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How to Trim Your Own Bangs

Save time and money by learning how to trim your own bangs.


  • Step 1: Style your bangs Style your bangs the way you usually do, making sure to apply any styling products you frequently use.
  • TIP: Make sure your hair is completely dry. If you cut your bangs when they’re wet, they’ll dry to a shorter length than you wanted.
  • Step 2: Section off hair Section off the hair you do not want to cut by putting it in a ponytail, pinning or clipping it away, or tucking it behind your ears.
  • Step 3: Comb bangs Comb your bangs down. Then, holding the scissors vertically, start making little snips using just the points of the scissors. Err on the side of caution: You can always cut more hair, but you can’t reattach what you’ve cut!
  • TIP: Measure bangs for cutting Don’t try to cut your bangs across in a straight line. It’s very difficult to do, so they’ll likely end up uneven.
  • Step 4: Hold down your bangs If you need more control, hold your bangs down with one hand as you snip. Just keep in mind that the bangs will spring up a bit when you release your hand, so leave them slightly longer than your desired length.
  • Step 5: Comb hair again When you’re done, comb the bangs once more to shake loose any cut hairs.
  • Step 6: Show off Show off your handiwork!
  • FACT: In the late 19th century, fashionable English women sported 'frisettes,' or curly bangs, with the rest of their hair pulled back.

You Will Need

  • A fine-tooth comb
  • Elastic bands
  • pins
  • or clips
  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • A steady hand

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