It always happens the same way: You wind up at the salon, excitedly pointing at a picture of this or that celebrity and swearing to yourself that this time, it'll be different ... only to find yourself ordering bobby pins in bulk and avoiding social gatherings for weeks on end.
Disappointment. Dismay. DISASTER.
Melodramatic? Maybe. But if you've had bangs, you know that the struggle is very, very real.
One thing's for sure: If you're going to venture into fringe territory, just don't ... be ... Miley Cyrus. That is to say, try your darndest to refrain from publicly documenting every step of your recovery from PTBD (Post Traumatic Bang Disorder). You will regret it, and your followers will never forget it.
But Cyrus' social media posts are only the most recent reminder of the ever-present trials and tribulations of bangs — the overthinking, the clipping back, the disappointment, the elation, the second-guessing and the like.
That's why we've enlisted professional stylist and colorist Everson Lima of Hopscotch Salon in Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as freelance hairstylist Frankie LoPriore to help us come up with seven ideas for curing the bangs woes.
There's no magical way to get rid of your bangs, no. But there are plenty of things you can do to ease the trauma.
1. Don't be afraid of a little product.
Yes, you can style with gel and not look like a crazy person. It may seem risky, but it's an option. "Products can really help to curb fly-aways and give your hair a little tension so that the bangs don't fall in your eyes," Lima offered in a phone interview with TODAY.com. "Use a round brush and drive your hair backwards and to the side. A tiny bit of wax will help the bangs 'melt' into the rest of your hair."
2. Headbands are there for you.
"These are always an option, of course," LoPriore told TODAY.com. And there's no need to time travel back to middle school; instead, look around for some chic, grown-up colors and styles. "I've seen a ton of cool stuff out there recently. There's honestly something for everyone."
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3. Put your bobby pins to work.
"This isn't just for someone who hates their bangs, either," commented LoPriore. "A ton of people rock pins, even if they have longer hair. So go for it." She suggested securing the bangs straight back and using two bobby pins in an "x" formation to hold them in place.
4. Yes, you can get them redone. Sort of.
No, you can't grow your bangs out in a day. But if you hate the way your new fringe looks, try adding layers around your face. "Adding angles can really make your bangs less offensive. It'll frame your face much more nicely," said Lima. "They'll look longer because there won't be as big of a difference between them and the hair around them." It's all about the illusion here, people.
5. Beautify them with braids.
"If they're not too short, you can create a side braid and have it curve back above your temple," LoPriore continued. A simple braid doesn't require too much hair knowledge. Count us in.
6. Still want bangs ... just not the ones you've got?
You can actually cover your lesser bangs with, well, better bangs. "Clip-on bangs are great," said Lima. LoPriore agreed: "Lots of celebrities go for the clip-on look. They're cheap and best of all, of course, they're temporary."
7. When all else fails, be brave and rock them.
"Be confident in your hair," said LoPriore. "The truth is, it's going to grow out eventually. This isn't permanent. So just try to rock it." It's only hair. (We promise.) Now that you've got them, you might as well enjoy the look.