By now, you’ve probably learned that when it comes to many beauty looks, it’s all about faking it until you make it. Whether you’re contouring a perfectly chiseled face or getting a faux bronzed glow with self-tanner, the right tips and tricks can easily make your beauty dreams a reality. And if you’ve ever wondered how to fake bangs—using your own hair—the same is true. Yup, there’s no need to cut your own bangs, because you can totally fake the cut with the right hairstyle! Interested in learning how? We thought you might be. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make fake bangs—don’t worry, it’ll be our little secret. As it turns out, there’s more than one way to get bangs (temporarily) with your own hair. We’re sharing three popular options below!
Down to rock an updo? You can fake bangs in the process! Here’s what to do. Step #1. Brush your hair. As with any hairstyle, you’ll want to start by making sure your hair is free of any knots and tangles. Spritz the L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer for All Hair Types throughout your mane, then comb through with a fine-tooth comb. Step #2. Put your hair up. Smooth your strands into a high ponytail. Make sure there aren’t any bumps! Step #3. Section your hair. Pull the length of your ponytail upward, then use the end of your comb to section off the layer closest to the front of your hair. This section should only be about half an inch thick! Step #4. Position your “bangs.” Place the ends of your hair, so they fall over your forehead. Don’t worry about positioning them perfectly just yet, but make sure there’s enough hair for the look you want, as well as the right length! Step #5. Pin away. After you’ve positioned your ends, pin them in place by inserting bobby pins in front of the base of your ponytail. Step #6. Create your bun. Gather the remaining length of your ponytail and wrap it around its base, concealing where your faux bangs were pinned in the previous step. Secure the bun with more bobby pins. Step #7. Fix your bangs. Comb through your bangs and play around until you’re happy with how they look. If your hair doesn’t fall properly, use a flat iron to slightly curve it inward toward your forehead for a natural appearance. Step #8. Set your look. You know what to do! Mist the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray over your fake bangs and your entire mane, and you’re ready to head out the door.
#2. HALF-UP TOP KNOT
Want some of your hair hanging down? Look no further than the half-up top knot with faux bangs. Follow our tutorial on how to get bangs below. Step #1. Brush your hair. You know the drill—make sure your hair is free of knots and tangles. Step #2. Put your hair up. Part your hair from ear to ear, then smooth the top section into a ponytail. Step #3. Create your top knot. Twist your ponytail around itself, forming a top knot as you usually would. Stop twisting when the ends of your hair are at the front of your head, with just enough length to create your bangs. Secure with a hair elastic. Step #4. Fix your bangs. Comb and flat iron your bangs as needed until they’re styled as you like them. Easy, right? Step #5. Grab some hairspray. Mist the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray over your mane.
#3. PONYTAIL + BRAID
Last but not least, if you want a bit more detail in your hairstyle, this braided ponytail (with bangs) is the way to go. Step #1. Brush your hair. You know the drill! Step #2. Put your hair up. Section your hair from ear to ear. Smooth the top section into a high ponytail. Step #3. Braid your strands. Moving to the bottom half of your mane, weave your strands into a traditional three-strands braid, leaving about four inches at the ends. Secure with a clear elastic and brush through the tail. Step #4. Pull through. Gently tug your ponytail so it’s slightly loose, moving the hair elastic downward. Then, place your pointer finger at the center of the front of your head and run it back in a straight line toward the base of your ponytail. Point your finger through your hair just above the hair elastic. Then, reach for your braid with your other hand and pull it through the hole you just created. Step #5. Position your braid—and bangs. Gently tug at the sides of your ponytail to tighten it; this will help hold the braid in place. If you need, bobby pin your braid for extra security. Leave the end of the braid hanging over your forehead, and the ends will be your bangs. Use your flat iron and a comb to style them so that they look like real bangs. Step #6. Seal your look. Spritz some hairspray over your mane, then show off your fake bangs! Next: How to Use Hair Extensions to Fake Highlights Curtain bangs were undeniably the biggest hair trend of 2020 (maybe aside from grown-out roots). Granted, there weren’t many other trends to compete with, but when a parade of celebs hop on board and the heroine of a prestige drama wears them all season long, it seals the deal. Even without the pop-star endorsement, the vintage-inspired, face-framing fringe is about as tempting as it gets when it comes to a low-risk chop. While the trend is so popular because it’s easy to pull off, they’re still bangs, and the thought of chopping a chunk into your hair can be daunting. However, if you want to get in on the Jane Birkin fantasy, there’s a way to fake the fridge, no scissors required—and no, it’s not with clip-ons either. As it turns out, all it takes to get the shaggy bangs of your dreams are a few strategic styling tricks. If you want to try curtain bangs before committing to a chop or are still uneasy about heading into the salon, we’ve got you covered. Read on for how to fake curtain bangs on straight, wavy, and curly hair.
How to fake curtain bangs on straight hair
As this video from Joseph Maine, celebrity hairstylist and cofounder of Trademark Beauty, shows, faking curtain bangs on straight hair is way easier than you might think, all it takes is the flick of a curling iron and some hairspray. First he says to start by sectioning out your “bangs” area. It might be your first instinct to part your hair down the center and grab each side to curl, but Maine recommends forming a triangle with your part. The tip of the triangle should be about 1.5″ back from your hairline, where you’d normally center-part your hair. From there, you want to part each side diagonally down toward your forehead (see the photo below for an example of what it should look like). This way it looks more natural and blended and has more of a bang feel—otherwise, you’ll end up with tendrils. How to section out the front of your hair to create curtain “bangs” Courtesy of Joseph Mane Once you have your sections, take a one-inch iron (Maine uses the Harry Josh Pro Tools 3-in-1 Ceramic Curling Iron in 1.25 Inch) to create a face-framing curve. “Curl each section away from your face, starting pretty close to the root,” says Maine. “You want the real coil of the bend to land right at your brow.” Here’s where the curls go from face-framing to “Whoa, did you get bangs?” Maine says to comb each section away from your face while pinching the part at your hairline, bringing the two sections together. “While you have them pinched, spritz with hairspray and use a flat, creaseless clip to hold the pinch in place,” he says. “Then mold the length of the fringe to follow along your brow and down your temples.” Give them another spray, and then add a creaseless clip on each side by your temples. Keep the clips in for about five minutes to help keep the shape, and then you’re good to go.
How to fake curtain bangs on wavy hair
Waves are a great base for getting a bang effect, since it’s all about using texture to manipulate the length of your hair. “The key is to create the illusion of a length difference from the center to the sides, which is the hallmark of all curtain bangs,” says Amy Abramite, creative director and stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. “On wavy hair, a curling iron will do the trick,” says Abramite. “It will create root volume and lift the center of the ‘bang’ upward for that swooped-out effect. The soft waves will imitate a curtain bang in the right targeted spot.” Start by sectioning out your “bang” area by using the same technique as above, and part it down the center. Then, starting at the root, curl the first few inches of hair away from your face, leaving the midlengths to be natural. This is key, as the contrast is what creates the bang effect. “A curtain bang has a downward sweeping angle from a middle part that creates a retro, ’70s vibe,” says Abramite. “The shortest part of the bang is in the center and gradually gets longer as it descends toward the cheekbones.” Finish the look by brushing them out so they don’t look too “done,” then pinch the center together to get the face-framing effect.
How to fake curtain bangs on curly hair
With curly and coiled hair, it’s less about using texture to create an illusion and all about manipulating your length to fake bangs. “The base of your curls will lift up higher, so the lengths will spring up on your forehead, making the sides appear longer by your cheeks,” says Abramite. “Using a diffuser will keep your natural texture intact for continuity throughout the style.” To start, apply a volumizing mousse at the roots of your “bangs” only. “Using a blow-dryer and diffuser, lift the roots with your fingers to pop up your curls at the base,” says Abramite. “Refrain from touching the midlengths and ends to prevent curls from frizzing.” To finish, pull out a few select curls to cover your forehead, and pinch the center or your “bangs” together to close any gaps. If you don’t want to use heat, Maine suggests pulling back all your hair but that same triangular section in front. “Take a few bobby pins and start pinning the middle of each section toward the side,” he says. “Then push the pin from the hairline backward until the coil shortens to your desired length. Move outward from there, creating the curtain shape by shortening the coils in the middle and allowing them to get slightly longer as you move to the edges.” Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_. Beauty
Want a fringe like Normal People’s Marianne but scared to give it a go? Here’s how to do it with zero commitment. During lockdown, I’ve considered giving myself a hair transformation. I’m not the most adventurous when it comes to my hair but I have been known to make a few drastic decisions without really thinking them through. This includes getting a full fringe for the first time ever a few weeks before serving as maid of honour at my sister’s wedding, randomly deciding to get very light blonde balayage and chopping 10 inches off my very long hair (mainly due to damaged hair from the aforementioned balayage) and getting a bob. When I consider what I could do in lockdown, I keep landing on the idea of a fringe. But before I go through with the chop, I remember how much I instantly regretted that full fringe and swiftly put the scissors back down.
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Then, I watched Normal People. Throughout all of the ups and downs in Marianne’s (played by Daisy Edgar-Jones) life, there’s one thing that remains a constant: she has the perfect fringe. Alongside Connell’s chain, Marianne’s fringe became one of the show’s most popular talking points and left most of us debating whether to go for the chop. The only problem with getting a fringe is the commitment. If you decide you don’t like it post-cut, it’s difficult to hide their hairs away without relying on 101 bobby pins to tackle them into submission. It’s also an absolute pain to grow out. Before: Hanna hasn’t had a fringe since her final year in university. So how can you try Marianne’s iconic fringe without taking the plunge for yourself? Well, you fake it. One evening, I was scrolling through TikTok (yes, this is my life now), when I came across a video by Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Dianne Buswell. In the video, Buswell, who used to be a hairdresser, shares a hack on how to get a faux fringe without cutting your hair. In the video, she ties her hair up into a high ponytail. Then, she takes a section of the ponytail, brings it forward so that the ends lay on her forehead and pins the middle of the section into place on the crown of her head. The remainder of the hair is then swirled into a bun to cover up the pins and she straightens the ‘fringe’ to give it a more natural look. Just watch: Seems fairly easy, right? I decided to give it a go and see whether my fears of a fringe were justified – and I have to say; I was really impressed with this hack. When it was done, it looked like I had a full fringe. However, I didn’t find the process quite as straightforward as Buswell’s video. My hair is long, so it took a fair amount of pulling and tugging at the ponytail to make sure my ‘fringe’ was the right length. I also found that if you’re looking for a slightly fuller faux fringe, you need quite a lot of hair. My hair is quite thick and I used half of my ponytail but even then, the fringe came out quite wispy. After: Hanna’s faux fringe. After I secured it in place, I gave my fringe some lift with a pair of straighteners so that it didn’t sit completely flat. I noticed I had a few stray hairs falling over my eyes and tickling my cheeks. So, I may have gotten the scissors and given them a quick snip. While it took a bit of fussing around with my hair, it was a much better alternative to chopping off my hair. And while I don’t think it suits me, I had a lot of fun sending selfies to my loved ones to see their reaction…
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If you’re an avid Stylist fan, you’ll know it’s not always possible to find an issue of our magazine. Often they’re gone before you head into work (they disappear fast!), or you live in a part of the UK where you can’t get your hands on a copy. Add to this the fact that millions of us are not commuting right now, and we wanted to ensure you don’t miss out on the magazine any longer. Which is why we’re delighted to let you know that Stylist magazine is now available in a digital format, both for Apple and Android users, allowing you to download the full magazine directly to your smartphone or tablet, wherever you may be. Pricing for our digital magazine starts at just 99p for a single issue, or £21.99 for a full year’s subscription –that’s less than 50p a week! Simply click on the link to activate your Stylist app download from either the Apple store or Google Play and enjoy! When the fear of commitment stops you from getting a fringe, fake bangs come in. Although the are fake bangs clip pieces designed to be incorporated into real hair, we’d like to show you some effortless tutorials on how to create a fringe look with your own hair. Without cutting an inch! How many times did you feel like changing something in your look but were afraid the change won’t suit you? Getting bangs is the first thing that comes to women’s minds, as it can drastically change one’s appearance. Whether you’d like to see if bangs will work for you or want to try something new, you will love these ravishing ways on how to make fake bangs without cutting your hair.
Fake Bangs With A Bun Method
Editor tip: If you have curly hair, make sure to straighten it first, as it will add some length. Getting fake bangs with bun hairstyles are probably the easiest and most accessible way to achieve natural results. However, it’s not that versatile. All in all, your hairstyle should fit the occasion to make the fringe appear natural, so make sure to use this method when an updo would really complement your look.
- Step 1: Mind your hair length. Before following how to fake bangs tutorials, you should assess the length of your hair, especially for this one. First off, check if your hair is long enough for a bun: put your hair into a ponytail and pull it over to your eyes. If it can reach your eyebrows, it’s long enough to be styled into bangs.
- Step 2: Create a high ponytail. Gather all your hair together and put it up, slipping a hair tie over your other wrist. Then, place a ponytail high and secure it with the elastic, wrapping it around the base for a couple of times.
- Step 3: Section off the bangs. Divide off a thin section of hair from your ponytail, and pull it to the front — that will be your fringe. The ends should fall over your forehead.
- Step 4: Pin the fake bangs. Now, you should secure your bangs. A couple of bobby pins on either side of the ponytail, as well as one more elastic over the bun, will do just great.
- Step 5: Turn the ponytail into a bun. To create a balanced and natural-looking hairstyle for your fringe, create a bun. Split the pony into two equal sections and wrap each one around the base. Of course, you can’t do without bobby pins here.
- Step 6: Give your bangs a curve. Using a flat or large curling iron, curve the edges of your bangs. In this way, you will make them look harmonic against your hairstyle, and ensure that shorter hairs won’t stick out.
- Step 7: Set the style. Finish the look with a coat of hairspray.
Editor tip: Apply a heat protectant and brush your hair thoroughly to make the strands look more natural and even. Q: What face shapes go with bangs? A: For round faces, side bangs work best, while for square face shapes nothing will do better than a wispy fringe. Straight-across bangs go flattering for long and diamond faces, and women with rectangular faces look their best with brow-grazing fringe. Mind this when styling your fake bangs! Editor tip: You can secure the bun with a fancy hair scarf to get both stylish and absolutely natural look.
A Beanie Method
Credit photo: instagram.com/beautybymaryh How about you to get the most of the cold season by learning how to do fake bangs with a hat? In general, it can be any headdress, but such options as loose-fitting beanies are something you can’t go wrong with.
- Step 1: Make sure your hair is long enough. You will need to pull your hair into a half-up, then turn it into a half-down ponytail, and flip it over your forehead. If the ends reach your eyebrows, you have a perfect length for this fake bangs tutorial.
- Step 2: Create a half-up. Separate off the top layer of hair and put it into a half-up. Next, grab an elastic, and tie a half-down ponytail with this section.
- Step 3: Flip the half-down pony over your forehead. When draping the ponytail, adjust the ends so that they fall over your eyebrows.
- Step 4: Pin the bangs close to the base. Adjust the bangs at the desired length, and pin them right at the base of the ponytail. Then, spread the bangs evenly; they will form a triangular shape. Since you need the fringe to be wider across your brows and narrower at the top of the head, put a bobby pin to each side of your fake bangs.
- Step 5: Style your bangs. This step is totally up to you: you can curl or straighten the fringe in any way you like. To make it look more natural, pull the strands with your fingers so that it lays nice on your forehead.
- Step 6: Put on a beanie. In fact, it can be any hat you want; the point is to wear a loose-fitting hat that will secure your style nicely and won’t give away your half-down style.
Q: How do I style my fringe? A: It’s always better to choose styling ideas for your fringe based on your face shape. You can always brush your fringe to the side to hide your big forehead or split it into two for a face-framing effect to flatter round and oval faces. As a good rule of thumb, you should always prep your bangs with a heat protectant and give it a pass of a flat iron to make it manageable.
Clip-In Bangs Method
Credit photo: instagram.com/maggie_mccormack You may be wondering how to make fake bangs look natural when it comes to clip-ins, as, you know, it’s always easier to wear extensions. The reason why women stay away from wearing fake bangs is that they don’t know how to install them properly. Here’s how you can make it right.
- Step 1: Pick a clip-in to your shade. There are lots of synthetic bangs available both online and at physical shops, so you will never end up with the wrong shade. Of course, it’s better to see with your own eyes the shade, material, and the way it blends with your hair.
- Step 2: Create a middle part. Faux bangs should lie flat against the head, so you need to part your hair down the center to move your hair out of the way.
- Step 3: Give your bangs a coat of dry shampoo. Remember the sheen that makes fake hair appear really-really unnatural? You can get rid of it with the help of dry shampoo.
- Step 4: Move the clip-in fringe back toward the crown. Go on moving the fringe back along your part until the ends fall along your brows. It will make the seam of fake bangs less noticeable.
- Step 5: Secure the clips from the underside on your hair. To make your faux fringe seamlessly blend with the rest of your hair, brush it with your own hair and secure them as a single whole.
Q: How can I hide my bangs? A: Just follow the last step of our tutorial, where you should secure all three clips onto your natural hair.
Bobby Pins Method
Credit photo: instagram.com/loepsies Creating fake bangs hairstyle with bobby pins is another fantastic way to give yourself a little framing touch without commitment. Find out how versatile good old bobby pins can be!
- Step 1: Create a center part. Here, precision is the first thing you should keep in mind, so brush your hair thoroughly before you start.
- Step 2: Divide off the front left section. The section you need to take off should have an angular shape that hits from the center part down to the left temple. Also, note that this part should start two-three fingers behind your hairline. Then, tuck the rest of your hair behind your ears.
- Step 3: Hold this section right where you want the bangs to end. Pull this section to the front to make your bangs lay directly on the center of the forehead. After that, place your index and middle fingers so that they form a V-shape, and close them across where you want the fringe to end. Mark this spot with a duckbill clip.
- Step 4: Twist the section below the clip, forming a thin rope. Twist the hair that is under the clip, twisting it under and toward the face. Ensure that the hair above the clip is vertical and that the twisted portion is horizontal.
- Step 5: Pin the twist behind your ear. Remove the clip and pull the rope back behind your ear, securing the section with bobby pins.
- Step 6: Repeat the process on the other side of the head. Divide off a section that is the same length as the first section, performing all the previous steps.
- Step 7: Make the bangs look natural. Pull the edges of your fake bangs, spreading them. Also, un-tuck the rest of the hair: it will make your bangs look more realistic.
Q: Will bangs be popular in 2020? A: You tell us! More and more celebrities like Zendaya and Emilia Clarke go for whispy and side-swept fringe for their amazing face-flattering power. As told by modern hair stylists, bangs are more popular than ever, and they aren’t going to stop. No one can stay away from the question “What would I look like with bangs, though?”. The good news is, instead of keeping this question unanswered for ages, you can easily experiment with a faux fringe. Here, we’ve shared the most fail-proof fake bangs DIY tutorials that give absolutely natural results. Yes, there’s no need for cutting your hair to try something new! Sources:
- WikiHow: How to Fake Bangs
Do clip in bangs really work?
Clip-in bangs are a quick and easy solution to make bangs without having to cut your hair short. Full blunt bangs, curtain bangs and choppy bangs can all be made with clip-in bangs. It only takes seconds to clip your bangs in and blend them once they’ve been cut and shaped to your liking.
Is there a bangs app?
If you’ve ever wondered how you would look with bangs, the Hairstyles for Your Face Shape app by Gregorio Bello is for you. Despite the obnoxious five-second advertisements that crop up now and then, it does a good job of analyzing your face shape and offering you a variety of haircuts, among which are bangs.
Do bangs make you look younger?
Bangs can give your face a more youthful appearance by making it look smaller. However, avoid wearing bangs that are excessively short. Your bangs should be long enough to fall over your brow and not highlight any tiny lines around your eyes.
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