In the last couple of videos that I posted to YouTube, I discussed my straight, heat damaged bangs and how I styled them so that they would blend in with the rest of my hair. Shortly after posting those I started a six week Wash n’ Go binge and wore my hair curly the whole time. For a while I was fine with pushing the straight pieces back or braiding the hair into a headband. During this time I was also reading the Curly Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massey and learning more about my curls and how to work with them. I kept looking at my damaged hair and wondered, why was I holding on to the straight pieces?
|Using small perm rods to camouflage the straight pieces|
After much contemplation, I finally decided to break out the shears. I already knew that I had curly bangs in my future so why not just get on with it? First, I wet the hair that I sectioned off for the cut. This made it easier to tell where the textured hair met the straight ends. Then I placed a long metal clip across that line of demarcation and cut. I thought that would do it but the straight pieces were still another inch into the length of my bangs so I snipped again. I was surprised to see a small, one inch section where my hair was just blah; not really curly or straight. The rest of the bang was curling up the way I expected. I ended up with a Betty Paige style look which for me was just fine.
Straight Pieces in Front
It’s been about a month and a half since the mini chop and I have to say that for the most part, the bangs are fine by me. The curls are in good shape even after wearing my hair straight a couple of times. I refuse to use my flat iron on that area because the 400 degree temperature is just too much. Instead I use my Gold n’ Hot Curling Iron which only gets up to 300 at best. I’m also liking the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny for my heat protectant these days.
I do wish the bangs were a teensy bit longer though so that it would be easier to braid them down into a cute headband. Of course this is possible with a little help from my Eco Styler gel. I’m also realizing that I won’t be able to slick all of my hair back for awhile. For now though, I’m just enjoying the new look and loving the curls.
|Used a metal clip to section off bangs|
|Bye Bye Heat Damage|
|Bangs before cutting a bit more|