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How to prevent oily bangs

We're partnering up with some of the hair industry's top talents to bring you answers to your most pressing hair questions. Up today? Justine Piecuch, a stylist at Boston's renowned Jeffrey Lyle Salon, is showing us how to prevent oily bangs.

Your question

"I have bangs and they always get oily and stringy from the oils on my face. How can I prevent this?"

Justine's answer!

Bangs actually are extremely high maintenance. The one thing I would recommend before getting them is to think about how much you're willing to deal with. If you tend to have an oily scalp, oily skin or tend to sweat a lot, they may not be for you.

It's tough, since bangs are right there in front of your face, there seems to be a constant need to touch them. The oils from your fingertips will cause them to get greasy and this usually seems to be the culprit. Try to avoid any contact!! Try brushing them with a boar's hair brush throughout the day. This helps to distribute the oils from the scalp throughout the hair which is very healthy.

If you're lazy and don't feel like completely shampooing and styling your hair, just shampoo the bangs daily, making sure to never condition them. They don't need it, EVER! There's a natural keratin on the first couple of inches of the hair, which is there to protect. Adding the conditioner will make them even oilier!

If none of this works and you're in a seasonal climate, try sticking to bangs when it's not hot and muggy out. Weather will always make things miserable. Try carrying around dry shampoo and hit this area when it gets real bad. It'll save you from the worst of times. Bangs are tough — it always seems like the second you grow them out, you forget how painful it is and give them a good chop again. With that said, they are the best accessory and always complete a look. Just have some patience and keep trying to get the right fix with them.

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Comments on "Mane Event Mondays: How to prevent oily bangs"

Dana April 14, 2013 | 7:22 PM

When my bangs get oily, I rub baby power through them. The oil disappears and my bangs look freshly styled.

Erin November 24, 2012 | 10:42 AM

Love this. My hair in general gets oily, but mostly my bangs. I like that I can just wash those instead of my whole head.

Tina November 14, 2012 | 11:49 AM

I have oily bangs so this article really helped! I hate having to wash my hair everyday because of it, so it's nice to know I should just wash my bangs instead of my whole head. Thanks!

Shannon November 12, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Great tip! I never would have thought to only wash my bags every day and not the rest of my hair. Thanks!!

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