Wearing bangs is a great way to draw attention to your eyes or change up your hairstyle without sacrificing a lot of length. Styling finicky bangs, however, can be a bit tricky if you’re not used to them. Whether your bangs are long, short, shaggy or blunt, all you need are a few tools and a bit of practice to keep your fringe in salon shape.

Taming the Bangs

Start with wet, not damp hair, as once hair starts drying it will begin to take on it’s own natural texture, instead of complying with any styling methods. Either dry your bangs immediately after washing your hair, or wet them down separately with a spray bottle and comb.

Dry your bangs with a blow drier to achieve smooth, straight and shiny fringe. If you want to wear your bangs straight across your forehead, point the nozzle straight down toward your nose. Then, with a a small paddle brush, comb your hair back and forth, to the right and to the left. This will give your bangs some subtle volume but still allow them to lay nicely. If you have longer bangs you’d like to sweep to the side, blow them dry using a 2 1/2 inch round brush. With the brush, pull them in the opposite direction you want them to lay. Dry from above for about 10 seconds, then begin to dry your bangs in the direction you want to wear them, piece by piece. Once every strand of your bangs is dry, pin them in place and let them cool. This will help them stay in place.

Use hair products sparingly on your bangs, since too much can lead to breakouts on your forehead where your bangs fall. If you have very curly hair, apply a small amount of straightening product when the hair is damp to help smooth them out. Otherwise, hit them lightly with a bit of dry shampoo and hairspray after you’ve blown your bangs dry. Applying dry shampoo to clean bangs will help prevent the separation hair’s natural oils can cause.

Straighten the top section of your bangs to make them look super shiny and smooth. Using a rat tail comb, pick up the top layer of your bangs, then run over the strands lightly with a flat iron. Running all of your hair through a flat iron can make them look stringy.