Recently, I had a lovely reader compliment me on my bangs (or "fringe" for those across the pond!) and ask me how I maintain them. I've been rocking bangs for quite a number of years now and have formed my own groove on how I cut and style them. It bears repeating that I am NOT a professional hairdresser nor do I claim to be one; however, after many moons of tackling my own tresses, I know what works for me. So if that one caveat hasn't scared you away, I'd love to share with you my regimen for how I cut my bangs.
I find myself needing to cut my bangs to keep them fresh about every three weeks. My two choice weapons of mass construction: a narrow-toothed, rat tail comb and regular hair shears/scissors. After washing and flat ironing, I part my bangs in a moderately wide inverted "V" then separate the section from the rest of my hair.
Next, I measure how long I want my bangs to hang, which would be right smack in the middle of my eyes, at the top of my nose's bridge. Any shorter and I look like Moe from The Three Stooges; any longer and I look like Sam Sheepdog from the Bugs Bunny cartoons. Either way: no bueno. So, once I've established my desired length, starting with the front-middle section, I do a blunt cut straight across the bang, matching that section's length to the others (left side, right side) as I go.
|(Comb pointed at bottom, shortest length)|
When I am done cutting along the guide across the entire width of my bangs, the process is complete. My bangs are full, have movement and can be swooshed to either side - left or right - for style versatility. I have cut my bangs after curling/bumping them as well as flat-ironing them straight with no real preference between the two; both result in the same ample fringe that has now become my trademark of sorts.
But in the meantime, I hope this tutorial was somewhat informative and not too convoluted. Cutting your bangs can be highly frustrating and kind of a daunting task. However, once you find your rhythm after some practice, the style dividends undoubtedly become worth the toil since having a fabulous fringe could be all the change you need to bump your "ho-hum" style up to "simply bangin'"! And if you've ever slacked on your eyebrow upkeep, a full bang will hide every unplucked sin and keep those caterpillars covered! It's a win-win smorgasbord!
So, for all those who have been debating taking the plunge, debate no more. If I can do it, trust me - you can, too! Grab those scissors, guys, and bang away!