How to Cut + Trim Your Own Bangs at Home Like a Pro

by Molly Gardner

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 Need

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 with a mini flat iron – which is a must have for styling bangs – and add a tiny amount of shine serum to make the ends smooth but slightly piecey.




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Above were my results when I cut the bangs a little bit longer another time and pushed them to the side a little more.

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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lisaburkhart May 11, 2015 - 12:03 am

I do a blog and I know what kind of work goes into it. Your directions and how much you care about the information you are giving is a beautiful thing to see. I posted your blog on my blog. Your positivity, humor and beauty are a pleasure to see and read. Thank you for all of your very hard work, Molly.

Women of Uncertain Age

aka Lisa Burkhart. I copied your hair color recipe and finally achieved the strawberry blonde I have trying to go back to ever since I finally colored. (I colored my hair the first time at 43). I loved my natural strawberry blonde hair but I was so uneducated about hair color. I am now so happy with my color. I use the Color Charm 3/4 8g and 1/4 titian. 🙂

Girl Get Glamorous May 13, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Thank you, Lisa! You are so unbelievably sweet and thoughtful, I always appreciate your comments!!

Annie February 13, 2016 - 8:59 pm

I just did it! And it looks as great as a real ($) haircut! Thank you a million times!!! My first attempt at cutting my own hair, ten years ago, was a disaster, but now, I am free! Going on to the hair color recipe now…

Sarah September 16, 2016 - 7:45 pm

Possibly the best bang tutorial I’ve watched…and that is saying something! Kudos! 😀

Girl Get Glamorous September 23, 2016 - 3:04 am

Thank you, Sarah, I really appreciate that!! Glad the bangs tutorial is helpful!

xo Molly

Maria February 24, 2019 - 12:09 pm

This is one of the best tutorials for cutting or trimming your fringe on the internet, and I’ve checked out a lot of tutorials… It takes the mystery out of cutting the face framing side pieces. The genius is always in the simplicity. Thanks so much for putting this together!


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