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So you got a fringe… here’s how to keep it in check this summer

Whether by TikTok influence or a need to regain control during last year’s lockdowns, more of us than ever have some sort of fringe or ‘bang’ going on; cool-girl curtains, wispy face framers and Bridgerton-esque micro-bangs included. As we approach summer’s peak (met with windy beach days and resolutions to work out more), keeping them looking their best becomes a tricky feat. These five tips will help to keep your bangs in check.

KEEP YOUR FOREHEAD AS OIL-FREE AS POSSIBLE

Those deliciously thick, super emollient moisturisers will keep your skin soft and glowy, but pair them with the natural oils of your hair, a little sweat and regular zhuzhing, and you’re headed to grease town.

If you’re prone to next-day greasiness, tweak the skincare on your forehead and opt for oil-controlling toners (like REN’s Clarimatte Clarifying Toner or Sunday Riley’s uniquely-textured Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner), followed by an oil-free gel moisturiser that hydrates with ingredients like water and hyaluronic acid. We love Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, and Dermalogica’s new Cooling Aqua Jelly, which has been formulated to deliver on all the hydration and none of the shine.

AVOID USING CONDITIONER ON YOUR BANGS

Shorter in length and closer to the root, your fringy-bits are naturally newer, healthier hairs—meaning they don’t require the moisture-rich damage control the rest of your hair yearns for. When it comes to your face framers go very light or even skip the conditioner all together—the same goes for leave-ins, serums, and oils. This will give you an extra day or two of non-greasy bangs. (Don’t worry; the rest of your hair can still lap up the silky creams).

LIMIT FRINGE-TO-FOREHEAD CONTACT WITH A VOLUME BOOST

The way you style your bangs can make all the difference. Whether you’ve got a full fringe à la Zooey Deschanel or Dakota Johnson curtain bangs, adding volume with a hairdryer and round brush, a hot brush, or your trusty ghd IV Styler —in addition to making them look bouncy and salon-fresh—creates space between your hair and your forehead, eliminating excess oil, sweat and makeup transfer from your forehead to your hair, and vice versa. Add a flick at the ends if you’re still in your Princess Diana/The Crown moment.

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DRY SHAMPOO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

One of beauty’s greatest gifts to mankind, dry shampoo is a true game changer—especially for those with bangs. In a satisfying spritz, oil is soaked up and hair is reverted to its pre-grease self—with a little added grit for easy style and cool-girl texture.

Our tip is to spray a good dry shampoo into your roots just before you go to bed—this will limit oil build-up overnight, and have you waking up with your bangs in mint condition (a silk pillowcase will only do you good, too). Our current favourites are Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, IGK’s Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Matcha Dry Shampoo with turmeric, charcoal and matcha, and Bumble and bumble’s Pret-a-Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist.

READ MORE: 5 tips beyond just dry shampoo to get the most out of your hair

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