“I cut my bangs too short while my hair was pressed out and now they look baby bangs that my toddler daughter cut into my hair! That’s the best way I can describe them because they are so short! When my hair is straight they are really pretty, but when it’s not it’s a mess because of shrinkage. I wasn’t thinking about this when I cut my hair. What can I do until my bangs grow back?” – Allison
The first thing we thought of when this question came through was, what can we say to make it easier on you right now so that you can actually enjoy your baby bangs and stop freaking out in the process? Luckily, for you, “baby bangs” are actually in style thanks to Beyoncé. Just reading that makes you feel better, no?
The first thing you need to do is blame this all on Beyoncé, because hey, if Beyoncé did it too then that means it’s okay. Say things like how you were inspired by the singer to step outside of the box-you know, anything that makes you seem like the third Smith child. Secondly, breathe and start thinking creatively about your natural hair. For instance, your baby bangs in their shrunken state can either be pinned back or hidden under headbands until your hair grows back out to an acceptable length. Or you could just wear your hair straight for a while. There are no rules that state that all natural women must never straighten their hair despite the naysayers who like to discredit naturalness based on how often you straighten your hair.
It’s a new season so mix it up. When your hair is straight, enjoy your bangs and when it’s not, pull your bangs back off of your forehead being sure to twist or curl all the short hairs into longer hairs to blend them well and rely on wide cotton headbands and gold and other colorful bobby pins to pin your hair up into different layered pin designs. Use this time be creative with your hair. What’s done is done so don’t waste the next few months waiting for your hair to grow back and wallowing in regret. Make it work! (We’re on our Tim Gunn)