How To Have Summer Bangs Without Becoming A Zit Monster

Zooey Deschanel in West Hollywood on Feb. 27, Ginnifer Goodwin in Hollywood on May 3, and Kat Graham in Los Angeles on May 20.
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New York City, today, is supposed to be a searing 100 degrees. Besides sending us running to the nearest AC haven, we’ve now got to switch our entire beauty game up. Since wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is an incredibly judicious choice (and also saves your skin from wrinkles further down the line), our precious epidermis is protected. But the heat does something awful to our mop, and girls with once stick-straight hair look like they’ve locked lips with an electric outlet or long, swooping bangs become long, swooping acne cover-ups. Since we’ve all got ’em (bangs that is) though in different shapes and sizes, we’ve scooped the best ways to tame an unwieldy mane—whether you go short, long, or in between.


Clockwise from top left: Grosgrain Bow Hairclips from Forever 21, Alterna Bamboo Shine Shampoo from, Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream from Fekkai, Oversized Leaf Hair Comb from Urban Outfitters, and Braided Tri-Color Headwrap from Forever 21.

Of ALL the summer bangs to tame in the world, you just maaayyy be the luckiest. With long bangs, you have the ability to sweep those suckers to the side in the cutest ways possible. Some of our favorite looks to keep the fringe from frizzing up are with cutesy bow clips from Forever 21. These add a pop of color and hint of girly fun to any outfit in a snap—and keeps those dang bangs from getting sweaty! If you’re not into bows, try swooping your look to the side with a vintage hair comb, like this one from Urban Outfitters. If you’re in SERIOUS need of no-hair-touching-your-face-at-ALL (we’ve been there), go for a stylish headband that can slick back any frizz away from your face. But don’t forget about the rest of your mane too! Calm the frizz with a high-shine shampoo and finish your style with anti-frizz smoothing cream.


Clockwise from top left: Remington S2900 Ceramic Pearl Mini Hair Straightener from Amazon, Got 2b Poweder’ful Volumizing Styling Powder from Ulta, Square Stone Bobby Pins from Jane Tran, Huile Céleste from Keratase, and Ole Henricksen Grease Relief Face Tonic from Sephora.

Short bangs, if you’ll excuse us, are bangin’. They let the breeze go right to your face and look good clipped back, spiked up (think recent Ginnifer Goodwin-style hair), or just hanging straight. Keep a small, portable clay straightener handy to force the frizz to retreat. Instead of doing a sticky gel. We love a powder styling agent that’ll absorb oil and keep things piecey and edgy, like this one from Got 2B. If you are in a short-to-middle place, bobbiesare your best bet. You can do a pseudo pompadour and spray your bangs for volume and then pin back, or just make all ’90s and secure them behind your ears. Keep your face fresh: With your short and eye-catching bangs front and center, you’ll want to have your best face on. Oil-absorbing astringent will never do you wrong. Last, protect yo’self, lest you wreck your hair in the sun, with an hair SPF shield that’ll keep your locks shiny.