The five scariest words a hairdresser can ever hear are “I cut/trimmed my own bangs!” But they don’t have to be. For realsies. You can have your own wispy, Taylor Swift bangs at home in about twenty minutes.
The trick to getting wispy bangs is to actually cut up into the ends. But I’m getting a little A HEAD of myself here. Hahaha! …Ok. I’ll stop.
I like to trim my hair while it’s dry, a technique called “Dry Cutting” (I know, real show stopper of a name). You can also work on wet hair if you are more comfortable with that. I prefer the dry method because it lets me see how the bangs are looking as I go.
What you’ll need to cut or trim your own bangs:
– comb with a rat tail end
– ponytail holder or clip to hold back the rest of your hair
– bobby pin to hold back the front layers
How to cut your own bangs:
1. Start by using the thin dividing side of the comb to section off clean lines of hair. Starting about 1 inch or 1.5 inches back off your forehead, divide a triangle of hair. The peak of the triangle is going to be directly at the center of your head.
2. Divide this hair into a smaller triangle by leaving out two 1/2 inch pieces on either side. These will be cut longer, to blend your bangs into the rest of your hair.
3. Taking the hair in the smaller triangle, section off a thin layer at the bottom, you’ll have two to three layers. Pin the extra hair out of the way. You’ll take down each layer as you go, but this makes it more accurate for me.
4. Cut straight across first. I always cut slightly longer than I think I want my bangs to be. You can always trim more off later, but adding hair back on….yikes.
5. After you have a straight line, turn your scissors vertical and cut UP into the bottom 1/2 inch of hair. Move over a a bit and repeat all across the bottom of the bangs. This will make the ends wispy and more natural looking.
6. Take down the next super thin layer. Take a piece from the first layer for length reference. Repeat steps 4 & 5. Take down the final layer and repeat. Cut across, then up.
7. Moving into the side pieces, I like to leave them about 2 to 4 inches longer than the bangs. Again, start longer, because you can always go shorter. These pieces will help the edges of your bangs blend into the rest of your hair beautifully. I went a bit too short in the video. Should have taken my own advice about starting longer. C’est la vie!
You’re all finished! I like to flat iron the ends and add a tiny amount of shine serum to make the ends smooth but slightly piecey.
Here’s the video, sorry it was recorded on my old camera so the quality is a bit different! I decided I like my hair better with chin length layers as opposed to shorter bangs, but still wanted to do this post and put the video up for all the ladies wanting to know how to cut or trim your own bangs at home.
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