You Asked: How Do I Know When It's Time To Trim My Bangs?

Let's discuss how short and how often you need to cut your hair to keep your bangs perfect.
Publish date:
September 12, 2013
How-To, advice, haircuts, trims, salons, DIY, bangs

Welcome to the ACTUAL first installment of my little advice column! Send me your beauty questions (via comment, twitter or email) and every week, I will pick one to answer. Remember: brevity is the soul of wit, so please keep all questions short and sweet!

The inaugural question is from commenting superstar dmZ:

At what point are your bangs too long and you need to get them trimmed? How short do you usually get them trimmed? I tend to ask my hairdresser to trim them slightly shorter than I would like, so that I have longer to go before the next trim. The last time I did this, though, I ended up looking suspiciously bowl-cut-like.

This is the perfect question, because YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE TALKING ABOUT MY BANGS!

Nobody except me has gotten near my fringe with scissors for a long, long time. We’re talking years. I really like cutting them myself; I know I’ll always have them exactly how I want, rather than ending up with crooked or “feathered” hair. It's really easy. Here’s the fun video I made demonstrating my unorthodox (but awesome and easy!) technique.

I trim my bangs every two weeks or so. I don’t really mark it on my calendar, though; I kind of just see how my hair is doing and cut accordingly. Even though everyone likes to claim that their hair grows soooooo quickly, most people’s hair grows at around the same rate: half an inch every month. I can see this really clearly in my own, because that’s about how much regrowth I have when it’s time for me to colour my hair again.

But I digress. I always know that it’s time to cut my bangs again when they start doing something weird.

They separate out and get all piecey along the bottom, look greasy even when I’ve just washed them, curl under on the left but flatten and flip towards my ear on the right, and just generally look not-great. This photo is a prime example of what happens when my bangs get too long:


When a blowout with a round brush and a blast of hairspray won’t hold them the way I like anymore, it means it’s time to bust out the scissors. This photo was taken less than 24 hours later, and the only thing that’s changed fringe-wise is that they're a quarter of an inch shorter:

*sigh of relief*

It’s a big difference, yeah? And not just because I'm sort-of smiling. My bangs sit nicer. Both sides are doing the same thing. They look better in every way.

Even though I’m fussy about the straightness of my bangs, I’m not too obsessive about the exact length. I generally like them to sit about 3/4 of an inch above my eyebrows when they’re curled, but I don’t mind if they’re slightly shorter or longer. This will vary depending on what you like and how you want them to fall, but you'll usually know when it's time to get them cut when they start misbehaving badly.

If you’re a bit ehhhh about cutting your bangs yourself, I understand. The good news is, you don’t have to settle for teeny-tiny bowl-cut bangs just so you can make it to your next stylist appointment. A lot of salons now offer complimentary bang-trims between full-on haircuts. So you won’t have to suffer through two weeks of baby bangs to get the longish, sweeping fringe of your dreams!

I hope this helps you! Remember, if you have any questions--ask them in the comments, or send them my way on twitter! I love you guys.