If you wear you hair in a style that includes a fringe, you will know that trekking to the hairdresser to have it trimmed every week or so is irritating, time consuming and costly. Luckily, however, it isn’t too difficult to manage your bangs yourself, whether you have a sexy Cleopatra look or a cute, side swept-style. To help you keep your locks from getting overgrown, I’ve put together this list of 7 tips for trimming your own fringe.
Table of contents:
- a good foundation
- the right equipment
- dry hair
- style as normal
- line up
1 A Good Foundation
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While it is fairly easy to maintain your fringe on your own, it is always a good idea to get a professional to cut the style for you in the first place. This way, you will have a good, solid foundation to follow, and that will make trimming overgrown hairs a whole lot easier.
2 The Right Equipment
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Before you get started on your fringe, you will want to go out and buy yourself a pair of real hairdressing scissors. These shouldn’t be too difficult to find; ask you salon about local product supply stores in your area and pay one of these a quick visit.
3 Dry Hair
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You should never try to trim you own fringe while your hair is wet. Remember that damp locks are longer and will fall differently than those which are dry. Wash your hair as you ordinarily would before you cut it, and then wait until all of the moisture has evaporated before you get to work with your scissors.
4 Style as Normal
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It is also very important that your hair is styled as it ordinarily would be when you are about to trim your bangs. Part is as usual, and if it is generally blown out and straightened, for example, do this as well. This will help you to gauge the length and style accurately: if you hair looks different, it will be hard to know whether you’ve trimmed it enough, or if you’ve taken off too much.
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Using a fine toothed comb, separate your bangs from the rest of your hair. Try to be very precise during this stage: you want to make sure that you haven’t accidentally included stray strands in your fringe as this can seriously derail the overall shape of your hair.
6 Line up
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Pull the hair out in front of your eyes so that you can see it. Use your fingers as ‘scissors’ to clamp your bangs near the bottom so that a line of hair remains sticking out in a mini fringe. You should be able to tell immediately whether hair is trimmed in a perfectly straight line, or if there is a slight gradient.
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In small snipping motions and with the point of your scissors facing upwards, start to trim your fringe. Take care to follow the line you have identified in the previous step, and don’t get too enthusiastic: remember that you don’t want to take too much off. When you are done, organise your bangs as they would ordinarily fall and check for stray hairs. Snip these off individually.
Heading to the salon every time you need to neaten up your overgrown bangs is not the most practical solution to the problem. Instead, you can take care of matters at home, provided you have the right equipment and that you follow a few basic guidelines. This list of 7 tips to trimming your own fringe should help you to get things done pretty easily: do you have any suggestions to add to it?
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