Growing Out Bangs :: 1 Hairstyle, 3 Ways

Oh my goodness. Bangs. They’re just so darn cute until you don’t want them anymore.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a kid – growing your bangs out is such a pain. They poke you in the eyes, they go through “awkward” lengths, and they drive you crazy until they disappear into the rest of your hair about 10 years later (which is typically right when you think it’s a great idea to have bangs again…it’s a viscous cycle).

Enter Mackenzie. Our two and a half year old. Look at these bangs.

So cute. So sweet. But they’re blocking her beautiful face. Her eyes. Gosh, her eyebrows.  Just about a month ago, I decided to pull her bangs out of her face and it was clear that it was time for them to go.

One problem :: Mackenzie WILL NOT WEAR CLIPS.

The solution :: Rubber bands (which she’s already used to from her pigtails).

It may sound crazy, but it works. And while I wish I could take all the credit for this hairstyle, 100% of it goes to my Mom. I may have added in the “variations” you’ll see at the end, but the main part of the bang-be-gone hairstyle is all Kiki.

One note I want to add up front :: This hairstyle is not meant to be perfect. I part her hair with my fingers, I don’t care if a few hairs are left out, and she typically wears the same rubber bands for a couple days in a row (during naps, at nighttime, and even at bath time on occasion).

So let’s get to it.

Tools Needed

  1. Brush or comb
  2. Little Rubber Bands :: Scrunci No Damage Rubber Bands are our favorite BY FAR
  3. Something to keep your kid distracted for a couple minutes (either some food, a book, something to color, or if all else fails, a cartoon 🙂 )

Step 1
Comb through hair to get any tangles or knots out.

Step 2
Part the hair. It could be down the middle, or in Mackenzie’s case, I just let it fall where her natural part is (which is off to the side).

Step 3
Pick a side to start on, and gather a 1″ section of hair that has the shortest bangs. Use your fingers (or a comb if you insist on a perfect line) to create a part and wrap that section of hair in a rubber band.


Step 4
Repeat Step 3 by collecting another 1″ section of hair (where the bangs are a little longer, but still need to be managed). Combine the new hair that you’ve parted with the mini ponytail from Step 3, and wrap the combined sections in a rubber band.

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Step 5
Repeat one more time (if necessary – Mackenzie still needs 3 sections on one side, but only one or two on the other).

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Step 6
Move to the other side of the hair. If the part is in the middle, you might want symmetry and if that’s the case, you can do another 3 sections. If the part is on the side (like Mackenzie’s), you may only need one rubber band.


Step 7
Finish the look with one of three variations.

Variation #1 :: PIGTAILS
These are fairly straight forward. Just part the hair down the middle and position the pigtails wherever you’d like them.

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Variation #2 :: BRAIDED PIGTAILS
Take the pigtails one step further by adding in some braids. It takes a little more time, but it looks great!

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Variation #3 :: “Princess Leia” BUNS
Once you’ve created pigtails, wrap each section of hair around itself until it creates a “bun.” Secure the buns with one additional rubber band on each side.

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Here’s Mackenzie Before


And here she is After


It’s just so nice seeing her beautiful little face (not to mention her beautifully spirited personality).

Last but not least, I want to share a picture of what the hairstyle looks like after one night of sleep, a re-do of the “Princess Leia” Buns in the morning, and a nap in the afternoon. Not bad.


Bottom line, if you’re looking for a way to style your kid’s hair during the painfully long time it takes to grow out bangs, I hope you find this solution to be a helpful one!

It’s imperfectly perfect. 🙂


*I must give credit where credit is due. Abigail (my 4 year old!) took every single one of the pictures when I was putting Mackenzie’s hairstyle together. Talk about a big helper! Thanks, Abby!


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4 Responses

  1. Anina Duren says:

    Abby did great! Those shots do not look like a 4 year old took them!

  2. KiKi says:

    This really is a great option when growing out those unwanted bangs 🙂
    Mackie was such a great volunteer and Abby is a super photog!!!

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