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How to Cut Your Bangs

Learn how to trim your bangs in this hair tutorial from Howcast.

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Joy: So, I wanted to share with you a little bit about how to trim your
own bangs at home. I wanted to start off first by saying, this is an
advanced skill. So, if you don't feel comfortable trimming your
bangs at home, I would definitely suggest calling up a local salon and
asking them to trim them. At my salon that I work at we offer
complementary bang trims if you are a person that comes in and I cut your
hair. Most salons will also have the minimal charge if you just wanted
your bangs trimmed so it would cost, you know, I don't know, $5 to $20 to get your bangs trimmed. So something to consider that if you're ready for a full haircut but can't
quite afford to go in just yet, it's a thriftier way to just call your
salon and ask if they do bang trims.

So that being said, today I'm going to cut our model's hair just right
below the eyebrow. I would not do your own bangs if this was the first
time that you've had them, like if she had all one length hair and wanted
to put in bangs, I would definitely recommend going to a professional to
see that.

One thing to keep in mind here is that we want to cut the bangs within the slope
of the head. I've definitely seen people that pull their bangs from too
shallow of a point and I've also seen people that grab them from too deep
of a point. So they're taking hair from the crown of the head and bringing it
forward. What happens, if you pull, like If you were nervous and you
were like, I'm just going to cut a little bit of a bang, you're going to
cut you know, just what's around the front hairline and then you're always going to have
this piece of hair that falls over the top of it. So you just want to go with
the natural shape of the head.

One way that I use to use to determine that is you take a big comb and you stick it
on the top of your head. Now, you can see where the comb starts to lift
off of the head, where's there's a little bit space, that's the start of
the forehead. So, you'd want to use that as your guide. You wouldn't want
to go behind it and you wouldn't want to go forward. Another thing that I
would recommend is that when you're cutting bangs at home, do it on freshly
styled hair, do it on dry hair. So I would start with normal clean hair and
I would take both of the sides, and I'm just going to pin them out of the
way so that none of this longer hair gets into the bang. So another thing
that I wanted to say is, for most of us our bangs never pass our temple.
The temple is the further part of the top of our forehead. It would be
rare that you would see bangs come in from anywhere here. So keep that in
mind. You don't want to go from the corner of your brow up, is a good
reasonable amount.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the hair now into two
sections. I'm going to take a bottom section and top section. You can
take as many sections as you want to, as you feel comfortable with. If you
want to start out really slow, you can take smaller sections. And I'm just
going to pin that out of the way. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm going
to take the hair that is just in the center. So maybe the arch of the brow
to arch of the brow.

I'm going to start with this little piece here. What you're going to want
to do at home is you're going to want to take your comb and going from the
underside, comb it down. You want to try to level this out as much as you
can. And then just bring it down to the length that you want it. So I
want it, kind of, bridge of the nose, right underneath the brow bone. And
then you're going to take your scissors. I definitely recommend if you're
going to do this at home, to get some actual hair cutting scissors; no kitchen
shears, please. If this is your very first time, maybe go down, you know,
half inch an lower than the point you want to be just till you get the hang
of it.

The next thing you're going to do is I'm going to have you go upwards. An
upward motion is going to create a little bit of texture and avoid a blunt line.
You never want to see a harsh line. If I went in and just cut them like this,
you'd see a very harsh line that would be very hard to come back to.

So I'm going in upward. I'm not going at angle. And you get little, soft,
light bangs. And the comb is going to be your guide as to if your bangs
are straight or not. Now, you can take these side pieces and pull them
into the center. And then you want to line them up with your shortest
hair. And the reason I'm doing that is what I'm actually doing is that I'm
over directing the hair. You just want to bring your bangs, the sides of
them, all the way to center and even them out. But that's a good way to
not mess it up. I wouldn't try to go in and free hand this a little bit
longer than this. You're going to get into trouble. All right.

And then you're going to pull down you're next layer. And you're going to
want to make sure when you brush that hair down that you can still see the
short pieces underneath. If you pull it down and you can't see that first
section that you did, then you've actually lost your guideline. So, be
sure that you can still see that, which I can. And you're going to go into
just that center piece, remember. Short little snips. Then you're going to
want to pull the side. You're going to meet that shortest piece, always
placing the hair afterwards back in its natural position.

Take a little step back, look at it, make sure you're happy with things.
Bring your last piece down. And what you can actually do with this last
piece, is you can grab the center part of the hair, the same center that we've
been doing the whole time, and as long as you can see the short pieces
underneath, you can pull this straight out. And now I'm only cutting these
to the length of the bottom pieces. I'm not adding. I'm not making it any
shorter. You can if you're feeling a little bit daring. Remember going
straight up, not at an angle, not even at a little angle. You can go in
and you're texturizing. So, you're taking and you're adding a little
aeration, a little dimension. And I'm just evening it up to the guide.
And if this is definitely your first time and you're just trying to see for
the day, only do the center part. Ignore the sides. The sides will blend
into the rest of your layering. So by just kind of concentrating on the
center portion, you can open up your eyes and see again.

Client: I can see again.

Joy: Hooray. So that's how I would suggest trimming your bangs at
home.

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