Dutch Braided Bangs
Every human with hair that's long enough to cover their face knows the struggle of not feeling motivated enough to actually wash their hair, but also not wanting to look like a gremlin. Dry shampoo is a valiant opponent against second (or third, if we're really being honest) day hair, but if you're anything like me, the paranoia of having greasy hair will cause you to touch your roots even more than usual, in effect making your hair even greasier than it was in the first place. While some people might opt for a baseball hat or a simple half-up, half-down look, my preferred greasy hair day style is Dutch braided bangs. Most people are too busy trying to figure out the magic that had to occur for the braid to be inverted to even notice any greasiness at all, so really it's a win-win in my book. Keep reading to figure out how I style my hair when I'm too lazy to be bothered with actually washing it.
Dutch braiding is essentially the inversion of a French braid. Instead of pulling the sections of hair over one another (which creates the puffy dragon-spine effect), you pull the sections under one another so the hair that’s not part of the braid lies flat against your scalp. For step-by-step instruction on how to do a Dutch braid, check out this video from Abby Smith over at twistmepretty.com (her long, luscious locks make it a lot easier to see how the braid is done than it would be on my short bangs):
On this particular day in my hair-washing cycle, I was wiped from going to a Fall Out Boy concert the night before (yes, you read that correctly). When my dreaded alarm told me it was time to face the day, I told myself that I could sleep in for another five minutes. About 8 times. Then it finally came time to either get out of bed and start getting ready for work or else face the consequences of my tardiness.
After Dutch braiding each side of my bangs down to just in front of my ear and then finishing the braid back to the end, I secured both sides in a quick bun at the nape of my neck. Between the texture the products created and the clear elastic/bobby pin combo I used, everything stayed neat and secure all day long. Not a single strand dared to come out to play without permission!
The length of my hair has existed somewhere between short and super short for the last few years and I’m not sure if I’ll ever grow it out again to its previous Rapunzel-aspirational levels. When my hair was longer, all kinds of different braids were my go-to for an easy way to keep my hair out of my face without inducing the headaches that ponytails and top knots sometimes can, so I’m really glad that I can start to introduce some of those styles back into my repertoire.