When I was younger, my idea of cutting bangs usually entailed me creating a ridiculously huge part; then hacking away at my hair until it ‘looked’ straight. Boy was I misinformed. Fortunately, after picking up a few tips from professionals, I’ve finally learned the trick to cutting perfect bangs every time. So if you can’t go to the salon to have your bangs professionally cut, follow these steps to cut your own bangs.
1. Start with clean, completely dry hair. Since hair shrinks when it dries, you never want to cut your bangs while your hair is still wet. If you do, your bangs will be much shorter than you expected.
2. Grab a pair of sharp trimming shears, a comb and a mirror. Don’t believe the hype about using cuticle scissors instead of trimming shears to allow yourself more control when cutting. They’re two completely different scissors — created for two completely different purposes! If necessary, just use a pair of short shears, which are much easier to control than long shears.
3. Section off the hair that you want for your bang; then pin the rest of the hair out of the way. A great rule of thumb is to create your part from iris to iris, or from middle of the brow to middle of the brow. Avoid parting the hair further into the hairline, unless that’s the look you’re going for. Make sure your part is completely straight.
4. Hold your bangs in front of your face, and start trimming vertically — at an angle. Like me, you’ve probably been taught to trim horizontally — straight across, but that’s wrong! Doing that will give your bangs a sharp, unflattering edge. For best results, start in the center; then work your way out. Always cut your bangs slightly longer and in small increments to assure that you don’t take too much off.
5. Comb your hair to make sure everything is even. If it’s not, that extra wiggle room you left allows you to even things out without cutting your bangs too short.
If you feel uneasy about cutting your own bangs — even after reading the steps above — don’t do it! It typically takes a few weeks for bangs to grow out, and trust me, that’s a long time to walk around with jacked up hair. If you go to a salon regularly, check with them to see if they offer free trims. Many stylists offer regular clients complimentary trims between visits. Good luck!