While not one of those I-woke-up-like-this haircut, it’s fairly simple to achieve a salon-worthy style at-home. “Your best bet would be to use a blow-dryer,” says Aldana De Jesus. Especially if you haven’t had bangs before, the roots will habitually want to lay to the sides of the face and “the heat trains those roots to lay where they should.”
When Aldana De Jesus showed me how to style my new bottleneck bangs, she said to opt for a leave-in conditioner, like Mr. Smith’s Leave In or Mr. Smith’s Serum, before drying depending upon your hair needs—“Leave In is better for finer textures that need help controlling frizz while the Serum is for hair types that need a little extra nourishment.” As for getting the hairs to fall in the right direction, blow dry the wet hairs down and over the length of your face before taking the side sections and simultaneously combing and drying them diagonally. Keep playing with your round brush and dryer until you achieve the desired results. Finally, follow up with texturizing spray like Milbon Dry Texturizing Spray to give the strands a bit of volume, definition and separation.
After transitioning from curtain bangs to bottleneck bangs, I may never go back. If you’re anything like me and always feel a pang of apprehension when trying out new styles (especially bangs), bottleneck bangs will be the perfect dip-of-the-toe-look (welp, in this case hair).