On YouTube, there are several videos of women — and men — deciding to cut their bangs on their own. Most of the time, it ends in disaster. They either get unflattering baby bangs or extremely uneven bangs.
You do not want to regret cutting your hair. Although it would eventually grow back, it would take you a long time before your hair reaches your desired length. On average, hair grows only about half an inch per month, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
So, if you want to cut your bangs after seeing Daisy Edgar Jones in Hulu’s Normal People or inspired by Taylor Swift who has been rocking bangs for years, here are a few tips that will help you cut bangs perfectly every time.
Have the Right Tools
Any kind of scissors will do, right? Nope. Hair is pretty fragile and using regular shears, especially if they are blunt, could cause damage. It also would make cutting your hair evenly more difficult than it really is.
The first thing you need to do is get hair cutting scissors. A regular, sharp pair will give you the results you want.
While you are shopping for tools, you might want to get a few alligator clips. These accessories will hold your hair up, freeing both hands to do what you need to do. In addition, a fine-tooth comb will help you control your hair better as you attempt to give yourself a sleek hair cut.
Prep Your Hair
Contrary to what you may have heard, it is better to cut your hair when it is dry. Hair tends to bounce up and look shorter when it is dry as opposed to dripping wet. If you cut your bangs while it is still wet, you may end up cutting more hair than you intend to.
So, give your hair a blow-dry. Using your fine-toothed comb, bring your hair onto its natural part. make sure that the part runs straight down your scalp.
Then, create a triangle section. The point should be at the center of your natural part. The base of the triangle is on your forehead and will be the bangs once you cut it.
Tuck the hair you do not need behind your ears or use the alligator clips to get the strands away from your face.
The Twisting Technique
Many make a mistake because they followed the twisting technique. Basically, they twist a portion of their hair and then cut it across. When they unravel the hair, it comes out unevenly.
The truth is, the twisting technique does work but you have to do it correctly to get the result you wanted.
If you are using this technique, do not pull your hair when you twist. Do not overtwist either. Hold your hair in place then cut across.
The Point Cut
However, if you are not comfortable with cutting your hair just yet, do the point cut. The pointcut basically means making vertical, not horizontal cuts. Although it takes longer to remove lengths, you have better control of the scissors. Be patient and keep cutting until you get to your desired length.
Start on the sides and work your way in. Once you are done, look at your creation and make a few adjustments when you need it.
Cutting your hair can feel therapeutic whenever you are stressed, bored, or sad. If you think getting bangs can pull you out of a bad mood, then go ahead and start snipping.