What is the Best Way To Prevent Greasy Bangs?

"I've tried the most drying shampoos and use lightweight conditioner only on my ends, but nothing seems to help."
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"I've tried the most drying shampoos and use lightweight conditioner only on my ends, but nothing seems to help."
Greasy bangs

Bangs seem like a great idea... unless they look limp.

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Q: Michelle, I'm in desperate need of your educated advice! I got bangs and I love them, but now my hair is even oilier than before and getting oilier every day—but my ends are still dry. I've tried the most drying shampoos and use lightweight conditioner only on my ends, but nothing seems to help; two hours later, my hair looks limp. To make things worse, I live in a country where dry shampoo doesn't even exist. I need help! — Bárbara

A: Bárbara, I totally get it. Bangs always sound like a great idea in theory. (And I'll take some of the responsibility for encouraging them, since we're in the middle of this bangs series and I shared the details on my own recent trim.)

I know all too well about bangs being a pain in the ass during summer weather. Or even all year-round, depending on your personal oil production status.

Here's what I suggest:

1. Dry Shampoo

Bárbara, you are bang on (haha) about needing dry shampoo. I've tried so many over the years, but my very top pick remains Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo. Not only is it dirt cheap, but in my opinion is the very best for adding texture and absorbing greasies. (And my dry shampoo-loving mom also agrees.)

If you can't buy dry shampoo, then I suggest making your own. There are tons of recipes all over the internet—like these ones from Wellness Mama—with cornstarch or arrowroot as the oil-absorbing ingredients of choice. The only caveat is that they're going to be messier than a store-bought spray... but I still think it's worth a shot.

Now for the little secret.

Don't wait until your hair is getting greasy to apply the dry shampoo. You actually want to use it right away on the roots of freshly-washed, dry hair. That way, the powder is right there to start absorbing the oil as it happens—instead of letting it travel down the hair shaft, resulting in the dreaded greasy bangs. Prevention is the name of the game here.

2. Vinegar Rinse

Bárbara, you're also on the right track in terms of conditioner. Fine-haired folks should keep it away from the roots and only apply a lightweight one from the mid-shaft down, so hair doesn't get too weighed down.

But here's something you might not have considered: vinegar.

Yep, a simple vinegar rinse after you shampoo—instead of using any conditioner—is like magic for fine hair. It seals the cuticle while adding shine and body, especially if you leave it in instead of rinsing out.

Store-bought options include the famous René Furterer Fioravanti Clarify & Shine Rinse, or the much less expensive new Yves Rocher Éclat Radiance Rinsing Vinegar:

You'll need to rinse it out if you pour it on straight from the bottle, but what I recommend is diluting it in water (one part vinegar to 10 parts water) and then pouring it over your hair at the end of your shower. Leave it in your hair, and you'll notice amazing body and fullness—no conditioner required.

3. Mattifier

Another thing you can do is try to prevent your forehead from getting oily in the first place.

The best mattifying product I've found is the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (reviewed here):

It's actually so absorbent that you have to be careful about putting it just on your oily areas, not all over your face (that's how drying it is).

Otherwise, I'd suggest blotting papers and/or frequent power touch-ups—anything to keep your forehead nice and dry.

4. The Right Cut

The last thing to consider is your actual cut. In general, a thicker, heavier bang like Sophia Bush's here has less chance of separating into those not-so-stylish piecey clumps.

Sophia Bush pear face bangs

Sophia Bush's heavy bangs.

However, if you don't have a ton of hair, then it can often look weird for bangs to be so thick. (Especially if they're cut so far back on the crown that you lose fullness from the sides.)

If that's the case, I would consider working some kind of centre- or just off-centre part into your bangs. Either soft Bardot bangs like Nicole Richie:

Nicole Richie square face bangs

Nicole Richie's Bardot bangs.

Or a full-fledged curtain bang like Cameron Diaz:

Cameron Diaz round face bangs

Cameron Diaz's curtain bangs.

This way, you still get the face-framing effect, but they're not sitting on your forehead and collecting oil.

Hope these tips help!