7 Patriarchy Smashing Women Who Grew Out their Bangs and So Can You!

We’ve all had that “bangs binge” where we think it’s a “super cute idea” to get bangs and then have that crushing realization that you’ll have to grow them out one day. Any woman who has the patience for that is honestly a mythical mermaid princess, but I am not one of them.

I was recently riding one of those “I’m going to grow out my bangs — no really, I’m for real this time!” highs and needed some inspiration. Naturally, I procrastinated and caved after 5 months and cut my bangs again because I am weak and have no self control, and yes, I’m looking into bangs support groups. BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU! Yes, you. You strong powerful lioness who is about to have a glorious, summer beach-waved, equal length-ed, mane. Here are 7 patriarchy smashing women who vigorously fought the Growing of Bangs Battle, and WON.

  1. Drew Barrymore
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Look at this 90’s glitter glam queen in all her glory. She’s been fighting aliens since she was like, six! And now she is her beautiful bangless self just being fabulous, being Drew.

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2. Michelle Obama

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Was this as much of a shock to your system as it was to mine? Bangs Michelle seems like AGES ago. But like the queen that she is, she pulls off bangs and no bangs off seamlessly. She even pulls off GROWING out her bangs. Just see for yourself.


WHAT DID I TELL YOU? She’s still technically growing her bangs out and looks drop dead gorgeous. Life isn’t fair.

3. Beyoncé

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YUP. YOU TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS, HUH? Queen Bey used to have bangs as well. Tbh, not surprised though. This fierce tigress could probably send any macho man crying to his mommy, nonetheless grow out some pesky bangs — and totally be killin’ it too!

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4. Alexis Bledel


Do you remember that one season of Gilmore Girls when Rory had BANGS all of a sudden and you felt like you lost your innocence with her? Me too. Well, Alexis has since grown her bangs out and I feel robbed because I don’t remember seeing any of those “my bangs are still growing out and looking awkward as hell” pictures.


5. Zooey Deschanel


Gotcha! Zooey D. totally came out of the WOMB with bangs and hasn’t ditched them since. I relate to that on a very deep and spiritual level. If you can’t bear to part with your bangs, just channel your inner Zooey and bring them to the grave with ya.

6. Sofia Vergara

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Okay I’m not going to lie, I am v grateful for Sofia’s bangs transformation because it was kind of just as awkward as any of ours would have been. THANKS FOR KEEPIN’ IT REAL, MAMA. But I feel like I blinked and then she had this long voluminous Pantene ad hair and was bang free? We’re rooting for you, Sofia!

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I hope this filled your heart with just as much hope as it did mine.

7. Mindy Kaling

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Look at this young tot with her cute lil’ bangs! As if we already couldn’t be more obsessed with her, the queen of comedy grew out her bangs with grace and style and I really wanna know how she did it.

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I don’t think she even ever grew her bangs out. She just rolled out of bed one morning blessed with equally long locks and went about her day being the goddess that she is. And then celebrated with McDonalds. WE GET IT, YOU’RE PERFECT.

So if you’re growing those bangs out, don’t give up bb. If these glam queens could rough out the awkward phases, you can too! Just stock up on those bobby pins and biotin supplements then you’re SOLID.

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