woman combing her own fringe before cutting it

It takes some serious confidence to cut your own hair, let alone a fringe, right? It can be even more daunting if it’s your first time doing it. But just to be clear, you have nothing to fear. With our step-by-step guide, you’ll be cutting your hairdresser out of the picture. So, whether you’re going for Parisian chic, a choppy or brow-skimming look, we’re here to help you achieve a set of bangs to rival Zooey Deschanel’s.

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Steps to trim my fringe

Using the right tools are an absolute must to cutting banging bangs. Here’s what you’ll want:

  • A pair of hairdresser’s scissors (NEVER use kitchen scissors, unless you prefer the lawnmower look!)
  • A comb
  • Hair styling spray or oil
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • A hair straightener: to texturise your fringe after the cut. You can also use them to keep those pesky stray hairs in check
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woman combing her own fringe

Step 1: Part Hair

Using a comb on one half of the fringe, pull your hair downwards towards your eyebrows, diagonally. Repeat this on the other side. Et voila, your bangs are now sectioned off from the rest of your hair.

Step 2: Dampen Hair

Spritz some water directly onto your fringe from a distance. This makes sure your hair is all going in the same direction for an even cut.

woman spraying fringe with water before cutting
woman measuring length of her fringe before cutting

Step 3: Determine Hair Length

For this, you’ll want to grab your sectioned off fringe. Then, with a comb, pull your hair down using your index and middle fingers to see how much you want cut off. You can also come in at an angle if you’re feeling something less horizontal and a little more edgy.

Step 4: Cutting Your Bangs

Using your fingers, pull your hair out so that it’s level with the tip of your nose. Now use some of that fringy fortitude and begin to cut the hair beneath your fingers.

Top tip: Always take it nice and slow, cutting only a couple millimetres off at a time. You can always trim more as you go on, but there’s no way to magically recover cut hair!

woman trimming her fringe
woman trimming her fringe with scissors

Step 5: Soften Edges

Now you’ve cut your bangs to a length you’re happy with, we want to make them look a wee bit more natural. To do this, all you need to do is make a few small angled snips at the ends of your fringe. It doesn’t need to be precise because we’re going for the natural look after all.

Step 6: Styling Your New Bangs

This is where your hair straightener comes in handy. Our favourite method is to curl your bangs from their roots to the tip in an arching motion to build volume. And if you’re still not happy, use some hair styling oil to piece them out.

Young woman playing combing hair with fingers before cutting fringe