How To Cut Hair With Bangs

If you are just learning how to cut hair, a good place to start is cutting or trimming bangs. Young children are a good choice for learning how to cut hair because, if they are young enough they don’t normally have a preference for the style and you can easily improve your hair cutting techniques by working on bangs.

Cutting your own bangs is another good place to start because, again, you can experiment as you choose. Plus, it is easy to see the bangs

Do you have a high forehead?  A particularly wide forehead?  A receding hairline?  An unsightly  scar or, at least, an undesirable one?  Or, you just plain like bangs  (also known as a ‘fringe’).  Then ‘go for it’.   One thing about hair is that IT WILL GROW. So, if you don’t like the results, you’ll have lots of opportunities to correct what you have done or to improve your hair cutting techniques.

 What’s important in developing you hair cutting techniques is to cut a little at a time and check continually as to whether you like what you’ve done or need to cut more. You can always cut more off, but you can’t add it back, so you must be sure of where you’re cutting.

It’s best to cut your hair while it is damp, because cutting dry hair causes it to fly about and can fray the ends in some cases. As you cut, remember that the hair will shrink up as it dries. Curly hair can shrink up to 4 inches when it dries but even straight hair can shrink as much as one-and-one-half inches. This means that when you cut wet, curly hair to the mid-length of your nose you could easily end up with a puffy little patch of curls on your brow, instead of the bangs you were hoping for.

Even straight hair can shrink enough to leave undesirable results, if you are not cautious the bangs area should extend to a point near the outer corners of the eyes. There are lots of beautiful shapes you can give to your bangs,but generally, they should extend approximately to a point near the outer corners of your eyes. 

Before deciding what shape you want, consider the shape of your face and specific facial features. If you have a square face, a broad forehead or a square jaw, a curved bang will soften those strong lines. On the other hand, if you have a round face, bangs that drop to longer lines on the sides will give more of a sense of length to your face. For the longer face, a wider bang will give the appearance of more width.

Half-Moon/Crescent:   The half-moon shape curves toward the face, is about one-inch deep in the center of the forehead, and tapers to points on the outer edges. It’s the most common shape for the bangs area. To mark out the half-moon bangs area. Comb your wet hair straight back from the face, start in the center of the forehead about one-inch back from the hairline, and slice out a small section of hair and comb it forward. Carefully carve the crescent shape to the left and then to the right.
Once the crescent shape has been established, comb the bangs straight down onto the face, and determine the length you want for your bangs. Snip a small section to give you a guide in the center of the bangs. Next, comb the bangs upward and hold them between the index and middle fingers of the non-cutting hand, gathering them
together toward the center of the forehead. The bangs section should be about one-to-one-and-one-half inches between the fingers and should fan out to the scalp. Once you have the bangs combed together, cut them off in a straight, horizontal line.  This will give you a smooth gently curving bangs line with a little bit of tapering.

The rectangle shape bangs area is especially useful for individuals who have fine or more thinly spaced hair.
Follow the steps listed above for the crescent shaped bangs area but this time, carve the bangs area an even depth across the forehead. Comb the bangs forward and snip your guide length in the center. Then when you comb the bangs upward, work with one-half of the bangs area at a time and cut the bangs at a slight angle toward the shortest point at the center guide.
The rectangle shape gives fuller bangs for those people with thinner, finer hair.