If you have bangs, then chances are you need a trim in between salon visits. Cutting bangs for the first time or any pixie-cutting should be left to the pros, but if you’re pressed for time and strapped for cash, an at-home trim is totally doable and surprisingly simple — as long as you have the right tools and know how to do it properly.
The first rule of a DIY bang trim is to not use your office scissors. Butterfly Studio Salon stylist Vanessa Fernandez advises looking for an inexpensive set of shears you can use at home. “Regular scissors are too dull and will cause hair to become damaged or split.” You’ll also need a ponytail holder or some clips and a comb that has wide to fine teeth to help guide you as you trim. Once you’re ready to take the plunge, here is the breakdown on how to cut bangs — and trust us, it’s way easier than it sounds.
- Make sure hair is totally dry and styled as you normally would to avoid any mistakes that can occur with wet hair. “If you try cutting when hair is wet, you may end up cutting too much or too short since hair is longer when wet and shorter when it’s dry,” says Fernandez.
- Separate bangs from the rest of your hair and gather your hair into a bun, so that it doesn’t get in the way or accidentally snipped.
- Comb bang area forward or to the side, depending on the way you usually wear them. “Be careful with your elevation — if you bring the bangs out, you will graduate the bangs resulting in a layered look. If you bring bangs down closer to forehead, making them flat, the look will be more blunt,” advises Fernandez.
- Use your index and middle finger to separate subsections within the bang area and pull the sections down one by one as you begin to slowly snip small lengths of hair, keeping the shears at an angle.
Depending on the results you want — straight, blunt bangs or shorter/longer ones — pay attention to the way you hold down hair. Fernandez notes, “If you want a blunt look, go straight across, starting from the middle outward (on each side). If you want a more piecey look, hold scissors more vertically and cut using sharper movements going across from one side to the other, but keeping movements up and down, so that the pointy part of the scissors is always pointing up.”
Now that’s pretty simple, no?
Sally Hansen Do Your Do Styling Shears, $11.99 at Ulta