How to style in-between length hair
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Stuck in the Middle1 of 12
By Brienne Walsh
If you're growing out your bangs, choppy layers or an ill-advised bob, then you know how torturous an "in-between" phase can be. To help you cope, here are 11 tips from the experts on how to manage your hair's neither-here-nor-there length. Break out the bobby pins!
Dang Bangs2 of 12
Growing out bangs requires extra styling time. "Always blow-dry your bangs first," says Victor Paul of the Victor Paul Salon in Costa Mesa, Calif. "Controlling them as you begin to style will make them fall in line with the rest of your hair." He suggests using a flat brush for a sleek look that blends into the rest of your hair and a smaller round brush if you're flipping them to the side.
Getting Closer3 of 12
Once bangs reach your ears, it's easy to hide them underneath longer strands. "Lift the hair behind your ears back," says Jess Stover, owner of Adelaide Salon in Brooklyn. "Then, part your bangs, (either on the side or in the center), and pin the bangs up to the side of your head. Let the long hair fall back on top to disguise the bobby pins."
French Accent4 of 12
If overgrown bangs seem unmanageable, the easiest way to keep them off your face is to braid them at the hairline. "You could do a French braid across your forehead, leading down the side of the face," says Cori Bardo, a celebrity hairstylist based in Los Angeles. She suggests consulting online tutorials like "How to French Braid Your Bangs" or "10 Ways To Style Bangs" for inspiration.
Full Body5 of 12
Stuck with a choppy, layered look you hate? "The best way to hide a bad haircut is to put some curl and body into it," says Paul. He suggests using a curling iron to add a few loose waves at random intervals, or just loosely braiding your hair while it dries.
Vintage Shop6 of 12
Another solution to a bad short 'do is to transform the look from soccer mom to vintage glam with some cute accessories. "There are some really pretty hair combs and headbands that look just like what the flappers wore in the 1920s," says Stover. Use the bling to pull hair out of the way and to add some flair.
With the Band7 of 12
If you have a longer, layered cut that isn't working for you, try wrapping your hair high in a tight bun at the side or back of your head. To keep the shorter strands in place, Paul recommends scarves or headbands. "It doesn't have to be ostentatious—even a plain black band will do."
Sleek & Slick8 of 12
Cute crops look great when they're freshly cut—not so much when they start to grow out and get shaggy. "Put a lot of gel in your hair for a sleek, combed-back look," says Paul. "It's polished and refined."
Cap It Off9 of 12
To minimize frizz with short hair—and make it lie flat on the head—Stover suggests putting a heavy knit cap or a pretty silk scarf on your head while your hair is drying. "It pushes the hair down so it looks longer," she says. "And flattens it so that it's straighter and smoother."
Twist & Shout10 of 12
The best way to minimize an overgrown haircut is to make it look like it was meant to be that way. "You can twist a little of the pomade into the layers on top and also around the bottom pieces so that it looks a little choppier and purposefully shaggy," suggests Bardo.
Layer Fake11 of 12
Not all hairstylists are created equal—especially not when it comes to creating natural-looking layers. "When layers are too short on top, it's best to blow them out and keep them as smooth and flat as possible," says Bardo. "I would suggest using a light hair cream to keep the top layers from popping up."
Go Bardot12 of 12
Another way to minimize uneven or unblended layers is to style them in a bouffant. "Take the sides of your hair, and pin them together in the back," says Paul. "Then tease the top, to give it a little height. It's a very retro, sexy look."