Mastering The Side Sweep
Whether your hair is long or short, side-swept bangs are a must, and it just so happens that they have made their way back into style this summer. Side swept bangs are a great way to change your look with minimal effort required; they add a cool yet mysterious edginess. Unlike the majority of bold hairstyles, side bangs grow back within two months or so.
Is the fear of not knowing how to style your side swept bangs keeping you from making the change? If so, fear no more. Below are two very different but equally simple ways to style your side bangs, each of them a bit different from the other. The first styling method involves no heat tools at all! Yup, you read that right, you can style your side bangs sans heat tools. The second method provides the steps of giving yourself a professional-looking blowout using a blow dryer and round hairbrush.
Air Dried Side Swept Bangs
- Begin by using a medium-toothed comb to separate your side bangs and the remainder of non-bang hair. Use hair elastic or hair clip to pull the hair away from the face.
- If you’re fresh out of the shower and your bangs are still wet, then you can skip this step. If your hair is already dry from the day before or you’ve just been out of the shower long enough that your bangs have basically dried out, use a spray bottle to spritz water on your bangs so that they are almost soaked, but not dripping.
- While your bangs are wet, use your fingers or your comb (whichever you prefer) to sweep the hair in the direction which you want them to lay. It’s a good thing to get into a habit of this because it “trains” the hair cuticle to dry in the preferred direction.
- If your hair tends to frizz out as it dries then use just a teeny bit of leave in conditioner.
- Let your hair do its own thing while it dries. Once dry, dust your fingers with some texturizing powder, then fluff your bangs to give them that extra oomph.
Brushed and Blown Out Side Swept Bangs
- Just as in the previous method, you may find it easiest to use a hair elastic or hair clip to secure any non-bang hair away from your face. Do so by using a comb to separate the long hair and bangs from one another.
- Again, if you just hopped out of the shower and your bangs are still wet, then you can skip this step. If your hair is already dry use a spray bottle to spritz water on your bangs so that they are almost soaked, but not dripping.
- Holding a round ceramic hair brush in your non-dominate hand lay the bang over the barrel – just be sure that the hair doesn’t wrap completely around the brush, this will lead to a painful, tangled mess. You will use your thumb and fingers to turn the handle of the brush so that the barrel and bristles of the brush are rotating under the bangs.
- Before turning on the blow dryer you should have an idea in mind of the look you are trying to achieve. Going for a silky, straight look? Turn the dryer on a higher temperature setting. Hoping for a textured look? Set the dryer on a low or cooler setting. Hold the blow dryer with your dominant hand so that it is one-to-two inches above your bangs.
- Once your bangs are dry use the brush to sweep them to the side while continuing to apply heat from the blow dryer.
- Finally, mist your bangs with just enough hair spray to hold them in place.