How to Cut Your Bangs at Home

Are your bangs already too long? Top hair stylist Lourd Ramos teaches you how to cut bangs at home.

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Bangs require regular trimming every two to three weeks to remain in good shape. But since you can’t really visit the salon right now, you can cut your own bangs at home. Don’t worry, because we’re going to show you how you can cut your fringe three different ways in this bangs tutorial.

What You Need:

  • Scissors
  • Comb
  • Clips
  • Brush
  • A big piece of plastic
  • Towel

How to Cut Veiled or Side-Swept Bangs

Asian woman with long wavy hair and side-swept fringe
Make your look softer by adding side-swept bangs. Credit: Hariono Halim

1. Prep your hair.

Before cutting your bangs, wash your hair with Dove Intense Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Shampoo and Dove Intense Repair Conditioner. This duo has keratin-infused serum capsules that repair damage from within It also penetrates the strands to nourish your hair and make it stronger and more resilient to future damage. And when your strands have become weak, dry, and dull because of stress, it can help nurse your hair back to health. Use it every day to gently cleanse your hair and keep it damage-free.

2. Cover up.

Wrap a towel around your shoulders like a small cape and clip it in front. Then, put a big piece of plastic over the towel as another cover.

3. Section your hair.

Clip your hair at the back to keep it in place as you work on your bangs.

4. Create a triangle section.

To make sure that your bangs will frame your face properly, draw an imaginary triangle from the top of your head up to your left and right temples. This will ensure that your bangs will be symmetrical.

5. Comb and cut.

Start cutting your bangs in the middle and use this as a guide when you cut your bangs on the sides. Position your scissors horizontally and cut your bangs straight.

6. Cut the sides.

Comb your hair towards your left side and position your scissors diagonally. Then, cut your bangs downwards. Proceed to the right side and cut your bangs downwards as well.

7. Add texture.

Position your scissors vertically and point-cut the tips of your bangs to make your fringe look softer.

How to Cut Layered Bangs

Asian woman with layered fringe and long hair wearing a striped top
Layered bangs add a quirky touch to your look. Credit: Dennie Ramon

1. Make a triangle section.

Comb this part to detangle your bangs. Then, clip the sides to keep them out of the way.

2. Hold your bangs

Position your fingers near the tips of your bangs to determine how short you’re going to trim your fringe. If you can’t decide, you can cut your bangs a little above or just below your eyebrows.

3. Trim the tips.

Point-cut your bangs to give it a textured look.

How to Cut Full Bangs

Asian woman with long hair and blunt fringe wearing an orange blouse
This type of fringe is the easiest to cut at home. Credit: Natasha Estelle

1. Create a triangle section.

Among the different types of bangs, a full fringe is the easiest to trim by yourself. To do this, draw an imaginary triangle again from the top of your head up to your temples for symmetry. Then, clip the sides of your fringe.

2. Cut your bangs straight.

Position your comb near the tips of your fringe and cut it straight. Keep your hand steady so your bangs will be even.

3. Cut the sides.

Remove the clips. Then, cut the left and right sections and make sure they have the same length.

How to Cut Wispy Bangs

Asian woman with wispy bangs
Wispy bangs add a sense of sophistication to your look. Credit: Mood Feed from Pexels

1. Decide how long and thick you want your bangs to be.

Wispy bangs usually have a soft, undone look and are not very thick. Keep this in mind when deciding the width and length of your desired bangs.

2. Create a triangular section.

Create a triangle-shaped section of hair on your forehead. The apex of the triangle should be around 1.5 inches to 2 inches back from your hairline. Use hair clips to get the rest of your hair out of your way.

3. Hold scissors vertically and start cutting.

This is important for creating that soft, wispy look! Gently cut into your bangs in an upward motion with the tips of the scissors. Then, cut the hair at a slight angle, with the shortest strands towards the middle and gradually increase the length as you move to the outer edges.

4. Trim gradually.

Go slow and trim a little at a time, checking in the mirror as you go. Comb through your fringe and check if there are longer strands that need trimming.

How to Cut Curtain Bangs

Asian woman with curtain bangs
Curtain bangs flatter all kinds of face shapes. Credit: Chandri Anggara from Pexels

1. Decide the length and thickness of your curtain bangs.

Consider your personal preferences and how the bangs will frame your face while deciding how thick and long you want your curtain bangs to be.

2. Create a guide cut.

Twist the section you’ve determined as your bangs in the front, then make a ‘guide cut’ at the chosen length. This guide helps you keep track of the length and shape for when you cut your curtain bangs.

3. Refine your bangs.

Untwist your hair and split it down the middle. Starting on one side, take your scissors vertically and cut upwards into the bangs. Repeat on the other side, ensuring both sides are even.

Now that you know how to cut your own fringe, you can trim and maintain them at home. And by washing your hair with Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Shampoo and Dove Intense Repair Conditioner every day, you can make your hair stronger, healthier-looking, and more manageable so you can nail any look you want from home.