by April Reinhardt
(last updated December 14, 2018)
The first time I trimmed my own bangs, I cried. After dousing my head under the bathtub faucet, I combed my bangs flat against my forehead, grabbed my sister's craft scissors, and cut straight across, to two inches above my eyebrows. While drying my hair with my blow dryer, I was horrified to realize that hair shrinks as it dries. Instead of creating soft, full bangs, I looked worse than Moe Howard of the Three Stooges. At least his bangs touched his eyebrows. Gazing at my reflection through my tears, I wondered if using Mom's Dippity-do could glue some of the cut hair back into place. It wasn't a good look for an eighth-grader starting her first day of classes in a new school.
Fortunately, I've since learned the proper technique for trimming my own bangs, and that it doesn't have to be a life-altering event when done properly. First, you need to have the proper equipment:
Whether you decide to trim your bangs wet or dry, using shearers or a razor, there are a few simple steps to follow when trimming your bangs:
The most important thing to remember when trimming your own bangs is that hair does shrink as it dries. If you opt to trim your bangs while they are wet, trim no more than Ľ-inch at a time. You can always cut more if you decide that your bangs still too long, but you can't put it back once you've trimmed too much.
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