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Ever since I was a toddler, I’ve had bangs. Sure, there were some awkward phases here and there when I tried to go without, like the fifth grade. I thought it would be really cool to clip back most of my bangs with those snappy triangle barrettes and leave three tasteful wisps in the middle of my forehead. Forgive me. It was 2000. Thankfully, times have changed and I’m back to rocking a thick fringe (for good!). I’d like to think this makes me a bit of an expert when it comes to Zooey Deschanel bangs.
I’ve had a hair crush on ol’ ZD since I saw 500 Days of Summer, and that means I’ve followed every tutorial on how to copy her look. That even includes how-to’s I’ve found on Hello Giggles! The thing is, they all require you to know how to use a round brush and hair dryer at the same time, which is something I’ve never mastered. Instead, I’ve come up with much easier way to master thick bangs, so read on!
If your hair is on the thinner side (like mine), ask your hairdresser to start your bangs higher up on your head. Mine begin a little past the crown. Also, to get this look, I suggest bangs that come down to your eyebrows. If they’re much shorter or longer, this look just isn’t going to work (believe me, I’ve tried).
WHAT YOU NEED
- Heat protectant (I use the Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer)
- Hair dryer
- 1″ flat iron
STEP 1: HEAT PROTECTANT
Starting with damp hair, spritz a little bit of heat protectant on your hair. This is crucial! You will be using a hair dryer and a straightener in the next steps, so take care of your hair first! I’m using the Eva NYC Mane Magic Primer. I have color-treated hair (obviously), and this stuff actually makes my hair feel pretty good! Even my hairdresser mom noticed.
STEP 2: DRY YOUR HAIR
You might be wondering why I’m including a step on how to dry your bangs. Well, if you’re cowlick-prone (like me!), it’s important to dry your hair in different directions. Up, down, left, right—make sure to get all over your bangs. You’ll be using a straightener in the next step, but it’s a good idea to minimize the cowlicks now.
STEP 3: GIVE THEM A LITTLE CURL
I know it seems weird to break out a flat iron now, but it’s my secret weapon for Zooey Deschanel bangs! The trick is gently curving your bangs outward, which mimics the effect a round brush would have. First, take all of your bangs and run the flat iron over them. Next, take the top and middle sections of your bangs and do it again. Finally, take the very top of your bangs and flat iron them one more time. This will give you a little more volume!
And that’s it! See? That was pretty easy! I do this literally every day, and I’m so glad I found a styling routine that’s quick and gives me perfect Zooey Deschanel bangs every single time. Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on trying it!
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