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People who choose to wear bangs sometimes find that their hair will not lay flat on their foreheads but instead sticks up annoyingly. There are a number of reasons why this happens. However, there are a few solutions to the problem depending on the cause of your fly away bangs.


Sometimes bangs stick up because of static electricity, picked up through contact with carpets or upholstery. This is especially common during dry weather. The static electricity finds its way up to your bangs and causes them to stiffen and stand up. This can be fixed by lightly misting your bangs with water in a spray bottle. You can even add a very small amount of liquid fabric softener to the water to tame the most persistent static.

Bangs Cut too Short

Bangs that are cut too short often stick up, simply because they do not have enough body to weigh them down and allow them to lay flat the way they should. The only permanent solution for this problem is to wait until the bangs grow longer. In the meantime, you can try tying a bandana around your head and across your bangs after washing your hair. Leave the bandana on until your hair is dry. After removing the bandana, your bangs should stay flat for a few hours.

Hair is Too Straight

Your bangs may stick out if your hair is very straight or thick. For straight, thick hair, try using a curling iron to create a gentle curl on the bangs. Comb your bangs out carefully until the ends tuck under just enough to allow the bangs to lay flat against your forehead.

Hair is Curly

If you have curly hair, your hair may often seem to take on a life of its own. As a result, your bangs may not all lay on your forehead in the same direction and individual hairs may stick out. For curly hair, use a straightening iron to straighten the bangs and allow them to lay flat on your forehead. You can also apply a hair gel to the bangs and style them into place.

Frizzy Hair

Sometimes damaged hair becomes frizzy. This can be an especially annoying problem in bangs, because they will stick out at awkward angles. For frizzy hair, start using a moisture-enhancing shampoo and conditioner when you wash your hair. After washing and while the hair is still wet, apply either an anti-frizz solution to your hair or a leave-in conditioner. Once the damage to your hair is repaired, the annoying frizz will go away. Your bangs will then be soft and supple and should lay flat on your forehead.

About the Author

Jake Essene

Jake Essene began writing in 1993 and has published articles in regional newspapers such as the "Daily Intelligencer" and legal journals such as the "Ohio Northern Law Review." Essene earned a Bachelor of Science in theology at Philadelphia Biblical University, with additional studies in archeology at the Jerusalem University College. He then earned a Juris Doctor at the Pettit College of Law.