I consider myself a hair chameleon. Recently. a really good friend of mine, Charlotte, told me that no matter what hairstyle I have, I always make it work (Tim Gunn voice). That made me feel all kinds of fuzzy because I’m always up for experimenting, and I would hope people like the constant changes to my hairstyles as much as I like making them.
When I think about it, out of the countless hairstyles I've sported in the past--between Marley twists, an afro, curly red wigs, and a 26-inch weave, to name a few--my all time favorite go-to is bangs.
This is my usual cycle when it comes to wearing bangs: I have a full sew-in weave for a few weeks, usually parted to the side, and then I get a fix’n and start itchin’ and need a change, but I do not want to commit to doing a whole new sew-in just yet; instead, I create bangs, et voila, I am a whole new revamped version of my older hair self. Hashtag: throwback. (Hashtag: notreallybecauseitwasjustafewdaysago.)
Bangs give me a sense of mystery and a vixen vibe, which is why I always revisit them.
Rihanna inspired the sudden urgency for the change-up, thanks to a few of her recent Instagram posts. Let me tell you, when I saw dem bangs, they gave me life! I had spent several hours achieving the look I was already wearing, and I hadn’t been wearing it for that long, but those bangs were calling me! Moth meet flame.
WHAT I USED:
• Weaving hair (human hair)
• Lace closure (human hair)
• Weaving needle and thread
• Razor comb
• Extra-hold hairspray
• Hair polisher
NONE OF MY NATURAL HAIR IS LEFT OUT IN THIS STYLE! Reread that and let it sink in. I’ll wait.
I am wearing a full sew-in weave because it's a great option for protective styling when transitioning or growing out natural hair after a big chop. Since my hair is unprocessed, I chose to use my go-to “part” to achieve a more realistic look: a lace closure.
A lace closure is a sheer circular or oblong shaped hairpiece that is installed with a weave. The installation process can include gluing or taping down at the hairline but is mostly sewn down onto braided or cornrowed hair with a weaving needle and thread. The lace closure gives the illusion of natural hair being parted, but the beauty of it is that your real hair is protected underneath and blending the natural hair to the weaved hair extensions is no longer a concern. It’s weave magic at its finest! Women from the everyday girl to your local news anchor to the highest-paid celebrities are wearing closures, and you won’t even notice! Sorcery!
For the parting to look like my scalp, I did the same method I showed you guys on my synthetic wig, using tweezers to pluck the hairs then applying foundation that matches the skin tone of my scalp onto the lace. The only difference is the hair type; the wig is made of synthetic hair fibers and can not be manipulated, while the hair seen here is 100% human hair, so I can apply heat, dye and manipulate it however I want.
For my side-part style shown above, I had the lace closure on the right side of my head. Since I was going to do bangs and wanted the parting to be at the middle of my head, the first thing I had to do was remove the closure from where I had it to where I wanted it.
Once I moved the placement of where I originally had the closure, the next step was to sew it down to the braids I have underneath using my weaving needle and thread.
To make it lie as flat as possible, I position it exactly where I want it and sew down one side first. Then, I move on over to the other side of the closure and pull the closure so that it is stretched out. Using my non-sewing hand, I hold down the middle of the closure, pressing it against my head so it does not move, and with the needle and thread in my other hand, I do one loop through the lace to tie the closure in place and secure it. Once secure, I remove my non-sewing hand and continue to sew down the rest of the closure to my braid pattern. Think: tug and snug.
I like really thick bangs. The hair I had in the front for my side part wasn’t enough to get the look I was craving, so to achieve thicker bangs, I took three extra pieces of hair I had lying around my weave closet and sewed them to one another first to make it easier to install to my braid instead of sewing them one by one. (Yes, I have hair stored away and labeled. Because you never know. Judge away, I don’t care!)
My braid pattern underneath is vertical cornrows with a braid that goes around the entire perimeter of my head. I used that as the foundation to sew down those three tracks right at the front, where the bangs lie.
With the extra pieces at the front in place, I am now content with how thick my bangs will be.
Now it’s time to do some cutting. I am really comfortable with cutting hair, especially my own since I have been doing my own hair for years, but please note: this next step/technique is helpful if you don’t really know what you are doing. Also note: this isn’t my own hair! They are extensions, so if you mess up, just remove the tracks, add new ones and try again.
First, I took the hair from the end of each eyebrow and sectioned it off. This sectioned hair will be my bangs.
Then I separated the bangs into two parts horizontally. Using my hands (or you can use a fishtail comb), I gathered the hair to capture it all, bundling them together.
I didn’t want straight-across blunt bangs but instead wanted fringe-like bangs and the best technique to achieve this look is to twist the hairs a few times. Also, I didn’t use scissors but instead used a razor comb so the bangs wouldn’t have a neat cut.
With the twisted, sectioned hair in my left hand and my razor-comb in my dominant right hand, I proceed to cut through the hair by combing through it.
Because this is fake hair that is attached to my natural hair, I do this step very cautiously so as not to tug on my natural hairline and cause any damage. The sharper the razor comb, the better.
To be on the safe side and not re-do the previous steps all over again, I cut longer as opposed to shorter.
Since I cut the hair longer than where I wanted my bangs to lay, I had room to go a little bit shorter for my desired length.
With the hair freshly cut, the next step I did was passing a flat iron, which gives me the exact end result.
Once flat-ironed, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Almost there!
Now that the bottom of my bangs is at the length of where I like, it is easier for me to cut the top with few to no errors.
Using the same twisting method as before, I was able to cut the top layer in accordance with the hair at the bottom.
And just as I did before, I passed a flat iron through the hair to give it shape and a more clean and finished look.
Now that every hair, track and closure is in place, I used Tresemmé Extra Hold Hair Spray, spraying each section of hair and then passing a flat iron through until it is bone straight.
Once done flat ironing, I rubbed a dime size amount of Fantasia IC Hair Polisher through the strands, making my hair look sleeker.
All in all, this process took me about 30 minutes. Bangs are one of my favorite looks to wear because they are easy to do and even easier to maintain. And I don’t have to worry about my eyebrows!
I will be wearing these bangs for a few weeks, but I am already thinking about how I can remix this hairstyle. A bob, maybe? An asymmetrical bob even?! We’ll see!