Trimming Bangs at Home? - Hair Dilemma - iVillage Beauty Hair Experts

How can I trim my bangs at home -- and not wind up with crooked bangs, too-short bangs or just bad bangs? I'm tired of paying so much money just to get my bangs trimmed. Help!

As a hairstylist, I usually don't recommend cutting your hair at home, but with a little patience and a few guidelines, you can trim your bangs nicely.

Make sure you have the proper tools before you start snipping. A pair of haircutting scissors is essential; you can pick up an inexpensive pair at your local beauty supply store. Kitchen scissors, while great for cutting paper, are not suited to trimming hair. The blades actually bend the hair as they cut, and your bangs will end up crooked.

Before you start trimming, your bangs should be dry and styled in your usual fashion. Wet hair is longer and masks your hair's natural texture -- if you're not careful, you may overcompensate and cut too much off. To begin cutting, hold your index and middle fingers horizontally and grasp the ends of your bangs between them. Cut off only a quarter-inch, which is about the length of the pointy part of a thumbtack. This should give bangs a blunt, clean finish.

If you prefer your bangs with a bit more texture and softness, follow the instructions as above, but twist small sections of your hair a few times (so it's like a rope) and snip into the ends. Don't panic if you make a mistake, but do avoid the temptation to correct it by further trimming. If it isn't too severe, leave it alone and wait until the next time you see your hairstylist. However, if you really did a number on them, put the scissors away and make an appointment -- fast. In the future, if you still feel inept with the scissors, your regular hairstylist should be able to trim your bangs for a free as a courtesy.

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