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Cutting Your Own Bangs (a guide to not butchering your hair)

Cutting Your Own Bangs (a guide to not butchering your hair)

    While getting a fringe isn't for everyone, it can certainly change up your look and give your confidence a major boost. Bangs can be tricky though, which is why most opt for a salon experience rather than a DIY catastrophe. I'm one of the few who've handled the scissors solo, and come out the other side with a gorgeous cut. So here's a guide for taking the leap at home, and pulling it off.

        (I am not a licensed cosmetologist, the information in this post is what I have learned from experience cutting my own bangs at home. Do not take my advice over the advise of a licensed cosmetologist) 

                                                            #1 "Splurge" for the right scissors
     Cutting your hair with kitchen scissors or like most of us brightly colored ones from our kinder garden class, can lead to damaging your hair. Scissors with blades made specifically for trims will cut each strand cleanly and evenly, reducing the risk of split ends. So take two seconds, and less than twenty dollars to order a pair online.  

                                                            #2 Chose your cut
     There are many kinds of bangs/fringes and each one comes with its own benefits and drawbacks. For example, straight across bangs give any look a flair of elegance, but are difficult to style and require frequent trims. 
     There's also the risk that the cut you adore clashes with your face shape, however I somewhat doubt the numerous guides online that bar people from certain cuts because their "face shape is all wrong" for them. I'd also like to add for the curly girls out there that bangs are definitely an option no matter your curl pattern. I wear my bangs curly most days and love the results.

                                                                #3 Youtube research
      Once you've chosen your cut I recommend you watch a video of a professional cutting them on someone of similar hair type. Look for techniques that you can easily replicate, and be sure to take note of the parting they use. In addition you should take a look at Brad Mondo's video on cutting your bangs at home. In his video he goes over numerous styles and gives much needed insight on the general process.

                                                      #4 Set up your station
      To make the cut you're going to need a few things. Firstly you're going to need a mirror, preferably a large one in which your whole face is in view. When I cut my fringe I sat at the bottom of a full length mirror which helped a lot since I wasn't moving as much as I would have had I been standing. Remember those scissors from step one? Your gonna want those on hand. You're also going to need a comb, one thats small enough to comb out your fringe without catching unneeded hair. Grab anything you can use to part your hair cleanly (even a dull pencil will work), and something to catch falling hair (a tarp) and your ready to go.

                                                            #5 Cut how you wear 
       If you wear your hair curly, don't straighten for the cut. Additionally don't cut your bangs wet. Stylist will do this sometimes but it's only because they know hair well enough to understand how the cut will be effected once the hair is dry. Cutting hair wet will lead to a much shorter cut dry, because hair tends to shrink up. So unless you're looking for baby bangs don't change up your do.

                                                     #6 Parting
        Parting is crucial to pulling off your new fringe, so please take the time to be sure you have the right part. For pretty much all styles of bangs you'll want a triangle part. Firstly part your hair cleanly. A middle part is always a safe bet, but if your natural part is a little off center go with it. You'll want one point of the triangle about a third of the way along your part from your hairline, towards the highest point of your head. The bottom two points (how far apart they are) determine how thick of a bang/fringe you'll get. See how the hair lays across your forehead and select the option you find most flattering. Remember the left and right sides of the triangle must be symmetrical. Finish the parting by tying the rest of your hair into a ponytail. 

                                             #7 Slow and steady 
        Take your time with this process. Set aside a couple of hours to make the cut, and really focus. I recommend cutting your hair to a chin length (or longer depending on how long you want your framing pieces to be) in one cut, and then cutting excruciatingly slowly from there. 

                                             #8 Point cutting
       So how do you cut your hair? Use the comb to place the hair where you want it and cut off the comb. Another option would be to replace the comb with your pointer and middle fingers in the shape of a closed peace sign as you comb the hair and then cut. Chose whichever option feels best. 
     Be sure to use point cutting. Point cutting is cutting into the hair almost vertically, which is great for beginners because it feathers the hair nicely, and is generally very forgiving. In summarization point cutting is your best friend.

                                             #9 Go long
       As a general rule always cut your hair a tad longer than you want it, this way if you wake up the next morning to find your hair a bit shorter then the previous day it's at the perfect length. If you wake up the next day and it's still annoyingly long, then you can always give it a brief trim.

                                              #10 Trims 
    A great thing about cutting your own bangs is that you know exactly how to trim them. You will always have the most well kept fringe because unlike your friends you can spruce them up at any hour of the day. Of course, trims can get annoying but once you've mastered your technique they'll take up less and less time. There isn't a specific time table for when you should trim your bangs, as everyone's growth rate is different, but my general rule is when my hair gets in my eyes it's too long and needs a trim. 

                                                                #9 Styling
    Styling your fringe is something that is unique to you and something you should have fun with. I am lucky in the sense that my hair is naturally wavy and so my styling is minimal (usually I just comb out my bangs and scrunch them a bit to engage my natural curl pattern). However some people prefer to change their natural bangs and style them creatively. 
     I am all for expressing yourself through style but for a lot of people style means heat, which can severely damage your bangs. If you're going to use heat be sure to use a heat protecting product before hand. Hair rollers are an alternative method to heat, and amazon sells single hair rollers meant specifically for those with fringes. Hair rollers aren't perfect though, as some people have issues sleeping with them in their hair.

                                              #10 Updos
      When I first cut in my bangs I had so much fun seeing how they effected my daily updos. For most updos I recommend securing your bangs in a ponytail while you style the rest of your hair, that way you aren't left with random strands excluded from your do because you mistook them for your bangs. If you like to do sports and need to pin up your bangs, you should use a set of tiny jaw clips (mine are smaller than pennies).

                                                     #11 Work it!
      It might take a day or so to get used to seeing yourself with new hair, but once you get past that you'll realize that your hair has never looked better. Go out with your friends, and show off your new do. Who knows? You might even inspire others to take the leap.

     This is my ten step guide to cutting and maintaining your new bangs/fringe. Hopefully this helps you figure out how to change up your look without risking your hair in the process. I'm sure that each and every one of you will look gorgeous with your new cut, even if it's not perfect. Remember you are a beautiful human being inside and out, even if you can't see it yet. Sending you love, Author. 

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