Thanks for the replies girls. They are very encouraging. I will try to grow my bangs out, and I'll try using bobby pins. At least with the grow out option if I don't like it I can cut them again. I'm hoping that once they're grown out and I don't have to straighten them, those bald spots will re-grow some hair....they're partially hereditary, but also partially heat damaged.

A side thought...
My bangs looked much better when I got them cut by a pro...maybe the way I've been cutting them is making them lay funny. Could that be?
Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
AKA hard to work with hair!

Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's