Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in June 2022 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in April 2023.
Are you having a good hair day? If the answer is no, you've come to the right place. Growing out an unruly fringe is a rite of passage we all must go through. While you may have thought those bangs looked killer a few months ago, now they look worn and tired. So, what should you do? With some styling and haircare tips up your sleeve, we explain how to grow out a fringe in style.
Can you make your hair grow faster?
First up, let's deal with the burning question. You might want to speed up your hair growth when your fringe is getting you down. The faster your locks grow, the quicker you can wave goodbye to your look. So, can you make your hair grow faster, and how do you do it?
Your hair grows in three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Anagen is the only stage in which your hair is actively growing — the other two are when the hair stops growing or even starts to shed. Research suggests that between 90 and 95% of your hair follicles grow at any time. That means that only 5 to 10% of your hair is shedding.
Great stuff! But how can you support your hair growth? The truth of the matter is that your hair will grow at a steady rate. However, it tends to reflect your overall health. If you're not giving your body what it needs to be healthy, your hair may struggle to grow and be strong. With that in mind, here are some ways to support your hair's growth and stop breakage.
How to make your hair grow faster
1. Use keratin supplements
While taking supplements is not the magic secret to hair growth, it could help strengthen your locks. For example, one clinical trial found that taking a product enriched with 500mg of keratin improved participants' hair strength while reducing hair loss.
2. Eat a healthy and balanced diet
How long does it take bangs to grow out? That may depend on what you're eating. When you have a poor diet — that lacks the vitamins and nutrients your body needs — you might find that your hair takes a long time to grow. That's bad news if you want to get rid of a particular hairstyle quickly. On the other hand, eating a range of vibrant food could make a big difference.
3. Use caffeinated hair products
Recently, there's been a massive trend in using caffeinated products. But does it work? Research suggests that caffeine may have a stimulating effect on hair growth. That means that the ingredient might encourage hair follicles to work faster. So if you're looking for the easiest way to grow out bangs, you might want to give this trick a go.
For curious uses for coffee, including a DIY hair rinse, read our other article.
4. Try using some essential oils
Essential oils have endless benefits when it comes to your health and wellness. For example, when trying to get your hair to grow fast, you might want to use some oils on your hair. One of our favourite oils for hair is rosemary oil, but there's plenty to try. One study found that pumpkin seed oil boosts the hair count for men with hair loss by 40%. While the study was on male participants, the same could be true for women.
How to style out a fringe (in that awkward stage!)
Trying to make your hair grow faster is one thing — but how can you style a fringe in that awkward middle stage? Unfortunately, when you're waiting for your hair to grow, chances are you still need to go out in public. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to wear your hair to hide the fact that your fringe is not quite grown out yet. So without further ado, here are five simple approaches you might want to try for yourself.
1. Braid your fringe into your hair
First up, it's a classic look. You can braid your bangs into the rest of your hair. To get started with this easy hair hack, separate your fringe in the middle. Start as close to the top as possible and braid your fringe into a small section of your hair at the side. You can use small hair ties or clips to keep everything in place here. This look works well if you're going out to a fancy meal, party, or any other event. There are ways to jazz it up or dress it down!
If you're a pro when it comes to French braids, you will be familiar with this technique. You need to section out the hair before you begin and slowly bring in pieces from the bangs as you work through the hair. The result is beautiful and easy to style.
2. Part your fringe in the middle
Are you looking for something a little more casual? Then, we've got you covered. One of the easiest ways to wear bangs that have started to grow out is to part them in the middle. Then, you can use grips or hair products to tame your hair to stay in place. As your fringe starts to get longer, this approach means that it will effortlessly frame your face and look natural.
Why not give your hair a textured look to set it all off? You can add waves using either straighteners or a curling iron. This style means that your parted fringe will look stunning.
3. Pin your fringe to the side
Are you a fan of side-parting your hair? You can't go wrong with this classic look if you're an out-and-out millennial. Flick your hair over to one side and allow your fringe to follow your hairline. You might need to use some bobby pins to clip your hair to the side to pull off this look. You can use some hairspray if you have wispy bangs at the side.
Pinning your fringe to the side may feel unnatural at first. However, stick with this. In time, you can train your hair to lie that way naturally. That means you won't have to spend hours and hours styling it each morning. Why not get creative and give it a go today?
4. Get some layers to soften it up
The best way to grow out bangs is to let it happen naturally. As we have already covered, you can part your fringe in the middle while it grows out. You may also choose to pin it back. However, if you have a straight haircut — free from any layers — you might find that the fringe looks a tad jarring. Fortunately enough, there's a simple solution you can try.
Adding some layers to your hair may make the bangs look less prominent. Don't try this at home! The last thing you want is to ruin your hair by attempting a technical cut like this. Instead, head to your local salon and speak to them about getting layers. If you work with an experienced stylist, you may find they can advise you. Explain that you want to grow out of your fringe and listen to their ideas.
If you do want to try to cut your own hair at home, read our guide next.
5. Try a side-swept look instead
Side-swept fringes never go out of style. You can use straighteners to push your fringe to the side, no matter where your natural parting is. The more you try this look, the more likely your hair will sit there naturally. Be sure to try it when looking for a quick way to freshen things up. As your bangs grow out, the side-swept fringe will look more natural and fade into the rest of your hair. It's a classic for a reason!
Growing out a fringe doesn't have to be complicated. Within this guide, we've covered the basics: how to grow your hair faster and how to style bangs in that awkward stage. It's over to you. Have fun styling your hair and making the most of what you have to work with.
Now we've covered how to style your bangs, you might have some questions for us. Here are some of the frequently asked questions for you.
How long does it take to grow out a fringe?
That depends on the condition or length of your hair. However, you can expect to wait three to four months for your hair to grow out completely.
Can a fringe make you look younger?
For some people, the answer is yes. While a lot depends on your face shape and features, getting a fringe may make you appear younger. Give it a go.
What can you do if your fringe is growing out?
When your fringe is growing out, there are plenty of ways to style it. Within this guide, we have covered the basics. Why not try different looks and see what works for you?
What is a curtain fringe?
Exactly what it sounds like. Curtains, or a curtain fringe, separated in the middle. You can get the look by parting your bangs in the middle and using products to hold them in place.
How do you keep your fringe out of the way? Let us know in the comments below!