Ask Hannah: How Do I Trim My Own Bangs?

A step-by-step guide to at-home fringe maintenance.

Aug 2, 2011 at 2:02pm | Leave a comment

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I've been cutting my own hair for the last six-and-a-half years, and for a good portion of that time, I've had bangs. Not to sing my own praises, but I think I've gotten to be a bit of a pro when it comes to fringe maintenance. It seems that a lot of girls out there are too scared to trim their own bangs for fear of screwing up, so they continue to spend money at the stylist for something I consider to be pretty dang easy. And so I've decided to offer my own personal tips so that you can keep your bangs looking good and maybe save some money along the way. 

What You're Gonna Need

-A fine-tooth plastic comb.

-Sharp scissors. While hair-cutting scissors can be bought at almost any drugstore or beauty supply shop, any sharp pair of metal scissors will do. I use Singer fabric-cutting scissors.

-A few sheets of newspaper. Assuming you're cutting your hair in the bathroom, this is to spread over the countertop and sink so that you don't clog the drain with your chopped hair.

-Some confidence in your abilities as an amateur stylist. You can do this!

And How You're Gonna Do It

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You must, MUST start with dry hair. Hair seems longer when it's wet, so once it dries it will look shorter than you expected, and I know as well as anyone that even the difference of a few millimetres can ruin a good fringe.

Next, use the comb to brush and smooth your bangs forward. Using the comb as a level, decide where you want your bangs to end. I like to keep mine around the lashline of my open eyes, but it's up to you. Once you've decided, hold the comb in place and taking the scissors, start at the outside of your right eye and place the blades underneath the comb. Slowly begin to trim in small sections going across until there's no hair left under the comb.

Check in the mirror, and if your bangs are still too long for your liking, repeat the process until you get your desired length. It's best not to get too chop-happy -- most trims only need about a centimetre taken off to look freshened up.

Keeping Your Bangs Looking Good In-Between Trims:

I like to use a ceramic hot iron to keep my bangs looking smooth. I straighten the length of them and then turn under slightly at the ends so they aren't stick-straight. Then I'll work a bit of a frizz balm, like Redken's Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk ($19, drugstore.com), into my palms before smoothing over my bangs to keep any fuzzies tamed.