Micro Bangs Are Back — Here’s How to Pull Them Off

August 22, 2022
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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Micro bangs, baby bangs, fringe or whatever you want to call them — short, blunt bangs that show off your eyebrows are back, and there are ways to make the look work for any hair type, as long as you’re ready to put in some styling time. Keep reading to find how to style your fringe for straight, wavy and curly hair.

What to Know Before You Get Micro Bangs

“When committing to micro bangs, consider how your hair will make you feel,” says Nick Stenson, artistic director of Matrix. If you prefer soft, flowy layers or low-maintenance styles, baby bangs might not be your best bet — but, he says, “If you’re feeling bold and ready to push the bounds of tradition, make an appointment with your stylist for that micro fringe!”

How to Style Micro Bangs on Straight Hair

“When styling micro bangs on straight hair, it’s important to keep the root direction in mind,” says Stenson. “I would recommend prepping damp hair with a volume root spray, like Matrix High Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter, and use a paddle brush to brush the hair from side to side while blow-drying the hair down, toward the face.” This will give your bangs subtle volume and movement.

How to Style Micro Bangs on Wavy and Curly Hair

If you have curls or waves, Stenson recommends letting your micro bangs air-dry or styling them with a diffuser to enhance your natural curl pattern. “The bangs should be prepped with Matrix A Curl Can Dream Light Hold Gel and combed with a wide tooth comb, then allowed to dry in natural fall,” he says.

Pro tip: If your bangs aren’t laying the way you’d like them to, Stenson suggests using flat duckbill clips at the root to mold them into place until they air-dry. This creates structure and adds a cool, piece-y effect.

Photo: @velvet_hair_, Design: Juliana Campisi

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