This seems to be a year of transformation, both mental and physical, for me, and one of the things I have done is to go from wearing my hair with
bangs, or "a fringe", to growing them out. I am in my mid-forties and have always worn bangs, so this was quite an adjustment and I thought I would
talk about it, in case anyone else is thinking about trying this change, themselves.
Why grow them out?
Well, my hubby has been on an island kick the past few years, and every time we go on vacation somewhere that is by the
ocean, my bangs have curled up into little corkscrews that make me look ridiculous. I got into the habit of taking along the little combs, and just
pinning my bangs up for the entire trip. The last time we got home, I decided instead of continuing this, I would try to grow out my bangs, so that I
can just pull all of my hair back in a braid or ponytail next time, and see how it goes.
Probably nobody, but on the off chance somebody is interested, I thought I would make this thread.
What's the big deal?
I was SO nervous and uncomfortable when I first started wearing my hair off my forehead, I felt like everyone was looking
at me. This probably sounds ridiculous to most people, since it seems more people wear their hair without bangs than with, but I literally did not
know what to do with them that would look halfway "normal".
Ok, so what tips and tricks do you want to share?
First of all, I was worried people would suddenly see me as much older, because now my
forehead would be exposed, so I went and had Botox injections on my forehead, right before I started wearing my hair off my forehead. However, I did
not like the results. I felt really wierd not being able to express myself facially (I guess I raise my eyebrows a lot) so I let it wear off and
never went for any further treatments. Still, it did get me through the first few weeks when I thought everyone would be looking at my worry lines!
Now, I just try to remember to keep a slight smile which prevents you from frowning and drawing your eyebrows together.
It took me quite a while to figure out how to style it. I tried combing it straight back, but without using the little combs, it would not stay
there. Finally, I tried parting it about three quarters of an inch on the left, and then "scrunching" it and letting the resulting "scrunched" curls
dry naturally. That worked - on the left side, the bang hair naturally blended into the rest, and on the right side, it kindof wanted to fall over my
eye, but it at least looked decent. Now that it has grown out for many months, it doesn't go so much in my face, unles I want it to. It just took a
I was really worried that I would look much older, but instead, I feel quite liberated and I feel pretty. I did have to get used to wearing
anti-shine makeup, as my forehead is naturally a bit shiny - I have fallen in love with the Almay brand and use the lightest color balancing powder to
keep off the excess shinyness.
I have been growing out my bangs for four months now, and I really like the look, now that I am past the self-conscious period.
Hopefully, someone else can use this info, if they want to try it but are feeling self-conscious like I did. If not, well, it will remain in the
Yup, I admit I am shamelessly concerned with keeping up my appearance, and I see nothing wrong with maintaining myself (and hubby certainly seems to
appreciate my efforts). LOL
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