By LeafTV Contributor

That quick and easy fringe trim turned out to be not so simple, and you're left with bangs that are too short. You don't have to walk around town under the cover of a baseball cap until the bangs grow out, though. Instead, use simple styling tricks, some hair accessories, and a touch of creativity to disguise those unintentionally short bangs.

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Side Sweep

A short, blunt cut that hits too high on the forehead makes too-short bangs more obvious. Styling bangs to the side can help hide this awkward length. Part hair on the left or right instead of down the center—choose the side your hair naturally falls to. Put a lightweight gel into damp hair, and blow-dry bangs to the side using a round brush. Spritz with hairspray to keep sideswept bangs in place.

Make Waves

Blow-dry your bangs to the side, and use a curling iron to create soft waves throughout the hair. Softly curl your sideswept bangs so they blend into the rest of your hair.

Accessorize

You might think hair accessories would draw attention to short bangs, but the right ones can actually help. Push your bangs back with a headband embellished with delicate pearls or shimmering gemstones, or pin them back with a small barrette or bejeweled hair clip.

Use Bobby Pins

When bangs are too short to show off in public, bobby pins are a girl's best friend. Pull the bangs to the side, twist them, and slip a bobby pin underneath for a soft, feminine look. Or, brush your bangs up to the top of your head, and use a couple of bobby pins to secure them in place. Spray some dry shampoo on the bobby pins before you use them to keep them from slipping.

Try Clip-In Bangs

Clip-in bangs are available at beauty supply stores and salons. Clip these faux bangs over your too-short natural ones for some added length. Make sure your clip-in bangs match your natural hair color; if the color is a little off, the faux bangs will stand out even more than what you're trying to hide.