I was inspired by a Facebook post about what happens when a woman takes a pair of scissors into her own hands and attempts to trim her own bangs. I think the self-bang trim may be the impetus of the many no-bang hair styles out today. Trouble is, you can only sport those styles if you have the perfect forehead and you have a head of hair imbibed with body and a perfect cut. Having none of those, I have been a bang self-trimmer for some time.
My experience has been that of many women. Snip-snip here, snip-snip there. Something a bit off kilter, and before you know it you’re in front of your stylist begging mea culpa. You are reprimanded, you promise to take the salon up on their free bang trim offer, knowing that the only time you look in the mirror is during the wee hours of the morning or the late hours of night and salons aren’t in the business of emergency house calls. It’s a compulsion driven by the fact that a woman’s hair is her most vulnerable, yet powerful accessory. But our head of hair is incredibly personal, it is part of who we are. We don’t try to fix our favorite pair of shoes ourselves, or become a jeweler when a setting is loose. We go to the professionals. In our own mind we see our bangs as something as simple as trimming one’s own nails, or plucking one's own unibrow.
I finally confessed to my hairstylist about my compulsion to trim my own bangs. He finally gave in and decided to give me some tips for the foolproof amateur self-bang trim. First, it helps to have a multi-layered style rather than a precision cut. Second it helps to schedule regular haircuts every six weeks in order to eliminate the urge to self-trim. But should you feel the tickle of your bangs on your eyelashes or find your mascara brush entangled in your bangs or the bridge of your glasses obscured by your bang fringe, you might find these simple instructions helpful:
- Invest in a small set of sharp scissors, slightly larger than a pair of manicure scissors. They should have straight, pointed blades.
- Only cut dry hair or almost dry hair. Leave the wet cut to the professionals.
- Style your bangs as you normally wear them.
- Hold your scissors parallel to your nose. All cutting should be done with a vertical stroke, almost as if you are combing your bangs. No horizontal snipping allowed. Work left to right, right to left, snipping in a vertical fashion. Blades should be pointed straight toward the ceiling and you should make the snip as you stroke the scissors downward. Basically you are making very slight cuts that will blend into the rest of your bangs. At the end of the day, you will have trimmed your bangs very slightly, with no dramatic lines, cutting just enough to get you to your next appointment. You can adjust the subtlety of the trim by the length of your downward stroke.
I just assumed my stylist stopped saying anything about my bang trims after I confessed in order to humor me. But he eventually moved on, and I’ve seen several others and never have come clean about my bang trims. I assume that the technique above has held me in good standing. I hope it does for you as well.