How to cut your own fringe successfully!

English: Picture to illustrate bangs

English: Picture to illustrate bangs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As much as I ask my clients not to cut their fringes, it seems that the urge is an irresistible one and most clients have at some point attempted cutting their own fringe.

So instead of having a client walking into the salon with a sheepish, somewhat guilt expression on her face and me being challenged with some serious repair work, time to give some advice on what to do and what not to do when you find that you are in dire straits and absolutely have to give your fringe a snip.

Firstly, using kitchen scissors is not an option. Nails scissors would be far better. (You can, of course, buy a pair of hair scissors and keep them especially for these desperate moments.)

Secondly you need a comb to help create a straight and even line on your fringe.  A couple of hair clips to separate the rest of your hair from the fringe is also good to have on hand.

I don’t advise that you cut your fringe when your hair is wet. Your hair jumps when it drys and you are bound to end up with a fringe that is too short.

So with the correct tools at hand and clean, freshly blow waved hair you are now ready to successfully cut your fringe.

Don’t cut your whole fringe in one go, instead take small sections along the hairline. Comb the first section down over your eyes and then starting from the center work out to each side, cutting your fringe in a straight line and finishing where the eyebrows end.  Be sure that you don’t cut your fringe to short, I suggest that you cut your fringe below the level of the eyebrow.  Once you have cut the first section use that section as a guideline and bring other sections down and cut these as you did the first.

It is important to note that most peoples fringe jumps more on one side than the other, so take this into consideration when you cut your fringe and allow for that jump.

And lastly my advice is to be conservative in your cutting. cut less rather than more of at first, you can always cut more off if you need too, but if you cut too much, well you know only to well that it can’t be put back!!

Good luck and happy fringe cutting.


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  1. #1 by Lisa on June 18, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    Thanks Amanda …am trying to resist the urge at the moment! That side swept fringe is growing nicely!

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