Michelle Obama might be bidding her bangs goodbye! The First Lady kicked off the new year by adding fringe to her trademark bob, but now, she’s working on growing them out. “The bangs are a day-by-day proposition,” she told ET. “They’re starting to grow out, getting a little irritating, but it’s okay!” We’re fans of Obama’s current side-swept look, but we can certainly sympathize with that awkward in-between phase. That’s why asked hair pros Heath Grout and Harry Josh for their bang-maintenance tips. Read their thoughts below!
IF YOU WANT TO GROW YOUR BANGS
“Growing out your bangs takes patience!” said TIGI’s U.S. Creative Director Heath Grout, who recommends starting with a side-swept style like Obama’s. “Remember, you must blow-dry the root in the direction you want your bangs to go,” he added. “After a couple of months, go to your stylist to trim your bangs using a deep parallel point technique. This will encourage the fringe to sweep out of the way as it grows longer and heavier.”
IF YOU WANT TO TRIM YOUR BANGS
Many salons offer complimentary bang trims, but if you’re taking matters into your own hands, start by blow-drying your fringe completely straight with a paddle brush. “You need to see the direction of the strands, from root to brow,” said Rose Byrne‘s mane man Harry Josh. Then, comb your bangs straight down, divide in half, and work with one portion at a time. Snip upward into the tips until they’re wispy. “Pecking at the ends first is easier than cutting straight across,” he added. Once the tips are thinned out, you can taper them into a straight line until you reach your desired length.
Plus, find the perfect fringe for your face shape in the gallery.