Your No-B.S. Guide to Cutting Your Own Bangs
by Arden Davidson
Trimming your bangs at home may seem like a daunting task, but we rounded up tips from a Los Angeles hair stylist—yes, a professional willing to teach you how to avoid a salon visit—on how to cut your own bangs. So, save yourself some money and a trip to the salon by following these techniques that work for all hair types.
Some people insist you should never cut your own bangs and should leave the job to professionals. That may work for those who have extra time and money to run to the salon every few weeks, but if you’re like most people, you’re watching your budget and trying to squeeze too much into one day as it is. The basics for how to cut your own bangs are pretty easy to follow for all hair types.
1. The first rule of thumb is to cut your bangs when your hair is dry. If you cut your bangs when they’re wet, you’re going to experience a follicle version of what Seinfeld’s George Costanza refers to as “shrinkage.” In other words, cut your bangs when they’re wet and they’re going to be a lot shorter than you expect when they dry.
2. Next, get all the hair that you don’t want to cut out of your face. You’re trying to cut your own bangs, not chop off random strands of hair that happen to fall in your face during the process. If your hair is long enough, pull it back into a ponytail. If not, use combs or clips to keep unwanted hair out of the “danger zone.”
3. Work with a sharp pair of scissors, preferably the type designed specifically for haircutting. Also make sure you have a very fine-toothed comb.
4. Slip the comb under your dry bangs and face the teeth outward. Then slowly slide the comb in place to where you want your bang length to be. Now slide it about one-eighth-inch farther down to allow for the bulk of the comb.
5. Now you’re ready to cut your bangs. While it may be your natural instinct to just cut them straight across in a single motion using the comb as a guideline, this doesn’t always work so well. It can be difficult to keep the comb exactly straight while you try to cut a perfectly straight line below it. Instead, snip small bits at a time, tilting the scissors just a little bit downward—probably about forty degrees. If you want, you can cut your bangs in sections rather than try to tackle the whole thing at once. In that case, you would only put the comb in half of your bangs, snip toward the middle, and then repeat the process on the other side.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of how to cut your own bangs, no matter what type of hair you have, you can put the time and money you saved by skipping a trip to the salon toward better uses—like shopping for some cute new accessories for your hair.
Written by Arden Davidson