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Sideswept Bangs: 20 Photos of Gorgeous Side-Swept Bangs

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How to Blow Dry Your Bangs
Sideswept Bangs: 20 Photos of Gorgeous Side-Swept Bangs

Reese Witherspoon on the cover of Elle Magazine

How to blow dry your bangs when you have a cowlick.

L.A. hairstylist Kristin Ess explains to Allure Magazine how to blow dry her bangs so her annoying cowlick doesn't crop up on her. "Everyone I’ve shown this technique to has been like, 'Oh, that was it,'" says Ess to Allure. Here are her tips:

  • The secret to cowlick-less bangs, is to blow-dry your hair immediately. Once the hair follicle starts to air-dry, it also starts to set, says Ess.
  • Your brush counts. Ess prefers a round brush. Her favorite? Spornette G-36XL Porcupine Brush (buy it online) because "it grabs every hair."
  • Hold the brush and the dryer correctly. Allure suggests you basically sandwich your bangs in between your thumb and the brush and pull tightly. Here are the details: "starting wherever the cowlick is, put the thumb of the hand that’s holding the brush underneath the section of bangs you’re going to blow-dry. Then put the brush on top of the thumb, so that you’re squeezing the bangs between them." According to Ess, the thumb gives you the extra tension needed to pull on the follicle from the root."
  • How to blow dry. You always want to direct the blow dryer down the hair shaft (not up). And using the brush, brush the bangs to the left, the right and straight down as you blow dry. Keep tension on the hair the entire time, says Ess.

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