Jane Birkin being photographed in a white shirt, Jane Birkin, Growing out Bangs, Behind the Mirror

I have given up on the dream that I could look like Alexa Chung, Brigitte Bardot, or Jane Birkin. Why? Because, they have bangs. Bangs are a lot of fun to get, and a lot less fun to get rid of. Like the house guest you thought it would be fun to hang with for a couple hours because you didn’t have anything to do, but here it is 5 hours later, really wanting to go to bed, and they are still here, with the remote, and now they are choosing which Girls episode we are going to rewatch? When it is time to go, it is time to go. Au revoir! I should know better given this is probably the 144th time I have cut bangs and then decided a few months later to grow them out.

brigitte bardo in red scarf, behind the mirror, growing bangs out

Pins, Pins, and more Pins.
These are in every pocket of every pant, every coat, and every bag I have right now.
Everybody needs a little help sometimes.
Sheer those suckers.
This has helped me the most and I am very excited to share this trick with you. It is the first time I have done it, so if it is old news to you, skip to the next idea. Either have your hairstylist or do it yourself, but take the sheer scissors (not regular hair cutting scissors, sheers!) and thin out the bangs so they blend more with your hair. Once you take the weight out, start to push them to the side.
New Dos.
So, for about two weeks after the holidays I wore a bun on the top of my head. The tippy top, since that was as far as my bangs would reach. This works because you can use the pins to hold the bangs and cover it up with the bun. Especially, if it is a messy bun. All good just-rolled-out-of-bed-french-hair has a messy bun.
Embrace YOUR hair.
This is a big one for me. As much as I whine about wanting just-rolled-out-of-bed-french-hair, truth be told, embracing the hair you have with confidence is what works best. Forget the fact that I don’t wash or brush my hair everyday, but when I do, I don’t blow dry or style it what so ever. My hair does what ever it wants to do, but because I am totally fine with it, so is everyone else. Because, if we are really being honest, my hair could look 3,000 times better.
Alexa Chung with Bangs, Behind the Mirror, Growing out Bangs

What other tricks are out there? Come on, give me some in the comments because this is a rough time for me…

***beauty always comes from within, photos from here, here, and here, xoxo behind the mirror***
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