The months of November through March can seem like a permanent polar vortex that not only wreaks havoc on our skin, but also our hair. Bangs become a battle. They are either frizzy from unpredictable winter weather, which can turn from snow, to sleet, to rain at any given time, or they’re flat and staticky from constantly taking hats on and off. Instead of hibernating inside until spring, we’ve enlisted Frédérique Carme, stylist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York, to fill us in a on a few simple tips to keep bangs under control throughout the season.
How to Blow Dry Your Bangs
Drying bangs immediately after showering will help decrease frizz and flyaways, says Carme. The best method is to brush them side-to-side with your fingers as you blow dry, and then straight down. “Finding the right product that works for your hair texture is important when styling your bangs while getting ready for the day,” she adds. Finish with a frizz control spray like R + Co Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray ($27; birchbox.com) for extra reinforcement.
Pin Your Fringe with Bobby Pins
Despite taking necessary measures to keep your bangs cool, calm, and collected, you can’t control the weather, and let's be honest: Your smartphone app isn’t always reliable. Carme suggests stashing a pack of bobby pins in your bag (Try Meta Grip Premium Bob Pins, $8; sallybeauty.com) so that if you get stuck in snow, sleet, or rain between work and home, you can pin your fringe back or to the side as part of your style.
Flat Iron It Out
If you’re set on not taking the bobby bin route, Carme says you should touch up your fringe with a mini-flat iron like Amika’s Mighty Mini Downtown Styler ($29; sephora.com). You can use this compact tool on the go to smooth and tame any frizz or flyaways.
Avoid Hat Head
Your chapeau may look cute (and keep you warm), but pulling it off and on can leave your bangs looking pretty out there. To fight static, Carme suggests a few spritzes of hairspray like Oribe’s Superfine Hairspray ($33; oribe.com) to tame wild strands. For bangs that get smooshed from wearing a hat all day, Carme recommends using a bit of Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20; sephora.com) and your fingers to fluff them back up.