How To Cut Your Own Thick Bangs – A Tutorial

It’s been said that this is the year of “the bang”. The New York Times recently wrote a story about the bang come-back, and super cute Zooey Deschanel has the perfect set of thick bangs (have you seen this YouTube video called Bangs Like Zooey?). With all this bang talk it got me thinking that a set of bangs might be just what I need to switch up my look for summer.

The supplies:

– Some legit hair-cutting shears (I found mine on sale for $18. Here is a similar pair. I used household scissors for my How To Cut Your Own Hair post and these new ones made such a difference!)

– A narrow toothed comb with a pointed end (similar here)

find the steps below… 

How To Cut Your Own Thick Bangs…

Some tips: I found that cutting my hair while dry worked great so I could have a good grasp on how much hair I was cutting. Also, don’t rush; make sure to give yourself plenty of time.

1. Find the very top of your head (this point can be modified depending on the thickness of bangs you would like. Move the point forward, towards your face for thinner bangs, and farther back for thicker bangs). With the pointy end of the comb, make a part that is straight down from the top of your head to the front of your ears. Since the top point of my head was father back than the front of my ears a triangular shape was formed. Secure the hair that is on the back of your head with a clip so it is out of your way.

2. Now you will create 3 sections. This will give you bangs that are higher in the center with wispy longer bangs on the sides. Put the pointy end of the comb at the end of your eyebrow up into your bang area. The hair above the comb will be part of the center bangs the hair below the point will be part of the wispy side bangs.

3. Comb the hair smooth.

4. Secure the hair between your pointer and middle-finger on your right hand. Line up your fingers with the bridge of your nose. Then, rotate your right-hand to the left side of your face to create a twist. Then, use your left-hand to grasp the hair. The twisting motion will create a high point in the center and longer sides. You can see what the twist looks like in #5 below and what the high center longer edges in #6 below. (This Sam Villa video explains the Twist-Cutting Fringe Technique very well.)

5. With the hair secure between your left-hand, at the bridge of your nose (and not elevated away from your face) begin clipping slowly and steadily straight across. I rested my left fingers against the bridge of my nose the whole time I was cutting.

6. Here you can see the high-center longer edges cut that was created by the twist.

7. My bangs were very long after the initial cut so I went in to do some additional trimming. I wanted to keep them long (like Zooey Deschanel’s) so I trimmed them just above my eyes so I could see. Keep the bangs combed smooth, and clip vertically into the bangs.

8. Now, it’s time for those side bangs. Use your comb to smooth the sides towards your face and with the scissors at an angle, clip diagonally.

9. Use a flat-iron to create the slight curve in the bangs. To do this, do not close the flat-iron completely with the hair inside. Instead, rest the hair inside the iron and slowly move the flat-iron in the shape of your forehead. This will create a nice shape without giving you those wild stick-straight ends.

10. Since I already had the scissors out and the rest of my hair really needed a cut, I decided to lop off about 4 inches from the rest of my hair (using this hair-cutting tutorial). It’s hard to believe what a difference it made with how healthy my hair feels now.

Just so you know, after a shower my bangs ended up shrinking about 3/4″. It was fun to see my hair go from long and unruly to tidy and sleek! The hair-cut and bang cut made such a difference!

Cost: $18 (for the scissors)

Photographs: Aaron Jones 

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23 Comments

  1. Tasha // June 18, 2012

    Great tips! I've been cutting my hair for years (much harder when you like it short, since you can't really access the back easily) and it took a few months of regular fringe-trimming to understand this technique. I always advise to start longer than you expect so you have plenty to trim off and adjust to get it the way you want. For "Bettie Page" bangs, make the shape a very shallow U (only slightly shorter on the sides than the front) to make sure you don't end up with the front looking shorter (then your bangs would make an obvious upside-down U which looks pretty silly).

  2. Sarah // June 18, 2012

    I just cut m hair yesterday with the previous tutorial and kind of made it up with the fringe.

    I will definitely use this tutorial next time too!!

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Megan // June 18, 2012

    Love how they turned out! They look great! I've been debating whether or not to get bangs for a while now… just might have to! (Although not sure I'm brave enough to do it myself!)

  4. Nessbow // June 19, 2012

    Super cute! I've cut my own hair for years, and it's saved me loads of cash. I've never been brave enough to cut bangs though. Props to you for giving it a go. You look gorgeous!

  5. Kara // June 19, 2012

    Genius!!

  6. Anna Newell Jones // June 19, 2012

    :D aw! Thanks Nessbow!

  7. Alice // June 20, 2012

    Hi Anna! These bangs look so much better than the last time you cut them! Zooey bangs look great on you! Just sayin'…! Got my button and just wanted to say thanks!

  8. ali // June 22, 2012

    Wish I could pull this off!! My hair is pretty wavy/curly and has just recently grown to bob length (from a pixie). Cute, cute.

  9. Jay // July 17, 2012

    I will be trying this too, though I already have very thick overgrown bangs that I want to grow out a little … so maybe this is how I can do that! Thanks again for your words of wisdom. I'm finding this blog addictive and super helpful.

  10. Anna Newell Jones // July 17, 2012

    Yay for super addictive!;)

  11. Colleen // November 29, 2012

    I just stumbled upon this article on Pinterest and had been contemplating getting bangs, but I was going to go to the salon. Not anymore! lol I didn’t go quite as full, but I did try the twist technique! Love it! Thanks for sharing! I may get up more nerve to go with a fuller bang someday soon!

  12. Yasmine // December 4, 2012

    I found your post via Pinterest over the weekend when I was itching to chop up my own bangs, and I loveloveLOVE your step-by-step tutorial (beautiful photos, by the way)! I originally planned to spend Saturday researching “how to cut my own bangs,” and then do the actual cutting on Sunday, but as soon as I found your post, I couldn’t resist getting to work. Your instructions were perfect, and Operation: Bangs were a great success. Highfive!

  13. Delphine // January 23, 2013

    I did this just now – I wasn’t even thinking about having a fringe 2 hours ago, but your pics were so cool you inspired me…I agree with Yasmine, super clear instructions, and it works! So happy with my new hair, I feel like a rock chick, thank you!!!!

    • Anna Newell Jones // January 28, 2013

      I’m glad the instructions are really clear, sometimes it’s hard to know if they are or not. Rock chick- that’s awesome!

  14. michelle // January 28, 2013

    cut my own bangs and hair from your tutorials this morning and got a box color on sale for $4. Looks as good or better that the salon!! (the last highlights i got I looked like a zebra and had to pay$95 for it!) thanks for saving me a hundred bucks and I am happy with my hair!

  15. Robin M // February 4, 2013

    So happy I found this post (and the blog in general). Just did my bangs like this and they look awesome. I love them!

  16. kfenn // March 23, 2013

    Just tried this and its the bomb! Thanks for teaching me how to cut bangs and the over-all length!

  17. K Fenn // March 23, 2013

    I just saved myself $60 – this tutorial is the rad!

  18. Anon // April 4, 2013

    I also cut my own hair and bangs, and have a similar way of doing it.

    I have paid for 2 haircuts in my life and was impressed with neither of them.

    Whenever I tell someone to try it, they think I’m nuts.

    But I think spending $20-30 for just a trim or bangs is nuts!

    Good luck with your spending diet, you are doing great! Good luck to all readers here who want to take control of their finances and their life. Don’t let naysayers hold you back!

  19. Laura // April 17, 2013

    This is the best bang/fringe tutorial I’ve come across yet! Started cutting my own hair last year with varying degrees of success and this is the best so far. Thanks!

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