.
This look works because it provides some extra fluffy volume around the face which is very flattering.
Style Your Bangs
OK, here’s what I really mean when I talk about curly bangs. Little curly bangs are the bomb dot com.
First, wash your hair or just wet your bangs and use your fingers to section them down away from the rest of your hair. When I’m letting my hair curl naturally, I don’t use any brushes or combs.
Then, twist little sections of your bangs into small twists. Work a TINY amount of your favorite curl product into the twists. I’ve been using Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream. It’s easy to use, and gives my curls some more natural bounce without leaving them crunchy or greasy. Plus it smells awesome and has a fun name.
Next, you’ll need a hairdryer and a finger diffuser. A finger diffuser is my favorite because it sounds hilarious and also is a must-have for curly haired girls who hate having wet hair in the winter. I’m a baby. You can find a decently priced hairdryer that comes with said finger diffuser at most drugstores.
I only ever use my hairdryer on the lowest heat and speed settings. This keeps the dryer from disrupting the natural movement of the curls and from damaging my hair too much.
Lean forward a bit and push the diffuser up into your twisted bangs. Using your fingers, simultaneously untwist your bangs and rough them up a bit while still drying them.
When your bangs are dry, use your fingers to piece them up a bit and get them the way you want them to look. If certain pieces are flipping the wrong way, use a small half-inch curling iron to fix them.
What I’m always going for with my hair and my life is a beautiful mess, void of any patterns, logic or long-term savings goals.
Curly bangs are the obviously superior alternative to the late-eighties sitcom character’s blowdryed-straight bangs with otherwise wildly curly hair. Don’t be so obvious, nerds.
Also, soft and slightly curled bangs look lovely with your hair pinned up. Take it from me.
Have you somehow yet resisted the urge to bang?