Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tutorial :: How to Blow Dry Bangs

While in New York last week, I got together with photographer Alpha Smoot and two of my closest friends who are also hairstylists and shot a couple of tutorials that they will be guest posting on the blog. I'm really excited about them because these are tutorials I’ve wanted to do for a while, but they work so much better on different hair textures than mine. The first is on how to blow dry bangs!

Hi, I'm Kristen! I've had the pleasure of working with Rubi at Whittemore House salon, where we bonded over having the same birthday and cracking jokes on Chantell (who is doing a guest post next week).

I've had an on-and-off relationship with my bangs for the past couple years, mainly because I wasn't exactly sure how to handle them. You see, not only do I have a cowlick but I also have curly hair, so trying to tame those two beasts was an every day struggle. After being in the salon every day and closely watching everyone blow dry bangs, I picked up some tricks and realized it's actually not that hard to get your bangs straight and smooth.

Here's what you need:
- Flat boar bristle & nylon bristle brush (a Mason Pearson is ideal)
- Blow dryer
- Bangs( duh!)

1. Wet your bangs. I try not to wash my hair every day and usually my bangs are the first ones to let the world know, "Yes it has been about 3 days since I have been washed," so when you wet your bangs make sure your roots are really wet. This is the most important part because this is what will make them lay flat.

2. You "flat wrap" your bangs. Put the brush flat against the roots of your bangs and brush them to one side. Your blow dryer (with a nozzle) should be following your brush, smoothing and drying your roots in the direction your brush is going. Try not to brush all of your bangs in one swoop over to the side - do it slowly with smaller sections within your bangs like in the photos so you can get all your roots going in that one direction.

3. Repeat the flat wrap back to the other side. Do this from side to side until your roots are dry. Your ends should be a little moist and any cowlick you have should be tamed.

4. Once you have tamed the "beast" and your roots are thoroughly dry, grab all of your bangs, making sure the back of the brush is flat against your forehead and blow dry straight down. Hold the dryer slightly away from the brush with the air flowing down onto your bangs and blow dry them down (once should be enough).

*Tips: If you have a real stubborn cowlick that pushes your hair in only one direction, start by flat wrapping your bangs in the opposite direction. It takes some practice, but once you get the hang of it you'll never fight with your bangs again :)

photography by alpha smoot

graphics designed by becca clason


aubry. said...

oy, i want that lip color! a little bit firey and a little bit shimmery?

Chelsea said...

I'm in the same curly hair/cracked out cowlick boat as you, Kristen. Real quick--and probably a stupid question, what do you mean by flat wrapping bangs? to combat a cowlick?

Great How-To! Thanks for sharing :)

rubi said...

the lipstick is So Chaud by MAC. Alpha our photographer let us borrow it!

Flat wrapping is explained in step 2. It's blow drying your bangs from side to side with the flat brush.

Rachel said...

What a small world! Allie is one of my dearest friends. Beautiful post (though I'd expect nothing less with photography by alpha)

Julie said...

Love all of this-makes me dangerously close to chopping bangs again.

Amanda Jane Jones said...

oh, isn't alpha the best! We're staying with her while in new york this weekend!

also love this tutorial. I need all the help I can get in the bangs department.

Alex said...

Amazing! Love you girls!! xx

communikate. said...

She's gorgeous. Love the hair color and her lipstick. Thanks for sharing! :)

Hannah said...

Hello lifesaver. Cowlicks suck. I'm so glad you posted this! Hopefully my bangs will look that good :)

melissa said...

Yay! This is awesome - thank you! I, too, have curly hair and a cowlick. I recently had a major Zooey Deschanel moment and cut my bangs shorter than I've ever had before. I'm waiting for them to grow but I will def try this! Request: could you please post a video so we can see this magic in action?

aubry. said...

thank you, rubi! i'm heading to nordstrom right this minute!

another feather said...

She is so beautiful, I mean really.
Thanks for sharing this! So helpful

katrina said...

i'd love to know about you get the curls! they are so nice and pretty!

Smith said...

I have only recently discovered what a decent quality blow dry can do for me.
how to blow dry hair


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