Going to the salon can be costly, especially for anyone wanting to simply freshen a cut with a tidy up. Going back every few weeks can be expensive, and inconvenient. Most of us have experimented with cutting our own hair at least once in our lives - only to be utterly mortified at the result, running back to the salon with our tail between our legs. However, it needn't be that hard. If you're wanting to tidy up your bangs but are too scared to try it yourself in case you end up looking like Edward Scissorhands, then we can help. Here are some simple steps for how to cut your own hair without disaster.
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Cut the hair when it's dry. "But in the salon they always cut it wet!" Sure, they do, but they're also qualified hairdressers who know that wet hair equals longer hair. When your hair is weighed down, it can be misleading. If you cut into it when it's just been washed it will dry significantly shorter, often paving the way for frustrated tears. The best way to cut your hair yourself is when it's dry. You don't want to overdo it and be left with bangs a la Bettie Page when you wanted long and sultry fringe like Jessica Biel.
Less is more. While we love blunt cuts, it's easiest to attempt a choppy textured fringe if you're not trained. A dead-straight trim can be difficult to achieve on yourself and could end up looking like your mom has given you a bowl cut. Instead, take the middle, shorter section of your bangs and pull the ends together. Use your scissors to snip at the ends by holding them upright. Make sure you keep the scissors away from your face by about 45 degrees so you don't do anything dangerous, like chop off your eyelashes, or worse. If you decide to attempt a blunt fringe, then get a fine-tooth comb and use it to guide your scissors, holding them horizontally. Whatever you decide to do, start small and work your way up. After all, you can always cut more but once it's off, it's off.
Double-checking is key. It might look great once you're done, but it's always best to take a step away, go and shampoo, condition and blow out your hair. Once that's done, you'll be able to spot any missed hairs and whip them into shape. It's highly unlikely that your hair will be 100% perfect the first time around, so the key is patience. It will be worth it in the end.
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