After years of color and element damage, my bangs have had their share of wear and tear. I noticed the most breakage on my head was with my bangs. I recently got my biannual DevaCut, which was much needed. Before my trim, these were my 6 go-to styles for helping my bangs blend in to the best of my ability.

Day 1: Wash-and-go on partially twisted hair.

At night before going to sleep, I do sort of a multi-pineapple, separating the back and front half of my hair. For my bangs in particular, I do a few two-strand twists. The next morning, I untwist, take my two sections down, fluff, and add Zenzele Leave-In Conditioner (and some water if the back half is flat from my pillow).

Day 2: Messy pompadour and bun.

While I'm in between trims, I try to avoid bobby pins at all costs--the harsh metal can further promote breakage. But sometimes my bangs work in my favor by letting me twirl and tuck them into another curl. This helps hide the breakage/split ends.

Day 3: Ninja bun.

Again, for this style, no bobby pins were used. I twirled my bangs in the form of a large bantu knot and tucked the ends in. The back half just needed a little finger fluffing and some SheaMoisture Yucca Styling Milk, and I was good to go.

Day 4: Wash-and-go with brushed bangs.

Yes, brushed. The night before, I co-washed my hair and this time, I used a detangling brush to smooth my bangs. Of course, my hair was smothered in Yes to Carrots Daily Conditioner--brushing it in also helped the product penetrate where it needed to--and my curls were defined, naturally.

Day 5: Messy high ponytail.

Messy is a necessity when I am in between trims. If everything was so sleek and put together, it might be easier for others to notice where the split ends and breakage is happening throughout my head--just no. So for this, I am sure to leave a few random curls out, and I don't tie my ponytail too tightly.

Day 6: 2nd day flexi rod.

I like to retexturize my 3C curls every now and then. But while my hair is in a state of weakness and breakage, I stay away from Curlformers or rollers-- so flexi rods are my best bet. They safely alter my pattern while allowing my hair to sit comfortably around the tool rather than being super manipulated. I used SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion for the hold and smoothness.