How to Do Cute Updos With Bangs

Updated February 21, 2017

Bangs, also known as fringe, are a hot hair styling trend. Updos are perennially favoured, whether adopted to keep hair off of the neck in warm weather or to create casual or elegant glamour. Combining the two elements into a single style can create sophistication for special occasions, sex appeal on date night, and fun, easy styling for picnics, trips to the beach, or weekend errands.

Comb or brush your fringe straight down toward your eyebrows.

Part the hair at the top of your forehead to separate the fringe from the rest of your hair. Brush the bulk of the hair straight back into a ponytail at the back of the head. Secure with a hair tie.

Twist the ponytail around the tie and secure the resulting doughnut-shaped bun to the scalp with hairpins. Finish the style by sweeping fringe to the side, if you like. Mist lightly with hairspray to capture flyaway hairs.

Part your hair at the top of your forehead to separate your fringe from the rest of your mane.

Brush your hair toward the back of the head. Gather the hair into one hand and twist it all down to the ends.

Secure the twisted column of hair to the center back of the head with a large hair claw. Allow the ends of the hair to remain loose.

Brush your fringe straight down or to the side to complete the casual feel.

Preheat the heated rollers. Use a lower temperature for thin, fine hair and medium or higher temperature if your hair is thick or coarse.

Apply styling gel or mousse to the hair. The hair should still be damp with product when you start to set it on rollers.

Set your hair, including your fringe, on heated rollers. Set 1-inch to 2-inch sections of hair on each roller. This may mean setting your fringe on two to three rollers. For the rest of your hair, depending on its thickness, you may need 12 rollers to 20 rollers. Allow the rollers to cool while they are in your hair. This should take 20 minutes to 30 minutes.

Comb the hair, excluding your fringe, back to the crown of your head and secure it with a tie. You should end up with a ponytail that includes several separate curls. Do not comb all the curls into a single large curl, as this would create a different look.

Pull loose from the updo one or two tendrils of hair just in front of each ear. Each tendril should measure 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch at the scalp. The effect should be wispy and romantic, as if the tendrils had escaped the updo on their own. Pulling out large chunks of hair will not work. Smooth fringe to the side and mist with spray for hold.


If your hair is fine or especially prone to flyaways, smooth mousse or gel into hair before you start creating the updo.


Avoid creating too much tension in buns or ponytails because excessive tension can damage hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Hair ties
  • Styling gel or mousse (optional)
  • Hair pins
  • Hairspray (optional)
  • Hair claw
  • Heated rollers, 1 inch in diameter
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