How to stop your bangs from separating

Deciding to get bangs is a big commitment. Whether you get choppy bangs, baby bangs, or traditional blunt bangs at the front of your forehead, they likely will require some styling to keep them looking put together and like you just walked out of the salon. Even when you've heat-styled and applied hair products to your hair, though, one all-too-common hair struggle when it comes to bangs is keeping them from separating.

According to Michelle Cleveland, a hairstylist, and owner of Hair Addict Salon, when bangs part in the middle, it can be for a few reasons. The first is because you naturally have a cowlick at the hairline. "The second reason bangs separate in the middle is because they are not heavy enough," she says. "If you do not take the bang area as far back as it should be when creating it, then this area will be light and separate more easily," which is why she highly recommends going to a professional to cut and trim your bangs.

Another reason why bangs separate is that the hair is too soft and needs a bit more texture to keep them together. Luckily, keeping your bangs from separating isn't impossible. With the right styling tips, you can keep your bangs looking great. Here are expert tips on how to style your bangs to keep them from separating.

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1 Wash your face.

An often overlooked cause of why bangs keep separating throughout the day is due to the oils on the face, says Jennifer Korab, a hairstylist, and educator for Pureology. Before styling your bangs, make sure to take the time to do your skincare routine to remove any excess oils on your face that could be wreaking havoc on your hairstyle.

2 Prep the hair with mousse.

Once your face is clean and prepped, Lovette Candice, a celebrity hairstylist, says to apply a mousse on your damp hair. “You have to start with the hair damp and put a small amount of mousse on the bangs before blow-drying it with a brush,” she says. This helps to control and train the hair to lay across the forehead before it sets when it’s dry. She recommends the Joico Joi Whip Firm Hold Design Foam ($19, ulta.com) because it offers hold and a beautiful shine.

3 Use the right brushes when blow-drying.

To help bangs lay evenly across the forehead, it’s best to use a large, round brush when blow-drying. “When bangs are still wet, blow-dry them with a round brush as this gives them extra volume and connects them,” says Korab.

Another method comes from Real Simple‘s editor-in-chief, Liz Vaccariello, who uses a flat brush before a round brush to brush the bangs to the left and then to the right while keeping the blow dryer on them. As someone who’s had bangs (and a cowlick) all of her life, she says this is one of her tried-and-true tips.

After you’ve blow-dried them left to right, Candice recommends using a big round brush to blow-dry them upwards to give volume and lift. Then, blow-dry them downwards towards your face, so they don’t end up too curled. Pro tip: Always make sure your bangs are damp when blowing drying because this will help shape them. “Even if you don’t wash your hair, wet your hair and re-blow-dry,” says Korab.

4 Use the right hairspray for your hair concerns.

As Cleveland previously mentioned, a soft and fine hair texture can cause the bangs to separate. She recommends adding a texturizing spray to help keep the bangs together. Frizzy hair can also cause bangs to separate, so if you’re prone to frizz, reach for an anti-humidity spray, like the AG Hair Smooth Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Finishing Spray ($26, ulta.com).

“Anti-frizz oil will be too heavy and greasy for the hair causing it to split,” says Korab. “Instead, use the anti-humidity spray as a lighter option and to prevent the frizz.”

5 Use a dry shampoo throughout the day.

Prepping and styling your bangs at home is only part of the process. The next challenge is keeping them in place throughout the day. Both Candice and Korab agree that dry shampoo is the best way to maintain your bangs. “When oils begin to build in the hair, it can cause splitting and give the bangs the middle part,” says Korab. Try keeping a dry shampoo, like OUAI Super Dry Shampoo ($24, ulta.com), handy.

6 Protect your bangs with a baseball cap.

Lastly, Vaccariello says one of her best tips is protecting the bangs from the weather by wearing a baseball cap. Heat, humidity, rain, and even a gust of wind can cause frizz, which causes separation.

To keep the bangs safe and protected, she says to swipe them to one side and tuck them underneath the seam of the brim of the cap. Then, when you’re ready to take the hat off, run your fingers through the bangs to put them back in place.

With these tips, you’ll be able to successfully keep your bangs in place all day long.

My biggest gripe with having bangs isn't the fact that they require a once-a-month salon appointment, or even how they stop me from wearing a beanie because of bedhead — I can deal with those daily annoyances. But what I absolutely cannot deal with is when my bangs split in the center.

I know that curtain bangs are very popular, but my bangs are not cut to be curtain bangs. They are blunt, and they are cut straight across without any angles helping to frame them on the sides. They are only ever parted when my hair gets so long that they turn into side-swept bangs my Laguna Beach-loving, 17-year-old self would adore.

Thankfully, celebrity hairstylist and Dove brand ambassador Mark Townsend has all the solutions. After all, he's the king of cutting bangs, and it's why stars such as Dakota Johnson and Reese Witherspoon trust him with theirs. And his simple solution for my bangs-parting issue: a few spritzes of dry shampoo.

"I always say that hairspray sticks hairs together and dry shampoo separates them," he shares. "That's why hair looks so much fuller after putting a ton of dry shampoo in there — because it literally keeps the hair from sticking together."

So, by spraying dry shampoo in my bangs, even when they're not oily, it'll prevent the hairs from clumping up into two sections and parting down the middle.

Now, if you've spent any time on TikTok recently, you may have seen a viral video that suggests perming bangs to prevent them from splitting down the middle. To find out more about this seemingly quick fix, we tapped more celebrity hairstylist: co-founder of IGK Hair Care, Aaron Grenia, and Howard McLaren, co-founder and creative director of R+Co.

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Grenia agrees that perming is an option, but says it works best on coarser or stronger hair types, as they tend to handle perms better. That said, for people who have finer or thinner hair, he has some suggestions. 

"Another option that we offer in our salons is a keratin smoothing treatment," says Grenia. "We can do 'spot' treatments to just the hairline if [the middle part] is the only real issue. This helps to control unwanted cowlicks as well." 

McLaren adds that while it may be effective, he considers it a short-term solution. "Within a couple of weeks, the root is back in control and has to be redone," he explains. He also emphasizes the importance of the hairstyle itself, saying that the growth patterns in the natural hairline are important to take into consideration, especially if you're considering getting bangs for the first time. 

So, as long as I have a can of dry shampoo in my handbag and my hairstylist on speed dial, I really don't have anything to complain about. Well, not related to my hair, that is.

How to stop your bangs from separating

Bangs make the biggest impact when they are clean and sit naturally around the face, making a frame for your eyes and cheekbones. Hair that is fine or prone to oily conditions on a daily basis can often separate the hair at the middle of the forehead, creating a part where no part is desired. A few basic styling techniques can increase the longevity of those thick, unending bangs and prevent the possibility of separated or clumpy bangs.

Wash your hair as you normally would and towel dry. Make sure hair is not dripping wet before moving to the next stage of styling.

Place a pea-size amount of volumizing styling cream in your palm. Work into the bangs. Spray the bangs with a light mist of heat protectant.

Place the small paddle brush underneath the bangs at the root on the right side of your face. Include a chunk of hair from the center of the bangs. Turn the blow dryer on and point the nozzle down towards your bangs.

Pull the paddle brush down from the root and towards the center of your face keeping tension as you pull the hair towards your nose. Follow the path of the paddle brush with the blow dryer as you do this. Repeat this motion from the root to the tip a couple more times with the right side of the bangs. Pull the right side of your bangs straight down with the paddle brush and the blow dryer a final time so that the hair lies flat.

Begin the blow drying process on the left side of your bangs making sure you include some of the hair from the center of the bangs. Place the paddle brush under the left side of the bangs and pull towards the center of your face just slightly as you follow along with the blow dryer. Repeat a couple of times and then pull the paddle brush straight down along with the hair dryer a final time so the hair lies flat on your forehead. This process will encourage the hairs to lie flat and in the right direction.

Smooth the hair down along the entire section of bangs using a flat iron. This process will smooth down flyaways and encourage the hair to stay in place.

How to stop your bangs from separating

Bangs never go out of style. It always seems a good idea to get them, right? They can make you look classic and chic at the same time, no matter what the current trend is. But unfortunately, we can’t all be like K-pop idol Lisa of Blackpink, whose bangs stay in place even when she’s doing the craziest choreography: Yours get windblown and cowlicky; they don’t tend to behave.

It’s super annoying to always have to mind your bangs when you’re at work or hanging out with friends. But. there’s hope, yet: There are tricks and tips you can do to keep your bangs in check, no matter what.

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Blow dry them right away

How to stop your bangs from separating

The first rule of having amazing bangs: DO NOT LET THEM AIR DRY. Start the styling process right after you get out of the shower. If you let your bangs dry naturally, they have an annoying tendency to go haywire. To train your bangs according to the style you want, blow dry them.

Use a small round brush for volume

How to stop your bangs from separating

While blow-drying your bangs, use a small round brush to add extra volume. This keeps them from laying flat on your forehead and gives them a livelier look. Hold the hairdryer facing down over your head and brush your bangs to your desired direction.

Use anti-humidity hairspray

How to stop your bangs from separating

Finally, keep your bangs in place by using an anti-humidity hairspray. This will help prevent frizz and separation caused by humidity. Don’t use too much, though — it could cause your hair to clump together.

Use a mini flat iron

How to stop your bangs from separating

If your bangs are extra frizzy, you may smooth them with a small flat iron. Opt for a slimmer and smaller flat iron so that you can go all the way up to the roots.

Bangs are a common feature of many women's hairstyles. Also known as a fringe, they consist of locks of short-cut hair over the front of the scalp. While bangs can create a more voluminous appearance, though, they don't always stay in place. If you have bangs, you may discover them separating throughout the day. How do you prevent your bangs from separating exactly?

Use a Skin Cleanser

It may sound unusual, but using a skin cleanser will lower the risk of your bangs separating. Bangs are more likely to separate if they are oily. If your skin is oily, your bangs will pick up this oil, which may cause them to separate. Using a facial skin cleanser at least once a day will protect against oil accumulation that could otherwise lead to separation of your bangs. Just remember to using a oil-removing facial cleanser for maximum benefit.

Brush Out Knots

Knots are often to blame for bang separation. If your bangs have one or more knots in them, they may gradually separate. Your bangs will be heavier in the area where a knot is present. Therefore, these areas or sections of your bangs will separate from the rest of the areas or sections. The good news is that you can brush out knots. If you notice a knot in your bangs, run a brush through it. Brushing out knots will create smooth and even bangs that are less likely to separate.

Spritz With Hairspray

Many women use hairspray to prevent their bangs from separating. Hairspray, of course, is designed to hold hair in place, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that it can prevent your bangs from separating. You don't have to use a lot of it. Rather, a light spritz of hairspray directly over your bangs will typically suffice. Hairspray will coat your bangs in an invisible layer while simultaneously holding them in place.

Get Your Bangs Trimmed

If you're struggling to keep your bangs in place, you may want to get them trimmed. The longer your bangs are there, the more likely they are separate. Long bangs are heavier, so they are more difficult to control than short bangs. By getting your bangs trimmed to a shorter length, you may discover that they stay in place more easily. Along with using a skin cleanser, brushing out knots and spritzing with hairspray, getting your bangs trimmed will help to prevent them from separating.

This has been my most notorious hair issues! I do like pushed back side bangs with my natural part and no matter what I do for blow drying or hair spray they never stay put and always so piecy!! It's driving me nuts. What can I do to make them stay all day and look nice?

Roz X.

A fine tooth comb, flat iron, and Pomade or a killer spray like Kendra. I love Suavecito. It's water soluble. Mine nevah separate..and I have a cowlick..and a V, which stays on point.

Jenna L.

How do you use it? Like spray the hair and then iron it back?

Roz X.

I dry my bangs flat using a narrow nozzle on my blow dryer and a tiny toothed comb. Then, I plug in the iron, but do NOT let it get hot. Literally 2 minutes after I plug it in, I use it. with the lowest setting on. Then, spray them with Kendra. To maintain..since I only wash once a week..I apply a little pomade on my dry bang..comb..then spray. They hold up even in windy Chicago. If they get mussed..I just pat them with my fingers and bam..back on point..no separation occurs for me. I always carry a mini barbers comb and mini spray when I know I'll be out for a big night. Hope that helps!

Jenna L.

Hmm I think that works for yours cause they're blunt – I'm looking for more of the blowout tussled look with a curl. Like I'll get it perfect at the beginning but then during the day the hair spray doesn't hold and it falls apart. And goes all piecey.

Roz X.

Ahh..gotcha. I'd still try the Kendra because it is a flexible hold and is great in any weather. Pomade will work with a curl for certain, but that takes practice.

Haven B.

Try a split end mender. Also spray harshest in them then brush them

Grace K.

This problem plagued me for YEARS! I started noticing my bangs separate probably when I was like 13 and I'm turning 20 now lol.
The 2 things I've found that help me the most is using a hair spray daily and buying a teasing comb! I tease my bangs to hold them all together how I want, then just gently comb it out so to the part that people see looks smooth. When I tease it, they never separate!
I've had sideswept bangs and straight across bangs and I tease both. I don't know how to stop the piecey-ness otherwise!

Jenna L.

Yeah I do the hairspray and teasing method which helps but it isn't a fit! I usually end up pinning them back by the end of the day cause they drive me crazy!!

Roz X.

Jenna, looking at your profile and side bang, pomade would fix your issue for certaib. I'd Google it. Good luck!

Jenna L.

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How to stop your bangs from separating

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with our bangs. When your fringe is cooperating, it frames your face, gives your hair a distinct style, and can even make you look younger (goodbye, forehead fine lines). Think of all the celebrities who have tried bangs with über-chic results: Alexa Chung, Dakota Johnson, Kerry Washington, and even J.Lo at one point, to name a few.

But the thing about bangs is that they’re not exactly wash-and-go. Anyone with bangs can attest that most days, you’re more likely to wake up with them sticking out at all angles on your forehead than anything close to the effortlessly wispy or sleek variety. Styling bangs takes skill, and luckily, it’s not something only reserved for the pros. To make the styling process a bit more enjoyable for our friends with fringe, we’ve put together some must-know tips—with a little help from Linda de Zeeuw—for perfectly coiffed bangs. To your cowlick: See you, never!

Meet the Expert

Linda de Zeeuw is a master hairstylist and educator with nearly 20 years of professional experience. She currently works at Rob Peetoom Salon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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These easy hair hacks will keep your fringe looking fabulous all day – no matter what life (or the British weather) throws at you.

We’ve asked the experts for their top tips, hairstyle secrets, and ultimate fringe hair hacks, so you can wear your hair the way you want. Celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton says that for thinning or wispy hair, “a shorter hair cut or fringe will help make your style look fuller and stronger” so a fringe can be a chic and sensible style (just look at Lorraine Kelly!)

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Here as some top fringe hair hacks to keep your ‘do looking fabulous:

1. From Shower to Hairdryer

As soon as you step out of the shower, the first thing you need to do is grab your hairdryer! Your fringe dries much quicker than you think, and as soon as it starts to dry naturally, the quicker it can set into a shape you don’t want.

The team at Nicky Clarke agrees and they recommend, “Give your fringe a rough towel dry and then begin to style it. Try using a Hot Air Styler for the best results”.

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2. Perfect the Blow-Drying Technique

It’s important to perfect your blow-drying technique to make sure the overall shape of your fringe is set for the day. While gripping the roots of your fringe with a round brush, blow-dry from side-to-side, almost using a windshield-wiper motion – sounds crazy but this actually helps the fringe to dry flat!

3. Less is More

It’s tempting to slather on different styling products to try and tame frizz, but this only ends up in a greasy fringe by midday! If you use any product through your hair normally, like an anti-frizz serum, try applying it to the rest of your hair first and only apply a tiny bit to your fringe.

4. Wash, rinse, repeat!

Although there’s no need to wash all your hair every single day, you might want to stick to a different hair-washing schedule for your fringe. Unlike the rest of your hair, fringes only take hours to turn greasy so try shampooing just your fringe every day.

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It won’t add hours onto your morning routine – while you’re washing your face in the morning, just give your fringe a quick shampooing treatment at the same time.

5. Make Dry Shampoo Your New Best Friend

If you’re really pushed for time in the morning and don’t get a chance to shampoo your fringe, don’t panic! Make dry shampoo your new best friend in between hair washes.

It’ll absorb any oil in your fringe, giving a matte effect. Just remember to brush through your fringe properly afterwards to get rid of that powdery, chalky effect that dry shampoo can sometimes leave.

6. Look After Your Forehead

If you’re piling moisturiser and foundation onto your forehead every day, these products can easily transfer to your fringe, making it appear greasy. Make sure to wash and cleanse your forehead thoroughly every morning to avoid this happening!

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7. Carry a Comb

Grab yourself a small comb that you can keep stashed in your handbag to make sure you keep on top of the gaps in your fringe that are bound to appear throughout the day. After all, your fringe faces rain, sweat, humidity, and much more before you even get to work! A quick comb through will freshen up your fringe right away.

8. Make the most of free trims

Kieron Fowles, creative director at Regis, comments: “it is really important to get your fringe trimmed regularly to maintain the shape and style.

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A longer fringe would need a trim every 4-6 weeks but a blunt style requires more regular trips to the salon. Most salons will offer a free fringe trim between appointments.”

9. Quick fix

We saved one of our favourite fringe hair hacks for last! Celeb favourite and salon owner Paul Edmonds says, “When you’ve slept on your fringe and it’s standing up or uneven, try damping a piece of cotton wool and rub it into the roots and then blow dry to get it back in line.”

How to stop your bangs from separating

Whether you just got new bangs or are in the process of growing out fringe, you know how challenging it can be to make bangs behave themselves. We spoke with Frank Cassi Beauty Stylist Greg Reis on his tips and tricks for making hair stay put.

For Side-Swept Bangs
“It all starts with the very beginning of your blow dry,” says Reis. “If you allow your hair to air dry, it will dry in the direction that the hair grows.” Here are his steps for getting side-swept bangs to stay in place:

Step 1: Start with wet bangs, and separate them into four sections.
Step 2: Put a very small amount of medium-hold gel, like Phyto Strong ($32.78, sears.com), onto each section.
Step 3: Blow dry the bangs using a small round brush in a diagonal direction to the side you want to wear them.
Step 4: Spray a little hair spray into your hands and run it through the bangs to hold them in place.

For Blunt Bangs
Even after getting freshly cut blunt bangs, you may notice that they want to shift to the side. Reis suggests using the same blow drying technique used for side-swept bangs, except instead of drying them toward the side, you need to dry them straight down toward your eyes.

For Bangs That Part Themselves
If you keep waking up to bangs that have parted themselves, Reis suggests taking control. Take sections of wet hair, and blow dry them one at a time. “You have to create tension when blow-drying to pull out that cowlick or change the direction of a part,” says Reiss.

While You’re Sleeping
Before going to sleep, pin your bangs in the direction you want them to fall. Hold them exactly as you want them to look every day, and pin them in place with bobby pins. Eventually, they will start to fall that way on their own.

Congratulations, you are a stronger woman than I am. Seriously, having bangs when the humidity is at 90 percent is like helping friends move when the humidity is at 90 percent: If you like them now, you'll like them forever. Some people might say that the only bangs that look good in the summer are the ones that aren't, but the truth is that bangs can be very cool in the hot months. Here's how to keep them looking good.

PROBLEM #1: They get so effing oily.

SOLUTION: First, don't put conditioner in your bangs. It gunks them up, and hair that's that close to your roots, a.k.a. newborn, doesn't really need conditioner anyway. Once you've blow-dried, lightly spritz dry shampoo underneath your bangs. This acts as a barrier between your hair and the grease on your forehead. Speaking of that forehead grease, the banged must always carry blotting papers, since most bang oiliness comes from contact between hair and skin.

PROBLEM #2: The humidity is making them wing, wave, and separate.

SOLUTION: Using a straightening iron seems like an obvious choice to keep bangs smooth, but that tends to give you that overly straight, ends-sticking-out look, which is not OK. Instead, go ham with your blow-dryer with this no-fail smoothing technique from hairstylist Kristin Ess: Starting immediately after you get out of the shower (don't give waves a chance to set) take a boar-bristle round brush and put the thumb of the hand that's holding the brush underneath the section of bangs you're going to blow-dry. Then put the brush on top of the thumb, so that you're squeezing the bangs between them. "The thumb is underneath to get extra tension because you have got to pull on the follicle from the root, " Ess explains. "Even the best heavy brush is not going to be able to do it alone. You have to have the thumb there." Repeat in two-inch sections until bangs are dry.

PROBLEM #3: They're sticking out every which way when you wake up.

SOLUTION: Get a smoothing treatment, but just on your bangs. "Even women without excessive wave or frizz will get it in their bangs, because you've removed the weight of the rest of the hair," says James Corbett, who charges $150 at his New York City salon for a Trissola Solo bang treatment containing glyoxylic acid. Other in-salon treatments that will do the trick are Cezanne, Brocato Super Silk, and Goldwell Kerasilk.

PROBLEM #4: They need a trim, but you can't make it to the salon due to all of your summer travel plans.

SOLUTION: You're going to do this yourself. Starting with dry hair, gather your bangs in one hand, then pull them down and rest them in a point on the bridge of your nose, holding them in place by pressing your thumb on top of the ends (your thumb should be upright, above the rest of your hand). They should be straight, but not taut—if you hold them too tight they'll spring up and be too short. Snip up and around the thumb so they'll be slightly shorter in the middle and longer at the temples, says hairstylist Mark Townsend.

PROBLEM #5: You need an exit strategy.

SOLUTION: Ending it all may seem like the only option, but nay, bang lady, there are so many options available to thee. Pull them back with something called a "twist scarf." It looks like a head scarf but actually stays on and requires no tying thanks to a hidden wire inside the fabric. (The ones from ban.do are very cute and can be found online.) Or spritz dry bangs with a pump of hair spray to give them some grip, then brush them to the side and pin them under your hair. Or do a lil' Cersei Lannister thing and part hair in the middle, then twist bangs back and bobby pin on either side of your part, maybe even using a butterfly clip? Too far? Hey, you're the one who got bangs during the summer.

PROBLEM #6: Your bangs cover your forehead acne, but they're also causing your forehead acne.

SOLUTION: End this hellish cycle by limiting the number of products that touch your forehead. Let an oil-free sunscreen double as a moisturizer and skip foundation or BB cream or tinted moisturizer or bronzer or anything on your forehead, because it is covered by fringe anyway, so who cares? Wash with a face wash containing salicylic acid every morning. And get those bangs off your face whenever you can using a stretchy headband that you make by cutting a strip of sleeve off an old T-shirt.