Bangs continue to be a hot hair trend. But just like having short hair, they can be expensive to maintain. Most salons will charge $5 to $15 for a trim, and even if you find a hair stylist who will do it for free, you should still tip a couple of bucks here and there. When you do that every 4 to 6 weeks, it can add up quickly and bangs can start to seem like a bad beauty investment.
Want to brave the trim DIY style? Although your initial cut should be done by a professional-they'll know how much to cut to, how to get the look you want, which bangs style will look fab on you, etc.-trimming your bangs on the regular at home is not so hard.
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I've been trimming mine in the comfort of own home for almost two years now and have it down to a science.
Follow these steps and you'll never pay to trim your bangs again.
Step 1: Gather the tools
- Barber shears; I like Conair 7" Barber Shears ($16.93 at Target.com)
- A hair elastic
- Bobby pins
Step 2: Pull your hair back
Put your hair into a ponytail and use bobby pins for extra strays you want out of the way. I do this so that I only cut hair that I want to cut.
Trim your bangs dry since wet hair will shrink up. You'll get the most accurate cut this way and can prevent going too short.
Step 3: Cut straight across
Starting from the center, cut across. I recommend making small snips because you can always take more off as you go. If you go too short you're stuck with it until it grows out. (Yikes!)
Unless you want that edgy look, cut your bangs right at your eyebrows.
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Step 4: Create a face-framing shape
After trimming out from the center of your bangs, leave some room to frame your face at the sides. Make diagonal cuts by slanting your scissors slightly so they point towards your ears. I like my bangs to follow the shape and curve of my eyebrows so that's why, as a rule of thumb, I use the curve of my eyebrow as a guide to create the right shape.
If you want your bangs to be blunt, skip this step.
Step 5: Hide un-evenness
As a precaution, finish off the look by making small vertical cuts to cover up any imperfections. Use a light hand during this step. Essentially, this step will blur the ends of your trim so that your bangs look exactly the way you want them to.
If you make deeper, vertical cuts, you'll get a piece-ier look.
Step 6: Take a look in the mirror
Put your scissors down and brush your hair so you can see the finished product. If you're happy with the outcome, good job! But if you want to go a little shorter, just repeat the previous steps until you're satisfied.
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Easy, right? If you're starting out, don't be afraid to make very small cuts. With more practice, you'll know exactly how much to lop off.