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