Cut Your Own Bangs

Woman who is cutting her own bangs
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Q: Is it a good idea to trim your own bangs or is it better to leave it to a professional? What are some things that I should keep in mind when cutting my own bangs?
A: The decision to cut ones’ own bangs is a very personal decision and largely depends on the type of hair you have and how comfortable you are in working with it.
Some women with hair that is difficult to style and manage (such as hair that is very curly or very fine and thin) may want to leave any cutting to a professional. While others – who change their hairstyle frequently on their own, may think nothing of trimming and reshaping their bangs on a whim.
But if you’re going to do it, here are some tips for doing it in such a way that you won’t regret it later: First of all, you need to understand how your hair will respond. If you have curly hair, you have to remember that the longer the hair strand is, the more weight it has and the more likely that the weight of the strand is pulling out some of the curl.
This is doubly true if the hair is damp/wet. You should never trim your own bangs when your hair is wet. Contrary to what you may think, having the hair dry when trimming the bangs makes sure that you are less likely to remove more hair than you intend to remove.
Wet hair tends to stretch out, and it will shrink as it dries again. In some cases – especially when the hair is curly – the hair can shrink by several inches. When you’re dealing with lengths such as is found in the bangs of a hairstyle, even as little as a half-inch can make a big difference.
You also want to be careful of growth patterns like cowlicks and hair-streams that can often be found in the forehead area. If you cut your bangs too short to accommodate these traits, you can end up with unfortunate results.
So, the bottom line is this: While some people may be perfectly comfortable with cutting their own bangs, your hair professional is someone who is trained to deal with a variety of the factors and problem traits that may be found. It’s often better to be safe than sorry.
See also:
How to trim bangs
Tips for better bangs
How to grow out bangs
How do you know if a side fringe will suit you?