I used headbands to help grow out my bangs. They were not actually cut to be bangs, but it was the front part of the hairsyle I did last summer, trying to go for a "Halle Berry look" at that time.
I went to Claire's and got every style I liked in black and brown -- I had enough to get through about 2 weeks, so I didn't get bored. Then when the bangs grew a little longer, I used the butterfly/chip clips on the top of my head -- didn't love how that looked, but it was a nice break from headbands. Now my bangs are almost at a length that I can scoop them behind my ear, but they do fall around my eyes sometimes just enough to bother me.
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length. Modified CG since 5/2004; growing gray since 5/2007.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, jojoba oil overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Terax Crema, Moroccan Oil Restorative Mask, Je Veux Mud Mask