By Christina Schnell

Bangs are your best friend and worst enemy; too short and they look like goofy, too long and they look shaggy. Pinning your bangs back every day is boring and tedious. Curling these problem-prone tresses buys you time between costly hair cutting appointments and lets you try out a new style. Curling your bangs isn't difficult but does require basic curling iron knowledge and an understanding of how to preserve your perfect curled bangs.

Curl bangs to keep them loose, natural and off your face.

Step 1

Massage a dime-sized amount of mousse into your wet bangs to help hold the future curl. Plug in the curling iron at this time and set it on a non-flammable surface away from your skin.

Step 2

Blow dry the bangs until they feel slightly damp, but not sopping wet. A small amount of moisture keeps the hair malleable.

Step 3

Brush out the bangs to remove any tangles and separate them into three or four sections.

Step 4

Clip the very bottom of the first bang section into the curling iron lengthwise and twist it left. Continue turning the handle until the tip of the curling iron is within two-inches of the scalp and stop.

Step 5

Lift the iron away from the face slightly to avoid burning the forehead or nose. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds, depending on the thickness of the hair, and release the curl.

Step 6

Repeat steps four and five on the other bang sections. Alternate between left and right for each section of bangs when rotating the curling iron. Varied curl direction creates a more natural appearance than uniform ringlets all facing one way.

Step 7

Unplug the curling iron immediately when finished to prevent accidental burning.

Step 8

Comb your bang-curls gently with your fingers for a tousled, natural affect and apply a quick spritz of hairspray to lock in the curls.