A Cut Above: Trim Your Own Bangs

Trim your bangs like a pro with these foolproof tips from Gretchen Monahan, celebrity stylist for Dove Hair Care in Boston.

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Style Hair


Blow-dry hair, smoothing kinks and cowlicks. Wet hair has a different texture, so cut bangs when they're dry. Relax the section of hair between your pointer and middle fingers, loosely gliding down the length of the bangs. Leave about an inch between your fingers and the ends.

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Make the Cut


Hold bangs off your face and aim straight-edge scissors upward on an angle (think the slope of a triangle). Starting in the middle of the section, cut up into hairs — never straight across. Holding the scissor vertically lets you trim just a few strands at a time.

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Check Your Work


Shake out bangs with your fingers, letting hairs separate. Restyle and check whether you need to trim more (if so, repeat step above). Bangs usually take two rounds to cut. But snip conservatively: You can always cut more, but you can't put it back on!

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Hair Helper: Brow/Lash Comb


With its tiny teeth, a traditional eyebrow comb, such as Japonesque Brow/Lash Comb, $9, can help brush pin-straight bangs into position with ultimate precision.

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Hair Helper: Shears


Step away from the office scissors! They're too bulky and lead to over-snipping. Try J & D 6-inch shears, $29, to avoid blunt ends.

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Hair Helper: Serum


If you use a smoothing product on your bangs, apply it before a trim too. Scruples White Tea Magical Serum, $20, is a lightweight formula that keeps hair sleek.

Originally published in the August 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.