Big Bang Theory! Pump Up Your Volume With This Hair Tutorial for Big Bangs

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Yet another hairstyle to try if your mane ever starts looking like this…


LOL! (Note to self: call the salon first thing tomorrow morning. For realz!!)

I wore this big bang hairstyle last week for the Xenia Onatopp Bond Girls look, and it’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine to keep my shaggy mop in line. It’s a little bit Joan Cusack in Working Girl, with some Marge Simpson and a dash of rock ‘n roll, and best of all, it’s pretty easy to do — 10 minutes, tops.

Maybe you’re growing out your bangs. Maybe you’re neglecting your long layers. Or maybe you’re just in the mood for something kind of casual and messy to wear to a concert or a club. Whichever the case, try big bangs. ๐Ÿ™‚

For this style, I start by sectioning off my bangs and spraying my roots with a lightweight hairspray. Right now I’m loving Suave Touchable Finish because it doesn’t flake or leave my hair uber-crunchy. Plus, it’s only $3.

Next, I aim a hairdryer at my roots to get things moving along. It usually only takes about 10-20 seconds for the hairspray to fully stiffen.

Then, I start building some volume at the roots…

I couldn’t find my teasing comb today, so I improvised with a boar’s hair brush. The stiff, dense bristles tease the heck out of hair, and they’re great for adding lots of lift.

Now it’s construction time. I start shaping the bangs, BIG, gathering them and kinda pushing them up in the back.

Then I secure them in place using several bobby pins.

Here, to keep the bangs from falling and to reinforce the structure, I spray them with a little more hairspray, aim the hairdryer set on low at them for a few seconds to speed the drying process, and then repeat a couple of times until they’re stiff (but not too stiff).

It’s a little messy in the back, but I kinda like that.

Sometimes, when I just want basic big bangs, I’ll stop at this step here…

…but today I’m gonna keep going!! ๐Ÿ™‚

For a more dramatic effect like the Xenia Onatopp tutorial, I tease the ends of hair that frame my face, and spray them with some hairspray.

Then, to get a slick, smooth look on the sides, I comb the hair back with my hairbrush, and pin everything into place with more bobby pins.

Seen from the side, there’s a good amount of volume in the back… Almost looks a little like a faux-hawk.

Yup, it’s a little messy, but I think that’s one of the cool things about it. Keeps it casual and rebellious.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



P.S. You’re doing a really great job this week. You deserve a hug and a pat on the back. ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you up for going to the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn 2?

Kidding. Not this time. Mama needs her sleep.

My reunion with Vampire Edward will have to wait a little while longer, and when we meet again, perhaps we’ll even talk big bangs…


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  1. marisol says:

    I think I need this hair do for my 80s run this weekend. It would work for it right?

    Edward & I will miss you. I’ll have some popcorn for you.
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  2. So this is a vampire inspired hair do? lol
    Love it messy looking!

  3. Marla says:

    Oh this looks so pretty on you but I think I’ll have to skip it. I’m already 5’10” and that hair would put me over the 6 ft. range, ha!

  4. Agata says:

    That looks awesome, and you look so darn cute in those pictures. I am not sure if my hair is long enough but I am going to try that look.

  5. Gina says:

    This would look amazing with a smokey eye and a leather jacket!! Thanks for the idea!!!

  6. Pretty! Only one problem–I am a total failure when it comes to teasing my hair! Believe me, I’ve tried. The stuff just doesn’t want to stay teased for some reason! Also, I feel like whenever I tease my hair, it always looks so wonky and uneven. I can’t get an even-looking poof no matter HOW I tease, spray, comb, and finesse!
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  7. Woohoo Karen! ๐Ÿ˜€ Talk about a big bang, I love it! I’m 100% certain that I could never pull this off myself, though.
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  8. Kim says:

    If you had a spiral perm, your hair in this tutorial would look suspiciously like mine circa 1992. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Nina says:

    Cool beans, Karen! I love!

  10. This is so awesome! I’ve done this look right a couple of times, but not consistently. I needed MOAR HAIRSPRAY! It seems like that’s the ticket. Your hair looks so rad, rebellious, and raw. Love the tutorials.
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  11. Teri says:

    I love it Karen. Big hair, don’t care!
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  12. Jennifer says:

    You pull that off so well! I would like insane!
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  13. Janay says:

    I love this look on you! What if you have really thin hair?

  14. Love it!
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  15. bella says:

    You look gorgeous, as usual.

  16. Cait says:

    What a babe! Your hubby is a lucky guy.

  17. Julia says:

    I love messy hairstyles like this one. Its imperfection is what gives it that concert/night on the town feel. It looks fun and playful, and you wear it very well. I think having highlights helps.

  18. Bella says:

    This is so cute!

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