Last week, I got bangs and since then its been one great hair day after another. Bangs are the best because they basically make me look more stylie than I am. And who wouldn’t want that?
(Enter Ricky Martin singing, She bangs, she bangs!)
Now, I must be straight forward about one drawback of having bangs – they can get a little schweddy. No surprise there. As their name implies, they bang up against your forehead all day long. Which, depending on your level of activity, can result in some wet and oily bangs. Don’t let that scare you away though – there are solutions.
First thing’s first, you must have an offensive strategy for mitigating sweat damage. There are two goals: 1) keep the bangs off the forehead, and 2) limit kinks, bends, impressions resulting from rubber bands and narrow headbands. My workout hair includes a tight bun and a wide headband. It looks something like this:
A few notes about mitigating bang damage during workouts:
- Do not pull the tips of your bangs into your bun or pony tail. If you do, you will end up with some very odd kinks in your bangs. Leaving you no choice but to wash them.
- This approach may mean that your bangs spike out of the headband around your head. Don’t sweat it (ha), short term pain, long term gain. Caprice?
- I prefer to use a wide headband instead of those skinnier models. The more narrow the headband, the more likely you are to end up with a distinct kink in your bangs from the headband.
Now for the defensive strategy. There are three ways to deal with schweddy bangs: wash your entire head of hair, wash your bangs only, or faux wash with dry shampoo. Regardless, you must first assess the damage:
Choose your course based on the level of Schweddy: wash entire head, wash bangs only or faux wash with dry shampoo. If you choose to wash your bangs without washing the rest of your hair, I recommend using a shower cap. Cover your entire head of hair, except for your bangs.
This morning, I chose the faux wash and used my favorite dry shampoo (Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo — 7 oz).
After spraying my roots with the dry shampoo, I rustle the hair up with my finger tips. And I take extra time on the bangs to make sure all oil is absorbed up front.
That’s it. From there you can style (or not) your hair up or down. Throw on some clothes and makeup (or not) and go! Here is my five minute, From Schweddy to Barely Ready look. This look includes a body wash, a faux shampoo, clothes and no makeup.