The not-so-great perk of having side swept bangs is the fact that they seem to grow out super quickly. If you’re like me and only get your hair trimmed every two or three months (sometimes I’m really rebellious and wait five months!), you probably know exactly what I mean when I say my hair is in my eyes. :P
Since I’m working on growing out the rest of my hair, I decided to try something new with the bangs while keeping the side-swept look. Here’s a quick tutorial for how to make a braided headband that incorporates your bangs without losing the framing of the face that side swept bangs makes. We’re going for this look:
For those of you who have naturally straight hair (lucky you!!), you can skip this first step. But if your hair has a bit of a personality of its own (like mine), you will need to prep your canvas. :)
Step 1: Straighten your hair, including your bangs.
As someone who straightens their hair almost every other day, it’s really important to have a good straightener that won’t damage your hair. (Side note: I’ve been eyeing one from the gdh Peacock Collection for a few weeks now. I’ve heard really good things about their ceramic hair straighteners and the versatility of using it for curling as well, which I’ve never been able to do with any of my current straighteners. Don’t even get me started with the colours… they’re just so fun and cute for the spring! The purple one is my fav of the collection!)
Step 2: Section off parts of your bangs that you want to incorporate into the braid.
Step 3: Begin braiding from the left side (or the right, depending on which direction your bangs sweep in). This will help to anchor your braided bangs to maintain the “sweep” shape.
Step 4: Incorporate your bangs using a French braid method. Little by little, braid in small strands of the bangs that you sectioned off in Step 2. Try not to braid too tightly towards the scalp. Since we want to maintain the side-swept look, braid in a downward direction away from the scalp without pulling too tightly on the strands of bangs.
Step 5: Secure the braid in place. A lot of people like to use small rubber bands to hold braids together, but my hair always gets knotted in those so I try to avoid them as much as possible. I’ve found that using two bobby pins and pinning in an X shape holds the braid really well.
TA-DA! And you’re done!!
Hope you enjoyed this simple hair braid tutorial! Let me know if you end up trying it! I’ve been wearing this ‘do at least once a week and love how something as simple as a braid can make a (usually boring) look so much more fun!