How To Cut Your Own Bangs at Home (Without Messing Them Up Completely)

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We admit it: we’re not as good at getting our hair trimmed on the regular as we should be. Hair appointments are something that we generally indulge in when we’re looking to change up our look in a major way, not when we just need a trim. But when you have bangs…ah, that’s another story, since their growth is measured mostly by how much they impair your vision. If you haven’t got the time (or cash) to spend on a professional bang-trim, you can always learn how to cut your own bangs. It’s a simple DIY, given you know a few tricks.

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Use the Right Tools. You wouldn’t slice bread with a saw, would you? So don’t cut your hair with kitchen scissors or anything but hair-cutting shears. You can find them at any beauty supply store, and they aren’t terribly expensive. Blades that are dull or too thick are likely to chop your strands less precisely than what you’d want.

Start With Dry Hair. Your stylist may cut your hair after it’s been freshly washed, but when cutting your own bangs, cutting them wet may leave them a lot shorter than you anticipated, as hair shrinks as it dries. For intermediate to advanced level bang-trimmers, running a wet fine-tooth comb through your bangs can help your hair gather better. Slightly damp—okay. Soaking wet—not so much.

Pull the Rest of Your Hair Back. To prevent cutting more bangs than you had to begin with, tie your hair back, leaving just the bangs out and available to trim; it’s very easy to get over-enthusiastic and accidentally cut your bangs wider than you wanted. Keeping the ‘body’ of your hair pulled away is a perfect way to ensure than your bangs are the only things getting snipped.

Front and Center. Start trimming from the center of your bangs. Using your comb to pull down a small section of hair to where you want it to stop on your forehead, snip into the ends of the hair at a near-90 degree angle. Making small snips, move towards one side. When you’ve reached the end, start from the middle and work your way out to the other side. Remember: small snips are your friend. Take it slow!

Keeping the Sides Straight. As your snipping your way to one side, cut the section of fringe at the outer corner at a gradually slightly longer length. Since your fringe originates at the center of your head, this will have the hair lie in a straight line across your forehead.

Measure Twice, Cut Once. Rather than overdo it in a hasty snip-session, take your time trimming your own bangs and check frequently to make sure both sides are as even as you want them to be. The last thing you want is lopsided fringe. Ruffle the hair gently with your fingers a few ways to see how it falls and if movement reveals any unevenness. If you’re happy with the length and line—good for you, you did it! If not, repeat the last two steps until you’re happy. And if you just can’t get it right? Don’t stress; they’ll have grown out in a week, anyway.

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